Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery #2) (Hardcover)
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Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the A Homefront News Mystery series.
Editor-in-chief Irene Ingram pencils in her newest mystery in Joyce St. Anthony’s second captivating Homefront News mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Rhys Bowen.
As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, the small town of Progress is doing its part for the soldiers in the field with a war bond drive at the annual county fair. Town gossip Ava Dempsey rumors that Clark Gable will be among the participating stars. Instead of Gable, the headliner is Freddie Harrison, a B-movie star. When Freddie turns up dead in the dunk tank, Irene Ingram, editor-in-chief of The Progress Herald, starts chasing the real headline.
There are plenty of suspects and little evidence. Ava’s sister Angel, who was married to the dead actor, is the most obvious. The couple had argued about his affair with the young starlet Belinda Fox, and Angel was the last person to see Freddie alive.
Irene discovers there’s more than one person who might have wanted Freddie dead. As Irene draws on her well-honed reporter’s instincts to find the killer—nothing is what it seems in Progress, and now her own deadline could be right around the corner.
About the Author
Joyce St. Anthony was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is the author of the award winning Brewing Trouble mysteries set in Pittsburgh. A native Pittsburgher, she now lives in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania with her husband.
Praise for Death on a Deadline:
“[An] enjoyable sequel . . . Readers will hope to see a lot more of Irene and friends.”
“A warmhearted tale of a small-town attempt to aid the war effort, complicated by greed, jealousy, and murder.”
“The writing and the characters are true to the time and place, the dialog is vivid, and the plot is satisfyingly complex.”
—Historical Novel Society
“A fun read . . . sure to please readers of this genre.”
—San Francisco Book Review
“Cozy mystery writing at its best.”
—Midwest Book Review
“A solid follow-up to the first novel.”
—Red Carpet Crash
“A tantalizing, Agatha Christie-like mystery . . . a must read for history fans.”
Praise for Front Page Murder:
“Well written, well researched and with a great sense of time and place, this book gives a different slant to WWII.”
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author
“A strong, take-charge female protagonist and a twisty plot to keep readers guessing."
—Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the Agatha Award-nominated Zoe Chambers Mystery series
“A gutsy heroine and a tight, fast moving plot set against the atmospheric backdrop of America’s Homefront in WW2.”
—Tessa Arlen, author of Poppy Redfern and the Fatal Flyers, A Woman of WWII mystery series
“With wonderful period details and an intriguing plot, this must-read whodunit features a feisty female reporter."
—Melissa Amateis, author of The Stranger from Berlin
“Mystery fans and WWII history buffs will rejoice as Joyce St. Anthony keeps you engaged from page one through the end. A thoroughly entertaining read.”
—Liz Milliron, author of The Laurel Highlands Mysteries and The Homefront Mysteries
“Wartime intrigue, small town charm, and a savvy sleuth who's not afraid to take charge, no matter what the men around her think, make this a highly entertaining and exciting series debut!”
—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries
“Fans of historical mysteries will love this perfect blend of mystery and history.”
—Sarah Shaber, author of the Louise Pearlie WWII Mysteries
“St. Anthony splendidly evokes the era . . . Fans of Jacqueline Winspear will want to see more.”
“A gutsy and likable sleuth . . . replete with historical touches.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery of the 'whodunnit' genre."
—Midwest Book Review
“The characters are marvelous creations . . . assertive and smart.”
—The Historical Novels Review