Melody Malone Audiobook!

The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery is set to be released as an audiobook, read by – who better?! – River Song aka. Alex Kingston!

While the initial book was released in early October, it was announced on Monday that Alex recorded The Angel’s Kiss last week in London. The 80-page book, written by Justin Richards, was available as a Kindle edition only, priced £1.71, a move which has annoyed many book-lovers. (Well, alright – me, at the very least!)

This audio version is set to appease those without a Kindle or eReader – or would just prefer to hear it coming from River herself.

The download audiobook will be released next month, priced £7.99, while a physical copy (that’s CD, to you and I) will be on shelves in March. Here’s what to expect:

When movie star Rock Railton appears unexpectedly at Melody Malone’s Angel Detective Agency and mentions ‘the kiss of the angel’ Melody takes the case.  Angels are, after all, Melody’s business. At a press party for Railton’s latest movie, Melody is invited by studio owner Max Kleiner to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s spotted her potential and wants her to become a star.  Flattered, Melody will discover the cost of fame is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.  Will she be able to escape Kleiner’s dastardly plan – before the Angels Take Manhattan?

Though it’s advertised as such – and with the cover to match – The Angel’s Kiss isn’t the book from The Angel’s Take Manhattan, which has understandably disappointed a few readers; it is, however, a prequel to the episode, and features typical River Song wit:

So I guess it wasn’t really a surprise that – if newspapers are to be believed, which of course they are not – so many of the actors (with a small ‘a’) and actresses (with a large double ‘D’) didn’t seem to have got as far as Hollywood but disappeared somewhere en route. ‘En Route,’ in case you don’t know, is French for ‘got distracted along the way.’

It’s a Raymond Chandler-esque pulp detective story, starring one of our favourite time travellers – and possibly some moving statues…


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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