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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Roker, Dick Lochte Narrator: Al Roker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Billy Blessing Series Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307577405
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Professional chef turned amateur sleuth Billy Blessing finds himself in hot water when a brutal killing cancels a TV show—and its host—during its debut.

Billy has reluctantly agreed to fly westward and play second banana on a new late-night talk show hosted by comic Desmond O’Day in Los Angeles, a city that brings up bad memories. Twenty years ago, Billy had accused obnoxious chef Roger Charbonnet of murder there. A tricked-up alibi freed Roger, who vowed vengeance—and Billy’s arrival in the City of Angels just may give Roger his chance. When a deadly explosion during a TV taping kills more than Desmond’s chance at high ratings, Billy is convinced that he was the intended target. With politics, infidelity, and high finance sprinkled in, the case turns out to have more ingredients than Billy could ever have imagined. And when a beautiful female TV producer convinces Billy to find the culprit himself—on camera—the table’s set for a conspiracy with too many cooks and far too many killers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Roker and Lochte offer a satisfying entrée to follow the appetizer they provided in The Morning Show Murders.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Terrific plot, fast, funny, and full of action and adventure with even a touch of steamy romance.”

    Janet Evanovich, on The Morning Show Murders

  • A 2011 Nero Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince | 1/13/2014

    " Fun read. Little contrived at the end, but still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaje Harper | 12/16/2013

    " I really liked this book. The narrator, Chef Billy Blessing, has a smooth, witty, appealing voice and the mystery plot would seem predictable and then have turns and twists I didn't see coming. The thing keeping it from five stars in my opinion was some bad-guy-explains-all beyond what seemed natural. I have a hard time with villains who tie up their own loose ends in an exposition to the hero. And the final action sequence was a little over the top. But I really liked the book in most other ways. There were some great quips and lines: Roger was as close to rabid as a human can get without the help of an infected animal. or In Malibu, you can lie on the sand and look at the stars, or vice versa. Old jokes and new quips, nicely placed in the story. There was what I took to be just a bit of a swipe at Jonathan Kellerman in the person of a minor character named Dover, a child psychiatrist who helps the police with murders, writes books, and has an SO who is a luthier named Raven. A little unnecessary perhaps (I like Alex Delaware) but meant in fun. I'm going to have to go back and read the previous book by these authors and keep an eye out for more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 10/27/2013

    " Too many people involved and nothing seemed to tie in together, Too many stories going at one time. Glad to be done with it and on to something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 10/17/2013

    " Not as good as the previous collaboration, "The Morning Show Murders". The first one had me guessing until the end. This one was more predictable. Would like to see a third book, in which Billy Blessing returns to New York, or maybe a new city. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 10/16/2013

    " I just can't see our beloved Al using the f-bomb in like every 5th sentence. Guess I shouldn't have read it right after a Myron Bolitar story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Kranz | 10/10/2013

    " I thought the story was ok, but not great. The story seemed to circle more around what Hollywood is like for a New Yorker than a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/10/2013

    " I can understand why this book was on the short list for the Nero Wolfe Award. Well-written and engaging, this is a traditional mystery in the best sense of the sub-genre. Surprisingly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 10/1/2013

    " A fun book with a completely human protaganist that you really grow to like. Enough twists to keep you guessing and plenty of humor. I look forward to the third Billy Blessing novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Duke | 9/12/2013

    " Still loving Billy Blessing. This second book in the series seemed to have more foul language that I didn't particularly care for, but I suppose that it was appropriate to the characters. Still a funny, fast-paced romp through behind the scenes TV Land with a surprising twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/24/2013

    " a fun book with a look into the tv world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 8/11/2013

    " I enjoy this series and I hope there is more to come. It is a quick read, humorous and has a good mystery behind it. Sometimes it is a little predicatble, but hey it is worth it for the laughs and the suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachee | 8/5/2013

    " Al Roker's Billy B;essing is once again caught up in murder this time on the West COast. I like the Billy Blessing charater. He is an average Joe who happens to get caught up in murder and mayhem and acts realistically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericka | 7/27/2013

    " The book was just ok, not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. The tongue in cheek humor is appealing. The ending was a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Brant | 3/26/2013

    " While many would find Al Roker's humor entertaining in this book, I think this book is on the "lightweight" side overall. So you get a few chuckles...oh yes, and plenty of the beautiful people! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie Gienapp | 11/5/2012

    " actually didn't finish.. wasn't worth the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 8/13/2012

    " I like these stories and Al Roker (the person reading the book) is great! The books draw me in and I find that I really like the characters and I can see and feel the areas and situations. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 3/10/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It's not a heavy duty mystery such as you get from Patricia Cornwell and others. Also, I found it a pretty quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Storaasli | 10/19/2011

    " If you love Al Romero, you'll love his "light" murder mysteries. They remind me a lot of Janet Evanovich novels. Lighthearted and fun. This definitely isn't a deep read but so much fun, none the less! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 5/16/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's not a heavy duty mystery such as you get from Patricia Cornwell and others. Also, I found it a pretty quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachee | 3/27/2011

    " Al Roker's Billy B;essing is once again caught up in murder this time on the West COast. I like the Billy Blessing charater. He is an average Joe who happens to get caught up in murder and mayhem and acts realistically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/12/2011

    " a fun book with a look into the tv world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/12/2011

    " I enjoy this series and I hope there is more to come. It is a quick read, humorous and has a good mystery behind it. Sometimes it is a little predicatble, but hey it is worth it for the laughs and the suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 1/11/2011

    " I liked this book. I found the story plausible and fun to read. It did revolve a lot around food and eating, but that kind of fits Al Rokers style. I plan on reading his other book as well.

    Some parts seemed kind of far fetched, but hey it is fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Al Roker

Al Roker is known to over thirty million viewers for his work on NBC’s Today, a role that has earned him ten Emmy Awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two bestselling cookbooks to his credit. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters, and a son.