Room For Doubt

Room For Doubt

by Nancy Cole Silverman

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BN ID: 2940157509613
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: A Carol Childs Mystery , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 513,546
File size: 457 KB

About the Author

Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in news and talk radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. But it wasn’t until after she retired that she was able to write fiction full-time. Much of what Silverman writes about is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles’ busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce, and two standard poodles.

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ROOM FOR DOUBT 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
A body has been found hanging from the Hollywood sign, and radio reporter Carol Childs is sent to the scene. The police have ruled it a suicide, but Carol thinks something else is going on. Before the weekend is over, Carol is contacted by a PI who shares her belief that there is more to this death. Then a caller to Carol’s new late Sunday show all but confesses. What is really going on? From this intriguing premise, we get another fun mystery filled with plenty of suspense. I did have some issues with some moral issues brought up in this book, which is funny because I am on the opposite side of things on some TV shows I watch. A psychic we met in the first book is back, but I was happy that her “ability” only played a small part in the book. In fact, I enjoyed seeing her again since she is a fun foil for Carol. I really liked the cast of characters as well. There were some timeline issues in the middle of the book, but overall, they were a minor annoyance.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Room for Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman is the 4th Carol Childs Mystery in the series but the first one I read. I received a copy from Henery Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From Goodreads: "When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she's convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn't add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew." The story moves along well and all plot points are wrapped up in the end. The vigilante group of abused women is especially interesting - and scary. Demonstrates how vigilantism and standing up for yourself can get out of hand and lead to abuses and secrets you will do anything to protect. Mustang Sally is a key player in the story and has a lot more depth than you see on the surface. Garhardt "Chase" Chasen, the "incorrigible PI," is annoying, to say the least. But his motives and agenda are probably worthy, and you can see there is some chemistry percolating between him and Carol. Something to watch for in future books? Carol is a strong and determined woman and is surrounded by a very interesting cast of characters. I couldn't quite figure Carol or her job out, though. She seems to be good at her job but isn't that well-treated at the radio station and she seems to be unsure of herself at times and goes with the flow. Chase seems way too involved with decisions regarding her assignments. She floats in and out of a rather run-of-the-mill home life and extreme danger, going with the flow at times and throwing caution to the wind at others. If this is considered a cozy read then that works because the protagonist always jumps into situations without thinking, but the subject matter of this story is very serious so it seems a little off. And perhaps this is one of those series where you need to start at the beginning to get a better feel for the main character. Once it gets going the action is non-stop. There are a lot of players with a lot of unsuspected ties to each other, and things are nicely wrapped up at the end. This was an enjoyable read. Thanks to Henery Press, NetGalley and Nancy Cole Silverman for providing it.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Journalists of one sort or another are always good mystery protagonists, aren't they? Naturally nosy, they're in a profession that gives them a modicum of justification to be in the middle of an investigation and they almost always have access to resources the typical cozy sleuth doesn't have. They also have a built-in platform, assuming some editor or producer doesn't put the kibosh on things. Carol Childs is just such an amateur sleuth. When Carol's boss sends her to the scene of a death by hanging, it's more to simply report rather than a true investigation but she can't help thinking the police detective jumped to the wrong conclusion when he calls it a suicide. She doesn't have any real evidence, just a gut feeling, but a local private investigator, Gerhardt Chasen (Chase), soon convinces her there might be a whole lot more to this story. Along with her investigating what turns out to be quite a controversial set of killings, Carol has a personal side that's an equally important part of the story and I enjoyed my first adventure with her. She's one of those people with a kind of glamorous job but a pretty run-of-the-mill home life, warts and all, and I found myself quite comfortable with her. In fact, she reminded me a little of myself at her age for some reason although I didn't have a psychic hanging around or, for that matter, a PI hooked on lollipops. Without giving anything away, I should warn readers that this particular mystery doesn't end the way you might expect but you'll have to make your own decision about whether the ending is satisfactory. It was for me, even though it wasn't exactly right, and I appreciate the author's willingness to go a ways out on a limb. We crime fiction readers don't see this sort of thing every day ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Childs called out to the Hollywood sign to report on a body that is found hanging from the Hollywood sign. The police are labeling the death a suicide, but that doesn’t sit well with Carol when she finds out the body has a red nose clown on it. Next, Carol’s manager, Tyler, connects her up with PI Gerhardt Chasen, “friends call me Chase”, who has 2 other deaths he views as suspicious and believes there is every indication that these 3 deaths are related gang style killings. A caller joins Carol’s Sunday night program raising further questions on what links these deaths and shifts the focus when she admits to the murder. Mustang Sally also eludes to a tribunal and implies the murder might have its roots with abused women and killings to release them from their abusers. Tracking down Mustang Sally and understanding her motivation to murder becomes a primary focus of the story. This was the first book in the Carol Childs series I have read. I will admit that for the first several chapters I wasn’t sure I was relating to the main character. As the plot developed and I was introduced to Carol’s best friend, physic ex-neighbor (who moves in with her) and PI love interest, I started enjoying the read. Story is fast paced and even though a little quirky at times, the root of the story actually is believable and an interesting premise. Honestly, I would have rated 3 stars at beginning, but the book finishes strong and deserves 4.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Room For Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman spoke to me. I love vengeful women who turn into vigilantes to give those who abuse the ultimate punishment. Carol Childs, a radio reporter, is called to a hanging at the Hollywood sign. It is ruled a suicide but she doesn’t believe it. Neither does a dogged PI who seeks her out. He has some questions of his own and sticks to her like glue. She blows him off and I got my first laugh when he called into her radio show. I do like humor with my mystery and murder. Because of him, she backs into her new radio show becoming a success right out of the gate. Mustang Sally calls into the show. She claims she is part of a group of female assassins called the Butterflies and their goal is to protect women from the men who prey on them. Could it be true or is she just a quack? Carol finds out that Sally is talking too much, making herself a target, and there are those that want her secrets kept secret. Carol uses Chase to set up her own plan for Mustang Sally, though she holds him at arms length. The romance is not the story, but I can see an attraction that could develop into more. He is very persistent…and patient. Flawed, but in my book still a good catch. I quickly grew into like with him. I love vigilante justice, even though it can become skewed. All too often what starts out as a ‘good’ thing can turn bad, but it is easy to understand their motivation. Room For Doubt is not quite what I thought it would be. It seems more along the lines of a cozy mystery, than the dark and disturbing thriller I expected. All in all, it is an interesting story and one I would recommend. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Room For Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The radio station where reporter Carol Childs works has a new format so she is now able to cover the edgier topics in the news like murder. She is sent to the Hollywood Hills early in the morning and finds a man hanging from the Hollywood sign. The police have ruled the death a suicide (yes, that trigger again) but Carol thinks there is more to the story. When “Mustang Sally” calls into Carol’s radio program she confirms Carol’s intuition by confessing on the air with the promise of future deaths Carol knows she may need some help but she is bound and determined to stop Mustang Sally. Another great story from Nancy Cole Sillverman! They author creates such wonderful characters. They are so well-developed and unique. We are introduced to Garhardt “Chase” Chasen in this story. A private investigator that knows the recent death at the sign is connected to previous murders/”suicides” and he wants to work with Carol to catch the killer. He thinks her radio broadcasts are a perfect way to lure the killer out in the open. Carol really wants to investigate on her own but Chase keeps calling and turning up everywhere. She doesn’t like the way she is drawn to this man but he is pretty determined they are going to work together. Carol also has to balance work and her life at home. Her son is turning sixteen and nothing is going to keep her away from his party. This story takes an interesting look at abused women and what lengths they will go to, to get away from their abusers. An online support group that takes things to a very scary level. The police may even be complicit in the groups actions. It is an exciting story with several different tangents twisting the plot very intriguingly. The author handles this serious topic so well while keeping it cozy, not an easy job. Carol is a smart, strong protagonist and has grown in each story. She keeps me coming back for more. I have enjoyed the entire series and am anxious to see what she gets herself into next.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Room For Doubt - Carol Childs Mystery Book 4 Author: Nancy Cole Silverman Publisher: Henery Press Published: 7-18-2017 Pages: 246 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Sub-Genre: ,Women Sleuths, Whodunit, Amateur Sleuth, Suspense, Hard Boiled ISBN: 9781635112351 ASIN: B06ZXY2K1X Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew. This page turner will keep you on the edge of your seat with an eclectic variety characters. Ms. Silverman has penned a story that may be a bit darker that than one would find on Murder she wrote, but it is a clean, fast moving quick read. So take an afternoon off to enjoy "Room for Doubt". My rating of "Room For Doubt - Carol Childs Mystery Book 4" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth Carol Childs book in the series. I've read them all, but I think this was by far the best. It was a different twist on the usual storyline of finding out who committed the crime. This one brings in a gray area, thus the title, between right and wrong. It's very well written including some of the same quirky characters from the other stories along with a new possible love interest. It keeps you interested from the beginning, right up until the end.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on a present day problem: what to do about abusive men when the law can't help. Quite gripping with interesting characters. A good read that points out how when you really look into some things, the black and white of it blends into an ambiguous grey.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Room for Doubt” by Nancy Cole Silverman is book five in the Carol Childs Mystery series. It is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this new one. The author drops in background information that is relevant to the current plot, but does not spend pages and pages needlessly summarizing events from the previous books. The main character, Carol Childs, works as a reporter for a talk radio station in Los Angeles. Carol’s character is mult-faceted and well developed, and the supporting cast of characters is equally interesting and detailed. The book is written in first person so we follow Carol’s thoughts and actions as she struggles to balance work, her personal life, and family conflicts. We also tag along as she wonders “What happens when one day a creepy guy tries to hit on you in the grocery store and the next day his body is hanging from the Hollywood Sign?” As the body count around town rises and more and more people become entangled in the murders, she has to sort out the facts from the “Fake News. Written by bloggers with questionable facts I felt sure hadn’t been substantiated.” All the while, the action is being driven by her feeling “that somebody – out in radio land – knew something, and might be listening.” Readers should note this novel deals with a complex social problem and resolves it in a controversial manner. The book’s solution is not one that will please every reader, but it is a solution that might be all too real. If you are a “by the book, no exceptions” person, you might not like this novel. If you can balance the good against the bad and accept that someone else’s reality is not your own, you will end reading with some interesting issues to consider. I have read and enjoyed the previous books in this series, and I enjoyed this one as well. Thanks to Henery Press, Nancy Cole Silverman, and NetGalley for giving me a copy of “Room for Doubt” in exchange for my impartial review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Room for Doubt is the fourth book in Nancy Cole Silverman's Carol Childs mystery series. Radio journalist Carol Childs receives an early morning call from her boss, Tyler Hunt, to cover the report that there is a body hung from the Hollywood sign. Not yet daylight, Carol arrives on the scene and quickly realizes this is no publicity stunt. The detective in charge rules it a suicide much too quickly in Carol's opinion. When PI Gerhardt Chasen (Chase) approaches Carol's boss to propose a link between this case and two others he is investigating, Tyler instructs Carol to check in to it. Irked when Chase calls in to her faltering Sunday night talk show, Carol is amazed as the switchboard lights up. But when an anonymous caller saying to call her Mustang Sally takes credit for the murder and states there have been others and there will be more, Carol finds herself in the midst of contract murder and the lengths abused women will resort to escape their abusers. Faced with information from a variety of unexpected sources, Carol finds herself in a position to need Chase's help, but not for the end goal he expects. Will the outcome result in justice served, or is it Mustang Sally that has been handing out true justice? Fast paced with rich and quirky characters, this mystery, although part of a series, certainly stands alone. I really enjoyed this page turner and do recommend this book.
NWBookLover More than 1 year ago
I have not read the previous three books in this series and, after enjoying this one, I now have to add the others to my TBR list. Carol is a radio reporter and takes an assignment on the night of her son's birthday but, given the job situation she isn't going to argue. A mans' body has been found hanging from the Hollywood sign and the police say suicide - case closed. Not so fast says Chase, the PI who brings Carol into his investigation. He is certain that this is part of a pattern of deaths that the police are ignoring. Who is the woman who calls saying sometimes the only way to stop a stalker is to remove him. Add a load of twists and turns and a Wow ending and you have a great mystery. I think it can be read as a stand alone.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Carol Child Mystery series but Room for Doubt can be read as a stand alone. Murders seem to be connected according to Private Investigator Gerhardt Chasen. Chase seems to be a literary detective similar to TV Kojak who used lollipops as a substitute for smoking. Carol works as a radio personality investigator and pairs up with Chase to compare notes on recent crimes. Plot drags along especially when the group behind these murders is revealed early on in the book. Even the one sided romantic attraction between Chase and Carol is slow moving. "A copy of this book was supplied by Henry Press via Netgalley with no requirement for a review. Above review is my honest opinion."