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Murder Off Mike

Murder Off Mike

A Talk Radio Mystery

Talk-Radio Mysteries (Volume 1)

Joyce Krieg

Minotaur Books



Murder Off Mike by Joyce Krieg introduces Shauna J. Bogart, a small and sassy radio talk show host/amateur sleuth. Shauna J. is used to dealing with the controversial, the contentious, the cranky, and the just plain crazed as the host of the afternoon gab fest on the top-rated station in California's state capital. But nothing prepares her for the day a fellow shock jock turns up with a bullet in his head. The cops say it's suicide, but Shauna J. isn't buying it. She launches her own investigation, putting herself at peril.

Her investigation, aided and abetted by her loyal callers, leads her to a shattering secret that could derail the campaign of the leading candidate for governor. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes shenanigans threaten the very existence of the radio station Shauna J. calls home.

The action climaxes in a down-to-the-second pursuit through the streets of historic Old Sacramento during the city's world-famous Jazz Jubilee. Armed with only a roll of copper wire, a pirate radio transmitter, and her ingenuity, can Shauna J. get the station back on the air in time to reveal the truth to her listeners?

Agatha Awards - Nominee


Praise for Murder Off Mike

“Funny, feisty Shauna J., whose debut won the 2002 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic contest for Best First Traditional Mystery, is certainly a keeper.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at contemporary talk radio in Krieg's superior debut, featuring fresh, smart, and feisty sleuth Shauna J. Bogart...this riveting mystery will leave readers eager for the sequel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Krieg's debut reads like the work of a seasoned mystery writer-in many ways, in fact, it reads better than the work of many genre veterans.” —Booklist starred review

“Krieg hasn't missed a trick in plotting and fleshing out her novel with memorable characters.” —Carmel Pine Cone

“Krieg is a skilled and smooth writer who keep sup the excitement and a sense of lurking danger through the whole book...[a] highly satisfying book. Murder off Mike won the 2002 St. Martin's prize for best first traditional mystery, and I can see why.” —Cozies, Capers, and Crimes

“Shauna J. Bogart is a funny and likeable first-person narrator; the background of the radio, musical, and political scene of the California capital is vividly realized.” —Ellery Queen

“Joyce Krieg's writing strength is her background in radio. She's comfortable with the equipment. She gives the reader a working knowledge of the tools of the trade and uses them skillfully to advance the plot...Shauna Bogart is an interesting amateur sleuth and Murder off Mike shows a lot of promise.” —Mystery News

“Readers will quickly comprehend why Murder off Mike won the St. Martin's first novel contest.” —Harriet Klausner

“Krieg has all the right skills and a terrific backdrop in the world of talk-radio.” —The Poisoned Pen

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About the author

Joyce Krieg

Like the heroine of Murder Off Mike, Joyce Krieg is a veteran broadcaster, both on the air and behind the scenes. Her many awards and honors include being named "Professional of the Year" by the Sacramento Public Relations Association and being inducted into the Valley Broadcast Legends for working in local radio for more than twenty years. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.

Joyce Krieg



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