Monday, November 5, 2018

Book Review for Deadly News

Deadly News
By:  Jody Holford
Kensington Books – Lyrical Underground
4 Stars

Molly Owns moves to Britton Bay, Oregon to start a new life after a cheating boyfriend.  She is hired as editor of the Britton Bay Bulletin.  Her job is to help return the paper to its former glory.  The paper has two writers on staff, Elizabeth and Vernon.  While Elizabeth seems willing to accept Molly, Vernon takes an instant dislike to her.  Molly butts heads with Vernon when she tells him to write a piece on a well-known local family.  Two days after she orders him to finish his story, he fails to returns to work.  Molly goes to his home and finds him dead.  She feels guilty about his death because she is certain his death has something to do with the story he was supposed to be writing.  The problem is that Vernon was simply not a nice person and so the list of possible suspects is long.  Molly finds, though, that she can’t keep out of the investigation until she has some answers.  Molly’s interference, however, leads to trouble for her.  Maybe too much trouble.

Deadly News is a great start to the Britton Bay mystery series.  The story takes place in a small, quiet town in coastal Oregon.  I immediately like Molly’s character and liked that she wasn’t portrayed as a shrinking violet.  She knows the steps that need to be taken to improve the paper and she immediately enacts changes even though she faces some opposition.  The rest of the book is flushed out with a great cast of characters that I look forward to getting to know better.  One person in particular catches Molly’s eye, Sam Aldrich.  Although Molly has avowed herself of men, she can’t seem to suppress her attraction to Sam.  Their budding romance provides a great subplot.  The main plot is unpredictable and refreshing.  I was kept guessing until the end.  Cozy mystery readers should definitely add this series to their TBR pile.  I know that I plan on following and reading this series.

Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Press – Lyrical Underground for an ARC of this book.  #NetGalley #DeadlyNews

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