Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
4th in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (July 18, 2017)
Paperback: 278 pages
Kindle ASIN: B06ZXY2K1X
When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.
With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.
The radio station where reporter Carol Childs works has a new format so she is now able to cover the edgier topics in the news like murder. She is sent to the Hollywood Hills early in the morning and finds a man hanging from the Hollywood sign. The police have ruled the death a suicide (yes, that trigger again) but Carol thinks there is more to the story. When “Mustang Sally” calls into Carol’s radio program she confirms Carol’s intuition by confessing on the air with the promise of future deaths Carol knows she may need some help but she is bound and determined to stop Mustang Sally.
Another great story from Nancy Cole Sillverman!
The author creates such wonderful characters. They are so well-developed and unique. We are introduced to Garhardt “Chase” Chasen in this story. A private investigator that knows the recent death at the sign is connected to previous murders/”suicides” and he wants to work with Carol to catch the killer. He thinks her radio broadcasts are a perfect way to lure the killer out in the open. Carol really wants to investigate on her own but Chase keeps calling and turning up everywhere. She doesn’t like the way she is drawn to this man but he is pretty determined they are going to work together. Carol also has to balance work and her life at home. Her son is turning sixteen and nothing is going to keep her away from his party.
This story takes an interesting look at abused women and what lengths they will go to, to get away from their abusers. An online support group that takes things to a very scary level. The police may even be complicit in the groups actions. It is an exciting story with several different tangents twisting the plot very intriguingly. The author handles this serious topic so well while keeping it cozy, not an easy job.
Carol is a smart, strong protagonist and has grown in each story. She keeps me coming back for more. I have enjoyed the entire series and am anxious to see what she gets herself into next.
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, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubt, was released May 24, 2016. Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017 For more information visit www.nancycolesilverman.com
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