Recommended Reads: Fast-paced mystery glides off the page
Air Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
This novel is really fun. The author has written a fast paced paperback mystery that will keep your detective instincts engaged to the end.
Charlie (Charlotte) McNally is a smart, energetic TV reporter, who’s been in the business almost 20 years. She has a real nose for news, and a cat’s curiosity. There are four novels in this series. “Air Time” is about Charlie on an investigative story about knock off designer purses. She and her intrepid partner at the Boston station charge ahead into the glamorous, and surprisingly dangerous, world of high fashion. The research is fascinating, and you’ll be collecting clues throughout the book. Charlie ends up going bravely, and at times humorously undercover. The other characters in the book are well written and really come to life on the page. That includes Charlie’s intriguing love interest, who is a professor.
As the counterfeit trail unfolds, Charlie travels from Boston to several different cities in America. She analyzes the actions of multiple suspects. While she’s debating different criminal theories, she struggles to balance her drive for adventure and her desire for a healthy, happy personal life.
Author Hank Phillippi Ryan really knows her topic. Born Harriet Ann Sabloski, she is a professional, investigative reporter at a station in Boston, when she is not writing mystery novels. She is widely regarded as one of the most hard-hitting, informative investigative reporters in the region, having won numerous awards for her work. In this novel, her story just glides so easily off the page and into your heart.
Now that I’ve successfully partnered with Charlie in this investigative story, I can’t wait to check out the other books, also award winners, in the series: Prime Time, which is actually the first in the series, Face Time and Drive Time.
Thereby hangs a tale . . . .
– By Wendy Kendall
Wendy Kendall is a writer, project manager and volunteer at the Edmonds Library. She’s enjoyed living in Edmonds for over 20 years. Follow her via her blog here or on Twitter @wendywrites1.