Shadow of Doubt

Shadow of Doubt

by Nancy Cole Silverman
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Paperback(A Carol Childs Mystery)

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Shadow of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman


"Forget the shower scene in Psycho; Shadow of Doubt will make you scared to take a bath!" - Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Mad for Mod Mystery Series

Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Women Sleuths, Amateur Sleuths

When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in the bathtub of her home, suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, a reporter for a local talk radio station, doesn't believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. After a media frenzy pits one niece against the other-and the body count starts to rise-Carol knows she must save her friend from being tried in the court of public opinion.

But even the most seasoned reporter can be surprised, and when a Hollywood psychic shows up in Carol's studio one night and warns her there will be more deaths, things take an unexpected turn. Suddenly nobody is above suspicion. Carol must challenge both her friendship and the facts, and the only thing she knows for certain is that the killer is still out there. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she's in.


"Silverman provides us with inside look into the world of talk radio as Carol Childs, an investigative reporter, finds herself in the middle of a Hollywood murder mystery, uncovering evidence that may point to her best friend. A hunky FBI Agent and a wacky psychic will keep readers guessing from beginning to end." - Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lost Legacy

"Silverman creates a trip through Hollywood filled with aging hippies, greedy agents, and a deadly case of product tampering. Forget the shower scene in Psycho; Shadow of Doubt will make you scared to take a bath!" - Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Mad for Mod Mystery Series

"A thoroughly satisfying crime novel with fascinating, authentic glimpses into the world of talk radio and some of its nastier stars...The writing is compelling and the settings ring true thanks to the author's background as a newscaster herself. Looking forward to further criminal pursuits with Carol." - Jill Amadio, Author of Digging Too Deep

"Suspects are everywhere in Tinseltown when a well-known agent dies in her bathtub. Carol, a radio station newshound, is right in the middle of it...This was my first book by this author and she kept me very entertained...I definitely enjoyed and would highly recommend this book!" - Booklikes

"Carol is a smart, savvy heroine that will appeal to readers. This is a cozy with a bite." - Rosemary Smith, Books for Avid Readers

"Absolutely engaging, I could barely put it down. The characters in the book were well-developed and the plot was chillingly genius." - Lyn Faulkner, Netgalley Reviewer

Books in the Carol Childs Mystery Series:

BEYOND A DOUBT #2 (July 2015)

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

Author Bio: 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 2001 after she retired from news and copywriting that she was able to sit down and write fiction full-time. Much of what Silverman writes about today she admits is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles' busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes. Today Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce, and two standard poodles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940976532
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Edition description: A Carol Childs Mystery
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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 2001 after she retired from news and copywriting that she was able to sit down and write fiction fulltime. Much of what Silverman writes about today she admits is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles' busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes. Today Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce and two standard poodles.

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Shadow of Doubt 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery ok just too wordy and hard to follow at times
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
I Have No Doubt You’ll Enjoy This Debut Earlier this year, I met author Nancy Cole Silverman at the LA Times Festival of Books. After chatting with her for a few minutes, I picked up her first novel, Shadow of Doubt. It’s taken me from April to now to make the time to read it, and I wish I had read it sooner. This book introduces us to Carol Childs, who is changing careers from radio advertising to radio news. She is working at KCHC, a talk radio station in Los Angeles. She’s so new to her job that she is still on probation, needing to get everything okayed through her news director Tyler. And that means Carol is hungry for any scoop she can get, so when her neighbor Samantha shows up on her doorstep one morning with news that her aunt has died, Carol is thrilled with her scoop. You see, Samantha’s aunt is Pepper Millhouse, the head of the leading talent agency in Hollywood, so her death is big news. Then one of Carol’s co-workers connects Pepper’s death to another couple of recent deaths, and Carol begins to wonder if the tragic accident isn’t really murder. Can she follow the story, find the truth, and stay on her news director’s good side? The book drew me in right away, and kept me engaged until the very end. I must say, the murder method was ingenious and also a little scary. It’s always nice to find something creative like this in a murder mystery. The book contained plenty of twists and conflict as Carol dealt with her boss, her FBI boyfriend also involved in the case, and tried to learn the truth. All this leads us to a nail biting scene and the wonderful solution. Just as skillfully drawn are the characters. Yes, it is a debut, so there is room for them to grow, but I felt like we got to know the main players. The characters who will be series regulars and those who are just suspects in this book are both strong. They’re an interesting bunch, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future. Unfortunately, there were a couple of flaws. First, one of the characters really bothered me. I’m sure we were supposed to find Misty, a psychic (of sorts) to the stars, a bit creepy and comic relief at the same time. I just didn’t like her at all. Additionally, there were a number of typos in the book, either missing commas, words out of order, or repeated words. Normally, I can let one or two go, but there were several handfuls here, which was enough to annoy me. They were scattered around enough that it didn’t hamper understanding the story. They just annoyed when I had to backtrack and reread to understand what the author meant. But let me be clear, neither of these is a reason to avoid the book. This is a solid debut that will entertain you. I never wanted to put the book down. It’s that delightful. So if you’ve missed Shadow of Doubt, don’t let shadows fall before you pick it up. You’ll find yourself turning pages until the end, and then looking for the next in this promising series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked on Carol Childs. Looking forward to reading the reason the series Nancy Cole Silverman has written. I didn't know what to expect, but Nancy did a great job weaving the story together. Right up until the last page it had me interested. On to the next one to see what is in store for Carol.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Shadow Of Doubt - Carol Childs Mystery 1 Author: Nancy Cole Silverman Published: 12-2-14 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 252 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781940976532 ASIN: B00NEON2RM Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . 40 year old mother of two, on in college, Laura Childs has changed her career choices. Formerly a sales executive for KCHC Radio Station she has shifted over to Investigative reporter. The only problem is her boss Tyler Hunt her news director believes everyone over 35 should be put out to pasture and leave the real news reporting to the younger generation. The gods have smiled on Carol when she is awakened early one morning by her neighbor Samantha who needs to use her phone since her cell has died. As her love interest, FBI agent Eric Langdon also receives a call on his cell and leaves, Carol talks with Sam about what has happened. It appears Sam's aunt, Pepper Morehouse had been found earlier by her housekeeper dead in her bathtub. Few will mourn the woman's passing but Sam seems almost chipper. When it is revealed Pepper was poisoned, Sam and her twin Sarah lead the suspect list. Tyler's ire of Carol announcing the death without clearing it with him first has him sending her out on a filler piece. On the way she is passed by a stream of police vehicles which she decides to follow and comes across the scene of the recovery of the body of a missing co-ed. It is there on the campus she meets Misty Dawn, the psychic who led the authorities to the body. She tell Carol that death surrounds her. Later she arrives at the station to tell Carol there will be more bodies. Soon has more suspects than she can count. As the body count continues to rise Carol continues to investigate to prove her friend and neighbor Sam innocent and the danger to Carol continues to grow. Can she find the killer before the killer edits Carol out of the story permanently. From the start to the end you will be glued to this story. If you had any dealings with Pepper you could easily be placed on the suspect list for a reason. Follow the clues Ms/ Silverman has dropped like breadcrumbs throughout the story for you to find and see if you can find the killer first. With its well planned plot and dynamic characters you are going to love this series. Look for Beyond a Doubt, book 2 in the series that is now available. Take a break from reality and join Carol in her search for the truth. 4 1/2 Stars.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I was kept guessing until the end. Good suspense. Lots of drama, some action and a clean read. Interesting characters. I liked Carol Childs, she did her job, fought for her friend, Sam who she was sure was innocent. She kept digging to help find the killer. Top Hollywood agent was found dead. Carol Childs was one of the first to find out about it when her neighbor woke her up to use her phone. Sam said, "Her Aunt Pepper had died in the bath tub." Sam and Sarah twins both thought the other killed their Aunt Pepper. Carol's boyfriend Eric was a FBI Agent. They were on the case when there was multiple victims. Misty a Hollywood psychic was stalking Carol or so she thought. Misty even worked with the FBI on occasion. She kept warning Carol of danger. I read the book pretty fast because I really wanted to know who the murder was. I kept jumping around on who I thought it was. I would read another book by Nancy Cole Silverman. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Henery Press. In return I agreed to give honest review of Shadow of Doubt and be part of its blog tour.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Carol Childs is trying to make it as a radio news reporter with a boss that seems to be holding her back. When her neighbor knocks on her door and tells her aunt, a top Hollywood Agent, has been found dead Carol knows a scoop when she hears one. When the niece becomes the prime suspect Carol ends up right in the middle of the investigation and it is a wild ride. Carol’s boyfriend Eric is the FBI agent assigned to lead the case and a psychic, Misty Dawn, plays a key role. When the body count starts to rise time is of the essence and while Carol doesn’t actually trust Misty she follows the clues no matter the source. She just needs to learn to keep her boss in the loop because he really hates surprises. Nancy Cole Silverman has worked in the radio business so they atmosphere of Carol’s workplace seems not typical but genuine. She has created a protagonist in Carol that is very easy to identify with, a working mom just trying to make a life. A hunky FBI agent for a boyfriend is mighty nice too. He does his best to keep her safe but she doesn’t make is easy. I have to say my favorite character was Misty Dawn, the psychic. She is an unusual woman but does seem to have a gift. It was funny how she knew everything Carol was up to in her personal life. That knowledge made Carol take her seriously about her clues in the case, even when Misty herself became a suspect in Carol’s mind, that and the fact the Misty tells her there is a dark cloud all around her that Carol is determined to get rid of. The mystery was very well written and has plenty of curves to twist up the plot. Plenty of suspects and any of them truly could be the killer. The author keeps us on our toes until the very end when The Bathtub Killer is finally revealed. Nancy Cole Silverman is off to a great start with this series! BEYOND A DOUBT will be released in July 2015 and I hate that we have to wait that long!
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Carol Childs Mystery 1: Shadow of Doubt I am one for covers, analyzing them, enjoying them, and really seeing how they fit in with the story.  I have even been known to choose a book based solely on the cover.  I know you shouldn't judge a book by one (isn't that what the old saying is?), but sometimes I just can't help it - ignoring covers that are so bad they completely turn me off of the book, grabbing up one with an amazing cover hoping that the inside story will be just as good as the cover - or even better.  I love how the author did her cover.  It has a bit of an art deco look to it and really caught my attention.  The book description is interesting and sounded like my kind of mystery - I wanted to know where this was going to go before even opening up the book.  As I flipped through the pages toward the story, I went to skim her acknowledgement page and, I must say, it is one of the sweetest ones I've read yet.   The story is an awesome mystery and an adventure that was fun to read, one filled with characters that I liked reading about.  The prologue (where the death, which was uniquely done, occurs) pulls you in and, before you know it, you've been sitting there a lot longer than you had planned and the book is almost over.  It was fun trying to see if I could put the clues together and find out who did it before the end.  A well written story - I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!! Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always thrilled with a thriller that has a smart capable woman. Unhappily there are too few.  But this book has my two must ingredients for a great read - the brainy heroine and a crazy quilt of a plot. The twists turn in a direction I did not see coming.  I certainly hope Carol keeps it up in the next book.  And the next one.