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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (355 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 2009 ISBN: 9780307577382
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Nobody can dish morning TV like Al Roker, who’s seen every side of a business that looks good on camera—even when sharks are circling inside the gleaming glass Manhattan media headquarters. Treachery abounds in Roker’s riotously thrilling debut novel—at once an ingenious murder mystery and a delicious behind-the-scenes look at network TV. As fact and fiction collide and the backbiting ignites, The Morning Show Murders will make you wonder: How much of this stuff is real?

Network TV can be murder. Just ask Billy Blessing, famous for his smile, charm, and ability to survive the shark tank that is high-stakes morning TV. But though Billy has outlived his fair share of prima-donnas, his cooking segment on Wake Up America! is a staple of the American diet, and his Manhattan bistro is a mega-success, his career has just taken a very dangerous turn: His show’s perky cohost, Gin McCauley, has launched into some brass-knuckles contract negotiations. A visiting Mossad agent is about to tell all on the air. And then the network’s head honcho is murdered in his luxury apartment, and an ambitious D.A. decides that Billy is to blame.

Forensics show that Gerry Gallagher was poisoned and that the fatal coq au vin came from Billy’s restaurant. Gerry had an impressive list of women in his black book—and a news assignment in Afghanistan had plunged the TV exec into the heart of a violent international secret. Now unsavory characters are coming out of the woodwork, and another murder strikes the show’s inner circle. Billy knows that someone’s trying to frame him. He also knows that a ruthless international assassin has just arrived in New York City. And suddenly, for the most trusted guy on TV the ultimate career move is not about ratings. It’s about staying alive—and stopping the next murder from becoming tomorrow’s breaking news.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Great fun! Al pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on when the cameras go off. Harlan Coben
  • This is a funny, funny, very funny mystery that really gallops along and has several cool twists. Maybe Al Roker should quit his day job. James Patterson
  • Dazzling . . . If you like your crime with a brilliant plot, crackling dialogue, a dash of celebrity and plenty of suspense, then The Morning Show Murders is an absolute must-read. Linda Fairstein
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  • Terrific plot, fast, funny, and full of action and adventure with even a touch of steamy romance. Janet Evanovich
  • Required reading. New York Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 2/13/2014

    " Pretty good...sometimes slow. Not sure if I will read the midnight one coming out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable book to read. It keep my attention and i at least guessed who one of the bad guys were. I would love to see the character Chef Blessing become a series of books. All of the characters were very interesting. I think there are a lot of secerts behind marvin and the commander. There a lot more in the this book can be explored further. It was a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 2/9/2014

    " This is Al Roker's first fictional novel, and the first Billy Blessing mystery. It is not a great book, but it is good enough. It introduces Chef Billy Blessing, his friends, and his restaurant. In addition to running his restaurant, Billy is a regular on a network morning television show (Like the Today Show), and he has a cable cooking show. While juggling all those responsibilities, one of Billy's friends is murdered and Billy is suspect number one as far as the cops are concerned. In the end, Billy has to face a professional "hit man" who wants to kill Billy and one of the guests on the show. Everything ends well, just in time for a consideration of Book #2. As I said, this is not a work of art, but it is good enough to encourage reading thru to the last page, and that is enough for a positive recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Barely a 3 on the star scale. I guess I was hoping for more. OK story and I liked the twists but something was just a little off. Maybe too slow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eden | 2/9/2014

    " I tried listening to this book on audio cd. I made it several chapters and finally gave up due to language. With all the books I can choose from, I choose to not listen to or read poor language. I can't say anything about the storyline because I didn't even get far enough for the murder(s). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2014

    " I picked this book up because I love Al Roker, and find him hysterical on Today, so I was interested to see how his humor would show itself in fiction. Full of pop culture references, including a few self-deprecating references to Roker himself, there was a lot of unexpected humor for a murder mystery. The characters were very eclectic in personalities and backstories, which gave the story a lot of texture, depth, and interest. It was a fun mystery that brought you in and kept you there. The twists and turns kept me guessing and, until the end, I was completely wrong on the "whodunit" aspect. My only real negative was the main character, Billy Blessing. I sometimes felt that he was almost a bystander in is own life and story, rather than really being an active participant. I would definately recommend this read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/22/2014

    " Surprisingly enjoyable light read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy :) | 1/10/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the book, as I had picked it up because of the author alone! At times, it was hard to keep up with all of the characters, but it was an enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/10/2014

    " Fun read. You can hear Al Roker speaking through his main character's voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde | 1/4/2014

    " An entertaining book, enjoyable read. A book without alot of character development, you don't really know the main characters very well. The writing is lively and the story line is a real good who done it. A good summer read to read on the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cookie Pacheco | 1/3/2014

    " Thought it was good. I expect more for his second story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GammasWorld | 12/17/2013

    " I thought this was a very light but entertaining read. The pace was quick and the twists and turns many and interesting if somewhat unbelievable at times. I've got the next book in the series ready to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Mahoney | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book - probably mostly because I like Al Roker - but it was an easy read and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 11/27/2013

    " Somewhat in the style of Janet Ivanovich. Quick read with lots of characters, twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Duke | 11/24/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Al Roker can write a pretty good murder mystery. I enjoyed getting to know Billy Blessing and look forward to his next funny, fast-paced, foray into fact-finding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Bradford | 11/10/2013

    " I like Al Roker,so I thought this was an interesting read since it delves into the business of early morning television as the protagonist -- an anchor -- attempts to solve a murder he's accused of committing. Fun stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 11/4/2013

    " Fun easy read - I enjoyed the dialogue and banter which reminded me of Gilmore Girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri Smith | 8/16/2013

    " I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this- particularly the pop-culture references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 6/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this mystery/thriller. It is somewhat reminds me of Janet Evanovich's stephanie PLum series in that it has a true mystery but has some fun along the way. This is a "light" mystery but certainly worth the read if you are looking for something that is a quick read with a few laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Librarian2191 | 4/10/2013

    " An entertaining read with an ending I would never have predicted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cranbery | 11/27/2012

    " Did not care for...........dull! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mascanlon | 11/27/2012

    " A fun romp through AM TV. Billy Blessing is a bit TV chef, AM weather and all around friend to everyone. Billy is forced to sleuth around in order to save his own neck. Good plotting, lots of excitement and lots of good food snacks along the way. A delicious read on the plane or the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chloe | 10/5/2012

    " Good but so many characters it got hard to follow at the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 9/13/2012

    " I would have liked it better if I hadn't been listening to Al Roker read it. I really don't like an author reading their own book. He thinks he's funnier than he really is.....you can tell in the voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-marie | 8/31/2012

    " I read this one on my Kindle. It was very good. The plot built to a great ending, the characters were believable and I cared for each one at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdonn | 8/17/2012

    " This was a book I won, and I really enjoyed it. The world of Television is the backdrop for this murder mystery and it was a quick read. There were enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/21/2012

    " Not a fan; didn't really like the characters though was surprised at the bad guy(s). I don't think I will continue with the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 9/16/2011

    " I can't believe I wasted my time on this book, hoping through the whole thing that it would get better. Sub-par writing, snore of a "mystery" plot, with a semi-predictable twist at the end. This was my first and last of Al Roker's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/30/2011

    " A good story even if a bit predictable. It was a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacksonjh | 6/25/2011

    " Laid back but very competent chef solves a crime in which he is a prime suspect. Includes humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 6/4/2011

    " This was a surprise. It was a good story with a straight forward plot. The characters were fun and interesting. I will read another of Roker's books, because I liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 5/31/2011

    " Surprise, surprise, surprise. This was a great read. He had me almost till the end before I figured out who dunnit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/19/2011

    " Barely a 3 on the star scale. I guess I was hoping for more. OK story and I liked the twists but something was just a little off. Maybe too slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadeen | 3/3/2011

    " Fun book - light enjoyable reading with some good humor and a slight mystery with a twist or two. Entertaining enough that I will read his other mystery.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 2/18/2011

    " Pretty good...sometimes slow. Not sure if I will read the midnight one coming out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/4/2011

    " I think I read this before. Each chapter sounded familiar, but I didn't know what would happen next, so I kept reading. A fun diversion into fiction, something rare for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen | 1/7/2011

    " Disappointed. Slower read than expected with a bit of a surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 12/30/2010

    " I was naive enough to follow the path the book was taking me instead of looking for a double cross or a double entendre. Well done first mystery. I doubt Tom Skilling could do better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/30/2010

    " I wasn't too impressed with this book -- seemed a little too contrived. Won't bother to read the next one in the series! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 12/8/2010

    " Thought this would be kind of interesting, negative. "

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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.