Al Roker Murder Mystery

Al Roker has written a murder mystery novel titled “The Morning Show Murders”.

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.

While there are irritations and annoyances even in his job, Roker denies ever killing anybody or using the book as an outlet for any workplace grievances he may have on occasion.

“I’m one of the lucky ones with one of the best jobs in the world,” Roker said. “There are always frustrations and writing a murder mystery isn’t going to take those out.”

On his thoughts on killing a colleague Roker laughed.

“None that I’m working with currently,” he said.

The book was written in collaboration with Dick Lochte, an established crime fiction writer.

“I’d read some of (Lochte’s) books and met him when hosting the (Mystery Writers of America) Edgar awards,” Roker said. “I know how to write but not that genre. I got some input from a pro.”