Her quirky assignment: solve a famous cold-case mystery for a magazine article. Then the killer reawakens.
Offbeat writer Kenny Rubin lands a freelance job to figure out who killed actress Melinda Rivers five years earlier. And she’s supposed to do it before the airing of a TV movie on the same subject.
Many of the people involved in the filming knew Melinda, and one might be the murderer. As Kenny investigates, people start dying around her. Will she be next?
She has another tough challenge: bipolar disorder makes her perceptions unreliable. Will she recognize the killer before she plays right into his hands?
Alreaders.com said: “The story line is fast-paced … a wonderful Hollywood mystery.” Jacqueline Diamond, the USA Today bestselling author of the Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries, is a former Associated Press news and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles.
Targeted Age Group:: General adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My experiences as a reporter and TV columnist for The Associated Press in Los Angeles provided a wealth of background for Danger Music. The choice of a heroine with bipolar disorder sprang from my relationship with a close friend who struggled with this condition.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In a sense, all characters come from deep within my psyche, but there's an almost magical process that brings them to life as individuals. Each distinct person in Danger Music grew during a process of deliberately creating backgrounds combined with instinct.
Although I don’t think I would have liked Melinda very much, no one deserves to get strangled with her own pantyhose at the age of twenty-five. Very coldly and neatly strangled, with no sexual assault, no robbery. Someone choked the life out of Melinda and left her draped across her sofa for a reason that has never been discovered.
In the five years since, no one had been charged. Now some of the people who knew her, maybe including the killer himself, had been reassembled to rip off her life story.
"Melinda Rivers" was slated to air two months from now during November sweeps, a period whose ratings determine how much the networks can charge for advertising. The nets will go to almost any extreme, including staging sex shows in your garage, to win sweeps. This particular opus was a production of Burrows-Highgate, one of an endless stream of companies that, without warning, announce themselves in Variety. In subsequent editions, they merge, split apart and finally disappear, leaving a slimy trail of fact-based movies-of-the-week.
USA Today bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond has sold mysteries, romantic comedies, medical romances and Regency romances—more than 100 titles. A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, Jackie currently writes the Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries, beginning with The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet. Jackie has been honored with a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and is a two-time Rita Award finalist.
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