(Edited from the book
Steve Allen's best-selling mysteries are acclaimed for
their wit, charm, and stylish sense of fun. In this newest episode,
the famous comedian faces his most challenging performance yet when a show
in Las Vegas turns into an engagement.
Murder is far from his thoughts as Steve Allen
rehearses with legendary crooner Buddy Hamilton on the stage of the
world-famous Colosseum in Las Vegas. The beat of fifty high-kicking
showgirls sends pulses into high gear, and the gentler rhythm of Steve and
Buddy's old soft-show routine is a guaranteed show-stopper. But the
show is stopped instead by the appearance of Steve's wife, Jayne Meadows
in a terry-cloth robe. "Murder..." she moans, and faints
rather gracefully into Steve's arms.
The victim is Buddy's glamorous young wife
Christie--strangled in the sauna. The prime suspect is Buddy.
Steve must admit his old friend looks very guilty, indeed. Certainly
the police are quite sure of themselves as they put Buddy Hamilton behind
bars. But for once, Steve is out to prove someone innocent rather
than guilty. Armed with his personal knowledge of Buddy's eccentric
family, a wife who was a witness of sorts to a crime, and his own
seat-of-the-pants style of sleuthing. Steve frees the celebrated singer,
then proceeds to track down the real killer with the aplomb that has
become his hallmark.