Title: Devil In The Deadline
Author: LynDee Walker
Publisher: Henery Press, January 06, 2015
Format/Source: eBook provided from publisher via Netgalley*
Series: Headlines in High Heels
Nichelle Clarke, crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph, has made a deal with the Richmond police: help them gather intel on a grisly murder, get an exclusive for her byline. The clues lead her from streets of Shockoe Bottom to a compound run by a shady televangelist in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But connecting the victim to the compound is a challenge; it’s surrounded by a wall of lawyers and red tape, and its inhabitants will only provide superficial and scripted answers to her questions.
With a rogue blogger posting up details of the crime that no one else should know and rival reporter Charlie nipping at her Manolos, Nichelle needs to find the link, and fast. Someone wants the story buried; unless she finds out who, Nichelle may get a new deadline. A permanent one.
YOU MIGHT ENJOY:
- Nichelle’s Professional Ethics – Walker does an excellent job of demonstrating a reporter’s struggle to weigh the details of a news story, balancing the public’s want for information with its need for information. Nichelle understands that providing all of the gory details isn’t always a necessity, and that sometimes holding back some things is safer for everyone. She truly wants to both inform and protect the public with her stories, and it’s easy to see how this trait has earned her the trust of Richmond’s PD.
- The Danger – Walker has no qualms about putting Nichelle in harm’s way, and does so. Often, and in surprisingly believable ways.
- The Humor – Scenes like Nichelle having to trade-in her beloved Manolos for a pair of flip-flops and engaging in a barb-filled confrontation with Shelby are witty and fun. The adjustments Nichelle has to make when trying to infiltrate the compound are also amusing.
YOU MIGHT NOT ENJOY:
- The Love Triangle – I’m not a huge fan of love triangles in series mysteries, mainly because after a few books of the back and forth, I just don’t care anymore. I think the thing that bothers me the most in this series’ triangle is Nichelle. She keeps trying to talk herself into falling for Kyle, but Joey always swoops in to catch her before she can. It would be interesting for Nichelle to finally make a decision, and see how she reacts as the suitor not chosen begins to pursue other romantic interests. Maybe she makes the wrong choice and at a later point reconnects with the other one romantically? That would be way more interesting than the constant wavering between the two choices.
Yes. Walker’s characters are lively and the story moves quickly. The mystery is a good and complicated one, with clues strategically placed and the killer’s identity securely concealed until the very end.
Walker has extensive experience in journalism; this is probably the reason why Nichelle’s character and her pursuits as a reporter are so well dramatized. This is the fourth in the Headlines In High Heels mystery series.
* I received a free copy of this eBook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.