A Star is Dead
by Elaine Viets
Hollywood diva Jessica Gray is on the last leg of her one-woman show when she suffers a sudden and fatal illness . . . but Angela Richman thinks there’s more to it.
“Ageless” Hollywood diva Jessica Gray is finishing the last leg of her one-woman show in St Louis, Missouri, and the nearby town of Chouteau Forest is dazzled. During the show she humiliates three homeless women onstage, fires her entourage – not for the first time – and makes a bitter enemy of the town’s powerful patriarch.
After she collapses at an after-show party and is rushed to the hospital, she ignores the advice of her doctors and discharges herself in order to return to LA. On the way to the airport she suffers a deadly coughing fit. It was poison. When Angela Richman’s friend, Mario, is arrested for the murder and faces the death penalty, she is compelled to investigate.
With so many grudges held against the actress and Mario’s life on the line, the stakes are higher than ever.
Genre: Women Sleuths
“Will satisfy both procedural and cozy fans who like a good puzzle”
“An intriguing mystery featuring a character in the little-known job of death investigator”
“Skillfully plotted … Witty dialogue and well-defined characters, including plucky and intelligent Angela, lift this wry look at the trappings of celebrity. Fans and newcomers alike will be pleased”
“Viets brings readers a treat with a new series featuring coroner's investigator Angela Richman ... A compelling thriller that moves quickly and builds suspense steadily”
Booklist on Brain Storm
“An intriguing tale that will attract forensic mystery buffs and fans of Max Allan Collins's "CSI" tie-in series”
Library Journal on Brain Storm
“Well-paced, darkly humorous series launch”
Publishers Weekly on Brain Storm
“In Viets's snappy 14th Dead-End Job mystery ... Helen and Phil are as entertaining as they've ever been, and it's fun to revisit their neighbors at the Coronado Tropic Apartments”
Publishers Weekly on Checked Out
A Star is Dead by Elaine Viets is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9780727890160||7th April 2020||145 X 223mm||224||$28.99|
|Hardback||9780727890160||31st December 2019||145 X 223mm||224||£20.99|
|Hardback - Large Print||9781780291550||2nd February 2021||147 X 224mm||288||$36.95|
|Hardback - Large Print||9781780291550||29th December 2020||147 X 224mm||288||£22.99|
|Paperback||9781780296746||23rd February 2021||140 X 215mm||224||$17.95|
|Paperback||9781780296746||31st December 2020||140 X 215mm||224||£12.99|