WOMAN STRANGLED -- NEWS AT TEN

 

REVIEWS

 

"Starred Review. The marvelous first in a new romantic suspense series from Moore (Jury Rigged) sparkles with Janet Evanovich–style humor. Aspen Wicklow, a University of North Texas journalism grad down to her last $75, lucks out and lands a plum job on WBFD-TV's Public Defender in Fort Worth, Tex. Tig Welder, a hotshot gunning for an anchor spot, reminds 'Investigative Reporter Barbie' never to try scooping him, while station manager J. Gordon Pfeiffer warns her never to become part of the story. Following either tip isn't easy after Aspen meets ruggedly handsome Spike Granger, a Johnson County sheriff who's on a rampage about prison overcrowding. Even more alarming is researching a missing person report on Candy Drummond, who pledged at the same sorority as Aspen. Candy later turns up a strangled corpse. The action hurtles to a cliff-hanging close that includes more than one tantalizing twist sure to leave readers eager for the sequel." Publisher's Weekly

 

"Aspen Wicklow graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism and a belief she would soon own the media world. Alas, she is down to double digits in cash and one in prospects. Shocking herself, Aspen obtains a highly regarded job on the Fort Worth TV show Public Defender.

 

However her first time on the WBFD-TV show, she meets fellow reporter Tig Welder, who warns "Investigative Reporter Barbie" to never scoop or trump him; if she tries she is toast. Station manager J. Gordon Pfeiffer tells her if she wants to stay employed to avoid being the story. Aspen soon meets Johnson County Sheriff Spike Granger when he complains vociferously about overcrowded prisons. She also investigates missing person Candy Drummond, who pledged at the same University of North Texas sorority as she did. Not long afterward her strangled corpse is found and Aspen finds she has broken TV show rules one and two by trumping Tig and becoming part of the story when her inquiries take a life and death of their own.

 

Laura Moore proves she is not jinxed as she starts a new series starring a fabulous heroine who struggles to adhere to the "rules" while remaining true to herself. The whodunit is fast-paced yet quite amusing and filled with plausible enjoyable twists (a trademark of this author) as Spike and Aspen investigate separately and somewhat together (especially when he is checking her out). Fans will enjoy the opening act of a strong journalist mystery." ~ Harriett Klausner

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

When WBFD-TV’s newest anchor, Aspen Wicklow‚ misses her debut broadcast and ends up in jail‚ she’s assigned an unpleasant job — find out whether midnight screams coming from local landmark Kirk House are an urban legend‚ or something far more sinister. While visiting the burned-out shell‚ Aspen encounters a young Goth girl known as Paper Cut. Later‚ Paper Cut admits to being an undercover cop and it’s her job is to find out who murdered a pregnant Goth girl and removed the near-term infant from her dead body. Connecting the dots between these victims and Kirk House leads Aspen into a life-and-death situation more frightening than anything she could imagine.

 

ASIN: B00BL2CCNY

Publisher: Five Star/Gale Group

Publication date: June 14, 2010

Print Length: 310 pages

 

 

 

 

COUPLE GUNNED DOWN -- NEWS AT TEN

 

REVIEWS

 

"In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the start of her new job as anchor at WBFD-TV is delayed as Aspen Wicklow needs to make bail for shooting a coyote attacking her pug. When she is released, her boss assigns Aspen the investigation of allegedly haunted Kirk House after a SWAT incident involving her. Intern Dainty Prescott (see Deb on Arrival--Live at Five) accompanies Aspen.

 

At the burned out house, the reporters meet Paper Cut a young female Goth. Paper Cut explains she is an undercover cop investigating the murder of a pregnant Goth girl and took the infant from the mother's body. At the same time, Aspen's boyfriend Sheriff Spike Granger begins his re-election campaign. His biggest mission is to insure no one escapes custody.

 

The entertaining News at Ten journalistic investigative tale (see Woman Strangled--News at Ten) is a fantastic twisting whodunit. Fast-paced on the anchor, inquiry and romantic fronts, Aspen makes the story line work as the twenty something reporter combines grit, fortitude and spunk. Having the star of Live at Five play sidekick intern enhances a delightful often amusing thriller. The plot grips the audience from the moment her boss accuses the heroine of being busted for indecency and being a dominatrix while proclaiming Dainty did a great job on TV due to being half naked. Readers will relish following the jocular News at Ten as Aspen works the mean streets of Dallas-Fort Worth. ~ Harriet Klausner

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

When WBFD-TV’s newest anchor, Aspen Wicklow‚ misses her debut broadcast and ends up in jail‚ she’s assigned an unpleasant job — find out whether midnight screams coming from local landmark Kirk House are an urban legend‚ or something far more sinister. While visiting the burned-out shell‚ Aspen encounters a young Goth girl known as Paper Cut. Later‚ Paper Cut admits to being an undercover cop and it’s her job is to find out who murdered a pregnant Goth girl and removed the near-term infant from her dead body. Connecting the dots between these victims and Kirk House leads Aspen into a life-and-death situation more frightening than anything she could imagine.

 

ASIN: B00BL2CCNY

Publisher: Five Star/Gale Group

Publication Date: June 15, 2011

Pages: 310

 

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