Murder by Design by Jon P. Bloch
A Rick Domino Mystery

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Rick Domino is at the very top in his world - which is Hollywood - and his stock in trade is celebrity gossip. His finances, however, are the pits and can't begin to pay for his copious good taste. So when his producer 'suggests' he be a guest on a popular cable decorating/reality program - "My House, Your House" - Rick agrees to appear not only because he's not really given a choice in the matter but it's a chance at a free makeover for his sagging, outdated living room. As plans go, this isn't Rick's best.

And it all quickly goes horribly wrong. The consulting designer assigned to his house is well known for the particularly dreadful remodeling horrors she's perpetrated on other guest's spaces. To make matters more unpleasant, Rick is teamed up with his bitterest professional enemy - his grasping, bitch co-host Mitzi McGuire-while the other 'couple' in the program is his friend Terry Zane - a sweet but savagely unstylish police detective - and Terry's recent ex-wife, the charmless Darla Sue. As if this mess wasn't big enough, one of the designers is savagely-if perhaps understandably-murdered and the prime suspect is Terry Zane's cousin. With Terry's help, Rick Domino is on a quest to rescue his reputation, salvage his living room, and - if at all possible - find the person responsible for this particularly tasteless act of murder.
 

About Jon P. Bloch

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Jon P. Bloch is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University and is the author of Finding Your Leading Man as well as the first Rick Domino mystery, Best Murder of the Year. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
Published March 1, 2004 by Minotaur Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Because the prime suspect is wild-child carpenter Ann-Margret Wochinsky, who happens to be Terry’s cousin, he and Rick are pressed into service to question the colorful likes of X-rated comedienne Tippi, TV cop-show sidekick Fernando, who has S&M secrets, and Hollywood couple Basil and Tarragon, ...

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Gay gossip columnist Rick Domino made a smashing debut in Bloch's spoof of the Oscars, Best Murder of the Year (2002).

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And Rick is most miffed to find himself paired with bitchy co-anchor Mitzi McGuire, whilst the other couple are his old friend Terry Zane, a newly-out but decidedly unhip policeman, and Terry's ex-wife Darla Sue, who has the charm of a rattlesnake.

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Though he knows better than to trust a TV show team, television entertainment reporter Rick Domino reluctantly agrees to participate in the My House, Your House redecoration of his home on the air.

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