Devil in the Deadline
Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery, #4
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: January 6, 2015
Number of pages: 268
Cover Artist: Stephanie Chontos
When the Richmond police offer an exclusive in exchange for help with a case, nothing—not even a costume party—stops crime reporter Nichelle Clarke from making Manolo tracks to the crime scene. The hunt leads her to a televangelist’s compound in the Virginia countryside where the Reverend may be more interested in fat stacks of cash than he is saving wayward souls.Review:
With two sexy guys tangled up in Nichelle’s story—and in her heart—work and love are on a crash course for disaster. Pressure pours in from every corner, including a faceless new competitor that means the deadline is always five minutes ago. As secrets threaten and the truth becomes her lifeline, Nichelle must unmask the killer and nail down the story before she’s snared in the carefully-constructed web.
In the last book, Small Town Spin, we started to delve into Nichelle's familial background. Much more is hinted at, guessed at and finally revealed. Plus there is some set up for coming books, left dangling at the end. Not really a cliff hanger... more of a teaser of things to come.
Let's not forget the love triangle, which I am not normally a big fan of, but has worked in this instance for me. We have the former high school boyfriend and ATF agent Kyle, and the super sexy mafia connected Joey. There is one scene where the two guys once again meet face to face at Nichelle's. They are giving each other the old hairy eyeball and emitting Alpha pheromones all over the place. Nichelle's response? She got in her car and left them to it. How I would love to have been a fly on the wall of the conversation between them... Just sayin'. I can't wait to see how this is going to play out in the end.
Regulars make appearances. Of course, we have the return of Aaron, the police officer spokesman and Exclusive Tip giver, and Bob, her editor, father figure and one of my favorite people. We also get some face time with Parker and many of their Richmond Telegraph co-workers. Nichelle's relationships really help to give her depth and come alive on the page.
The Nichelle Clark books just keep getting better and better. I went back and looked to see what I gave the last book, Small Town Spin, (5 stars) because wowzers, this book surpassed it. I had a guest post with LynDee back when Buried Leads came out in October 2013. LynDee stated that she had been given the advice to “Write a better book next time. And the time after that. That is how you build a career.” Mission accomplished! I am still totally hooked on this series. Another 5 star read.
A tote bag with a Richmond Telegraph t-shirt, an electronic copy of Front Page Fatality, a signed Hardcover copy of Heartache Motel, a $10 amazon gift card, and assorted Headlines in High Heels swag.
LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation.
Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, and was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. DEVIL IN THE DEADLINE is the fourth in LynDee’s Headlines in High Heels mystery series. The fifth arrives October 2015.
LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children, working on her next novel, or admiring beautiful shoes she can’t wear.
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