Sacramento Talk Radio personality Shauna J. Bogart loves her drive-time gig. From cranky to controversial to just plain crazy, her guests and callers keep her on her toes-and never fail to keep things interesting-for three hours every weekday. But her show takes a turn for the truly bizarre when a listener phones in a tip about the death of fellow jock Dr. Hipster...
The cops say the bullet wound that killed Dr. Hipster was self-inflicted, but Shauna's not buying it. The man was a friend and a mentor who had everything to live for. Which begs the question: who wanted the good Dr. H. off the air permanently? Could it have been an ambitious colleague angling for better airtime? Or someone the outspoken radio host rubbed the wrong way on his show? With the help of her loyal listeners, Shauna J. begins to uncover some dirty little secrets about Sacramento's big shots. But she'd better be careful-because being on the same wavelength as a killer could make her next broadcast her last...
About the Author
Like the heroine of "Murder off Mike," Joyce Krieg is a veteran broadcaster, both on the air and behind the scenes. Her many awards and honors include being named "Professional of the Year" by the Sacramento Public Relations Association and being inducted into the Valley Broadcast Legends for working in local radio for more than twenty years. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.
"Funny, feisty Shauna J., whose debut won the 2002 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic contest for Best First Traditional Mystery, is certainly a keeper." -Kirkus Reviews
"An intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at contemporary talk radio in Krieg's superior debut, featuring fresh, smart, and feisty sleuth Shauna J. Bogart...this riveting mystery will leave readers eager for the sequel."-Publishers Weekly
"Krieg's debut reads like the work of a seasoned mystery writer-in many ways, in fact, it reads better than the work of many genre veterans."--Booklist starred review
"Krieg hasn't missed a trick in plotting and fleshing out her novel with memorable characters."
--Carmel Pine Cone
"Krieg is a skilled and smooth writer who keep sup the excitement and a sense of lurking danger through the whole book...[a] highly satisfying book. Murder off Mike won the 2002 St. Martin's prize for best first traditional mystery, and I can see why."-Cozies, Capers, and Crimes
"Shauna J. Bogart is a funny and likeable first-person narrator; the background of the radio, musical, and political scene of the California capital is vividly realized."--Ellery Queen
"Joyce Krieg's writing strength is her background in radio. She's comfortable with the equipment. She gives the reader a working knowledge of the tools of the trade and uses them skillfully to advance the plot...Shauna Bogart is an interesting amateur sleuth and Murder off Mike shows a lot of promise."
"Readers will quickly comprehend why Murder off Mike won the St. Martin's first novel contest." -Harriet Klausner
"Krieg has all the right skills and a terrific backdrop in the world of talk-radio."-The Poisoned Pen