The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery was based upon the novel Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town, written by River Song, in the episode, TV: The Angels Take Manhattan. The tie-in novel acts as a prequel to the episode, exploring what River Song, using the alias "Melody Malone," was up to before she ran into her father, Rory Williams, in New York City in 1938.
It was rare in that it was written from an in-universe perspective, being meant to prequel/tie in to the actual in-universe book Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town, a feat previously done by PROSE: A Journal of Impossible Things and PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy. This concept would be reused in Summer Falls a few months later.
Angel's Kiss was initially released as an e-book. It was later published in the print omnibus Summer Falls and Other Stories.
Publisher's summary Edit
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?
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- River remarks that her heart beat a little faster when a man claiming to be a doctor approached, but then it turns out to be a man whom she finds unattractive and remarks, "not at all like any Doctor I'd consult. If 'consult' is the right word."
- Bar her extended cameo in TV: Closing Time and archival footage from TV: Forest of the Dead used in TV: Journey's End, this is the first story River has appeared in that is not credited to Steven Moffat.
- This is the first novel in which River has been featured.
- This is the second non-televised adventure in which River has appeared. The first was GAME: The Eternity Clock, voiced by Alex Kingston.
- This marks the first time that River has appeared in a story without the Doctor.
- Alex Kingston voiced the unabridged AudioGo download.
- The audio download begins with the current theme song that typically plays over the opening vortex credits during a televised episode.
- Julius Grayle is mentioned multiple times. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)
- Max Kliener hired Sam Garner to track down River. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)
- River uses her hallucinogenic lipstick. (TV: The Pandorica Opens, The Wedding of River Song, GAME: The Eternity Clock)
- In the "About the Author" section, River is described as being "possibly married, (TV: The Wedding of River Song) and "sometimes older than her parents." (TV: A Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler)
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