Wanting Sheila Dead

Gregor Demarkian Novels (Volume 25 of 29)

Jane Haddam

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“Haddam manages to produce each time a layered, richly peopled, and dryly witty book with a plot of mind-bending complexity.”

—Houston Chronicle on Glass Houses
 
Sheila Dunham is a gossip columnist’s dream—she’s famous, loud and, to most who meet or see her, deeply offensive. As a result, she’s been fired from every job on television she’s ever had—first as a serious journalist, then as a personality, finally as a reality show judge. Now she’s producing and hosting her own reality show, “America’s Next Top Anchor,” shot in her hometown of New Fenwick, Connecticut. Everyone she employs is terrified of her; everyone one else hates her. And everybody seems to want Sheila dead.

Finally it seems someone has decided to try. After millions of dollars of jewels are stolen from her home, she is found beaten into unconciousness, next to the murdered body of a local girl. If nothing else, her show’s ratings are going to improve.

Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, is already scheduled to appear on her show but he’s going to consult on the biggest murder case to hit that part of Connecticut since the Revolutionary War. But how do you narrow down the suspects when the victim was hated by everyone?

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The line began to form in front of the great double doors of the Milky Way Ballroom at just after six in the morning. By ten, when the rain started to fall, it went to the end of the block and around the corner and to the end of the block again and around the corner again. It was at least four women across. Nobody could pass through any of those stretches of sidewalk except by walking half in the gutter.
Olivia Dahl was standing at the window of the third-floor office when the lightning first lit up the sky. She had been in the office since six herself, but not always in the window.

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“Outstanding...Haddam has few peers at misdirection, and she celverly satirizes the reality show industry while continuing to add depth to her lead.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“Haddam’s series characters are engaging as always, including Demarkian’s quirkly Armenian neighborhood, which has enough character to count as one.”—Charlotte News Observer  

“Her take on reality TV, its egos and backstage battles, is fresh and entertaining, and (as usual) the mystery is sharply plotted. Eventually Haddam may have to deal with the fact that Demarkian’s age will prevent him from continuing to solve crimes, but let’s hope that’s not for a while yet.”—Booklist

"Haddam gleefully satirizes reality TV and offers a well though out appreciation of Agatha Christie’s novels, which she lets Demarkian savor for the first time.”—Kirkus Reviews


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JANE HADDAM, author of more than twenty novels, has been a finalist for both the Edgar and the Anthony award. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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Wanting Sheila Dead
Jane Haddam

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
July 2010
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ISBN: 9781429907415
ISBN10: 142990741X
352 pages
$1.99
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