Buried Leads

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SMARTLY WRITTEN AND CLEVERLY PLOTTED WITH A NIFTY SURPRISE ENDING...

When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in the woods, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke smells a scoop. A little digging, and Nichelle uncovers a web of corruption that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Politics. Murder. And a dead lobbyist. It's everything Nichelle's ever dreamed of.

The cops are playing it close, the feds even closer, and Nichelle's afraid her boss will ...

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Overview

SMARTLY WRITTEN AND CLEVERLY PLOTTED WITH A NIFTY SURPRISE ENDING...

When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in the woods, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke smells a scoop. A little digging, and Nichelle uncovers a web of corruption that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Politics. Murder. And a dead lobbyist. It's everything Nichelle's ever dreamed of.

The cops are playing it close, the feds even closer, and Nichelle's afraid her boss will assign the story to the political desk any day. Richmond's new ATF SuperCop makes an arrest before she can say "Louboutin," but Nichelle's gut says he's got the wrong guy.

Her sexy Mafia boss friend warns her off the case, her TV rival is hot on her designer heels, an ambitious copy editor wants her beat, and victims are piling up faster than she can track them down. As Nichelle zeroes in on the truth, it'll take some fancy footwork to nab this headline before the killer nabs her.

Praise for BURIED LEADS:

"Mafia hotties, corrupt politicians, old flames and murder. Buried Leads, LynDee Walker's latest adventure featuring intrepid crime reporter Nichelle Clarke, propels the reader on a wild ride through Richmond, Virginia, as Clarke ducks bullets and unmasks criminals, all this in her incisive exposés and her aubergine Manolo Blahniks. A smart and sassy heroine." - Patricia Smiley, Bestselling Author of Cool Cache

"Intrepid reporter Nichelle Clarke is back again, tracking down a killer, sniffing out political corruption, and juggling studmuffin boyfriends-all in impossibly high heels. Very smartly written and cleverly plotted, with a nifty surprise ending. Another winner from author LynDee Walker!" - Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

"A must read for any mystery fan. I loved Front Page Fatality, but Buried Leads may be my favorite in the series to date. If you're a fan of mysteries or contemplating trying a new genre, I highly recommend Buried Leads. Five stars!" - Literary, etc.

"It's Walker's real life experience as a working journalist that makes this enjoyable mystery stand out. The details of newsroom machinations are every bit as complicated as the tangled puzzle that her sleuth must solve." - New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Brackmann

Books in the Headlines in High Heels Humorous Mystery Series:

FRONT PAGE FATALITY (#1)

BURIED LEADS (#2)

DATELINE MEMPHIS (Novella following BURIED LEADS featured in HEARTACHE MOTEL) On Sale December 2013

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A newspaper reporter catches a lead on what could be a politically charged crime ring. Nichelle Clarke, of the Richmond Telegraph, is best known for two trademarks: her towering Manolos and her tenacity in chasing a story. When her closest sidekick, her trusty police scanner, alerts her to the report of a body, she doesn't let the lack of an official invitation keep her from making herself at home at the crime scene. Daniel Amesworth, a lobbyist--and a successful one, according to his Armani shoes--has been both bashed over the head and shot by someone who clearly wanted to make sure he was dead. When the police pick up James Billings, Nichelle's fairly certain they've got the wrong guy. It's not so much that she's convinced Billings is innocent as that she has continuing issues with her long-ago ex, Kyle Miller, the so-called supercop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who's keen on Billings as the murderer. Whether it's because she's determined to prove Kyle wrong or because she wants to scoop her nemesis Charlie, Nichelle fixates on the case and what she suspects may be a whole related series of local crimes. Though she's warned away by the enigmatic Joey, whose moblike ties both terrify and compel her, Nichelle won't stop her snooping, even when her trail leads her ever closer to the popular Sen. Grayson. Walker (Front Page Fatality, 2013) walks her readers through a series of plausible scenarios, though less murder and more drama might give her a better shot at her intended audience.
Author - Laura Levine
“Intrepid reporter Nichelle Clarke is back again, tracking down a killer, sniffing out political corruption, and juggling studmuffin boyfriends—all in impossibly high heels. Very smartly written and cleverly plotted, with a nifty surprise ending. Another winner from author LynDee Walker!”
Author - Lisa Brackmann
“It’s Walker’s real life experience as a working journalist that makes this enjoyable mystery stand out. The details of newsroom machinations are every bit as complicated as the tangled puzzle that her sleuth must solve.”
Author - Patricia Smiley
“Mafia hotties, corrupt politicians, old flames and murder. Buried Leads, LynDee Walker’s latest adventure featuring intrepid crime reporter Nichelle Clarke, propels the reader on a wild ride through Richmond, Virginia, as Clarke ducks bullets and unmasks criminals, all this in her incisive exposés and her aubergine Manolo Blahniks. A smart and sassy heroine.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938383649
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Headlines in High Heels Series, #2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 686,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words "press conference." An award-winning journalist, LynDee traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in High Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. LynDee is a member of Sisters in Crime and James River Writers. BURIED LEADS is her second Headlines in High Heels mystery. Her debut, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon multi-chart #1 bestseller and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. A Headlines in High Heels novella appears in the anthology HEARTACHE MOTEL. The third novel in the series, SMALL TOWN SPIN, is coming in April 2014.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. You can find her online in any of the usual social media places or at www.lyndeewalker.com.
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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Buried Leads is an entertaining cozy mystery set in Richmond, Vi

    Buried Leads is an entertaining cozy mystery set in Richmond, Virginia that follows the latest investigative adventure of crime reporter Nichelle Clarke. Nichelle is a crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph, while following up on a man's body found in the woods, she discovers that he's a lawyer for a lobbying firm with ties to tobacco. Intrigued at the political possibilities, Nichelle starts digging into the story and stumbles upon a corruption case with all kinds of secrets involving tobacco ranchers, mafia, and influential powerful politicians that could put her life in danger. And if that isn't enough, Nichelle is involved in a love triangle with her friend Joey, a Mafia mob boss and her former lover Kyle, who has been promoted as a Special Agent in the local ATF office. Oh and did I mention that Nichelle's coworker nemesis Shelby is trying to take her job? Nichelle has her hands full: can she get to the truth in the murder/corruption case, find love, and save her job and her life?




    Author LynDee Walker weaves a fun action packed tale that is full of humor, drama, romance and suspense. I recently have become a fan of cozy murder mysteries set in the South, and Buried Leads is the first story that I have read from this author. I loved the mixture of humor and suspense in this story, I was easily drawn into Nichelle's latest investigative adventure, there was enough twists and turns that kept me guessing what would happen next. I enjoyed that the mystery was the main theme and that the love triangle / romance aspect was secondary and did not distract the reader from the overall whodunit theme of the story.




    If you are looking for a delightfully intriguing cozy mystery whodunit with fun characters and a dash of romance in the mix, then Buried Leads is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Buried Leads is book 2 in the Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels

    Buried Leads is book 2 in the Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery Series by LynDee Walker. 

    Nichelle Clark, crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph, is back and once again dirtying up her Manolos in order to get the scoop. This time Nichelle is taking on corrupt politicians, tobacco lobbyists, and the good ‘ole boy tobacco farmers of old. As if that isn’t enough to keep one girl busy she is also dealing with ex-boyfriend turned ATF agent, Kyle and her very hunky Mafia boss friend, Joey. Both clearly have feelings for Nichelle and are having a hard time not stepping on each others toes as they try to keep her safe during her snooping adventures.

    I really enjoy Nichelle’s character. She is smart, determined, and just so dang likeable. I was happy to see that book 2 stayed true to her character and that the romance sparks are still flying between her and bad boy mafia guy, Joey.

    The “whodidit” portion of the story is great. It had me guessing the whole time. Which was really fun and unusual. Most of the time I know who the bad guy really is early on in the story.

    This book works well as a stand-alone but as you all know I’m a big fan of starting with book 1 and working my way through them. I just think it gives you a different connection to the story plus I am a little OCD so my brain just doesn’t allow me to knowingly start a book out of sequence. But for those less anal you can definitely start with book 2 if you like. Smile

    This is a very enjoyable series with a great female main character. There is a lot of action, intrigue, and suspense. I felt this book was a little faster paced than book 1 which is something that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to book 3 in the Headlines in Heels Mystery Series and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that Joey gets the girl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Much better than #1

    This book rocks! The characters are better written and the story more believable in this second foray into newspaper mysteries.

    Well done LynDee!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

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    Nice mystery & well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Loved it!

    Just like the first story this one is action packed, funny and keeps you guessing to the very end. I am in love with Nichelle and the hot Mafia man! Looking forward to the next story. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    She did it again. I started reading and just couldn¿t stop. The

    She did it again. I started reading and just couldn’t stop. The rest of the world just fell away as I chased down the clues with Nichelle.

    She is juggling at least 4 headlines for the Richmond Telegraph while trying to keep a co-worker who is sleeping with the managing editor from stealing her job and still scoop a television reporter. Her ex has shown up in town as the area’s newest ATF agent and wants them to give their relationship another chance. But her new “friend” Joey has plans of his own romantically speaking and his contacts in the criminal world have him doing everything he can to keep her safe. Nichelle’s police contacts are telling her nothing. Then her investigation shows a couple of her stories seem to be connected, it is time for her inner Lois Lane to shine as she plans to scoop everyone unless someone scoops her up first.

    This is fast paced with fantastic characters, the supporting ones are really growing too! There is political corruption, murder, mayhem, bullets flying, romantic tension, and a tough heroine in high heels. Hang on tight! Lyndee Walker takes us on us a wild ride with a few surprises and even a couple laugh out loud moments. She is definitely an author to keeps our eyes on! She has DATELINE MEMPHIS (novella after BURIED LEADS in Heartache Motel) on sale Dec 2013 and SMALL TOWN SPIN (#3) on sale Spring 2014. I have already both to my wish list!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    Really Enjoyed this book! Cant wait for the next one!

    Really Enjoyed this book! Cant wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Fast and funny mystery read.

    Fast and funny mystery read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2015

    Good

    I still say Joey if he can kiss that good it's worth a go. I was stumped I was on the same paage as Nosh I was sure it was the senator. What a twist

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    recommended

    Nice procedure story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Wonderful

    Love all the characters, especially Nicelle. So smartly written and fun.

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  • Posted January 1, 2015

    The picture on the cover of this book was enough to get my inter

    The picture on the cover of this book was enough to get my interest. I happen to love shoes. The story inside lived up to the fun of the cover. It kept my interest from the very beginning.

    Nichelle Clark is a reporter in Richmond VA on the crime and courthouse beats. She will do anything for a story and would like to move up to covering politics for the Washington Post. She's smart and funny and clever. She is one of the more likeable heroines I've met in a while. She hears about a dead body found in the woods over her police scanner late one night and goes to investigate. The stiff turns out to be a lawyer and lobbyist for the tobacco industry. As she doggedly pursues this case, it keeps getting deeper and deeper. She soon finds herself being warned off and that's enough to get any reporter's juices going.

    The mystery in this story is a complex one and I enjoyed it. No simple solutions here. It's a pleasure to follow Nichelle's investigation as she sifts through the evidence using her own investigative skills and her arsenal of law enforcement contacts. I love watching a good detective at work. Her law enforcement contacts feel professional and competent. I love that she doesn't seem condescending toward the people around her. I really don't enjoy female detective that seem to think they are above normal life. Nichelle feels like someone you would be friends with.

    This is more of a traditional mystery to me than a cozy though it has elements of a cozy. It's not set in a small town and the heroine doesn't have some weird hobby or shop that plays into the mystery like so many cozies. Nichelle actually has a legitimate reason to be pursuing this case and does it as a professional, it just happens to be a professional journalist rather than a professional detective. It's a quick read, it's not graphic with violence or sex and it's fun but it's not quite as soft as a cozy generally is.

    There is a love triangle but for some reason it isn't as obnoxious as I usually find them though I do need it to resolve soon. Like most readers, writing love triangles is one of the most annoying things that writers do. They never feel realistic to me because so few men would put up with them.

    It felt to me that there was one small continuity error when she was warned away from investigating one of her suspects. I didn't think that she had even mentioned to anyone else yet that she was following that path so I'm not sure why she would be warned away from it but that was minor. Maybe I had just missed something.

    I can recommend this book for lovers of traditional or cozy mysteries. It should have great appeal to lovers of either genre and you don't have to have read the first in the series to enjoy this one. This is the first one I have read.

    This book was provided by Netgalley and I appreciated the opportunity to read and review it.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Fun

    This is a good series with a nice mix of humor and mystery.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    4 stars I like how Nichelle Clarke is smart, can run in heels


    4 stars

    I like how Nichelle Clarke is smart, can run in heels but not flats, She works hard. Trying to be the best and first to get a story.
    She does not back down from threats. She also cares about people, her dog and friends. Nichelle is a reporter in Virginia. Crime beat.

    Nichelle has friends in FBI, ATF, local police and mafia. I really want to go and read the first in the series.Front Page Fatality (A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery. They reference it a few times or least the events in it. It sounds good. Buried Leads stands alone though. You meet some of the characters in the first book.

    Buried Leads is full of humor, characters, drama and action. It is a clean read. I had no clue till it was revealed. So high on suspense of how the story Nichelle is working on turns out. Did not want to put the book down till through.

    On one day Nichelle has four different stories but because she was busy she was scooped on one. She competes against Charlie a t.v. reporter who covers the same stuff as her. Their is also a copy editor who wants part of her beat and is sleeping with the boss to try and get it from her.

    Nichelle's mafia friend shows up a lot at her friend and she is attracted to him but leery of him too. Then a old boyfriend from Texas with ATF as moved into town. He wants Nichelle to give him another chance. Two guys but their works is on opposite sides.

    Nichelle is working on different stories but they are starting to run into each other. She runs into a lot of dead ends before she solves her story. Because she is interested in different people she meets she makes contacts that help her.

    The story pacing is good. It does not get bogged down. I like the tone of the book. Their are a lot of secondary characters that add a richness, humor to the story. I want to know if Troy gets his scholarship and makes it to college. What will happen to his mom now?
    I liked how happy he was to have met Parker and follow him one day.

    How Parker got involved and made a difference in a college athlete. How he teases Nichelle.

    I would love to read more from LynDee Walker in the future. especially if it is as good as Buried Leads.

    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by NetGalley and Henry Press.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    In the follow-up to Front Page Fatality, crime reporter Nichelle

    In the follow-up to Front Page Fatality, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke is in the middle of another murder with long range implications. When a body is found in the woods and identified as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, Nichelle finds herself learning a lot about the shady world of illegal tobacco products. From the halls of the US Capital to the small mom and pop store on the corner, a whole system of smuggling and tax cheating leads Nichelle into a big story connected to the murder.
    Her maybe romance with possible mobster Joey starts to heat up but he is warning Nichelle to stay out of the story and she can’t comply. Her former lover, Kyle, has just been named the Special Agent for the local ATF office and he wants to rekindle their romance. Even her source in the PD, Aaron White is giving her more no comments than help. Add to the mix predatory coworker Shelby, who is trying to take over Nichelle’s job and Nichelle has her hands full.
    I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. Every time Nichelle thinks she has the murder solved or at least a direction to snoop in, it turns out to either be a bust or improbable. Fighting off Shelby’s attempts to grab her job and to beat TV rival Charlie Lewis doesn’t help Nichelle to keep her thoughts in order to keep working this case. I also liked the rivalry between Joey and Kyle over Nichelle and look forward to seeing more of both characters in future books. That said, I appreciated the fact that the mystery aspect was the main part of the story with the romance theme as a secondary one. I hadn’t read the first book but I had no trouble getting up to speed with the characters in this one. This looks like a promising new series to enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    LynDee Walker has done it again! Nichelle once again proves that

    LynDee Walker has done it again! Nichelle once again proves that she is more than just a great reporter as she deals with dead bodies, tobacco, and professional rivals...and she does it all in shoes that I can only daydream about. If you want a thrilling mystery with a good dash of humor and some definite love potential (Will it be the bad boy or the high school sweetheart? I know who I'm rooting for!) then Buried Leads will definitely not disappoint.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    LynDee Walker¿s Buried Leads is the second book in the Nichelle

    LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads is the second book in the Nichelle Clark series. You don’t need to read Front Page Fatality to enjoy Buried Leads; although, several characters from Front Page do make an appearance. If you’re worried about spoilers, you won’t find any major ones preventing you from enjoying Front Page at a later date. Feel free to dive right in, but I do recommend reading Front Page prior to Buried Leads so you can become familiar with Nichelle and company.

    Richmond Telegraph crime reporter, Nichelle Clark is back! At first glance a dead body is just that, but when Nichelle receives a tip that the victim is a tobacco lobbyist and the suspect is the vice president of a tobacco company, she realizes there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Armed with a great pair of designer heels, she sets out to uncover the truth only to receive a death threat. Not one to be deterred, she refuses to heed the advice given by one very sexy Mafia boss and proceeds to continue to research the story. Little does she know she’s about to uncover secrets that will rock Washington politics. Will Nichelle uncover the truth before she’s silenced or will she kiss her job goodbye as her nemesis steals the limelight?

    I always have fun reading Walker’s books and Buried Leads was no exception. Character development continues to be strong. In Front Page Fatality we meet sexy mafia boss, Joey and he’s still enigmatic as ever, but does open up to Nichelle. At one point she makes a reference about how many people he’s killed and Joey responds that not all deaths are at his hands. He goes out of his way to warn and protect Nichelle, but our feisty heroine is not one to back down from threats and proves she’s resourceful and can hold her own. I’m not going to lie-I lit up each time Joey made an appearance. How Nichelle manages not to grin like a fool every time she sees him is beyond me. This time Joey has a little competition with Nichelle’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle, moving to Richmond. Kyle is ready to pick up where things left off, but Nichelle puts a halt to things. Upon seeing Joey pay a late visit to Nichelle, Kyle is immediately suspicious and since Kyle works for the ATF, I wonder how long it will take him to do a background check on Joey. The real treat for me was seeing Parker and Bob! I feel as if I’m an honorary employee of the Richmond Telegraph and I loved catching up with Parker especially when he was willing to help Nichelle do a little research. For those that read Front Page Fatality, you might remember Troy Wright and how his brother died; Walker follows up with Troy and I really appreciate being able to touch base with him via Nichelle.

    Once again, the writing is engaging and Buried Leads is a fast paced read. Walker expertly combines serious scenes with a touch of humor. For example, Nichelle meets the mother of a tobacco farmer and she’s a smoker who carries an oxygen tank. She has Nichelle wondering if she’s going to blow them up as she tries to question the woman. I really like how Walker showcases a newspaper competing with a television station and how Nichelle not only has to deal with competition from a television reporter, but she has her co-worker Shelby to worry about. I loved that Parker understands what Nichelle is up against especially when he’s assigned to a job with Shelby. The interoffice politics is downplayed a little in Buried Leads, but it’s still a very important aspect to story and series. I do love watching Nichelle grow as well as Parker and can’t wait to see what Walker does with these two in the future.

    One reason why I really like Walker’s writing is that she slowly feeds us the information and the reader has to make sense of the clues. At first glance, the different stories Nichelle has to cover don’t seem connected and it’s up to us to decide if they are. I love working out the puzzle with Nichelle and Walker gives us the ability to get our feet wet by playing detective alongside Nichelle. As for the mystery, I thought I had it figured out and I agreed with Nichelle for the most part, but I had a nagging suspicion that it was a bit too tidy. No mystery could be that straight forward and sure enough it wasn’t. Walker delivers a curve ball that would make Parker proud!

    LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads is a must read for any mystery fan. I loved Front Page Fatality, but Buried Leads may be my favorite in the series to date. If you’re a fan of mysteries or contemplating trying a new genre, I highly recommend Buried Leads.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    I received an early ARC of Buried Leads and am so glad I did. I

    I received an early ARC of Buried Leads and am so glad I did. I love the Nichelle Clarke series, particularly for its sharp patter and fast past that reminds me of one of my favorite movies and another newspaper story, His Girl Friday. There's something about the back rooms of a newspaper, the push for a story, and the competition to be the first to reveal a headline that's particularly exciting. In the second of the Headlines In Heels series, Nichelle begins to unbury a hornet's nest of seemingly unrelated clues that begins with a buried body. This time Nichelle finds herself tracking down tobacco ranchers, local mafia, and political big wigs in an effort to score the biggest story of the year in order to keep her job as the Crime and Courts reporter. She's also got a heart tangle between the very smexy mobster Joey and her high school sweetheart ATF agent Kyle. 




    I loved the first book FRONT PAGE FATALITY, but BURIED LEADS is my favorite in the series so far. Walker does a great job of inching up the tension until you really can't put down her books. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    I was really looking forward to Buried Leads after reading Front

    I was really looking forward to Buried Leads after reading Front Page Fatality. LynDee Walker's sophomore novel does not disappoint! Nichelle is back with an even grittier mystery to solve. Fast paced, funny, and character's you'd like to take shoe shopping. You won't want to miss this.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

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    Nichelle Clarke's life is anything but ordinary. From her Mafia

    Nichelle Clarke's life is anything but ordinary. From her Mafia ties  to her ties with the FBI, to fiinding the body of a dead lawyer/tobacco lobbyist, she cna't stay out of things. Nicey, as she is called by friends and family has a tendency to wrap men and readers around her little finger.
    Lyn Dee Walker is an author I had not discovered until now, but her books will make it into my TBR stack. Although I prefer to read a series in order, I will go and pick up Front Page Fatality by Ms. Walker. Both Ms.Walker and Nicey seem to be the type of ladies that will bring it, either to the pages of a book or the pages of a newspaper, as Nicey does. I am looking forward to the next episode of Nicey's life!

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