Riley Ellison has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn't been very exciting. All that changes when Riley's former co-worker Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary. And when they discover Tabitha's fiancé's knife sticking out of his father's chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well.
With Holman out on leave and mounting pressure from her boss, the mayor, and a bridezilla facing the possibility of a conjugal-visit honeymoon, Riley is desperate to prove she can handle the increasing demands of her new job. Despite warnings from her new boyfriend Jay, Riley blurs the line between reporter and investigator. Will Riley's rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline ending up on the obituary page?
About the Author
Jill Orr is the author of The Good Byline , the first in the Riley Ellison Mystery series. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism school, Orr serves on the board of the Unbound Book Festival. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two children. The Bad Break is her second novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jill Orr writes with a fresh voice, one uniquely clever and gently sardonic without overreaching. Both her Riley Ellison books thus far, The Good Byline and The Bad Break, deliver a brilliantly witty read delicious to consume. The intrigue of mystery pulls the reader deeper into the story, but it is the lovable, flawed heroine who brings the series its heart. In Riley, I see my best girlfriends and myself. A complex character, she is both confident and insecure, overzealous, but with the best of intentions, and uncannily smart, except when it comes to her own affairs. These characteristics exemplify, by far, Riley’s best quality; she is authentic. Jill’s books are a treat to be savored in a window nook with a glass of wine. I look forward with not-so-guilty pleasure to more of Riley’s adventures.