Dial Emmy For Murder: A Soap Opera Mystery
by Eileen Davidson
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451228253
Date: 02 June 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In Dial Emmy for Murder, Soap-Opera star Alexis Petersen finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation -- again! This time the victim is her co-presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards, except he arrives on stage via the ceiling, bloodied and hanging from a chain around his neck.
Soap Opera star Alexis Petersen is a single parent of a young daughter. Her ex-husband swindled all her money and ran out of the country. Early in Dial Emmy for Murder, by Eileen Davidson, he reappears and wants to share time with their daughter. Alexis is scared that he will try and enter her life again, and put her daughter through the same emotional trauma that she experienced when he left a few years ago.
Alexis also finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation -- again! This time the victim is her co-presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards, except he arrives on stage via the ceiling, bloodied and hanging from a chain around his neck. Alexis, already an amateur detective from a murder at her previous soap opera acting job, revels at the opportunity to investigate again.
Alexis has a love interest in her life, actually two. The first is Paul, whom has been her boyfriend for a while. Detective Frank Jakes, the lead detective on the murder, is vying for the job. Many interesting and funny events occur as Alexis sorts out these issues.
Detective Jakes allows Alexis to help with the murder investigation, but is careful to balance his professionalism in his job with the feelings he has for her. It turns out that there are a series of murders, not just one. They are all actors, and all died by a similar method.
Alexis is able to use her contacts in the entertainment industry to find out specifics about the each victim's audition for various soap operas, and get valuable background information for Detective Jakes. Alexis enjoys the sleuthing and also the attention from Jakes.
The story is light and fun to read. The style is similar to Janet Evanovich. You will read through a few lines of dialogue, and then Alexis will interject a thought. Usually the thought is off-color or self-mocking, and it is always funny.
The author, Eileen Davidson, is a real soap opera star. This is her second novel about Alexis Peterson. The first, Death In Daytime, is as fun to read as this one. I highly recommend Dial Emmy for Murder and I am looking forward to the next in the series.