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Secrets. Secrets old and secrets new,
This review is from: Drive Time (MIRA novel) (Charlotte McNally Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
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Charlotte McNally is on the verge of stardom. From Channel 3 in Boston, her boss asks her to move to a major news network in New York. Her life's dream. There's just one problem, or rather two. Josh, a teacher at Bexter, a prestigious academy, and Penny, her daughter. He's just asked her to marry him, and she is ecstatic at the prospect.
While Charlie tries to decide whether to follow her career or her heart, life goes on. A car accident leads her on to her next scoop. A band of thugs, stealing VIN numbers off cars from valet parking services and, perhaps, the air bags too. This is going to be her next story when someone appears dead at the Bexter School. A second accidental death complicates matter and now there is also some sort of blackmailing scheme going on, and perhaps a threat on the students at the school. But she cannot reveal this, not to her fiancée, not to the police; not without revealing her sources. Secrets pile up on mysteries and now, she may be a target too.
Formulaic? Perhaps; but there is a reason why writers use formulas, just as there is a reason that chefs use recipes. They work. What takes art is to pull all of it together and create a novel that absorbs and entertains.
Ms. Ryan pulls this off with flying colors; even if you are new to her Charlotte McNally novels, as I am, this novel is worth reading. The plot moves and drives the story just as fast as the cars that the protagonist chases the suspects with. In the end, all the story lines come together smoothly and the fiery end satisfies all the cravings of whodunit fanatics.