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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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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