TV weatherman Roker writes murder mystery

Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:56am EST
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By Nick Olivari

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - America's best known weatherman Al Roker, who is already a top-selling author, changes gears with "The Morning Show Murders", a mystery thriller set in his world of network breakfast television.

The 320-page crime novel, which is released on Tuesday, draws on Roker's own experiences, those of people he knows and his love of cooking.

Its central character Billy Blessing owns a Manhattan restaurant as well as cooking on air for fictional show "Wake Up America". Unfortunately amidst his success, he finds his producer murdered and himself as the prime suspect.

While the ending can wait for the reader, Roker, 55, admits that there is more than a little of himself in Billy Blessing.

"He's black, bald and chubby with a little bit of a sense of humor," Roker said of Blessing.

Roker himself is best known to 30 million viewers for his work on NBC's Today show.

He also alludes to some characters being amassed from those he has worked with over the years though none are instantly recognizable.

"Traits of people I know were worked into certain characters," he said.   Continued...

<p>Al Roker smiles as he arrives to attend the Quill Awards Gala honoring figures in the literary world in New York City October 10, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>