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In 1948, Charley Hall
resents giving up her job as city reporter for the Kingston Tribune to a
returning soldier. But her demotion to the women’s pages is the least of her
worries since Gran is organizing a surprise birthday party for Charley’s older
brother, Freddie. Trouble is, Freddie hasn’t come back from his latest bender.
When Charley goes looking for him, she discovers the dead body of a woman, last
seen with her brother. Beside the murdered woman is a torn newspaper article
about local politician Dan Cannon, who also happens to be Charley’s best
friend. To make matters worse, a police detective from Toronto shows up and
begins nosing around. Charley is not about to stand by and let her brother nor
her friend take a fall for a murder based on circumstantial evidence. Not by a
Really enjoyed this 1st book in a series titled
“A Charley Hall Mystery”. A story about Charley who is a reporter and is
demoted basically because she’s a woman. Moved to the woman’s section of the
paper to boot. Charley has what one might call an eccentric family she lives
with. A brother Freddy, on a bender most of the time, and a grandmother who
really has no idea when Freddy is or isn’t home.
This was a quick read. Lots of humor. I think one of the
things I enjoyed was that not only did the characters have distinct personalities,
there were not so many. Made the story very clear and as I said, enjoyable. The
series has three books to date. Hope we hear from Charley again.read an excerpt...
The other man, the one who had lured her here, leapt to his
feet and stumbled off.
“Aren’t you going to follow him?” Charley asked.
“What’s the point?” Spadina countered, dusting the dirt off
his knees as he rose to his feet. “He’s just some low-life trying to make a
“He said he’s got Freddie. And he’s got my money.”
Spadina reached out a finger and pushed down the muzzle of
the revolver. She hadn’t realized she still had it trained on him. “First off,
you know he doesn’t have Freddie. If he did, he wouldn’t have tried to kill you
once you gave him what he was asking for. It really wasn’t the smartest idea to
be waving around all that moolah last night and promising more. There are—”
“Second!” She wasn’t in the mood for a lecture.
“You said first, so I’m assuming there’s another point you
want to make.”
Even in the darkness, his teeth glowed white with his grin.
It irritated her even more.
“And second, I have your money. I pulled it out of his hand
before I hit him.” He reached into the pocket of his coat and took out a
handful of banknotes. “But I think I should keep it as payment for saving your
“I thought you were a cop,” she said, grabbing the money
from him. “Saving lives is your job.” She stuffed the money back into the
pocket of her coat.
“Aren’t you going to count it?” He snickered.
“Do I need to?”
Spadina threw back his head, his laughter echoing off the
wooden gazebo. “You are the most stubborn, most infuriating, most intriguing
woman I have ever met.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment.”
about Brenda Gayle...
Life is messy
and I try to reflect that in my stories while still leaving readers with a
feeling of hope. I want them to see themselves and people they know in my
You could say
writing is in my genes. My paternal grandmother was a formidable diarist; my
father was a journalist and poet; my sister and cousin are both published
authors; even my son has shown a talent for putting pen to paper (or fingers to
keyboard) to tell awesome stories. So, it came as no surprise to anyone when I
returned to my love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of
corporate communications–although some might argue there was plenty of
opportunity for fiction-writing there, too.
A fan of many
genres, I find it hard to stay within the publishing industry’s prescribed
boxes. Whether it’s mystery, romantic suspense or women’s fiction—my greatest
joy is creating deeply emotional books with memorable characters and compelling
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Hi Kathy, Thanks so much for hosting me today and for your terrific review of A Shot of Murder.ReplyDelete
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Our Town Books was glad to have "A Shot of Murder" here. Best of luck with your book.ReplyDelete
Thanks much for sharing your book and a giveaway. Sounds great and happy to have read about it.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on this nice review and thank you for sharing your book and author details. This sounds like an exciting read and I am looking forward to it.ReplyDelete
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I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by to check out my new book, A Shot of Murder. And many thanks to Kathy & Our Town Book Reviews, too. Stay safe & all the best. <3ReplyDelete