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Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery

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The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery
by Melody Malone (Justin Richards)

This short ebook is based on a story partially told in British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Plot Summary:

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

This was one of the other days…

Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…

At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.

Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan – before the Angels take Manhattan?

Expectations:

Almost immediately after seeing the scenes where this book featured in the Doctor Who episode "The Angels Take Manhattan", I wanted to read this book (preferably own a copy).  I did know going into reading this book though that it is just what happens to River Song prior to Rory's appearance in her story so it doesn't follow the occurrences in the episode.  I wish they would release a full edition of this book that mirrors what happens in "The Angels Take Manhattan" though!

Review:

“Everything about me is pretty and a lot of it is shrewd. So I had a pretty shrewd idea what was going on.” - Melody Malone

Even though this book is affiliated with the TV show Doctor Who, it works pretty well as a standalone story - if you have a slight understanding of the show's baddies The Weeping Angels.  It reads as a typical hard-boiled detective novel set in the 1930s, with Melody Malone's hilarious wit and way with words.  As it says in the book and in the TV show, "She's got ice in her heart, and a kiss on her lips." and she is totally delightful - Melody's personality is wonderfully brought to life in this short mystery.  The actual story had some surprises for me - the Angels involvement was really not what I was expecting.  I wish there was more to this story, as Melody is such a fun character and I didn't want it to end!


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4 comments:

  1. I didn't realize it was an actual book you could own..I..must..have..it..!!!

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    1. I was so excited to see they were releasing this! I had hoped it would be written by Moffat, but Justin Richards did a great job!

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  2. Weeping Angels. *shudders* But I still want to read this.

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    1. LOL, there is not enough Angels in this story in my opinion! I love how creepy they are! :) Thanks for commenting!

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