Jerrilyn Farmer, Writers’ Program instructor and author of seven Madeline Bean catering mysteries, has written a new novel with Joan Rivers. Murder at the Academy Awards® is the first in a series of Red Carpet Mysteries that Jerrilyn and Joan are collaborating on. The first novel revolves around a celebrity murder and the subsequent investigation by Max Taylor (Joan Rivers’ fictional counterpart). From the Pocket Books description:

At the Academy Awards®, Max has landed a real coup—an exclusive interview with Halsey Hamilton, a gorgeous, young, paparazzi-trailed Oscar nominee. But not even Max, who’s seen her share of celebrity train wrecks, is prepared for an incoherent Halsey, straight out of rehab, to stumble up to the mic, slur a few cryptic words, and drop dead at the hem of Max’s stunning Michael Kors gown. Some in Hollywood call it bad publicity. Max calls it murder.

Publishers Weekly just gave Murder at the Academy Awards® a starred review! It will be published by Pocket Books in February 2009.

Congratulations Jerrilyn, we can’t wait to read it!

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