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Working the Beat (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 5) by [Joan Livingston]

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"Joan Livingston at her best. An ingenious plot featuring the unexplained death of a young man at a country fair. It's always a joy to follow this canny, quick-witted, and unconventional detective through her investigations but this case looked especially hard to crack — until it all fell into place. Masterful! Can't wait for the next one."
—Katharine Johnson, author of 
The SuspectsThe Secret, and The Silence

With a narrative written from Isabel's point of view, Joan Livingston puts the reader right at the heart of the action. The plot and the dialogue have an immediacy that reels you in from the outset.  The twists and turns keep coming as the investigation progresses and the author keeps you waiting until the very last few pages for the final resolution. A great read, with characters that live on the page and a story that keeps you gripped until the last word. Ms Livingston's books are cosy-crime writing at its best — don't miss out on this series.
—Angela Wren, author of the 
Jacques Forêt Mysteries
"Like the previous books in the series, a gripping plot, colorful characters, and a marvelous sense of place, grabbed my attention and held it to the very end.... I have to admit, I didn't guess who the culprit was until the very end because the author was very clever in laying false trails. If you're looking for an engaging mystery with quirky characters, lots of humor, and a twisty plot, you'll love 
Working the Beat."
— Penny Hampson, author of 
A Plethora of Phantoms and The Unquiet Spirit

Working the Case by Joan Livingston has all the trappings and atmosphere of small town USA. Interesting characters. Secrets everyone seems to know or think they know. From the opening page to its last, one doesn't read as much as one lives and feels the story. This is my fourth book by Joan, and it won't be my last. I'm hooked!
—Joseph Lewis, author of 
Lives Trilogy, Caught in Web, Spiral into Darkness, Betrayed and Blaze In, Blaze Out

From the Author

I didn't know I would be writing a mystery series when I wrote the first, "Chasing the Case." But like my protagonist Isabel Long, a long-time journalist turned private investigator, I got hooked on solving cases. "Working the Beat" is number five in my Isabel Long Mystery Series. I found a setting that I love — a fictionalized version of rural Western Massachusetts — and characters that have become very real to me. And I'm pleased to say I've begun number six.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09KS52ZRL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ darkstroke books (January 27, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 27, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3624 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 255 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199 ratings

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Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Chasing the Case, Redneck's Revenge, Checking the Traps, Killing the Story, Working the Beat, and Following the Lead, published by Darkstroke Books, are the first six books in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, featuring a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. solving cold cases in rural New England. The Sacred Dog, a thriller that is not a part of the series, has a Dec. 27 release.

She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.

Joan relied on those insights while writing The Sacred Dog, a story about bad blood between two men. Frank Hooker owns The Sacred Dog, the only bar in a small, rural town. The only one not welcome is Al Kitchen, who he blames for his brother's death.

For more, visit her websites: and

Follow her on Twitter @joanlivingston and Instagram @JoanLivingston_Author. Her author page on Facebook is:

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