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Kelly Lange
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Lange's fluffy sequel to The Reporter (2002), lanky, blonde TV newshound Maxi Poole and her cameraman rush to downtown L.A. to cover the sudden death of Gillian Rose, owner of a successful herbal dietary supplement company. The station can't use the film footage they take, but right away we know it contains an important clue; too bad we have to wait for the end of the book for it. After the authorities pronounce Gillian's death natural, Maxi's self-styled snooping turns up enough questionable pharmaceutical evidence to prod the medical examiner into a second autopsy that proves Gillian was murdered. The brash Maxi insinuates herself into the case, interviewing Gillian's snappish husband Carter, his greedy mistress and Gillian's business colleagues. Red herrings and suspicious behavior by all the characters keep Maxi zooming around L.A.'s celebrity haunts. Finally, she pulls out the crime scene footage and identifies the murderer, a totally off-the-wall choice. The author's lavish descriptions of brand-name clothing and furnishings will tickle Jackie Collins fans, while others will welcome the insider look at how news programs are put together. Have a good day at the beach! Mystery Guild Featured Alternate. Agent, Robin Rue. (July 17) FYI: Lange is a former reporter and anchor for L.A.'s KNBC-TV. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Sleuthing TV news anchor Maxi Poole, one of LA's most recognizable faces, just happens to have been acquainted with the city's newest high-profile murder victim, one Gillian Rose. The woman's billion-dollar vitamin business continues under her grieving husband's direction, but all is not as it seems. Someone apparently breaks into the couple's mansion in order to attack the widower; a secret valuable formula goes missing from company offices; and an entrepreneurial takeover effort threatens the business. Poole works her own vivacious charm, but it brings her danger as often as not. An attractive heroine, free-flowing prose, and a believable plot make Lange's second Maxi Poole adventure (after The Reporter) a good choice for most collections. Lange is also the author of Gossip and Trophy Wife. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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