The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.
In the world of the e-book, there are so many choices. How does one start to hunt to find new authors?
In my case, a Facebook post by a friend led me to find Front Page Fatality, A Nichelle Clark Headlines in Heels Mystery. Written by LynDee Walker, an award-winning former journalist, this book was everything I wanted it to be and more. How can you pass up reading a book with this awesome cover?
Nichelle Clark, a crime journalist with an obsession with buying gently used designer heels from eBay, is one of the best heroines I have come across in a long time. With an appetite for news that is more than curious, her consistent questioning of developing stories gets her into a lot of trouble.
With multiple murders, an ex-ballplayer colleague, an ailing editor and a mob boss, this novel left me reading it on the app on my phone because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! This novel made me turn pages faster than I do a James Patterson novel.
Walker’s background provides an accurate setting for the newspaper, providing authenticity to Nichelle’s passion for the story, relationship with her editor Bob and her disdain for Shelby, the girl after her job.
My favorite relationship in the novel was with Bob. As a pseudo-father figure and mentor, Bob always supported Nichelle’s curiosity and need to get to the bottom of the story. As the person who gave Nichelle her first job out of college, he takes pride in her development into the investigative reporter her story leads her to be. Bob also cautions her to be safe as she embarks on her mission to get to the bottom of the story.
I also enjoyed the competition between Shelby and Nichelle. Their dynamic enables the both of them, along with their competing television counterpart, to strive to be the best at all times.
With the development of great characters comes the development of an excellent theme. The theme I enjoyed throughout the novel was trust: trust in your source and trust your gut. Nichelle takes a lot of risks to get her story based upon trust. It may get her into a lot of trouble and unfortunate situations, but she gets the story and the closure she is looking for.
I cannot wait for the next Headlines in Heels mystery, Buried Leads, to come out in October! I’m glad I discovered this great read from a friend. How do you discover new authors?