Murder At the Academy Awards(2009)
(The first book in the Red Carpet Murder Mystery series)
A novel by Jerrilyn Farmer and Joan Rivers
The Academy Awards®. It's Hollywood's biggest night, and there's no star better equipped than the tart-tongued Max Taylor to hold court on the glamorous Red Carpet. Sharing the dish with her daughter, Drew, the calls-it-as-she-sees-it entertainer has parlayed this star-studded annual gig into television's most-watched pre-show event. And tonight, Max has landed a real coup -- an exclusive interview with Halsey Hamilton, a fabulous, young, paparazzi-trailed Oscar nominee. But not even Max, who's seen her share of celebrity train wrecks, is prepared for an incoherent Halsey, straight out of rehab, to stumble up to the mic, slur a few cryptic words, and drop dead at the hem of Max's stunning Michael Kors gown.
To Hollywood, the starlet's demise was tragic but inevitable. To Max, it looks more like a perfectly calculated crime. After all, she alone heard Halsey's final whisper -- a clue that leads Max to the pricey rehab clinic Wonders. With a weakness for nothing more disturbing than artificial sweeteners, Max nonetheless goes undercover and embarks on a twelve-step investigation into murder. Once inside the luxury clinic, Max's list of suspicious players expands faster than the Jolie-Pitt family: Burke Norris, a professional cad and Drew's ex-fiancé; Halsey's father, who is still making money off his dead daughter's fame; Halsey's jealous younger sister; and Rojo Bernstein, a tattooed karate hipster who knew the troubled fallen star much better than anyone suspected.
Now it's left to Max to unravel the sordid motives and find Halsey's killer while upstaging an over-the-top Hollywood memorial service and funeral where the ill-fated actress was buried in, of all things, a tacky designer knockoff! And you thought the Oscars were all swag bags and Jimmy Choos? Hah! Honey, it's murder.In Murder at the Academy Awards®, Joan Rivers delivers a very smart, bracingly funny, and pitch-perfect reflection of a Hollywood only she would dare to reveal -- all seen through the eyes of an indomitable, high-end amateur sleuth who isn't asking "Who are you wearing?" but rather "Whodunit?"
A Q&A with Joan Rivers
Q: What kinds of books do you enjoy?
A: At my age, anything in large print.
Q: Who inspired you to become a writer?
A: An agent who told me I was too ugly to be in front of the camera.
Q: Is it true when they say that you should 'write what you know' ?
A: Absolutely, which is why my next book is about having thighs that are visible from outer space.
Q: Writing is a tough profession. Do you remember the first time you were rejected?
A: My wedding night.
Q: What is it like having a novel published at the age of 75?
A: I am so old, even the spine of my book has osteoporosis.
Q: Computer, typewriter or pen and paper. What tools did you use to write your first book?
A: Chisel and stone.
Q: Are you one of those writers who work at home in a dirty old bathrobe without showering for days?
A: Yes, except for the part about working at home.
Q: What's the first step in getting a publisher interested in your book?
A: A check for fifty grand made out to 'cash' .
Q: Is it true that the murder mystery was heavily influenced by fashions seen on the red carpet?
A: Absolutely. Even the dust jacket was made by Chanel.
Q: What was the most important thing that you learned while writing a book about plastic surgery?
A: Always use the spell-check when you're still under anesthesia.
Title: Murder at the Academy Awards (R): A Red Carpet Murder Mystery (Red Carpet Murder Mysteries)
Author(s): Joan Rivers, Jerrilyn Farmer
Publisher: Pocket Books
Availability: Amazon UK