Beyond a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Nancy Cole Silverman
Rating: 3.5/5 Stairs
Publication Date: 14 July 2015
Carol Childs is a reporter for a local AM radio station in Hollywood. The book opens with Carol on the scene – a body has been found and it looks like it is the missing Monica Channing, daughter of a federal judge. As Carol digs deeper with her story, she realizes that Monica is just one of many missing girls in Hollywood. Monica is in the press thanks to her prominent father, but many of these girls are missing with no story, no coverage. As Carol starts to dive into the stories of other missing girls, she realizes she may be in too deep.
This book falls into the cozy genre, but it was quite a page turner at the end. The investigation was fun to read. Carol determines the mastermind behind the missing girls fairly early on – you aren’t waiting to the very end for that part – but she is searching for the true motive and how to prove it. The characters are likeable. There is somewhat of a radio-partnership being formed here between Carol and former FM-radio personality Cupid, I hope that continues into the next book.
My only complaint would be with the ending. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I would say it felt a little convenient. That knocked the book down a bit for me on the rating.
This was a fun read, and would be especially enjoyable poolside for some summer reading.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.