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!’
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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