But the four powerful women who must now keep the show on the road – and the money coming in – share a deadly secret; Madeline’s gruesome death was no accident and each of them knows why she was killed.
Agent-turned-author Melanie Blake, who won the title of ‘new bonkbuster queen’ last year with Ruthless Women – a raunchy, steamy adventure featuring the deadly shenanigans of the ambitious female cast and crew. a glamorous TV show – is back with the second book in its sexy and sassy trilogy.
And Guilty Women – easy to read as a standalone individual – offers the same tasty menu of glitzy glamour, passion, greed, betrayal, scandal and revenge as our formidable female quartet, each possessed of ambition meteoric, prepares to do anything to save their television show, even if it means murder.
For over forty years, the glamorous daytime soap opera Falcon Bay has kept audiences around the world glued to their screens and brought wealth and fame to all who took part in its filming and production in St Augustine, a beautiful private island just off Jersey.
But this ‘piece of nature’s paradise’ has also seen its share of scandal and drama, including the spectacular death of co-star and soap opera owner Madeline Kane during a live-action Christmas episode of Falcon Bay. .
Months later, the cast and crew are still reeling from the shocking events of that night, but four of those involved know more than the rest of the Falcon Bay crew. Amanda King, Helen Gold, Farrah Adams and Sheena McQueen know exactly what happened and will do everything in their power to make sure nothing happens.
Sheena McQueen, world-renowned agent of the series’ other co-star, Catherine Belle, is on constant alert. His client, Catherine, an aging and incredibly unpredictable actress, is still haunted by Madeline’s death and must be regularly defused lest she set off a “truth bomb” that would detonate their stories.
Meanwhile, executive producer Amanda King is fully aware that the money-making soap opera can be dangerous, both on and off screen, but hopes they now have a fresh start with themselves. firmly in charge.
Casting executive Helen Gold, whose job it is to ensure the true events behind the sinister headlines remain under wraps, and director and screenwriter Farrah Adams, who prides herself on being completely professional, are also adamant about s ensure the show goes on in a brave new world.
New big boss Amanda is convinced that there is no longer a ‘weak link’ in their brotherhood and that they will all remain ‘united in silence’, but are they all guilty and can they really get away with it? get away with murder?
Blake is in killer form in this enjoyable outing with his shamefully guilty wives as the lush island of St Augustine – with its shimmering seas and sandy coves – witnesses the kind of ruthless power play more often seen on a rugby field.
There are plenty of dark secrets lurking beneath the moss and frills of Falcon Bay studios and readers will be turning the pages at top speed as the temperature soars (in more ways than one!), The stakes are high. augmented and sharp suits and stilettos weave their way through lust, lies and illicit liaisons.
Add to that a truly Machiavellian plot with more twists and turns than a snakes and ladders platter, a brilliantly imagined cast of charismatic characters, and an explosive, jaw-dropping twist in the tail…and Falcon Bay’s final drama promises to be a dazzling spectacle- thief!
(HarperCollins, hardcover, £12.99)