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Dead Air (Talk Radio Mystery #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  406 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The first in an original new series.

When a psychologist hits Florida's airwaves, there's no telling who she's reaching...

...and there's no telling who wants to reach back.

Maggie left her Manhattan practice for sunny Cypress Grove, Florida. where she hosts a talk radio show on WYME, parceling out psychological wisdom between interviews with guests, commercial readings and t
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Signet (first published November 23rd 2009)
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Mary Kennedy
Jun 23, 2010 Mary Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the very first in my Talk Radio Mysteries for Penguin. My agent pitched and sold it as "Frasier meets Murder She Wrote"-it's about a radio talk show host (think Frasier) who solves a murder in every book (think Murder She Wrote). And I was lucky enough to get a cover quote from Donald Bain, who writes the Murder She Wrote series from Penguin. You can read more at my website
May 23, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Talk radio is all my husband listens to but I don’t think he has ever tuned in to a program like “On the Couch with Maggie Walsh.” She gets some very unusual callers. First time and long time callers call in to talk about a variety of topics. She even has special guests like the controversial Guru Sanjay Gingii. He has his followers but he also has his enemies. Maggie has even received a threat at the station to scare her from having him on the show. Shortly after appearing on
Emily Cullen
Oct 17, 2016 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it
When a guest on psychologist Maggie Walsh's talk show ends up murdered, police have her roommate as the number one suspect. Maggie, along with her aging ingenue mother do some investigating on their own. This is the first book in the Talk Radio cozy mystery series and I really liked it. It helps that I used to be an on-air personality, which is why it grabbed my interest! Maggie makes a good sleuth and her mother is just hysterical. I'm definitely going to read the next book in the series!
Feb 05, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
This is what happens when you randomly pick something up off the shelf at the used book store, hoping for a new cozy that you'll be into.

The premise was fine. The The "heroine" is annoying as hell. I expect a certain amount of professionalism from a psychologist. I also expect a certain amount of intelligence. Maggie's lacking in both. She blunders her way through life and frankly I wouldn't trust her to advise me on my lunch choice, much less life choices.

I like to consider myse
Jul 19, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
I was a bit unsure about this book when I dove into it. The back summary sounded ok, but nothing super fantastic. Plus it seemed to have an odd spin on it. Usually the amateur sleuth is a different kind of character than Maggie is in this book. Maggie is a radio show psychologist who starts sleuthing when her latest guest star on her show is found murdered and the only suspect seems to be Maggie good friend and roommate, Lark. Maggie decides she just can't sit back and watch a woman she knows ju ...more
Martha Cheves
Mar 11, 2010 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
Dead Air - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

"Bomb, Bomb! Ohmigod. We'd just gotten a bomb threat. My thoughts scurried through my head like a manic squirrel as I tried to deal with the reality of the threat. Was it a joke? Was it serious? And if there was really a bomb, where was it? Would there be time to evacuate the station? Should I dial 911 or alert the switchboard first? Or the station manager? Was there some procedure I was supposed to follow? I looked over at Vera
Dec 11, 2013 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
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Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.00

Audio Rating: 3.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Dead Air had a fun, quirky case but the characters just didn't grab me. They had potential though!

Story Thoughts: Dead Air was the beginning of a new cozy mystery series. I liked Mary Kennedy's writing voice and she wrote an overall super fun mystery. The only thing I really had a hard t
Vanessa James-brooks
Jun 24, 2010 Vanessa James-brooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Vanessa by: Mary Kennedy
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Aug 13, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
Dead Air, by Mary Kennedy, is a book in the “Talk Radio Mystery” series. It’s not Kennedy’s first book, however. She’s written forty books, although not all of them in this series.

Even though the protagonist, Maggie Walsh, is a psychologist, in this book, she dishes out little advice. She does, however, get immediately involved in the murder mystery. She’s determined to prove Lark innocent, even though Lark looks quite guilty and the detective out to arrest Lark looks quite delicious.

After seve
Aug 31, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it it was ok
An Average who-done-it cozy with a radio psycologist as the main character.

Meet Maggie Walsh radio personality living in Cypress Grove FL. After her guest Guru Sanyay Ginjii does a radio interview with Maggie, he is found dead in his hotel room. From the moment she meets the Guru, she knows hes a fraud an a fake. Yet with tons of loyal followers, its going to be a job to find out how he really died. Maggies roomate, Lark is placed at the scene of the crime and is the only suspect the police hav
Dieda Vorkosigan
Nov 28, 2013 Dieda Vorkosigan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
My foray into the world of cozy mystery, step #2

I've never read chick lit before, I don't think, not really. But, see, I think it should be exactly like this novel.

This is not a masterpiece and it's not addictive. It doesn't suck you in and spit you out in the end, chewed over and changed for life.

But, see, it's amusing. It's got a certain wit and flair, with an occasional side of irony.

After Books Can Be Deceiving it's like a ray of sunlight on the 25th of December. On Alaska.

The writing and t
Dec 31, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I really liked this cozy! Maggie Walsh is a psychologist who has left the big city to be a radio talk show "therapist," taking calls and offering advice. When one of her guests, Guru Sanjay Gingii is murdered in the night after appearing on her show, her roommate, Lark, a huge fan of the Guru, is the prime suspect! Committed to proving Lark's innocence, Maggie begins to do some sleuthing of her own, not trusting sexy detective Rafe Martino to look at other suspects, of which there are many! Guru ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Jan 08, 2016 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was ok
I was recommended this cozy series and it looked like the premise might be promising - a psychologist in a small Florida town who does a radio show. I'm always on the lookout for promising cozy series, as I find them enjoyable and a nice break from other genres. But when searching for a new cozy series, it's kind of like trying to find a real gem in a pile of costume jewellery. I've been lucky and found some that I will continue to read other books in the series, but unfortunately, this book was ...more
Jan 16, 2013 VJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Reference to Adrian Monk cracked me up. I'm still reading, but I wanted to remember that. More later.

It took me awhile to get through this one. I liked the characters and I liked the series premise. I rated it four stars because of some of the clever jokes, puns, and pop culture references made me laugh. If not for those, it would have gotten a 3 star rating.

The series has promise and I will read anything set in FL at least once. The mystery was simple with few red herrings. The main characters
Nov 06, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Maggie Walsh is sensational.
She is so different than other characters that I have read recently, although her issues with her mother remind me of the problems that A. J. Alexander faces when dealing with her theatrical mother. Maggie's roommate Lark is someone that any 'vertically challenged' girl can aspire to be, additionally she is a role model for anyone who is trying to escape aspects of their past while still being honest with those in the present.
Dr. Maggie may be dedicated to her listen
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 25, 2015 Georgiann Hennelly rated it really liked it
Maggie Walsh has a Radio Talk Show and she lives in Cypress Grove FL.Guru Sanyay Ginjii does a Radio interview with Maggie he is later found dead in his hotel room. Maggie knew from the moment she met him he was a fake. He had ton's of followers though so it will be hard to figure out who killed him and why?W hen Maggie's roommate Lark is placed at the scene of the crime it appears she is the only suspect the police have, With the clock ticking down and the police building a strong case against ...more
Doward Wilson
Jul 14, 2015 Doward Wilson rated it it was amazing
This was a great murder mystery! The plot, characters, setting and theme blended very well. Maggie is a psychologist with her own radio show in a small Florida town. One of her radio guests is murdered and her roommate is the key suspect. While trying to clear Lark, we get to meet many characters including her actress mother. Not only is Maggie trying to help Lark, she want to impress the detective on the case. This leads to assault, break-ins and adventures with her funny and wacky mother. I en ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Sheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, kindle

I found this book entertaining, although in my opinion, not quite as good as some other similar-style mysteries I've read recently. It is a quick read and I'm not sorry I read it. The series definitely has potential and at some point I may give the next book in the series a try. However, I can't give it as enthusiastic a recommendation as I can other books in this amateur sleuth genre (for example, Victoria Laurie's Abby Cooper series or Rhonda Pollero's Finley Anderson Tann
Dec 04, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Maggie's radio show has taken her into a place she never dreamed of, in the middle of a murder investigation. When a guru that Maggie had on her show ends up dead hours after the interview, she is suddenly facing threats and a gorgeous investigator and both leave her mind and stomach tied in knots.
This was a good read and has many twists and turns. It didn't suck me in like some cozies but it made me want to hurry back and find out what happens. I will be reading the next in the series "Reel Mur
Lauri Saplad
I really enjoyed this one! Our heroine is smart, a psychologist 9albeit on a radio talk show), pretty, and snarky! She has a roommate accused of a murder she didn't commit, a Pug named Pugsley and a Mom who's a aging B-movie actress who still thinks she's all that. Hilarious! Add in more supporting characters like wisecracking production assistant Vera Mae and a host of the murdered Guru's people & you've got a great mystery on your hands. Can't wait to read more of these...
Oct 17, 2011 Turtles rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
It wasn't a bad book at all. The mystery was there and you had several likely suspects. There was nothing bad in the plot or editing. It was just an ok book, nothing stood out for me. I thought it was a little bit of a let down that other people in the book had the line or action which would have made the heroine more interesting. I'll read book 2, since I have it from the library, maybe things will peak up.
Katherine P
Mar 05, 2011 Katherine P rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-read, 2011
This book was a pretty quick read and the supporting characters were likable. The actual mystery was fairly well done with the conclusion not being to obvious until towards the end. However, I didn't like Maggie at all. She was hard to buy as a psychologist and was just kind of flat overall. Also, didn't find the love interest with the detective believable at all. Not a bad book but won't read the next one.
Meg Fee
Sep 10, 2016 Meg Fee rated it liked it
There were many things I liked in this story and some things I didn't like. Overall this is a good story, I did however find the main character's friendship with the journalist who just happens to have new info every time she needs more guidence too conveniant. And everyone tells her everything, sure sometimes it's not right away, but they still tell her things easily. I think the author planned this out too carefully...
Aug 17, 2014 Courtney rated it liked it
I liked it. I had a little more for this book, I was hoping for something like what Peggy Webb writes when it comes to how the relationships are described..... especially relationship between Maggie and the Detective. I am hoping the second book in the series will better define this relationship. However, this could have been more of just an introduction style type book.
Sep 02, 2016 Sandee rated it liked it
A fun cozy mystery with a bit different spin. The characters are not quite the usual and the mystery is a bit convoluted but it was fun and it made me laugh out loud in a few places. The main thing I didn't enjoy was the poor editing. Missing words and additional words and the wrong words. Not really bad but enough to interrupt the reading flow. So I took off one star.
Oct 11, 2010 Babs rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cozy
Shelves: mysteries
This was not a bad book, but a bit slow for me. The characters are good and I will try the next book as well. Maggie does seem lucky to be in the right place at the right time. She gets the job done and the author does a good job for us to figure out who really did it to almost the last chapter. I will give this series a try.
Cynthiaヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ DLS
I read this book a long time ago. I don't remember much details so I might have to re-read to give a better review. Though I do remember it was fun, easy to read and slow paced, but it was necessary when there is mystery and investigation.
Apr 27, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it
I tried really hard to read this book but I just could not do it. The characters in this book are flat and the story, what I read of it, is very dull. I am sorry that I can’t find anything positive about the book but it was just too painful to read.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 27, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
This is obviously a first book in a series. The death has occurred but the search is a bit weak yet. I do like the character of the main sleuth so will keep reading. I have a feeling that the story will tighten up soon.
Feb 17, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2010
I really enjoyed this book! I really didn't know who did it until the end. Great storyline, enjoyable charcters, Love her mother. It was also a quick read so glad I read it.
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Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling novelist and a licensed psychologist on the east coast. She has written 37 young adult novels and has a new adult mystery series with Penguin, The Talk Radio Mysteries.The first title, DEATH IS BAD KARMA was released in January 2010, and the second release, REEL MURDER, is available now. She has spoken at over 100 schools, libraries and writers' conferences ...more
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