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The Man Who Died Laughing (Stewart Hoag #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hoagy and Lulu (his cat food-eating basset hound) find themselves in Hollywood, where Hoagy will be ghosting the memoirs of has-been funnyman Sonny Day. Sonny is the man who put the "ick" into "shtick." Sonny made silver screen history as half of Knight and Day, the comedy team who kept the '50s laughing. Now, Knight and Day are history and volatile Sonny is determined to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Crimeline (first published 1988)
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Enjoyed it enough to move on to book two - but not without some hesitancy - a unique set up that should give the reader a bit more humor but somehow tAkes itself too seriously to be very much fun.
Cathy Cole
May 19, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
First Line: I was dreaming about Merilee when the phone woke me up.

Stewart Hoag (call him "Hoagy" for the cheese steak) is a one-hit wonder in the world of publishing. He just can't seem to get a second novel written, but he's going to have to do something if he wants to pay the bills and provide his basset hound, Lulu, with the food she craves.

A way to pay those bills sweeps in one day in the form of Sonny Day, one half of a comedy team that was the greatest thing since sliced bread in the late
Lynda Cowles
Nov 03, 2015 Lynda Cowles rated it liked it
I read through this book with gusto, right up until the murder. For me, Sonny Day was the main man. Charismatic, funny, but dark and disturbed - a (un)likeable man with obvious skeletons in his closet. Everyone else seemed 2D compared to him. So I took it hard when he died. Put the book down. Didn't pick it up again for a month. Didn't really care who killed him. When I did pick it back up, I finished it quickly and with a sense of duty. I couldn't actually tell you now who the murderer was. On ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Lara rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, crime-fiction
What let this book down was the twist at the end. I would say this story was written to be entertaining; and I don't find the 'other' crime that was exposed at the end of the novel is something that should be considered fodder for entertainment. This is a shame, because I was engaged in the novel right up to the last 10 minutes of reading time. (I also found myself constantly trying to work out what period the book was set in, if Frank Sinatra was still alive, which was a little distracting,)

Amanda Meggs
Oct 23, 2014 Amanda Meggs rated it liked it
I liked Hoagy, he is a good character. The who scenario was never as light as expected from the title, in fact it was a little grim in places. Hoagy is employed as a ghost writer for an old Hollywood actor/comedian who wants to give his flagging career a boost. His dog Lulu comes along with him.

Still, a good read and that's what I was looking for. I felt that it wasn't up to the standard of the Berger and Mitry series but as the introduction to a new series rather than the familiar one I will gi
Apr 06, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery
2.5 stars.
When I try to think of things to say about this, my descriptions make it sound like a 2 star book at best, but there was something about it that made it not that bad for me. Perhaps because the murder victim was a washed-up Hollywood star and there was a lot of (fictional) name-dropping and inner-workings details? I'm a sucker for that stuff.
A former literary star who has fallen prey to writer’s block is hired to ghostwrite a famous comic’s memoir but finds that not everyone wants all the facts to come out. Much darker and more serious than I expected but very enjoyable with some nice humor. Listened to the audio read by Tom Stechschulte.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 20, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Over coming writer's block by helping a washed-up comic write his auto-bio. Which of course nefarious forces want to stop.
Mar 26, 2015 Leta rated it liked it
I liked the protagonist and the writing but never warmed up to the victim or his circle. I'm looking forward to reading another in the series, though, to see where the author goes with Hoagy.
Sep 18, 2010 Sandybjork rated it really liked it
this is the 2nd in a new series .....almost a India version of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency' Like them very much ....will; be watching for the next one. Fun reading
Mar 18, 2009 Lotte rated it it was ok
Fast-paced mystery I liked less than I hoped, primarily because the "surprise" ending was apparent early on and spoiled the rest of the read.
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