Money in the bank and his dream girl on his arm – life was looking pretty sweet for Kirby Baxter. Of course it couldn’t last. Where would the fun be in that? This is a sequel after all. After solving the murder of a movie starlet the previous year, Kirby is doing his best to live down his burgeoning reputation as part-time Interpol agent and amateur sleuth. Then reality TV comes knocking next door. Million Dollar Madhouse is a reality TV show where a bunch of washed up celebrities are thrown together in a dilapidated mansion while their attempts to renovate the building are broadcast 24/7 for the viewers delight. Kirby’s quiet town is thrown into chaos by the arrival of camera crews, remote control video drones and a cast of characters including disgraced actress Victoria Gorham, political shock-jock Bert Wayne and reality TV royalty Kassandra Kassabian. When one of the cast members turns up dead the local police turn to the only celebrity detective in town for help and draft an unwilling Kirby into their investigation. The first body is only the beginning of another rip-roaring adventure for Kirby Baxter and with Gustav his loyal driver/valet/bodyguard/gardener//chef/ass-kicker at his side, our hero plunges into the fray with his usual stunning displays of deductive reasoning and sheer bloody luck.
I have a confession to make- yes yet another one. Prior to being invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, I hadn’t actually come across Duncan MacMaster before. Sorry Duncan. Well I have certainly come across him now and what an introduction to the character of Kirby Baxter!! I absolutely loved reading ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ but more about that in a bit.
What can I say about Kirby Baxter? He sounds like quite a catch. He is a lottery winner, who went abroad for a time to escape all the attention generated by his win. He discovered a knack for solving mysteries and he has somehow become a successful police consultant. Kirby doesn’t know where his detective skills have come from. I found it really easy to take to Kirby. He seems easy going, he has a cracking sense of humour, he is easy to talk to, he is loyal and he has an ability to wheedle the truth out of people without them realising what he is up to. This book sees him being asked to go into a reality show house to find out the gossip. However it all goes wrong and it isn’t long until a crime is committed and Kirby finds himself involved in another murder inquiry. Will Kirby Baxter solve the case? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you?
I found this book easy to get into and to follow. The author certainly knows how to draw you into the story and before long, you are hooked on the book without even realising it. I would pick this book up with the intention of only reading say one chapter but that intention soon flew out of the window and I would still be reading two or three chapters later. It’s safe to say that reading ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ became an addiction for me. The pages seemed to turn faster and faster as I was getting through the story. The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages turned. I had mixed feelings about reaching the end of the book because on the one hand I was pleased to finish the book because I knew how the story ended but I was disappointed to finish because I was enjoying the story and the characters so much that I just wanted the book to continue. I loved the various characters who are certainly one offs. I had fun trying to fathom out which character represented which real life celebrity. The only one I could guess with some certainty was Kassandra Kassabian, who I think is based on one of the Kardashian sisters.
To conclude, I absolutely loved reading ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Duncan comes up with next, but whilst I wait I will definitely be reading the first volume in the Kirby Baxter series. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.