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Doctor Who thing of the day: wanna read that Melody Malone novel the Doctor loved?

The Angel's Kiss by Melody Malone

Wish you could get The Angel’s Kiss — that pulp paperback the Doctor was enjoying in Central Park in “The Angels Take Manhattan” — on your Kindle? Well, you can… sort of.

This Angel’s Kiss is not written by Melody Malone, or even by River Song, but by Justin Richards, who appears to be a regular author of Doctor Who spinoff novels. This one isn’t even a novel, more a novella, and if you were hoping to read about Rory going for coffee and the Doctor having to break River’s wrist because Amy read it in a book, you will be disappointed. The synopsis, from Random House:

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?

The story is more a sort of prequel to the episode, hinting at how the rich art collector got possession of the Weeping Angel. Though it’s never stated, it’s clear that the narrator protagonist is indeed River Song: the story is very much in her voice and full of her sass, not to mention allusion to the Doctor and time travel. It’s moderately amusing, but if it couldn’t actually be the book from the episode and this is what it is instead, couldn’t it at least have given us a clue about why River was in New York in 1938 in the first place?

The ebook is available from Amazon U.K.. Other buying options at Random House, though they all seem to be from U.K. vendors as well. Frankly, you’re not really missing much if you can’t get ahold of it…

Via io9.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)



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