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Murder in the Mist

(The second book in the Stanley Waters series)
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In the annals of famous people writing mysteries, there are some notables, including Margaret Truman, Steve Allen, and more recently, Willard Scott. Yes, everyone's favorite weatherman, that guy who once played Ronald McDonald and went on to be a morning favorite on the "Today" show, has begun penning mysteries. In his new one, Murder in the Mist, the murder involves a Civil War reenactment, the cast of a network morning infotainment show, and Stanley Waters, the retiree who runs one of the most interesting bed-and-breakfasts on record. This is Waters's second appearance via Willard Scott, following the delightfully cozy mystery Murder Under Blue Skies. In that story, Waters had just opened his bed-and-breakfast, and at the big opening celebration, murder entered the establishment when one of the female guests dropped dead, facedown, into a bowl of salsa. Stanley got involved in the case further when Marilyn Tunney, chief of police in the small town of Higgins, began tracking down the killer. Stanley is smitten with Marilyn, and she makes a return in Murder in the Mist. In this one, Stanley is persuaded to stage a Civil War reenactment near his Virginia home, mainly for publicity purposes. The entire cast and crew of his network show, "Hello, World," arrives to cover the event. But there are good and bad apples in the network barrel, and chief among the bad is Grant Tyler, the star of the show, at least as far as he's concerned. Grant had been the main annoyance of Stanley's career on the show, and even now, when he's in retirement, Grant manages to make smarmyremarksabout Stanley's baldness or his weight. But when the morning of the Civil War "battle" arrives, the television folk and the locals are all dressed to kill. Cameras roll, cannons fire, and it looks like a lot of fun until Stanley falls from a gunshot. Waking up in the hospital, Stanley learns that, in fact, he'll recover nicely, with not much damage owing to the nature of the bullet - essentially, a minié ball. But Rance Wofford, a local businessman, was not so lucky. Marilyn has to investigate this killing, which doesn't look entirely accidental, and Stanley joins her in sniffing out the murderer in their midst - and in the mist of an old Civil War battlefield, where the ghosts of the Confederate dead mingle with a modern-day killer on the loose. By turns Murder in the Mist is wacky, delightful, and surprising, and it will keep the reader guessing right up until the end of the story. Willard Scott and his coauthor, Bill Crider, have written a wonderful cozy mystery full of Civil War history tidbits and insider fun about network morning shows. Can't get enough of Willard? Get Murder in the Mist! -Douglas Clegg

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Murder in the Mist
Author(s): Willard Scott, Bill Crider
ISBN: 0-525-94325-0 / 978-0-525-94325-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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1900 : USA Hardback

Title: Murder in the Mist: A Stanley Waters Mystery
Author(s): Willard Scott, Bill Crider
ISBN: 0-7862-1915-7 / 978-0-7862-1915-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Paperback Editions

December 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Murder in the Mist (Stanley Waters Mysteries)
Author(s): Willard Scott, Bill Crider
ISBN: 0-451-19298-2 / 978-0-451-19298-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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