An artist/investigator hired for private security on a television set wonders whether the star is really in danger or just being dramatic.
Security isn’t really Chris Honeysett’s main gig. He’s more of an artist than anything else. But a move away from abstract paintings has temporarily turned away his last patron. So Chris is open to doing any job to survive. When the star of Time Lines, TV archaeologist Guy Middleton, requests Chris to handle personal security for Guy’s latest episode, Chris’ girlfriend, Annis, brokers Chris a great fee to serve on what should be a low-key set in Bath, England. The cast and crew of Time Lines are set up in retired rocker Mark Stoneking’s mansion for filming, and Chris anticipates a quick and easy check—that is, until he gets to know Guy a bit better. Not only is Guy convinced that someone is out to get him, the more Chris comes to know him, the less he’s surprised that someone would want to attack the sour star. If only the danger were all in Guy’s mind. A few unlikely coincidences convince Chris that there may indeed be trouble afoot. Now he must protect the high-maintenance star on an archaeology dig where someone intends to make Guy history.
Helton’s hero (An Inch of Time, 2012, etc.) has a biting wit. If only his supporting characters had the same amount to contribute to the story.