Small Town Spin
It was the evening of the 2014 Super Bowl that I picked up this delightful cozy mystery that began with the suicide of well-like son of a three time Super Bowl champion. Nichelle, a reporter for the Richmond Telegraph, a mid-sized city newspaper, is asked by a friend of the family to cover the story. Though she is suffering with a nagging head cold, she agrees to do so.
Before the week is over, she finds herself competing with the big city papers for the story that that might make a career as the one suicide turns into three suicides and a couple of murders - to which someone wants to add her own. With the help of her two best friends, an experience ATF agent and a mob kingpin, Nichelle is faced with a set of clues that take her across state lines to meet with moonshiners that would just as soon kill her as help her. Beside the rival reporters from the big city and the moonshiners, Nichelle is also facing competition from members of her own newspaper’s staff - a temporary editor that wants to be the new crime reporter and a sports writer that thinks that, given the sports star connection, the story ought to have been his.
Ms. Walker did an excellent job of holding this reader’s attention. The mystery is compelling and believable - well worth the time spent reading it over the past week. I expect that other readers will respond similarly.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.