Friday, January 11, 2013
Book Report: I Hate Everyone . . . Starting with Me and Murder at the Academy Awards (both) by Joan Rivers
Her murder mystery, Murder at the Academy Awards, co-written by Jerrilyn Farmer, took two weeks longer to digest. The best things about it are 1) the caricatures of Joan and her daughter Melissa on the cover, and 2) Rivers's snappy afterward, which was so amusing that it made me rethink my long-standing preference for fiction. Still, despite this whodunit's slow start and boilerplate plot, it's fun to read because its stylish sleuth is Rivers's alter-ego, the fabulous and lunches-openly-with-her-plastic-surgeon Maxine Taylor. Killers, paparazzi, and undercover rehab stints don't scare her, yet the sight of a slain starlet clad in a TJMaxx knockoff sends her screaming.
Her E! network cohorts would be proud.