Dead to the World (Deadlines Mysteries #2)
The sequel to Deadlines…
Chief reporter turned reluctant entertainment columnist, Shayne Winter, is hungry for a hard-hitting headline. All she has to do is convince her grouchy editor at the LA Chronicle to give her a real story; but all he wants her to do is write forgettable snippets and leave the real work to ace reporter, Ben Kosina.
When Hollywood’s hottest starlet, Claudia Gilbert, is found dead, Shayne knows nothing is what it seems. After all, only yesterday Shayne was observing Claudia’s every move, ready to spill the latest celebrity gossip in her column. Shayne discovers Claudia was planning to sneak away on a secret trip, so how did she end up at home, dead?
Despite all evidence pointing to Claudia’s estranged husband being the guilty party, Shayne, unlike Ben, isn’t convinced. Claudia’s whole life and career were orchestrated; couldn’t her death have been too? If Shayne can uncover the truth, she might beat the deadline for a real headline; that is, if she doesn’t end up in the killer’s crosshairs.
This is the second book in this series and I can say I was not disappointed. This is the perfect “who done it book”. Camilla Chafer is one of my favorite authors. I am on her ARC team and I love it. She is a wonderful author and sweet as can be. I really enjoy reading her books. My favorite series is her Lexi Graves Series. You should definitely check her out on Facebook @CamillaChafer.
In this book LA’s newest Chronicle reporter Shayne Winter is back and at it again. When she gets an interview of the lifetime and her client Starlet Claudia turns up dead, her and Ben are put on the headline story. The investigation heats up and everything points to Josh, the starlets husband. Too bad the same can’t be said of Ben and Shayne’s relationship, which seems to be cold. Will Ben and Shayne work out the relationship and move it to the hot and heavy zone? Will Shayne be able to find the murderer before it is too late?
This book had me guessing till the end with a twist that was very unexpected. I love the characters in this series. Camilla is slowly introducing move characters and building a great background. Mike is super funny with his trash talking. He has Shayne believing some pretty good stories. Their banter is sooo funny. Sometimes I wonder if maybe he is interested in Shayne a little more than he lets on. The story is steady paced and thrilling. If you love to read a good murder mystery then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this and all Ms. Chafer’s books. You will not be disappointed.
I give this book 5 Stars
*ARC provided by Camilla Chafer
Camilla Chafer is the author of the Lexi Graves Mysteries and the Stella Mayweather urban fantasy series, plus brand new mystery Deadlines, a spin off from the Lexiverse. If she wrote faster, she’d probably be the author of other books too.
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The Lexi Graves Mysteries:
1. Armed & Fabulous
2. Who Glares Wins
3. Command Indecision
4. Shock & Awesome
5. Weapons of Mass Distraction
6. Laugh or Death
7. Kissing in Action
8. Trigger Snappy
9. A Few Good Women
10. Ready, Aim, Under Fire
Graves Trouble – a Lexi short story available free on http://www.camillachafer.com
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume One (Books 1-3)
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume Two (Books 4-6)
The complete Stella Mayweather Urban Fantasy series:
1. Illicit Magic
2. Unruly Magic
3. Devious Magic
4. Magic Rising
5. Arcane Magic
6. Endless Magic
The Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3
Deadlines (Deadlines Mysteries Book 1)
Shayne Winter thinks she has everything she ever wanted: a job as chief reporter at The LA Chronicle, a swish, new apartment in a fabulous neighborhood, and a California-cool lifestyle. But on the very first day, it all goes horribly wrong. The apartment is less “young professional” and more “young offender,” as the only furnishing is a handsome squatter with roving eyes. Even worse, Ben Kosina, her predecessor at The Chronicle, has returned to claim his former job, leaving Shayne nothing but the obituary column and a simple choice: take it or leave it.
Her first assignment should be easy: eulogizing the accidental death of washed-up former child-star, Chucky Barnard, and filing her column. Yet when Shayne interviews the people closest to Chucky, his sister claims Chucky had everything to live for, suggesting his untimely death could only be murder.
Convinced this could be the perfect headline to put her life back on track, Shayne vows to find the truth, persuade a reticent homicide detective to investigate, and bring a killer to justice, all before Ben grabs her story and the killer makes Shayne his or her personal deadline.
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