Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery
by Eileen Davidson
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451225641
Date: 07 October 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Enjoy humor and mystery? Read Death in Daytime, by Eileen Peterson, a real soap opera star, and spend a few days with fictitious soap star Alexis Peterson. Alexis will take you around Hollywood as she investigates a murder that occurs on the set.
Death in Daytime is a very fun-to-read story about Alexis Peterson. Alexis is a veteran soap opera star on the show The Yearning Tide. During shooting one day, Alexis' nemesis and the show's head writer, Marjorie, is found dead in her office.
Marjorie was uniformly disliked by all the cast. She was trying to write numerous characters out of the soap, which translated to losing their jobs. All cast members were suspicious, but Alexis and Marjorie had a big argument a few days before the murder, which immediately made Alexis a suspect.
Alexis is upset that her fellow actors are very quick to point fingers at her, but then, maybe one is trying to hide his own guilt. She decides to investigate the murder herself. This puts her in peril on numerous occasions, but adds to the humor of the story as she expresses her thoughts and learns some of the off-set secrets about each fellow actor she investigates.
Besides the murder investigation, the story really surrounds Alexis' personal life. This is where the humor is. Alexis recently went through a bitter divorce and is trying to juggle her life as a soap star with raising her four-year-old daughter. Alexis' mother lives with the family and helps her to sort out many of her thoughts about the mystery and her personal business. Her boyfriend Paul is a consultant on a crime scene drama TV show. Paul offers legitimate advice but also knows Alexis well enough to keep an eye on her and bail her out from bad situations a few times. Her friend George, who is also the hairdresser for the show, is a fun character and the two real detectives investigating the murder balance out Alexis' craziness.
The story is half-comedy and half-mystery, which is what I enjoyed the most. The narrative is funny. It is told in first person, through Alexis. She is able to express her thoughts before answering a question, which is funny because we all think about how we really want to answer a question, but we also know better than to say such things out loud. She is very honest with herself and understands her good points and her flaws.
The author, Eileen Davidson, is a soap opera actress herself. This is the first in a series of novels about Alexis Peterson.
I am not a soap-opera watcher, but I still enjoyed Death in Daytime. Overall, I highly recommend the novel. The mystery is light and funny, but still a solid story with believable and interesting characters and unexpected plot twists. The humor of Alexis and her antics makes it hard to resist reading the book. I am looking forward to reading the future novels in the series.