Friday, December 16, 2016

HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe

HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe is a crime thriller that takes amateur sleuth Diana Poole deep into Southern California’s underworld to uncover the mystery of a diamond-encrusted scorpion—and the reason for the murders that follow in its wake. One afternoon while standing outside her newly renovated Malibu house, Diana Poole sees a woman across the highway waving at her, but Diana doesn’t recognize her. Still waving, the woman walks into the oncoming cars and is killed instantly. Why would anyone do such a thing? Melodie Johnson Howe is the author of several novels, and was nominated for an Edgar Award. After a career in movies and television, she quit acting to write novels. This is a pretty unique story, not just the series of novels here, but because the author made the transition out of films into fiction...and also "audio movies." Many film and TV stars (both former and present) do voiceover work narrating books (including Stephen Lang, Natalie Portman, Richard Poe, Kristoffer Tabori, Lorna Raver, Barbara Rosenblat, Will Patton, among others), and authors themselves sometimes narrate their own books (like Stephen King and a slew of autobiographies, most recently Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame.) But the list of former film stars who now write fiction has to be small. Howe hasn't acted in a long time, but was in both movies (Coogan's Bluff with Clint Eastwood) and TV series such as Lou Grant, Barnaby Jones, Baretta, and Love American Style. Meanwhile, narrator of this novel is Marguerite Gavina seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. 

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