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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
The third Riley Spartz book has a smart, independent heroine, clever dialogue, a well-paced plot and an ending that wraps everything up without feeling too pat or clichéd. A perfect summer vacation read, whether readers are familiar with the first two books or not (if not, be sure to rectify that as soon as possible).
TV journalist Riley Spartz has a lot going on. There’s a fresh murder case to crack, a new reporter making her look bad and someone blowing up wind turbines near her parents’ farm. When gossip columnist Sam Pierce runs a humiliating item about her, she confronts him, and she ends up throwing a drink in his face.
Sam turns up dead the next morning, and Riley’s the prime suspect. She needs to prove her innocence as well as stay on top of the other cases she’s following — all while keeping her head above water in the ratings game. (ATRIA, Jun., 337 pp., $23.99)
Reviewed By: Michelle Wiener
Published: June 2010