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Issue: Spring, 2013

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Front Page Fatality

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Nichelle Clarke may be a combination crime and courthouse reporter in Richmond, U.S.A., but her sights are firmly set on the Washington Post. When drugs, cash, and police contacts all go missing Nichelle gets to indulge her ambitions and act as an investigative journalist.

In the process she puts her second-hand designer shoes clad feet firmly in the path of danger. As Nichelle follows the story, fighting off bad guys, ambitious copy editors and her arch-competitor for information and scoops on a deadline.

Walker's heroine isn't portrayed with the edgy wit that the covers suggest, but Walker does provide us with an unflagging story of crime, missed calls and Manolo Blahniks.


Buried Leads

Nichelle Clarke is back, working crime and courthouse beats for the Richmond Telegraph with Shelby the copy editor after her job, and the executive Shelby is sleeping with after Nichelle's boss Bob's job. With all the competition and back-stabbing and manoeuvring around political hot potatoes, Nichelle's life is busy.

Plus, on the home front she has Joey the gorgeous mafioso and Kyle the hunky ATF agent standing in her foyer facing each other off.

What's a lady to do but put on some expensive shoes and race after a story loaded with tax fraud, call girls, bribery, and murder?

Walker returns with her journalist heroine in another precarious adventure taking us all along with her.

Although set in Richmond, these stories lack the depth of setting that is in the best of the crime genre. The readers can enjoy the crime, but there is not the feeling that we have experienced the place from an insider's point of view. They are readable, but not remarkable.

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Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker

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Buried Leads by LynDee Walker (15 Oct 2013), Henery Press

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For kick ass heroines, see Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series or Alex Barnaby series, or Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox series.