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Face Time (A Charlotte McNally Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 21, 2009

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Editorial Reviews


FACE TIME is a gripping fast-paced thriller with an important story line and an engaging and unusual heroine.  ...a vivid behind-the-scenes look at television news; ...a cast of characters whom we hope to see again."

--Sara Paretsky

... a superior sexy mystery...a rich, well-developed protagonist we cheer for. .an exciting voice for smart women who are tired of silly chick lit and ready for some real, kick-ass romance and intelligent plot. I loved it!"

--Sarah Strohmeyer

Ryan is one mighty fine writer...well-written and smoothly paced....excellently plotted stories...superb characters.  ..intelligent entertainment laced with humor, romance, and suspense. Highly recommended."

---- Betty Cox, Reader to Reader

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.

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: A Charlotte McNally Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KJMReviews VINE VOICE on August 24, 2009
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Author Hank Phillippi Ryan is an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston's NBC affiliate. She has twenty-six Emmy's and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, along with dozens of other national and international journalism honors. Her work has resulted in new laws, homes removed from foreclosure, criminals sent to prison, and millions of dollars in restitution. Before her reporting career, she was a proofreader, a radio reporter, an Editorial Assistant at Rolling Stone, and a legislative aide in the US Senate. Other titles include: Prime Time and Air Time (coming September 2009.) She resides just outside of Boston, MA, with her husband.
Veteran TV reporter, Charlotte McNally, is fighting to get a woman wrongfully convicted of murder out of prison. The problem is, the woman the media refers to as "Deadly Dori" confessed to the crime three years ago and has no intention of recanting that. Her lawyer has found new evidence of her innocence, and Charlotte knows this is the story of a lifetime, so why won't Dori do an interview and why on earth would she want to stay in prison for something she didn't do? The deeper Charlotte digs into the case, the more people turn up dead, and Charlotte seems to be the next target.
The only complaint I have for the book, which I suppose isn't really a complaint, is I missed the "Things they don't teach you in J-school" commentary from the first book, which refers to sarcastic inner thoughts from Charlotte about the things they don't learn in journalism school.
This is book two in the Charlotte McNally Mystery series, with Prime Time before it and Air Time after. These books are cozy mysteries with romantic elements.
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This exciting adventure in the world of TV journalism is part of a series I recommend without hesitation. The characters are real as are the issues they face while solving the mysteries of the reporting assignments. Thank you Hank Phillipi Ryan!
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This is book 2 in the Charlotte McNally series and I am enjoyed this book as much as the first. Can't wait for books 3 and 4 later this year.

Charlie is a TV investigative reporter on the wrong side of 40 in an industry where looking youthful matters a lot. Even though she has won Emmy awards for her stories, she is always questioning herself and her abilities even while she is always searching for the next big story. In this story, she is contacted by a local group to help prove that Dorinda Keeler, who confessed to the murder of her husband four years earlier, is really innocent. Even though she finds some information to show that Dorinda may be innocent, Dorinda won't talk and claims to be guilty. Charlie and her producer, Franklin, continue to work on the story to try to prove her innocence. Along with a powerful story line about guilt or innocence, throw in Charlie's mother who has just had plastic surgery and Josh, her new love and his 8 year old daughter who isn't too excited to have Charlie in her dad's life.

This is a fun story and a great read. Book 3 can't get her soon enough!
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Charlotte McNally is at it again, only this time she's after a boost in the Nielsen ratings when mysteriously, a tape winds up in her possession that will prove confessed killer, Dorinda Sweeney, could not have possibly murdered her husband four years earlier. So why is the convicted woman still professing her guilt?

"Charlie's" journalistic senses pick up on the story of a lifetime, delving into the seemingly closed case with her witty, yet stubborn determination to shed light on the truth. But the lead prosecutor in the Sweeney case, now running for Governor, is demanding "Charlie" back off. Instead of doing that, though, his persistence only heightens "Charlie's" instincts that she's on the right track and there's no way she's going to back down on this one!

Though the romance is heating up, "Charlie" is also trying to deal with her questionable future with Josh because his daughter defiantly causes friction on their relationship. And with her mother's demands while recuperating from unnecessary surgery, "Charlie's" stress level is constantly in "peak mode".

But when other people involved in the Sweeney case start turning up dead, Charlie knows she's hit a nerve, but can she prove they have the wrong person behind bars without making herself another target for the real killer first?

I loved the first book in this series, Prime Time, and hoped Ryan would not disappoint me on this second installment. Hank Ryan's not only written yet another action-packed, suspense novel, she's outdone herself with Face Time. Having the journalistic background on her side, Ms. Ryan is able to write a "could really happen" gripping storyline with likeable (and not so likeable) characters readers can relate to.
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TV reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally has her hands full, as usual. Her station's hired a consultant to implement changes meant to attract a younger audience, and that consultant decides to treat July as if it were the November sweeps for ratings purposes. Her mother's not only in town, but hospitalized at an upscale plastic surgery clinic where Mrs. McNally - who will soon remarry - has undergone several procedures at once. When she's contacted by attorneys from an organization dedicated to reversing the convictions of prisoners it believes innocent, she and her producer, Franklin Parrish, jump on the chance to interview a notorious convicted murderer. If Dorinda Sweeney confessed falsely to killing her husband, then interviewing her in prison could provide Charlie with top ratings. But what happens if Dorie doesn't want to be interviewed, and isn't interested in having her conviction overturned? Why do people connected with the now three-year-old case start dying, and is snoopy Charlie going to be next?

This fast-paced mystery's subplot continues Charlie's romance (begun in "Prime Time") with Josh Geltsen, as the divorced teacher introduces his 8-year-old daughter to his girlfriend. Charlie has no idea how to get Penny to talk to her, much less warm up to her and accept her relationship with Josh. Author Ryan does a good job of weaving this conflict into the primary plot, using Charlie's conflicted relationship with her own mother as the link.

Well written and well paced. I'm enjoying this series very much indeed.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
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