A Crackling Good Mystery....
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke's days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.
©2012 LynDee Walker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Delightful, with engaging characters, a crackling good mystery, and of course, high, high heels. LynDee Walker writes with wit and intelligence and the confidence of a newsroom insider. What fun!" (Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-Winning Author of Dating Dead Men and Keeper of the Moon)
"This is a joy to read: Nichelle is a likeable character who does put her nose into whatever seems curious to her…the book can be read in one sitting thanks to the easy and casual language the author has employed in writing the book. Highly recommended to the fans of cozy mysteries!" (Mystery Tribune)
"Gives those designer shoes a workout! Nicey's adventure kept me guessing. Goes down as smooth as hot chocolate with whipped cream." (Alice Loweecey, Author of the Falcone and Driscoll Investigations)
At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...
I have already recommended this book to many of my mystery loving friends. To my mind it shows character growth and development to a much greater degree than most of the "cosy" genre. Nichelle knows what she wants, and goes out to get it, without a lot of demure second thoughts or bumbling coincidences, but plenty of sass.
The competition between Nichelle and her rivals, both print and broadcast, is too close to call. While we essentially are focused on her side of the story, the competition get plenty of time and makes Nichelle work for whatever bits of story that she gets first. I also have to mention I also have to put in a good word for Troy, a great little brother and a very loving son.
Rather than pick a favorite, I will say that Reay did an excellent job in making each of the major and supporting characters come alive in their own way. I think she did it in a way that the author, Lyndee Walker, would be overjoyed with. Nothing to take issue with here.
Come out of the morgue with all those dead icky things and let a nice pair of heels lead you into crime.
A wonderful way to spend a few hours when you need to be hands and eyes free.
I enjoyed it as much as any I've listened to. The writing is fast paced with the perfect balance of humor and tension. Good story, held my interest from start to finish.
Because protagonist wears stiletos, I thought this book would be more like a Stephanie Plum or Kyra Davis, but it actually had substance to the story and some violence. Not light hearted at all. I found I enjoyed the story once I stopped looking for the jokes. I have purchased her next book and am looking forward to a real journalistic mystery.
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