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The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery by Justin Richards



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This was originally advertised as the book that was featured in “The Angels Take Manhattan” and it’s for that reason that it has earned 3 stars instead of higher, because the book itself is not bad. It’s inspired by the pulp novels of the 30s, and that really shows. River Song’s character really fits in well with the tone, and the mystery itself is engaging and serves as an interesting prequel to the episode itself.

My big complaint is that the people that be should’ve made it absolutely clear that this was not the same book as the one featured in the episode. It has the same cover, similar synopsis, and various social media arms related to the show said that it was indeed the book from the show, and as I went in with that expectation, I was indeed let down.

But for those going in without that expectation, expect an interesting take on Weeping Angels, noir novels, and River Song herself. This book is perhaps one of River’s best characterized moments in the history of the show, and for that reason alone, it’s worth reading. ( )
  mcj545 | Mar 14, 2017 |
Fun, quick read. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
This book is a spin-off from the Doctor Who television show narrated by the character River Song in her guise as detective Melody Malone. It's basically a pastiche to Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammet with Weeping Angels thrown in. The advantage of the audiobook is listening to Alex Kingston speak for a couple of hours. Other than that it is pretty forgettable. ( )
  Othemts | Dec 3, 2014 |
This is a cute short story especially if you are a fan of River Song, this takes place right before the events of The Angels Take Manhattan. I loved that it was Alex Kingston as Melody Malone telling the story on the audio version. It was a good nod to her character and to the Doctor.

I enjoyed all the references to her lipstick, guns and such. If you are a fan of River Song this is a must listen!

My only problem was that it was entirely too short!

4 Stars ( )
  susiesharp | Dec 20, 2013 |
Warning: this review contains spoilers.


Melody Malone is a private eye in the city that never sleeps. One day, noted movie star Rock Railton comes to her office with a case: someone wants to kill him. Melody's interest is piqued only when he mentions "the Kiss of the Angel". Angels in Manhattan are always of interest to Melody. So she takes the case and discovers a truly sinister plot afoot in the movie studios of NYC…

This book was written as a tie-in to the Doctor Who episode "The Angels Take Manhattan", and admittedly the plot is a lot thinner than some other Doctor Who novels I've read. It has some good moments and quips from Melody, but it's very short and the ending is a bit weird. Specifically, how did they keep the Angel behind the curtain? Is the curtain reflective so that the Angel keeps looking at itself and is not able to move? I mean yes, they did say the Angel was weak, but how could they have interacted with it without blinking and being devoured? Having been firmly schooled in the principle of "don't blink!", I thought that was a bit strange. (Of course, the episode itself is also strange, with an Angel Statue of Liberty stomping around Manhattan, so perhaps I should not overanalyze the tie-in book too much.)

My rating for this book is 2 stars for plot and an extra star for Alex Kingston's narration, which made the book a lot easier to get through. If you're thinking of reading it, definitely get the audio. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 27, 2013 |
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Publication Date: October 4, 2012

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
This was one of the other days…

Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…

At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.

Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan – before the Angels take Manhattan?

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Melody Malone, owner of the Angel Detective Agency, is surprised when film star Rock Railton comes calling. He believes that someone is out to harm him with the 'kiss of the Angel'. Since Melody knows a thing or two about angels, the takes the case. But while attending a party for Rock's latest film, Melody learns that fame can come with a very high price.… (more)

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