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The Morning Show Murders: A Billy Blessing Novel (Billy Blessing #1)

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  651 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Al Roker and Dick Lochte's The Midnight Show Murders.

As famous for his popular cooking segment on Wake Up America! as for his swank Manhattan bistro, Billy Blessing can add prime murder suspect to his impressive list of accomplishments. Because when one of the network’s top honchos ends up dead, it’s a poisoned serving of Blessi
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 05, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Wow, So, yeah, Al Roker wrote a murder mystery where the main character is essentially...Al Roker and it is was horrible. But (and it is a big but) it was SO bad that it was horrible awesome (like many Nic Cage movies). It was made even worse (better) by the fact that I listened to the audiobook by Al Roker himself.

Oh man, oh man, if you've never heard Al Roker say the line: "I awoke mentally, physically, and sexually exhausted." Than you haven't lived. His delivery wa
Gail Cooke
Dec 25, 2009 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very few are as familiar with the ins, outs, and roundabouts of morning TV as is popular weatherman Al Roker. What few knew until recently was that he's not only engaging on camera but also an accomplished author ( Don't Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures In Fatherhood, and several cookbooks.) Add to that description a smart fellow because when he decided to turn his pen to a mystery he wrote about what he knew - choosing as his protagonist Chef Billy Blessing who tantalizes viewers tastebuds ea
May 05, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
When it comes to summer reading, there are your good summer reads (thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat, mysteries that have you wondering, or that auto-biography you have always wanted to read) and the bad ones (mostly saved for airport bookstores so you can read them from Point A to B in the air). Roker's book is a little of both; with the cheesy factor making it quite low brow and best for the air, but some story development that allows you to want to keep reading. Depends on what ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery is not my usual genre of books.... But I like Al Roker on the Today Show and thought I'd give this a try when I saw it on the discount table at B&N... I am so glad I picked it up!

Cover shows written by Al Roker and Dick Lochte... I don't know who wrote what, but it was a good story. It kept me interested and I did not figure out the ending prior to getting there. (Which really is no surprise as I've had no practice with mystery novels)
Oct 27, 2014 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a funny and great first book from Al Roker. His main character Billy Blessing is a full time TV show chef and part time sleuth.

His adventures are rather madcap and part James Bond. As other have said, and I agree, a book of good fun and a pretty good read.
Jan 07, 2017 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done!
cj gordon
A cozy

I was disappointed that this is a cozy. The plot, characters and writing was not especially intriguing. Romance as a man would imagine. I found the story line itself full of holes.
Susan Gazaway
May 19, 2017 Susan Gazaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was a good read. I enjoyed it very much. The characters were good as well as the plot. I would read another book by these authors.
Sue Von Roedern
Nov 23, 2016 Sue Von Roedern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and funny. I will definitely read the next one.
Jun 25, 2010 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Paul Pessolano
Yes, it is the same Al Roker you see every morning on NBC's "Today" show. He uses his experience to put together, with Dick Lochte, a murder mystery that involves people on a morning TV show.

Billy Blessing, the main character, is a mainstay on the program "Wake Up America". Blessing is responsible for the cooking segment of the show and owns a very popular Bistro. He also has his own show on another network called, "Blessings in the Kitchen".

The networks head honcho, Rudy Gallagher, is murdered
This was just OK for me. Someone who's more into an espionage/military kind of background would probably enjoy it more. I get lost in all that kind of detail. Overall, the book is funny in a kind of low-tone way. It felt like the intention was to be kind of hard-boiled with comic overtones. The plot was good and I liked the characters, for the most part, I just kind of got lost in all the twists and turns. Billy Blessing, manages an upscale bistro in Manhattan, as well as hosting a cooking segme ...more
Dec 14, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first mystery this is a lot of fun. Of course, using a highly respected mystery author as a "co-author" helped a lot but you can tell that much of this mystery came from the mind of Mr. Roker.

Chef Billy Blessings works on a national TV morning show as a chef and sometime interviewer, as well as a front man who visits the crowds each morning (sound familiar?). When his executive producer is killed by poison in food from his restaurant Billy is on the case, trying to figure out who killed Ru
Mar 21, 2011 Marta rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
So, I feel like 2 stars may seem a bit harsh, so you can up it to like 2.5.

The book itself was entertaining enough, the characters were well developed and fun. Chef Blessing was a cheeky and charming lead with plenty of charisma.

I haven't read many murder mysteries but have watched my fair share of CSI and Bones. The storyline was interesting and definitely got me thinking.

However, when it came time for the reveal I felt like it fell flat. Like it just sort of happened, there was no real buil
Bruce Snell
This is Al Roker's first fictional novel, and the first Billy Blessing mystery. It is not a great book, but it is good enough. It introduces Chef Billy Blessing, his friends, and his restaurant. In addition to running his restaurant, Billy is a regular on a network morning television show (Like the Today Show), and he has a cable cooking show. While juggling all those responsibilities, one of Billy's friends is murdered and Billy is suspect number one as far as the cops are concerned. In the end ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery fan or Al Roker fan
Recommended to Melissa by: GoodReads! I recieved a First Read.
I loved this book! The first thing you notice is Al Roker's humor sprinkled throughout the story. I love Al's humor so that was a big plus to me. The story line has really nice twists and turns so it isn't predictable. The surprises last until the very end.

Billy Blessing, the main character, is a likable carbon copy of Al. Billy is a weatherman on a popular morning tv show. He is a chef and has an extensive knowledge of food and food preparation. One reason this story rang so true is that Al wr
Nov 23, 2010 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because I love Al Roker, and find him hysterical on Today, so I was interested to see how his humor would show itself in fiction. Full of pop culture references, including a few self-deprecating references to Roker himself, there was a lot of unexpected humor for a murder mystery. The characters were very eclectic in personalities and backstories, which gave the story a lot of texture, depth, and interest. It was a fun mystery that brought you in and kept you there. The twi ...more
Robert Weintraub
Feb 09, 2017 Robert Weintraub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rocker is a good mystery writer. Wrote a fast read that kept me interested.
Mild spoilers

It is what it is: television morning show personality Al Roker, guided by ghostwriter Dick Lochte, plays a game of what if. "What if I was younger ... and hot ... and a chef, no a SUCCESSFUL chef, with my own TV show, make that 2, no 3 shows! And what if my hot ex-girlfriend ... ex TV EXECUTIVE girlfriend ... threw me over for some guy who ends up murdered and ... and ... and what if the police suspected me and ... yeah, there are international assassins and spies and ... and ... I
Ronald Roseborough
Billy Blessing, the celebrated, restaurant owning, chef on the Morning Show, finds himself in trouble. One of his coworkers from the show has been murdered. Chef Blessing is immediately tagged for suspicion by the police. Thus we have the beginnings of an all too familiar plot set in the environs of a television Morning Show. Writers are often advised to write what they know about, but Al Roker's story, with the help of mystery author, Dick Lochte, has stayed to close to home. There are even cut ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really is not a bad book! The warm tone of Billy Blessing defines "cozy" perfectly. Although Billy's comfortable, fun and has a sense of humor, the book is not all goodness, light and clumsy antics. There are serious topics including a murderer using the war to cover up a U.S. soldier's slaying; a serial killer who's on a politician's payroll; a scapegoat describing what it feels like to be framed for a crime he didn't commit and how the police assigned to the case were so narrow-minded the ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on GoodReads. I enjoyed The Morning Show Murders: A Novel by Al Roker & Dick Lochte. Billy Blessing, the main character,is enjoyable and he comes across as a real person. The plot is a little contrived - Rudy's murder and the fact that Billy is the immediate suspect seem a bit much. However, it is a fun read. The further murders, the car chase, the cat notes and the finale where they catch the ultimate "bad guy" leave the reader in suspense right up to the end of the book. To ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Billy Blessing once again finds himself in hot water. When he is asked to play second banana to Desmond O'Day on the funnymans new late-night talk show. Los Angeles holds bad-and bloody- memories for Billy.. Twenty years ago, he suspected Roger Charbonnet an obnoxious chef of murdering his ex starlet girlfriend.And he told the cops,a tricked up alibi freed Roger, who vowed to get vengeance. After a horrifying explosion kills Desmond during a taping of the show. Billy believes he was the intended ...more
May 10, 2010 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Chef Billy Blessing is also a morning television personality as well as a celebrity restauranteur but murder is not particularly incriminating and when his boss at the television station is poisoned by a meal from Billy restaurant, he becomes the prime suspect. As friends start dying around him, he feels as though he is living the life as a dart board bull's eye only he doesn't know why. Al Roker reads the story and does a decent job. The story itself is a little too convoluted and kept losing m ...more
Shelly Donaghey
Aug 15, 2015 Shelly Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
THE MORNING SHOW MURDERS by Al Roker and Dick Lochte is a book that is as amiable as it’s writers. Chef Billy Blessing, restaurateur and one of the features on The Morning Show, somehow becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a co-host. Suddenly the police are closing down his restaurant, his job is threatened and an international hit man is on his case, giving warnings, not bullets. Yet!
There is a convoluted plot, some romances, a surprise ending and lots of action. One suspects Mr. Lochte
Television chef and restaurateur Billy Blessing is the chief suspect when his unpleasant executive producer dies after eating a meal that came from Billy's restaurant. He had reason to hate the producer, who had stolen his girlfriend (daughter of the network owner) and now seemed poised to oust Billy from his tv shows. But a retired gangster tips Billy off to the news that a well-known assassin is said to be in New York, with a contract on a media figure. Billy wonders of the producer's death ha ...more
I would probably give this 2 1/2 stars. I finished the book, but never really got into it - the characters, the plot, the mystery of who killed Rudy... I guess I kept picturing the Al Roker as the main character, Billy Blessing, which threw me off throughout the book since Billy is supposed to be a cool, handsome, rich, witty guy, and I could never see it. I also had a hard time of Billy trying to solve the murder by throwing himself in harm's way multiple times and was so intelligent that he wa ...more
This is a good book. Very average. It's got a decent mystery, but it lacks depth. The characters are very superficial and I really didn't care if they lived or died in the end. I enjoyed the back scenes stuff at the television morning show but there wasn't enough about the restaurant. I guess it didn't really focus on the restaurant so it didn't matter. I felt that Al Roker could have developed the plot and the characters a little more. I found the ending and the villian to be unbelievable. It's ...more
Shannon Renee
2.5 Really.

Yet another book that slipped through the cracks is this one. I didn't know what to expect from Al Roker the writer. As an idea, writing what he knows (morning weather anchor and food) should have played to his strengths. To some degree, it does. However, like with cooking, sometimes we add too many ingredients, make the recipe too complex and ruin the dish. I'm afraid that's what happened here.
A great edit, and a few less characters and this could be a really good read. As is, it's o
Nov 20, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel was a behind the scenes story of a show called "Wake Up America". A T.V. exec was murdered and what seemed like a simple case became very complicated. The author did a fine job with character detail, and the murder mystery aspect but in a few places the scenes were dry and drawn out, which made the story a little long winded.

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Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. is an American television meteorologist as well as an actor and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today
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