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Fresh from solving the murder of a fashion magnates wife in Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15, TV newsmagazine producer Sonya Iverson returns in Shooting Script, another luxurious thriller from Elsa Klensch.
Once again working on a "puff piece," this time about the opening of a new luxury spa headed by the third and youngest wife of Errol Swanson, former head of Sonyas own network, Sonya decides to put her frustration to good use. Shes an investigative reporter—so shell investigate.
And theres plenty of dirt to dig. For one thing, the head honchos at the network all seem scared of Errol—even Donna Fuller, Sonyas boss and a crusading journalist, treads softly where Errol is concerned. Rumors claim that Donna and Errol had an affair, and Errols made a heavy-handed pass at Sonya.
Then there are the wives. Wife #1, Joan, is eating herself to death and trying desperately to wrest control of her family toy business away from her supposedly retired ex-husband. Craig, her son with Errol, disappeared a decade ago and is presumed dead; his twin sister, Christy, is mentally and emotionally unstable and has been the family scapegoat for years.
Wife #2, Margot, is a successful fashion designer who still lives in fear of Errols notoriously violent temper. Hes got his hooks into her business too, and the loans are due. Margot brings a gun to the spa, to protect herself and her charming son, Tomas. Tomas, a budding fashion model, wants his father to accept him, but his homosexuality disgusts Errol, and the two men have never had a civil conversation.
Wife #3, Lara, seems to be full of love and human kindness. Shes engineered a family reunion along with the spa opening in an attempt to reconcile her husband with his wives and children before her own baby is born. Learning of Errols past cruelties, Lara does her best to soften her hard-headed husband, but his unusual sexual demands have begun to wear on her soul. Lara has secrets of her own, a dark past that may soon be exposed.
Rounding out the family gathering are Errols Aunt Tracey, who knows where the bodies are buried—perhaps literally—and Sonyas fellow reporter Frank ONeill, who has a deeply personal connection to Lara and who is preparing a book-length expose of Errol Swanson.
When Errol is found, shot to death while tied to the bed he and Lara shared, the morning after a family dinner marked by vituperation and violence, local police have an abundance of suspects. But Sonya is already several steps ahead of the official investigation. Shes determined to find out who killed the mogul . . . and get her scoop on the air.
"A lush Hawaiian setting, murder, hints at kinky sex and insider TV knowledge don't quite add up to a winning mystery in the second novel starring TV producer Sonya Iverson(Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15) by Klensch, a CNN host and style journalist. Errol Swanson, a cartoonishly nasty spa owner, is put out of his misery at the end of chapter one ('His head had rolled toward the door, and Sonya could see the bullet hole in the center of his forehead'), but readers still get to hear all about him, as the next 21 chapters are backstory. Clich-rich portraits — of Swanson's current wife, ex-wife, ex-lover, spurned gay son, supposedly dead other son and fired employee, each of whom had good reason to pull the trigger — pile up. Sonya, in town to document the opening of Errol's new spa, now has a bigger story. 'Could the disturbed woman have pulled the trigger and killed her father? Could her voices have told her to do it? Surely not.' Sonya does solve the mystery, but in the course of her sleuthing she helps provoke the suicide of the disturbed — and, yes, innocent — woman, Errol's daughter, Christy. The author's bio notes that she's made the Best-Dressed List, but the bestseller list looks less likely. Agent, Kay McCauley." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
TV newsmagazine producer Sonya Iverson returns in this follow-up to "Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15." When the former head of Sonya's network is found shot to death after a family dinner marked by violence, Sonya is determined to find out who killed the mogul . . . and get her scoop on the air.
Poor Sonya Iverson! TV journalism looks exciting from the outside, but it can be deadly dull, even in a glamorous, high-end Hawaiian spa. Why is Sonya doing a "puff piece" about the spa? Because it's owned by Errol Swanson, former head of Sonya's network, and his young, pregnant third wife.
Lara Swanson seems to be filled with the milk of human kindness. She's invited Errol's first two wives and surviving children to the spa opening, wanting to heal Errol's troubled family. It is an impossible task. Errol torments his exes financially, publicly rejects his homosexual son, and reviles his emotionally-handicapped daughter.
Sonya can't understand what Lara sees in him. Perhaps the youngest Mrs. Swanson has a few skeletons in her own closet, secrets that Errol uses to hold her close?
Evidence of kinky sex is found alongside Errol's corpse--murdered in the bed he and Lara shared. Thanks to her TV interviews, Sonya is several steps ahead of the official police investigation. She's determined to be the first to find out who killed the mogul . . . and to get her scoop on the air.
About the Author
Elsa Klensch, producer and host of CNN's groundbreaking fashion and design program, "Style with Elsa Klensch," still covers fashion, luxury goods, and design for print and television media. She has been elected to the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Klensch's first book was Style, a heavily illustrated compendium of fashion tips and tricks. Her series of mysteries starring television fashion journalist Sonya Iverson began with Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15.
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