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43 review for The Quirky Quiz Show Caper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    [ I received this book free from the author. I thank her for her generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "I hung up, feeling a bit mystified at why sleuthing came easily to me and why playing detective for real gave me such a thrill" Ernest Farmington [ I received this book free from the author. I thank her for her generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "I hung up, feeling a bit mystified at why sleuthing came easily to me and why playing detective for real gave me such a thrill" Ernest Farmington, aka Sandy Fairfax, a former teen idol, still banked on his fame. It sure didn't hurt that his teen dective show still played in reruns, and his music fame still gave him work enough to keep him sane. He coyldn't understand at his brother, Dr. Warren Farmington, well known professor of music wasn't happy to see him when he visited while Warren was practicing at the theater where Sandy's films would be drawing a crowd that weekend. It's not that they don't care about each other and their sister and parents, its that they approach life differently. Warren feels Ernest gave up. And he might have. However, he's clean and sober, and his fame can help do things, while Warren teaches, something Sandy knows he's not able to do. Recently returned from a cruise ship gig with his sister, he's accepted a job on a quiz show. It's a strange show and very popular. And Ernest feels there's something "shady" behind the scenes, especialy when he finds a dead student of Warrens lying in the corridor of the theater his brother plays the organ at, and the kid has Warren's prize letter opener protruding from his back. Ernest begins to string together a theory that brings all the discordant threads together to help his brother not be arrested for the kid's murder, while he and Warren prepare to a big fund raiser for their father's orchestra. Sandy/ Ernest is the headliner and the venue is at a well known composer's estate, where his widow now lives. She was married to the man who was Warren's mentor during his studies, and who gave him the "one of a kind" letter opener that was the murder weapon...Ernest sees connections that bring this "caper" to a interesting conclusion. Maybe because I grew up with "Nancy Drew" and "Hardy Boys" mysteries in the 60s era of teen idols, this book was really enjoyable. It wasn't "formulaic" as those were. This is an intelligent, well written mystery and most people will enjoy it a lot.... and then search out others. A wonderful read !

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Former 60’s/70’s teen idol, Sandy Fairfax, is trying to keep his face in the public eye in the 90’s. So, he accepts a job on a quiz show called “Raise The Stakes”. It’s not really what he wants to do, but it’s better than nothing. After a recent cruise where he got involved in a murder investigation, Sandy wasn’t expecting to be involved in another murder mystery. This one is closer to home with the prime suspect being his younger brother, Warren. One of Warren’s students is discovered dead and a Former 60’s/70’s teen idol, Sandy Fairfax, is trying to keep his face in the public eye in the 90’s. So, he accepts a job on a quiz show called “Raise The Stakes”. It’s not really what he wants to do, but it’s better than nothing. After a recent cruise where he got involved in a murder investigation, Sandy wasn’t expecting to be involved in another murder mystery. This one is closer to home with the prime suspect being his younger brother, Warren. One of Warren’s students is discovered dead and all fingers are pointed in Warren’s direction. Sandy can’t sit quietly by as his brother is arrested. Besides, in his younger days, Sandy played a boy detective. He puts his skills to good use to discover the real story behind the murder. This is the fourth book in the series. I’ve only read one of them, which I loved. I feel that this book stands on its own, even if the previous book is mentioned. It doesn’t take anything away from this book at all. Although, after reading this one, I want to go back and read the two I missed. Sandy Fairfax is a truly fun character. A bit of a satire of teen idols with a lot of heart. He’s the kind of guy you can care about and hope that his luck will change for the better. In this book, he begins to reconnect with his family – particularly his brother and father, as well as his children from a previous marriage. There’s even some romance in store for Sandy. The author does an excellent job of giving the reader a taste of the celebrity life. She, also, blends mystery, romance and adventure to perfection. I was totally taken by surprise as to who the killer was – I didn’t see that coming at all. I loved every minute of this one and am looking forward to more Sandy Fairfax stories. FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mave

    This mystery is intriguing, well written with an intelligent storyline. TV game show, family rivalries and murder form an excellent mix for an exciting read. Sandy has just accepted a job for a TV quiz, he is not very enthusiastic about it but must do it so to keep alive his popularity. His brother Warren is in trouble: is a university professor and is accused of the murder of one of his students. Between them there has always been a strong rivalry but he can't help but help him. Meanwhile he mus This mystery is intriguing, well written with an intelligent storyline. TV game show, family rivalries and murder form an excellent mix for an exciting read. Sandy has just accepted a job for a TV quiz, he is not very enthusiastic about it but must do it so to keep alive his popularity. His brother Warren is in trouble: is a university professor and is accused of the murder of one of his students. Between them there has always been a strong rivalry but he can't help but help him. Meanwhile he must try to conquer a beautiful woman and try to build a good relationship with his children. I liked all of the characters. Sandy is funny and smart and I enjoy each time that I get to spend with him. It can be read as a stand alone even if it is the fourth book in the series. It was a quick read, easy and very fun, a good mix of mystery and humor. A really enjoyable summer read, it had me hooked from the first page.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    It's always fun to find a new author who writes good cozy mysteries. I definitely found one--Sally Carpenter who wrote The Quirky Quiz Show Caper. This is actually her fourth book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mystery series, although the series is new to me. This installment hooked me from the beginning. Former popular singer and tv star of Buddy Brave Boy Sleuth, Sandy Fairfax AKA Ernest Farmington, discovers a dead college student and proceeds to figure out who killed him and why. Along the It's always fun to find a new author who writes good cozy mysteries. I definitely found one--Sally Carpenter who wrote The Quirky Quiz Show Caper. This is actually her fourth book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mystery series, although the series is new to me. This installment hooked me from the beginning. Former popular singer and tv star of Buddy Brave Boy Sleuth, Sandy Fairfax AKA Ernest Farmington, discovers a dead college student and proceeds to figure out who killed him and why. Along the way we meet his interesting family including his parents, music teacher brother, blind sister, as well as his ex wife and 2 children. We watch him appear on "Raise the Stakes" and help organize his band's performance at a black tie fund raiser. The writing is good, the characters grow on you, and this book left me wanting to go back and read books 1-3! I give this book 5 stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this novel in a goodreads drawing. A fun cozy. A former teen idol, now celebrity has-been, discovers a dead body in the theatre where his brother works as an organist. He investigates while trying to raise funds for a worthy cause, get with his girlfriend, see his children, and appear on a game show. Breezy and entertaining.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I found this to be different from other cozies that I have read/ The main character is a male who was a teen idol who solves mysteries on the side.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Roberts

    This was my first experience with Sandy Fairfax and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience; I have to admit that it definitely made me question the legitimacy of the game shows that I love to watch. The twists and turns that this story took especially in the last part of the book kept me guessing until the end. I have to say well done very well done. I will be checking out the previous installments in this series for sure. *Book provided by author in exchange for an honest r This was my first experience with Sandy Fairfax and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience; I have to admit that it definitely made me question the legitimacy of the game shows that I love to watch. The twists and turns that this story took especially in the last part of the book kept me guessing until the end. I have to say well done very well done. I will be checking out the previous installments in this series for sure. *Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review all opinions are my own*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill B

    Sandy Fairfax to the Rescue! What a fun book! Likeable former teen idol, Sandy Fairfax, gets himself involved in a few situations trying to find out who has framed his brother for murder. Enjoyable, fun book with great characters. Looking forward to reading more books by Sally Carpenter.

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