The Good Byline

The Good Byline

A Riley Ellison Mystery

Book - 2017
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"The Good Byline follows Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky young heroine with Southern charm to boot. Riley feels adrift in her small hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA, newly single and bemoaning the decline of print journalism, which has dashed her long-held dream of succeeding her grandfather as an obituary writer at the local newspaper. When her childhood best friend commits suicide with no warning, Julie's grieving family asks Riley to write her obituary. As she investigates why such an ambitious young woman might want to end her life, Riley begins to consider that Julie may have actually been murdered. In the meantime, her love life becomes complicated when her ex -- Ryan -- returns to town just as things are heating up with a hot newcomer--who may have had something to do with Julie's death"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781938849916
Branch Call Number: Mystery Orr
Characteristics: pages cm
Alternative Title: Riley Ellison mystery


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DBRL_ANNEG Feb 13, 2018

I normally don't read "mystery-lite"-type books, but after hearing the author speak I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. It was a great weekend read--would be perfect on a beach or a plane (well assuming your seat mates didn't mind hearing the occasional burst of laughter). I laughed a lot. And I enjoyed the mystery, which reminded me a bit of something out of "Murder She Wrote: in terms of the amount of actual danger our heroine is in.This read will appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels and Elaine Viets' dead-end-job series.

BIBcommonslr Jun 30, 2017

Great Debut Novel! Recommend highly.

DBRL_IdaF May 05, 2017

Take Lucy Ricardo, change her name to Riley Ellison, make her a millennial library assistant in Tuttle Corner, Virginia, recently dumped by her boyfriend, looking for love online and inadvertently involved in a murder investigation and you'll end up with this book. This might possibly be the funniest murder mystery I've ever read. I mean hearty guffaw funny, not slight chuckle funny.

Favorite elements: Eccentric but believable characters, including a dating concierge who is a real hoot; taco trucks!; threats involving a bookmobile racket; a hot explosives expert; entertaining dialogue.

One weakness: Characters sometimes seem a little slow to catch on to certain details that are waving and shouting their arms at the reader.

Highly recommend. Eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.


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