Amongst all the running from Weeping Angels and trying to avoid reading anything that might solidify the future, the most recent Doctor Who episode – “The Angels Take Manhattan” – also had the Doctor spend some time with his nose in a book. Needless to say, this book was more than just a book. Entitled The Angel’s Kiss, the detective yarn was the work of one Melody Malone…who was eventually revealed to be a pen name for the Doctor’s sweetie, River Song. If you’d like to get a taste for Melody Malone’s purple prose yourself, now the BBC has released an e-book version of The Angel’s Kiss.
There’s just one thing: this isn’t actually the full “real” book that exists within the Doctor’s world. Instead, The Angel’s Kiss is a short story prequel to the episode focusing on one adventure of lady detective Melody Malone, aka River Song, aka Melody Pond. Needless to say, the entire thing is more than a little metafictional, and it’s bringing up fond memories of Lost‘s Bad Twin. I particularly like the “About the Author” info from Random House’s website:
Melody Malone is the owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency in Manhattan. She is possibly married but lives alone usually, and is older than both her parents. Sometimes.
Why not visit her website? Ah – probably because the internet hasn’t been invented yet. Sorry, Sweetie.
In reality the e-book is penned by one Justin Richards…who may or may not just be another pen name for River Song. Has anybody ever seen the two of them in the same room together? Hmm…
You can read the official synopsis below, and Random House’s website has links for various sellers where you can purchase a copy of The Angel’s Kiss.
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?