Killing the Story
An accidental death that was no accident…
For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a hard fall on ice. But years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all.
Was Estelle pursuing a big story that put her life in danger?
That’s what Isabel Long — along with her 93-year-old mother, Maria, her ‘Watson’ — agrees to investigate in Dillard, a town whose best days are in the past.
A former journalist, Isabel follows leads and interviews sources, new and familiar. She quickly finds a formidable threat in Police Chief James Hawthorne, who makes it clear Isabel is not welcome in his town — and who warns her against poking her nose into Estelle’s death.
Of course, that’s after Isabel has discovered the chief’s questionable policing and a troubled history with Estelle that goes way back.
Killing the story means dropping it because there aren’t enough facts to back it up. But Isabel won’t make that mistake. She’ll see this one through to the very end.
Can she uncover the plot that led to Estelle’s murder?
Killing the Story is the fourth in the popular Isabel Long Mystery Series.
Killing The Story is #4 in the Isabel Long mystery series, but it can be read as a stand-alone too.
Private Investigator Isabel Long is investigating the death of Estelle, a newspaper editor. It may not have been an accident!
She begins looking in the events surrounding the death and ends up in danger herself…..
As ever, Isabel is dogged in her determination to find the truth, despite the threats…….she will not kill this story.
Isabel is a well developed and likeable character, strong and certainly determined. This is a twisty murder mystery and thoroughly entertaining.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Killing The Story. This is my honest and unbiased review.
Author Bio –
Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Killing the Story, published by Darkstroke Books, is the fourth in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, featuring a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. solving cold cases in rural New England.
She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.
She credits her mother, Algerina — the inspiration for Maria, Isabel Long’s ‘Watson’ — for instilling inher a love of reading and the power of the written word.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: @ joanlivingston