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.
This is the second book I have read by Joan Livingston. The other being Checking The Traps. Both books are a slice of small town Americana. Hill towns where everyone knows each other and all are innocent and guilty. So many suspects but are they all guilty?
Isabel Long is getting involved in another cold case. This time it is a dead newspaper editor and the main suspect is police chief that no-one seems to trust. Is he crooked or does he just have a secret past?
If you want to find out more you will have to invest in a copy, which will be well worth it as it is a great story.
As well as a great tale Joan gets into the psyche of small town America, where everyone lives in each others pocket. She digs and finds everyone has a secret past, but is one harbouring the biggest secret of all? That they are a murderer! Joan casts the shadow of suspicion on everyone and when you think where the story is going she is off on another tangent.
All in all a great story, quality writing that will grip you and not let you go. Not that you will want it to!
Thanks to Joan for the story and Rachel for the tour invite.