Die Laughing

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Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1998 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Amateur sleuth Steve Allen and his lovely, vivacious wife, Jayne Meadows, are back to solve another murder mystery. This time, the setting is their own home town -- Hollywood -- and their own line of work -- show biz.

Aging, cigar-smoking Benny Hartman, veteran of stage, screen, and vaudeville, has a dying wish -- that Steve will emcee a "Comedy Award" ceremony in his posthumous honor. The town is abuzz with the question: who will get the award? But when Benny dies, and the crowds turn out for his funeral, comedy turns to murder -- and mayhem. Slapstick king Terry Parker is found stabbed behind a mausoleum, a final, mysterious word on his lips: "Ham".

Which one of Steve and Jayne's cronies could have done it? Hartman's floozie widow? Or perhaps his long-time rival for the comedy spotlight? Before Steve and Jayne can start eliminating suspects, another body turns up, face down in a swimming pool. Now, Steve must call upon his longtime talent for perfect timing. Because if he makes one false move, he could be the next victim...and a coldblooded killer could get the last laugh.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Looks like Benny Hartman will have the last laugh after all. Even though he's been dead for several months, the legendary comedian's final request of equally legendary Steve Allen, namely, the Benny ... Read full review

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Shortly after the funeral of a 93-year-old comedy veteran, Steve Allen and wife Jayne Meadows discover another comedy giant stabbed to death in a mausoleum. So begins a breezy new Hollywood "investigation." For most collections. Read full review


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Allen was the creator of the Tonight Show and the award-winning PBS program "Meetings of Minds.

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