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Drive Time (MIRA novel) (Charlotte McNally Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 19, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


*Starred*  Ryan in same league as Lisa Scottoline...catapults the reader into fast lane and doesn't relent til the story careens to a stop. New readers will speed to get earlier books, and diehard fans hope for another installment.

--Library Journal

Best Paperback Original of 2010

Best Mystery Novel of  2010

Best Mainstream Novel of 2010


"Hank P Ryan knows the television business entirely; she understands plotting; and she writes beautifully.  No wonder I loved DRIVE TIME. Anyone would."

----Robert Parker, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Spenser for Hire mysteries

 "Superb series...Ryan's ability to portray these universal dilemmas is her true genius, and one that makes this series an enduring joy to read."
----Mystery Scene Magazine

"I love this series!" --Suzanne Brockmann

About the Author


Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution. Along with her 26 EMMYs, Hank's won dozens of other journalism honors. She's been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine working with Hunter S. Thompson.


Her first mystery, the best-selling PRIME TIME, won the Agatha for Best First Novel. It was also was a double RITA nominee for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense Novel, and a Reviewers' Choice Award Winner. FACE TIME and AIR TIME are IMBA bestsellers, and AIR TIME was nominated for the AGATHA and ANTHONY Award. (Of AIR TIME, Sue Grafton says: "This is first-class entertainment.")  DRIVE TIME, February 2010 from MIRA Books, just earned a starred review from Library Journal saying it "puts Ryan in a league with Lisa Scottoline."


Hank's short story "On The House" won the AGATHA, ANTHONY and MACAVITY for Best Short Story of 2009..


Hank is on the board of New England Sisters in Crime and the national board of Mystery Writers of America.

Her website is HankPhillippiRyan.com



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Product Details

  • Series: Charlotte McNally Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; 1 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327974
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Ryan has really outdone herself on this last installment to the Charlotte McNally series. This time Charlie's aiming to stop a car scam operation while at the same time, planning for her upcoming wedding. By far the best of the four McNally stories, Ryan has held nothing back in this one. Full of action including high-speed car chases, hidden video, stakeouts, and even her fiancé and stepdaughter get tangled up in the weaving of deception, secrets and murder.

Ryan has a knack for storytelling and her real-life experience in news reporting is highly reflected in her writing. She has a very unique voice and the ability to make each story in her books better than the last one. Though her characters are fictional, you can only suspect that the McNally character reveals many of Ryan's own qualities, which appears to add humor and hands-on investigation into even to the grimmest of crimes.

Her stories in this series are well written, the plots are intriguing, the characters are extremely realistic and the background settings are right on target. I've read all four books in the McNally series and have to admit I've loved them all, but this last one, Drive Time, tops them all. A difficult task in outdoing the last great read, Ryan has handled the task with the ability to keep all the characters, old and new, in place - their personalities never faltering.

Also due to her experience in getting the facts and reporting the news, she's able to use her talents as well to make her stories realistic, allowing the reader into the mind of McNally, and laying out the details to make everything fit into place exactly right, holding the reader in suspense until she lets go of the climatic ending.
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Charlotte McNally is trying to cope with changes in her life as the wedding day approaches. Can an investigative reporter keep secrets that may lead to a breaking story, a change in employment, or affect the loyalty due her intended, her working partners? The burden of shielding the source and doing the job she loves while making decisions that will affect her future make for a strong plot the plows through the narrow streets of Boston.
Hank Phillippi Ryan brings her fans the strongest mystery to date with DRIVE TIME. Charlie Mac at 47 is trying on motherhood, faculty wife, and maintaining the never ending task of following leads to develop a top breaking story for the newest ratings. Three murders, an auto accident, and a faculty meeting have her hopping from abode to home while living out of her tote bag.
This is one you will not want to miss from the annals of crime fiction related to television. Charlotte McNally will dig a hole in your heart and take up residence.
Nash Black, author of Indie finalists WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS and HAINTS.
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I went through the four "Time" books in four days. They are exceptionally good. The plots are intelligent and well developed. Best of all, the characters are not stereotypes, as we find in some similar circumstances. This applies particularly to the main characters, but also to the secondary ones, from adults to children. The pace is fast, and we want to get to the solution of the mystery. Those who said this is no thriller are wrong. The comparisons they make are also odious, as are all comparisons. Hank Phillippi Ryan is a terrific, talented, and original writer.

I do hope there are more books from her soon!
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Star Reporter Charlie McNally is juggling a heavy load. She has a wedding to plan, a big promotion to consider and a deadline to meet. Work and family are a new mix for her and she struggles with how to prioritize between the two.

Incorporating her soon-to-be step-daughter Penny into her life is also a challenge. When an unexplained death happens at Penny's school, Charlie steps in to help in the way that she knows best, as a reporter. There's a definite story there and she'll do what she needs to do to uncover the truth.

How much should she tell her fiancé about the stories she's working on? Where do her loyalties belong? As a woman with a loud biological clock ticking away the years, should she just give up the whole idea of a family by this stage in her life?

If you want to know what it's like to be a reporter in the fast lane, read DRIVE TIME by Hank Ryan Phillippi. This story felt real to me. I loved following Charlie as she works to solve the mysteries in the plot. Her character has a quiet strength that seems heroic even as she works through real emotions and issues that many women face every day.

This review is courtesy of Romance Junkies.
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Drive Time is a mystery novel about an investigative reporter in Boston who doesn't stop digging until she discovers the truth, sometimes at great risk to herself.

Protagonist, Charlotte "Charlie" McNally takes the reader along on a hair-raising ride as she uncovers clues and lies that could lead to murder. Charismatic Charlie keeps the reader in suspense about the investigations and her personal life up to the satisfying end.

Hank Phillippi Ryan's writing style offers tension on every page and keeps the reader's attention throughout the story. The plotline is intricate so one must pay attention to detail.
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