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Also by Jerrilyn Farmer:

Desperately Seeking Sushi, March 2009
Hardcover
Murder at the Academy Awards®, February 2009
Hardcover
The Flaming Luau of Death, December 2005
Paperback
Perfect Sax, January 2005
Paperback (reprint)
Mumbo Gumbo, December 2003
Paperback (reprint)
Dim Sum Dead, April 2001
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Killer Wedding, March 2000
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Immaculate Reception, April 1999
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Sympathy for the Devil, May 1998
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Also by Joan Rivers:

Diary Of A Mad Diva, July 2014
Hardcover
I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me, June 2012
Hardcover
Murder at the Academy Awards®, February 2009
Hardcover
Men Are Stupid. . . And They Like Big Boobs, January 2009
Hardcover

Murder at the Academy Awards®
Jerrilyn Farmer, Joan Rivers

A Red Carpet Murder Mystery

Pocket
February 2009
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Featuring: Maxine Taylor
320 pages
ISBN: 1416599371
EAN: 9781416599371
Hardcover
$24.00
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Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Amateur Sleuth

As the Queen of the Red Carpet, Joan Rivers has been eyewitness to Hollywood's most heinous crimes (okay, so they're fashion related). And in this über-stylish mystery, she enlists her no-holds barred, slightly blonder literary counterpart, Maxine Taylor, to solve a crime of a different sort. When a gorgeous young actress dies on the Red Carpet, some in Tinseltown call it bad publicity. Max calls it murder.

The Academy Awards®. It's Hollywood's biggest night, and there's no star better equipped than the tart-tongued Max Taylor to hold court on the glamorous Red Carpet. Sharing the dish with her daughter, Drew, the calls-it-as-she-sees-it entertainer has parlayed this star-studded annual gig into television's most-watched pre-show event. And tonight, Max has landed a real coup -- an exclusive interview with Halsey Hamilton, a fabulous, young, paparazzi-trailed Oscar nominee. But not even Max, who's seen her share of celebrity train wrecks, is prepared for an incoherent Halsey, straight out of rehab, to stumble up to the mic, slur a few cryptic words, and drop dead at the hem of Max's stunning Michael Kors gown.

To Hollywood, the starlet's demise was tragic but inevitable. To Max, it looks more like a perfectly calculated crime. After all, she alone heard Halsey's final whisper -- a clue that leads Max to the pricey rehab clinic Wonders. With a weakness for nothing more disturbing than artificial sweeteners, Max nonetheless goes undercover and embarks on a twelve-step investigation into murder. Once inside the luxury clinic, Max's list of suspicious players expands faster than the Jolie-Pitt family: Burke Norris, a professional cad and Drew's ex-fiancé; Halsey's father, who is still making money off his dead daughter's fame; Halsey's jealous younger sister; and Rojo Bernstein, a tattooed karate hipster who knew the troubled fallen star much better than anyone suspected.

Now it's left to Max to unravel the sordid motives and find Halsey's killer while upstaging an over-the-top Hollywood memorial service and funeral where the ill-fated actress was buried in, of all things, a tacky designer knockoff! And you thought the Oscars were all swag bags and Jimmy Choos? Hah! Honey, it's murder. In Murder at the Academy Awards®, Joan Rivers delivers a very smart, bracingly funny, and pitch-perfect reflection of a Hollywood only she would dare to reveal -- all seen through the eyes of an indomitable, high-end amateur sleuth who isn't asking "Who are you wearing?" but rather "Whodunit?"

Media Buzz

Martha Stewart - July 31, 2009
Rachael Ray - April 17, 2009
The Bonnie Hunt Show - April 10, 2009
Larry King Live - March 18, 2009
Today - March 15, 2009
Rachael Ray - February 26, 2009
All Things Considered - February 18, 2009
Morning Edition - February 18, 2009
The View - February 10, 2009
Martha Stewart - January 29, 2009
Rachael Ray - January 16, 2009
Live with Regis and Kelly - January 12, 2009

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