On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
Nancy Cole Silverman just toured her new book Without A Doubt with Great Escapes. When I brought it up on my Kindle I saw that I hadn’t read the 2nd book in the series, Beyond A Doubt, even though I was sure I did. So it quickly became my Flashback Friday book.
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (July 14, 2015)
Paperback: 244 pages
E-Book – ASIN: B00W5VI838
When reporter Carol Childs is called to the scene of a body dump she has no idea she’s about to uncover a connection to a string of missing girls. Young, attractive women drawn to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood via an internet promise of stardom and romance have been disappearing. A judge’s daughter leaves behind a clue and a trip down Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame reveals a connection to a high powered real estate mogul and to a cartel targeting girls for human trafficking.
Old Hollywood has its secrets, its impersonators and backdoor entrances to old speakeasies and clubs where only those with the proper credentials can go. And when Carol Childs gets too close, she finds herself politically at odds with powers that threaten to undo her career and like the very girls she’s seeking, make her disappear.
Radio reporter Carol Childs finds herself close to Hollywood and Vine several times as she investigates the murder of a judge’s daughter and a string of missing girls. For the most part she is trying to get the scoop for her radio station but since the police seems to be dragging their feet on their investigation she figures helping them can’t hurt. Carol’s FBI Agent boyfriend, Eric, is off for a little R&R on his boat so he is not around to keep her out of trouble.
The author takes on a couple of hot topic issues in this book and she does it really well. I hesitate to say too much here because I don’t want to spoil the story for you.
I will say Nancy Cole Silverman knows how to build suspense. She packs so much in these 244 pages. By the time I reached the end I was almost out of breath.
Centered around her life at a radio station, her boss is much more supportive than in the last book, even when the powers that be think murder and missing girls isn’t what they want playing on their station. We meet everyone from celebrity impersonators to a bunch of Red Hat Ladies. These characters are real and believable and some bring a little humor to a very stressful storyline and some become suspects.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Shadow of Doubt, I am upset with myself for taking so long to read this one.
A fabulous read, my only pause, was the ending, it was just a little too easy, but very entertaining and not enough to knock down my rating.
About The Author –
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, debuted July 2015. The third, Without A Doubt, is now available. For more information visit www.nancycolesilverman.com
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