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Video Kill

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  402 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
It is the best script Erik Neilsen and Tony Rocca ever wrote. They call it Video Kill, a shocker about a psycho who videotapes beautiful actresses as he murders them. But when the killings really happen, Erik and Tony must race to keep the video killer from finding more victims!
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Pocket Books
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May 15, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. I suspected almost everyone and was close to the end before I knew who really did it. As much as I love Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson books she has a real flair for the more serious murder mysteries.
Casia Courtier
Sep 21, 2015 Casia Courtier rated it liked it
I've been on a kick for horror and mystery. It might be because it's October, but I just need to freak out. Anyway, that's why I checked out this audio book from the library. If you don't know, I love listening to audio books when exercising or doing chores. It keeps out the monotony.

I have mixed feelings about Video Kill. The mystery wasn't really there because I did have the killer pegged quickly. However, I didn't get my suspicions confirmed until the end. There were moments that I was second
I picked this up at the library because I was looking for serial killer books from a women's POV and the back copy paints this book as being about two women investigating a helping catch a serial killer.

False. Advertising.

One of them doesn't show up until halfway through and the other is almost terminally stupid. Neither one could even generously be considered a main character. (ie. someone who drives the story) Really this book is about their husbands and it’s a darned good thing teh menz are
Aug 23, 2016 Alessio rated it liked it
Shelves: letti
Nessun altro aveva avuto la possibilità di vedere il loro contenuto a eccezione della persona che li aveva girati. E questo significava che R...o N... erano il Video Killer!
Jennifer Brown
Mar 03, 2017 Jennifer Brown rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm sad to say that I could not finish this one. It could have been the narrator that was extremely boring, but I just had to turn it off. I ended up listening to disc 3 twice without realizing it because I kept zoning out. Made it to about page 111 before stopping.
Amy "the book-bat"
Jun 13, 2013 Amy "the book-bat" rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, joanne-fluke
I am a fan of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series, so when I saw this one listed in the library's catalog, I thought I would give t a try. This is quite a bit different from the cozy mysteries I am used to reading from Fluke. This book was originally written in 1989 and then re-released in 2013.
I thought it was an interesting concept. A pair of screenwriters are trying to sell a screen play about a serial killer that videotapes the murders and leaves the tapes behind at the murder scenes. The s
Sheila Beaumont
I found this to be quite an entertaining read. The copyright date on it is 1989, so it was written before Ms. Fluke's Hannah Swensen culinary cozies, but apparently it was updated before this printing, as the characters use DVDs and flash drives.

The story may be too tame for those who enjoy serial-killer thrillers and too violent for those who read only traditional cozies. I enjoy the whole range of mystery/thriller fiction, from cozy to hard-boiled and action thrillers, so it worked out just fi
This wasn't the kind of murder mystery I have come to associate with Joanne Fluke, from her Hannah Swenson mysteries. I did go into this reading, knowing it wasn't going to be a cozy book, like the other Joanne fluke books I have read. This is a serial killer murder mystery. I read the Hannah Swenson books for something light, after reading a dark book.

The video killer is making movies of murders he is committing, that he has taken from Alfred Hichkcock movies. The author throw suspicion on two
Julie Barrett
Jun 04, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it liked it
Video Kill by Joanne Fluke
Wanted to read this book because I've read many other mystery/cooking books by her and loved them all.
This one is a lot different and deals with the movie industry. Learned so many background things by reading this book.
The real killer has photographed all the murders and now the movie industry is remaking them for the tv screen. Many of them are fashioned after Alfred Hitchcock shows.
Book follows Mr. Brother who is an accomplished person who films scenes-he also has a
Mylaine L
Feb 10, 2016 Mylaine L rated it it was ok
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Jun 05, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. In this standalone book, friends and partners Tony and Erik are screenwriters pitching a movie idea to a major studio. The movie idea involves a serial killer who films his murders live. The studio rejects the idea but buys an option when Tony says the studio will be begging to buy the script within one year. Eleven months later, the murders begin. Someone named Brother videos his first murder as he kills an actress in the shower. Brother is re-enacting Hitchcock movies as he attempt ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I have never read Joanne Fluke before, and this was a nice start to her writing. Video Kill is a stand-alone novel and not in a series. The plot dealt with the film industry--writers creating a script that follows the work of a serial killer. Of course, the detective's ex-wife is a reporter who needs to get the "scoop" from him. Both have unresolved feeling for each other. Tony has secrets that he is keeping from his wife Allison and his writing partner Erik. Erik has secrets he is keeping from ...more
May 27, 2013 Arow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was torn when rating this book. I really wanted to give it 3.5 stars as I loved the concept of the story and the characters were fun but I just felt that some portions of the story were over told while other parts I wanted to hear more about. I also didn't like how quickly the novel much time was spent building up the suspense of 'who done it' I just thought it was a bit anti-climactic.

But I love Joanne Fluke's writing style and the way you immediately understand the characters so t
Mar 03, 2014 Katey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I read all of Joanne Fluke's dessert mysteries to date, I figured I would read everything she has written. This book came a long time before her dessert recipes, and it was different. A killer decides to kill off female actresses who look very much like the actresses in Hitchcock films. He has them reenact the murder scene of a specific film, and then he murders them the way he thought it should have been done. He has personality problems.
Sarah Adamson
Apr 20, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Wow - scary dark mystery from the author of so many great, light and fun cozies!!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book and it is a lot darker than my usual reads. What a page turner and what fantastic twists!! I will definitely be reading more but will remember not to read them alone in the house - far too scary!
Great writing and wonderful relationship explorations.
Thanks Joanne for another great one!
Nov 17, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Nice quick read. While I found myself laughing at characters actions more than I should have, I have very little complaints. (view spoiler)
Jul 28, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have loved Joanne Fluke's cozy mysteries. I could not wait to read her new book. I loved it! Someone was killing actresses by imitating Alfred Hitchcock movies. Actresses, screenwriters, the police detective and his ex-wife work together to solve the crime. I thought the characters were well developed, the plot was original, and the mystery moved fairly quickly. I would love to read another book in this series.

Jun 28, 2014 Kerry rated it did not like it
This is a serial murder who is recreating Hitchcock scenes for each murder. At the same time, two film writers are trying to sell a movie idea with a similar premise. I really did not enjoy the book. I didn't find it very "thrilling" and it had a lot of corny dialogue. Plus the characters were kind of all over the place and no one was very likable. I will say that the murderer was actually unpredictable, it was definitely a twist at the end, but that didn't make up for the rest of the book.
Jun 28, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This was a good thriller. I was looking forward to what I thought was a new book from a great cozy writer. This is not a cozy - this is a reprint of a book published in 1989. I get really annoyed when publishers do this. I had read it years ago but didn't recall the title and it said it was a May 2013 publication. While technically true I guess I don't think it was technically true - I prefer to spend my money on new books, not reprints of ones I have already read.
A movie script writing team start to see their new script come to life in reality when a serial killer starts to kill women in the same way a certain movie director used to in his films. Will they figure out the real killer before another woman is dead?

Light thriller. Each chapter goes back and forth among characters and you learn more about the story. Many possible suspects and twist ending.
May 30, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was hard to get excited started out v-e-r-y s-l-o-w.....then it finally picked up after over 100 pages :/

Although it is an interesting plot, it could have used more editing/tightening.

I was able to guess who the video killer was early on.

I will stick with Joanne's Hannah Swenson series.
Jun 22, 2013 Ivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this in certainly a big departure from Hannah Swenson. I don't know that I enjoyed Joanne Fluke delving into the world of serial killers, porn, etc. It was not necessarily gruesome as it could have been, I did finish it. However, it was just a lot more harsh and violent than I would expect. I didn't love it. Stick to cozy Joanne, you do it better.
Gianfranco Mancini
Più giallo che horror, un po' troppo romance tra le tre coppie di protagonisti (personaggi peraltro non proprio memorabili) e l'identità dell'assassino che riprende i suoi delitti rifacendo i film di Hitchcock è fin troppo facile da indovinare, ma la tensione durante gli omicidi, descritti dal punto di vista delle vittime, c'è e regala più di un brivido estivo. Così così.
Carole Anderson
Oct 22, 2015 Carole Anderson rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Joanne Fluke's cookie store mysteries, so thought I'd give this one a try. This is definitely not her usual, but I did enjoy it. A comedy of errors in some ways, but an enjoyable read. Two movie writers write a script, then life mirrors them, so they revise to mirror real life. The lies and misdirections cause lots of problems and add to the story's intrigue.
Aug 11, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it
Don't read it. Just, don't do it. So predictable. I picked out the killer in the first 50 or so pages, and how he was doing it, and I called all the red herrings and it was just so bad.

And don't even get me started on the characters, or the dialogue, or...just no. Just don't. Go read the back of a cereal box, instead.
Lauren Marlene Sanders-Jones
This novel is well written, but disappointingly predictable at the end. Joanne Fluke has created a compelling set of characters and an intriguing story. The ending is a let-down because I could see it coming long before I got to it. Otherwise, I recommend this book for a lively and quick read, good for beach or travel reading.
Jun 20, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this was so different from Joanne Fluke's other series that I also really like. A suspenseful page turner that kept me from all my other tasks for two days. Can't wait to read the next one. Thought I had the culprit all figured out fairly early on but I was wrong! The plot development was great and quick paced.
May 19, 2013 Jake rated it it was amazing
A very well written thriller that keeps the reader glued to the book till the very end. As Hollywood is terrorised by a serial killer targeting actresses, filming the murders and leaving a copy of the video behind to taunt the LAPD. Meanwhile a couple of struggling writter discover that the serial killer's murder mirror their work.
Gerri Balter
Jun 05, 2014 Gerri Balter rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book. I knew it was not part of the Hannah Swensen series. I still hoped I would like it. I didn't. I was bored because the pace was too slow. I didn't care about any of the characters and I disliked the violence.
Jan 26, 2016 Tiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. It kept me guessing on who the killer was. I thought it was going to be confusing going back and forth between characters but after learning the characters it was pretty easy. Loved it.
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