Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) (Hardcover)
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In this World War II-era historical mystery series debut by Joyce St. Anthony, small-town editor Irene Ingram has a nose for news and an eye for clues.
Irene Ingram has written for her father’s newspaper, the Progress Herald, ever since she could grasp a pencil. Now she’s editor in chief, which doesn’t sit well with the men in the newsroom. But proving her journalistic bona fides is the least of Irene’s worries when crime reporter Moe Bauer, on the heels of a hot tip, turns up dead at the foot of his cellar stairs.
An accident? That’s what Police Chief Walt Turner thinks, and Irene is inclined to agree until she finds the note Moe discreetly left on her desk. He was on to a big story, he wrote. The robbery she’d assigned him to cover at Markowicz Hardware turned out to be something far more devious. A Jewish store owner in a small, provincial town, Sam Markowicz received a terrifying message from a stranger. Moe suspected that Sam is being threatened not only for who he is…but for what he knows.
Tenacious Irene senses there’s more to the Markowicz story, which she is all but certain led to Moe’s murder. When she’s not filling up column inches with the usual small-town fare—locals in uniform, victory gardens, and scrap drives—she and her best friend, scrappy secretary Peggy Reardon, search for clues. If they can find the killer, it’ll be a scoop to stop the presses. But if they can’t, Irene and Peggy may face an all-too-literal deadline.
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 Front Page Murder:
“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 story that will make you fall in love with historical mysteries.”
—Portland Book Review, 5-star review
“A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery of the 'whodunnit' genre . . . recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.”
—Midwest Book Review
“The characters are marvelous creations . . . assertive and smart.”
—The Historical Novels Review
“Highly intriguing from beginning to end.”
“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 of The Venice Sketchbook, The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness series
“A strong, take-charge female protagonist and a twisty plot to keep readers guessing . . . I fell in love with [Irene Ingram] and know you will too!”
—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 on a dangerous quest to find a murderer while navigating the always-challenging landscape of the World War II American homefront.”
—Melissa Amateis, author of The Stranger from Berlin
“Front Page Murder has it all: a spunky sleuth, a cozy town, and a twisty plot. 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
“When Irene Ingram's best reporter dies under mysterious circumstances she doesn't just write about it, she sets out to find his killer. As the editor of a small town newspaper during World War II, Irene navigates doubts about her abilities, anti-Semitism, conflict at the local wartime industry and suspicions about her new boarder. Fans of historical mysteries will love this perfect blend of mystery and history.”
—Sarah Shaber, author of the Louise Pearlie WWII Mysteries