Louise Shaffer Talked to Death

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Talked to Death

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Investigating the murder of a prominent talk show's former producer, newly hired producer Angie DaVito finds suspects in the show's touchy-feely hostess, the hostess's trampy daughter, and an icy arch enemy. Reprint.

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Shaffer (All My Suspects) moves from TV soaps to talk shows in the second Angie DaVito mystery. The perky, occasionally caustic 30-something TV producer has caught the eye of mega-personality Cee Gee Jones, who wants to hire her. Angie doesn't think much of Cee Gee's touchy-feely brand of entertainment, but she needs the work. What she doesn't need is a situation. But that's what she gets as she learns that Cee Gee has been receiving threats, and that there's been a rift in Cee Gee's inner circle. In fact, Cee Gee, known for being fiercely loyal, has fired producer Grace Shipley. Then there's a murder, of which Cee Gee herself is suspected. Angie teams up once again with her alter ego, the NYPD's coolly professional Detective Teresa O'Hanlon, to get to the bottom of things. She also teams up in a less professional sense with Teresa's younger brother Patrick. Shaffer's ending may not ring true, and her characters can border on the one-dimensional, but there's nothing flat about Angie or her barbs at talk-TV's expense in this satisfying confection.
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From Library Journal:

Former TV soap writer and actress Shaffer (All My Suspects, Putnam, 1994) takes her New York producer/amateur sleuth Angie DaVito into the world of a popular Oprah-like talk show, where she helps solve a murder. This is a "polite" mystery series, along the lines of Lilian Jackson Braun's cat series (e.g., The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, LJ 12/94), but the dialog snaps along, as do the tad-familiar characters and plotting until the rather bulky, guessable denouement. Shaffer suffers an occasional bout of the "cutes," especially in trying to lampoon tabloid news shows, but overall this brisk, entertaining read has a nice sense of detail. DaVito probably won't ever be confused with female sleuths like Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawski, but like them, she's been around the track a few times and is spirited, sassy, and fun. Recommended for large mystery collections.?David Bartholomew, NYPL
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