Monday, June 7, 2010

Blue Monday!

Do Mondays leave you feeling glum and depressed? Do you hit the snooze alarm with a sense of dread as you stumble to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee?

You're not alone. 99% of the world's population goes to work sick and exhausted on Monday mornings. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but I'm confident it's a pretty high percentage.

How do I know these things? I'm Maggie Walsh, psychologist turned radio talk show host in REEL MURDER. You may have heard about me. I actually left a cushy practice in mid-town Manhattan (where I treated the "worried well") for a job at WYME, a radio station in south Florida. My mother, Lola, never lets me forget it.

Lola is an actress (clinging to the bottom rungs of show biz in D-list movies) and I think she envied me my cushy job in New York. Being a radio talk show is fun and adventurous, but it doesn't have much in the way of job security. If my ratings tumble, I'm out the door.

And there was that nasty little matter of a dead guru. Was it my fault he was a guest on my show and turned up dead? I think not! I managed to solve his murder with the help of hunky detective Rafe Martino and my trusty dog Pugsley. I seem to find myself caught up in another murder investigation and this time it's a dead actress. How do I get myself into these things? Stay tuned!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Maggie,

    A dead actress? Something tells me Lola is involved somehow. So, how is that hunky detective?

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  2. Maggie, you sound like you have your hands full ... any advice for beating stress and sleeping better?

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  3. Sometimes moms are the limit, aren't they? (Your books just went on my TBR list.)

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  4. I believe the letters of your radio station describe my life. I will stay tuned!

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  5. I love Dru's suspicion! Very clever, Dru!

    Being a radio talk show psychologist would be fun. Shades of Frasier!

    ~ Krista

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  6. What does it mean if I hit the snooze button every day that way? I'm so not a morning person!

    I'll be staying tuned, too. Who can resist a dead guru?

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  7. Maggie (and Mary :), I have to tell you both: I really enjoyed your first book, DEAD AIR. Fast, sharp, and laugh out loud funny. I even learned a thing or two about aberrant behavior (furries, anyone?) Can't wait to read REEL MURDER.

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  8. Ohhh, but the bed is soooo comfy. I hate to get out.

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  9. Leann, I have to credit Kate Collins, author of The Flowershop Mysteries, for the call letters of WYME radio. Is that inspired or what?? I owe her, big-time!

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  10. Hey Cleo, thanks for the kind words,no furries in this book, but some interesting characters. You wouldn't believe how many comments I got on the "furries"--they're real, folks, I swear!

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  11. Krista, yes, Maggie is rather like a female Frasier. My darling agent sold the series on the basis of five words, "Frasier meets Murder She Wrote."

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  12. Wendy, Dr. Maggie would prescribe an hour of walking a day (and no caffeine after 3:00 pm) as a cure for insomnia. Well, maybe not a "cure" (sigh) but walking and cutting down on the coffee helps a bit. Just out of interest, women are way more prone to insomnia than men are. Wish I knew why. Do we worry more? Maybe!

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  13. Hey Dru, Rafe is still sizzling hot in this latest mystery, REEL MURDER. Of course, he's constantly baffled by Maggie--just when he thinks he has her all figured out, she surprises him. But...women are good at doing that, right? We like to keep a little mystery going.

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  14. Love your call letters. A pschologist turned talk show host? Sounds like you must get some interesting and perhaps sinister calls.

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