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Deb on Air--Live at Five: A Debutante Detective Mystery by Laurie Moore
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432827250
Date: 17 July 2013

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A wacky sister, no job, no boyfriend, and threatened by a stalker, Dainty Prescott struggles to put her life back together after two trips to Mexico. Events escalate until a body is discovered in a closet at the television station where Deb works. Could she be next?

Returning from Mexico after a trip to trace and capture her murdering stepmother, Dainty, also known as Deb, short for debutant, now tries to convince the police transporting the woman to take extra care so she doesn't escape. In addition, Deb finds her sister has usurped her job at the television station and appears to have lost her senses.

Someone has been sending letters to Deb at the station. Initially they appear as fan mail, but soon turn into threats. Deb becomes suspicious of everyone. Then a dead woman is found in a closet at the television station. The police accuse her boss, the station manager, of murdering his wife so he hires Deb to investigate. She swings into action and everyone becomes a suspect.

This is the third mystery featuring Deb. The others are Deb on Arrival Live at Five and Wanted Deb or Alive. She also has several series including Live at Ten and Constable.

Quirky characters abound. Amanda, the pygmy translator and a good friend to Deb, is especially interesting and colorful. The obligatory romance is typical with Deb hot for Detective Brockman's body. Gran is a wily old lady with plenty of spine who knows how to get her own way. Deb is a mixture of brains and harebrained schemes with her affection for her family foremost.

Humor is hard to write and it's difficult to please all readers. For me, this is an over-the-top book that works too hard. It uses stereotypes of rich Texans and their foibles. Several unrelated mysteries occur, but not all are solved.

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