WHO KILLED THE PINUP QUEEN?
Kelner's plot is well constructed,
but the opening chapters are overly chatty. Too many characters are introduced at once, making the narrative difficult to follow. But the pace improves
several chapters into the novel, and
the reason behind the murder is
A celebrity tabloid hires freelancer Tilda Harper to conduct some "where are they now?" interviews, including one about an aging pinup queen and another about two brothers who acted in a number of westerns and are planning a cowboy-themed resort.
But her work takes a deadly turn when she discovers the body of pinup queen Sandra Sechrest, whom she had interviewed earlier in the evening. Sechrest had worked with a number of the celebrities Tilda plans to interview, and soon she's trying to uncover a murderer's identity. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Jan., 279 pp., $6.99)