Prime Time

Prime Time a Charlotte McNally series, by Boston television reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan; she has penned a wonderful absorbing mystery. The story begins with a couple of spam e-mail messages from someone she did not know. Charlie ignored them, and deleted them quickly. A few days later, however, a local newspaper headlined an article about a whistle-blower revealing a pending lawsuit involving a very large sum of money being stolen by officers of a pharmaceutical company. The article goes on to say that an accountant was found dead in an automobile accident – or was it suicide? Charlie recognized the name of the company and the accountant. She remembered seeing the accountant’s name, Bradley Forman, somewhere. But where? Was he the person who had sent her the spam e-mails? Enlisting the aid of her producer, Franklin, they hacked her computer to locate the deleted messages. They still don’t make any sense, but with Charlie being the reporter that she is, she sees a story.
Prime Time is a fast-paced, enjoyable, well written and plotted mystery and Charlie McNally is an appealing lead character. The story she and Franklin pursue lead them to deciphering a code in the message, but not before another man is killed (another automobile “accident”?) and the life of a third threatened. The reader will be as determined as Charlie to unravel this mystery and will be hard pressed to put this book down. The characters are well written and believable and bring the reader into the story, Angela is Charlie’s superior at the station, and she is half Charlie’s age. The author brings humor in the story especially as we read the interactions between the reporter with all of her years of experience and then the young producer whose concern is on the ratings. This is a great debut to the series, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. This is a fascinating read and I highly recommend, this would also bring much joy as a great Christmas gift.

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