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The Big Lead: A Stella Reynolds Cozy Mystery (Stella Reynolds Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 28, 2015
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From Publishers Weekly
Novice reporter Stella Reynolds, the endearingly human heroine of Kirsch’s fiction debut, finds her first job in the TV industry with the Fox affiliate in sleepy Bozeman, Mont. Stella’s appreciative of the opportunity, but she can’t help having second thoughts when she learns how small the staff and resources of her station are. Stella’s first achievement of significance is interviewing river guide Bill James following his arrest for burglarizing a house and trying on the owner’s underwear. After learning that James has an alibi, Stella manages to get the sheriff to agree to dismiss the charges, but that proves to be just a temporary victory when James becomes the prime suspect in the stabbing murders of the burglary victim and her mother. The truth, Stella suspects, is much more complex, and she holds nothing back in pursuing it. The author does a good job of eliciting sympathy for Stella by depicting her embarrassing stumbles on her first days. (BookLife)\n
About the Author
Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning TV journalist, with over ten years experience working in newsrooms of all sizes. She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV, and is happy to finally be able to indulge her creative writing side, instead of having to stick to the facts. Libby lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and children. When she's not writing her next chapter, you can find her riding bikes to the park, hosting dance parties in the kitchen, and always, always waiting for coffee to brew.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book moves well and there is enough to connect with the characters. I will be reading the next book
Stella has to deal with a noisy neighbor, an archaic set of recording equipment, and a mystery she just can not let alone!
I like her co-worker, Vindi and let’s just say Janet, the noisy and sometimes nosey neighbor has some quirks! She does develop a romantic relationship with John of the competing ABC affiliate, huuumm, wonder how that will work out ?
Stella has a very optimistic view and makes the best of trying circumstances. Stella has moxie or spunk…whichever word you want to use - haha…she is a survivor!
I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series tonight, The Big Interview.
Be prepared though. Once you start this book, you will not want to out it down.
Stella Reynolds has just accepted her first job as a TV News Reporter in Bozeman, Montana. She is very excited about the job, but things are not quite what she expected - the equipment is antiquated and prone to breakdowns and "hot" stories are almost non-existent.
When the station Stella works for is "scooped" by their rival in town regarding a home break-in, Stella wonders if the accused, Bill James, is interested in telling his side of the story. When requesting information from the Sheriff's Department, she get a fax from Detective Ronald Sharpe with more information than she was expecting. Then when she goes to interview Bill James, she learns that he has an alibi for the time of the "alleged" crime.
Just when things are looking up and it appears that the charges will be dropped, Bill is back in jail, charged with the murder of the woman who filed the original complaint, as well as her mother. As Stella starts to investigate the case, she speaks with Bill's girlfriend and discovers that not everything about the case is as it appears. The further she digs, the more Stella suspects there is more to the story than just the murders. After overhearing an argument in the Justice Building (which houses the courthouse, the jail, and the Sheriff's office), Stella discovers that there is a conspiracy going on. The question is, can she expose the corruption and solve the murders without getting killed herself and will she be able to make her deadline for the evening news?
Well developed and interesting characters with an engaging plot. Plenty of surprises to keep you guessing right to the end.