Thursday, September 17, 2009

Review: Woman Strangled News at Ten

Title and Author of book
: Woman Strangled News At Ten by Laurie Moore
Fiction or non-fiction: Adult Fiction
Genre: Mystery
Where did I get the book: My public Library

Who recommended this book to me? I was browsing the new book section and spotted this title on the spine and thought it sounded pretty cool.

Summarize the plot but don't give away the ending!

Aspen Wicklow, a University of North Texas journalism grad down to her last $75, lucks out and lands a plum job on WBFD-TV's Public Defender in Fort Worth, Tex. Tig Welder, a hotshot gunning for an anchor spot, reminds Investigative Reporter Barbie never to try scooping him, while station manager J. Gordon Pfeiffer warns her never to become part of the story. Following either tip isn't easy after Aspen meets ruggedly handsome Spike Granger, a Johnson County sheriff who's on a rampage about prison overcrowding. Even more alarming is researching a missing person report on Candy Drummond, who pledged at the same sorority as Aspen. Candy later turns up a strangled corpse.

What did you like most about this book? I connected with Aspen Wicklow. I haven't liked a mystery book character as much as I liked her since my first Kinsey Millhone book!! She's a very likeable character and to me she was written in a very realistic manner. I really enjoyed the romantic interest that the author created for Aspen. Aspen gets to really KNOW him and realizes just how much she enjoys being around him. No bed hopping in this book!! I also really liked the story being set in and around the news business. The extra cast of characters were great and really fleshed out so I felt like I got to know each one of them and that they weren't just people sitting on the sidelines.

What did you like least? The mystery was really easy to solve. I pretty much figured out who the bad guy was partway into the story. But the rest of the story made up for this easily!

Have you read any other books by this author? I haven't but after visiting her website I have found out that she's written two other series.

What about the ending? I actually liked the ending because it set it up perfectly for the next book.

Some of the reviews of this book has compared this to Evanovich and I would have to disagree with them. The main character in this book isn't ditzy or always losing her bond skips. The humor in Evanovich's books is a bit better than in this one. There isn't any sexual tension in this series while in Stephanie Plum's life it is never resolved. Aspen's parents are very similar to Granny Mazur in their escapades, but beyond that this series isn't remotely like Evanovich. It did remind me a bit of Kinsey Millhone and J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady Mysteries. So if you enjoy either one of those series/authors then I really do think you would enjoy this new series by Laurie Moore.


  1. I have to say (if I hadn't said that before) that I really like your reviews with the structure you have going on. Very clear and also original.

  2. *sigh* Kinsey.....bringing me back!!!!!!! hehehehehe!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this review....sounds like a good book! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Great review Staci, I think I'd love the characters but I like my mysteries more complex and baffling LOL. Although who's to say I'd figure it out, my brain can be a bit 'mushy peas' so I guess it's the state of things on any given day heehehe

  4. This one sounds good.The title is great! I'm always on the lookout for a new mystery series. I'm off to check out my library's site to see if they carry this one!

  5. OMG...redaing that title ...all I can think of is that poor Yale University girl whose body was discovered Sunday on her wedding day :(

  6. I really like this title, but not sure if that is enough to get me to read it! Looks okay, though.

  7. I love the title of this one! And the story sounds really entertaining. I'm glad you liked it!

  8. Thanks for introducing me to a new series. It looks like a winner to me.

  9. First I thought nope not for me, but then you said someone has mentioned Evanovich so even if it's jut a tiny bit like those I would give them a go

  10. Oh man, I haven't hung out with Kinsey Millhone in ages! I kind of miss that gal. :D

  11. Interesting. I do enjoy Kinsey Millhone since I can relate to her, so I think I'd like this book.

  12. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for introducing this author to me.

  13. I stumbled across your blog and want to thank you for reviewing my book, WOMAN STRANGLED - NEWS AT TEN. The next book, DEB ON ARRIVAL - LIVE AT FIVE (set in the same TV station), will be out July 2010. I'm currently working on COUPLE GUNNED DOWN - NEWS AT TEN, and DEB TO THE WORLD - LIVE AT FIVE. I appreciate the time you invested in this new series and hope you enjoy subsequent books. Laurie Moore, author


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