Review: Hank Phillippi Ryan's second mystery to feature Boston journalist Charlotte "Charlie" McNally, Face Time, has the intrepid investigative reporter delving into a cold case murder.
Dorinda Keeler confessed to murdering her husband three years ago. Case closed, right? Not exactly. While investigating the story, Charlie discovers evidence that proves Dorinda is innocent. Case reopened, right? Not exactly. Dorinda insists she is guilty and the authorities want to keep their open-and-shut murder case closed. But Charlie believes Dorinda is lying in order to protect someone, and despite warnings from everyone around her not to get involved, she sets out to prove Dorinda's innocence, endangering her own life in the process.
Aside from her professional responsibilities, Charlie faces personal difficulties at home. Her mother is visiting and Charlie feels guilty about not being able to spend enough time with her. And Charlie is still trying to develop a relationship with the new man in her life Josh, though his 8-year-old daughter has other ideas.
Face Time provides an entertaining insider look at the field of investigative reporting. Ryan balances the mystery and romance elements of the story in such a way that neither dominates nor do they detract from one another. Add a bit of humor here and a dash of danger there, and the overall result is an excellent romantic mystery.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Face Time.
Acknowledgment: Book Trends provided a copy of Face Time for this review.
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Harlequin (Mass Market Paperback), June 2007
ISBN-13: 9780373881352; ISBN-10: 0373881355
Mira Books (Mass Market Paperback), September 2009
ISBN-13: 9780778327196; ISBN-10: 0778327191
Location(s) referenced in Face Time: Boston, Massachusetts
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Face Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan — A Charlotte McNally Mystery
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: October 2007
List Price: $5.50