When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.
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The latest in the Robyn Guthrie series has the free-lance writer involved in a couple of story lines. To begin with, she is asked to pick up on a story for a weekly newspaper after the original reporter dies following a hit-and-run accident. The story involves a new development in town based on extreme “green” principles: almost 100 per cent energy independent, among other features, using solar power. Robyn is obsessed in finding the one responsible for the reporter’s death and becomes overly involved with the real estate development, which leads to various complications further into the plot. The author uses several devices to offset the seriousness of what essentially is a murder/crime plot, including the by-play between Robyn and her mother, as well as her on-again-off-again relationship with her present lover, a former jockey turned talented accountant and apparent man-of-the-world when it comes to knowing anyone who is anybody. The novel is written in the first person, told from Robyn’s point of view. There are some excellent wise-cracks throughout the story. However, this reader, at least, could have done with less information about Robyn’s love life, or lack thereof, and more in-depth analysis of the main characters, who seemed more like stick figures than major players. However, with that caveat, the novel is recommended.
Getting Lucky by DC Brod 4 STARS This book was about finding what killed a reporter. Was it just a drunk who ran her down? Or was it because of a story she was working on? What was she working on. Robyn is having coffee with her mom at their favorite place, when Robyn gets the news of Clair death. Robyn takes her mom back to her assited living apartment. Robyn is a freelance writer for the paper. She takes over the one article that clair was assigned and also follow through on the hit and run of Clair. Clair was writing on a new green housing development. Robyn tried to learn and follow Clair's trail. Robyn finds some pictures on her camera of a meeting being of two guys. Robyn sees her boyfriend Mick at a restraunt with a younger woman. Robyn at 40 does not want kids. Mick is not sure he wants kids or not. He is not ready to make sure of that decision right now. So they are cooling off. Mick is still a big help to Robyn and they are not yet ready to lose their friendship. Robyn's mom wants to buy a house and live in it with Robyn. Her mom is starting to have problems with her memory. Robyn & Mick get called by his new secratary to help because a john died in her sister's apartment. She is trying to get out of that life, but if her sister finds out he was at their apartment she would be homeless. Robyn had just had dinner with him about the housing development and lunch with his wife Kat an old high school rival. So they ended up moving the body and putting it in his car in a parking lot. Their is laughter and serious mystery. It is a nice story and I would like to see more of the characters Robyn and Mick. I was lent this ebook in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. Dec.11,2011 PUB Tyrus Books
Freelance writer Robyn Guthrie enjoys her assignments for the Weekly News and Record. However, she is heartbroken when staff reporter Clair dies in a hit and run accident in a side of the road that makes no sense for her to be walking there. Clair's editor hires Robyn to finish the late reporter's piece on the Cedar Ridge subdivision; she accepts the assignment with the caveat she will investigate her peer's death also. Robyn diligently works both stories while dealing with personal traumas. Her senile mom is losing her memory and driving her crazy while residing in an assisted living facility; and the reporter is not seeing her long boyfriend Mick over the issue of children. Her two stories converge when she follows Clair's notes and photos as something is insidiously wrong at Cedar Grove. This evil kills parents and children. Robyn develops a plan, but to succeed she needs cooperation from a lot of people wary to get involved. Dealing with people who break the law on land deals is hard enough, but when these same felons place children in danger to make more money is evil. Robyn's high school adversary is involved though initially ignorant and tries to make things as right as can be though the horse has left the barn. The storyline focuses on the key characters including a "blackmailing" rogue former EPA field agent and what motivates each to act and react in the way they do. Harriet Klausner