- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries (May 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610090179
- ISBN-13: 978-1610090179
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,818,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Case of Hometown Blues Paperback – May 3, 2011
From the Author
W.S. GAGER has lived in Michigan for most of her life except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional women golfers. She enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realized babies didn't adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she honed her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character in the award-winning Mitch Malone Mysteries is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer.
About the Author
W.S. Gager has lived in Michigan for most of her life except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional woman's golfers. She enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realized babies didn't adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she honed her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character in the award-winning Mitch Malone Mysteries, is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer.
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Mitch Malone knew it was a mistake to let his boss talk him into a series of seminars at the newspaper offices of his hometown in Flatville, Michigan. The first day isn't even over when he lets one of the local reporters get under his skin. Before he knows it, Mitch has agreed to a bet, and now he has to find a big story in this small town.
At a bar that evening to drown his sorrows, Mitch stumbles into his own high school reunion-- and inadvertently, into his story. The next day, the former classmate he had been talking to is found murdered, and Mitch needs to find the killer before local law enforcement convinces everyone that it's him.
Gager's depiction of a small town is spot on, and her pacing is swift and sure. In fact, the events leading to the ending move fast and furiously. Although one character in particular already had me mentally giving him the hairy eyeball early on, the author did a very good job at guiding me away from him so that I was surprised by book's end.
I had a few problems with some of the secondary characters. At first, some of them appeared very stereotypical, and I was put off. However, all their motivations were revealed in due course, and I felt differently about them.
My favorite secondary character was teenager "Scoop" Bradshaw, and I liked how Mitch was willing to help her learn more about journalism. Scoop was bright and fearless, and I wish there could have been more of her in the book. As for Mitch himself, I liked his instincts, his quick thinking, and the information he imparted during his seminars. I did find him more than a bit twitchy and insecure, though. He always seemed to be telling me how he felt about something, and I'm just not used to males doing that.
I did enjoy this fast paced book about a journalist facing a return to the hometown he never wanted to see again. His quick thinking got him out of a murder charge, and going back home again made him face things he'd been avoiding. It was a painful trip, but Mitch proved that it can be done.
To make matters worse, his arrival coincides with his high school reunion, which means he must face not only the class bully (his cousin), but his crush on the homecoming queen. She seems to want to tell Mitch something, but can't quite get it out. The next morning, she's dead and Mitch is the only suspect the police are considering. Can he clear his own name when so many demons of his past are distracting him?
This is the second book in the series I've read in any many months. It was certainly the more serious of the two since the plot revolved so much around Mitch and his past. It really allowed him a chance to be developed as a character. On the other hand, I felt like the rest of the cast was shorted and, with one exception, we never really got to know them.
The plot moved along well. A couple times it seemed to be dragging a bit, but then it would start moving forward again. The climax brought together lots of pieces into something that actually made sense.
I'm definitely going to be watching for future entries in this series.
NOTE: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
When an old high school classmate is murdered, Mitch becomes a murder suspect and he begins to learn that this sleepy little town holds some surprisingly huge secrets. He has to put all of his expertise as a big city reporter to the test while setting aside his personal feelings about the people who reside in Flatville.
W.S. Gager has created some twists and turns in this story that kept me glued to each page. I don't want to give away any of the secrets, so let me just say that this is a "must read" book. I recommend adding it to your library at the first opportunity.