A story about fame, megalomania and murder.
Carina Hemsley, former soap star of 'Winkle Bay' was a hugely popular actress in her day - until her ego took over and 'Cora Smart', her character, was axed off.Now, after years away from the lime-light, she's appearing as the Good Fairy in panto, terrorising the cast and crew of a tatty third-rate northern theatre and drinking and smoking herself to death. Audiences are down and the outlook isn't good... until she starts receiving death threats in the post. Along with the police, the media circus descends, boosting her public profile and putting bums on seats in the theatre.
Follow Carina and her not-so-merry troupers as they face an onslaught of assassination, romance and intrigue, but as Carina says, 'The Show Must Go On!'
©2010 Keith Temple (P)2011 Iambik
"A scriptwriter of long standing for shows such as "Eastenders" and "Doc Martin", Keith Temple has obviously had great fun writing about a world he knows well in his debut novel. Carina, in particular, is a myopic monster of a woman, variously flattering, denigrating and even outright abusing anyone she comes across (depending on how useful or otherwise they are to helping her achieve her sole aim of returning to the spotlight). The question is always there of which real life soap matriarch she might be based upon." (Stirling Observer)
I knit while I listen when I'm not falling asleep
Everytime I switched on to listen I did not get very far before I had to switch it off. The story did not have the ability to hold my attention.
"I was tempted to bail on it at first"
as the first third of the book drags very badly, both from a plot with a l-o-n-g setup, and an audio narrator who talks very s-l-o-w-l-y. I spent quite a bit of time wondering where this was all headed? However, once an actual murder occurs the action kicks in and the rest of the book is a race to see whether the villain can pull things off. Characters are well-differentiated (narrator is quite good in that regard, causing my skin to crawl whenever she spoke as the creepiest character) and the local scenery becomes an interesting part of the story.
Recommended if one keeps the faith about the book getting better. I'd definitely read another by this author, although he's got to tighten future plots.
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