BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY - It's News to Me by R.G. Belsky
It's News to Me
by R.G. Belsky
October 3-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Dashed dreams: she wanted to run for president one day, now she's dead at 20
When Riley Hunt—a beautiful, smart, popular student at Easton College in Manhattan—is brutally murdered, it becomes a big story for TV newswoman Clare Carlson.
After days of intense media coverage, a suspect is caught: a troubled Afghanistan war veteran with a history of violent and unstable behavior. The suspect's mother, however, comes to Clare with new evidence that might prove her son's innocence.
As Clare digs deeper into the puzzling case, she learns new information: Riley had complained about being stalked in the days before her murder, she was romantically involved with two different men—the son of a top police official and the son of a prominent underworld boss—and she had posted her picture on an escort service's website offering paid dates with wealthy men.
Soon, Clare becomes convinced that Riley Hunt's death is more than just a simple murder case—and that more lives, including her own, are now in danger until she uncovers the true story.
Praise for It's News to Me:
"[It's News to Me is] witty, clever and engaging. Clare Carlson’s irreverent comments and dogged reporter’s instincts make for a propulsive ride as she races from the chaos of a newsroom’s inner sanctum to the dangers of a murder victim’s deepest secrets. Once you start, you won’t put it down."
Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times best-selling author
It’s News to Me is the fifth book in the Clare Carlson Mystery series and is the first book I have read. The plot of this book drew my attention. I have always wondered what it would be like to be a journalist. Combined with my having worked in higher education with students for the past 25 years the plot hit close to home. I have worked in three states at multiple universities and students have been murdered. Most of these cases do not happen on campus though I recall when a student went missing and was found at the edge of campus when the snow melted. Another time, a student was murdered because her baby’s father didn’t want to pay child support. Reality is, this impacts everyone on campus whether you know the student or not.
I have digressed. I enjoyed this story; it is fast paced. Clare’s character is likeable but at times her behavior came off as immature for the character while other times her character is laugh out loud funny. Beware if reading this book in public. I enjoyed the insider’s view of what being a TV journalist is really like and felt like it was realistically portrayed. The descriptions were vivid, and I enjoyed following Clare as she investigated this case.
I recommend this book and I will be reading more from this series!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: October 4th 2022
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 1608094561 (ISBN13: 9781608094561)
Series: Clare Carlson #5 (each is a stand alone work)
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R.G. Belsky is an award-winning author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His new mystery, It’s News to Me, will be published on October 4 by Oceanview. It is the fifth in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. Belsky has published 19 novels—all set in the New York city media world where he has had a long career as a top editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, Star magazine and NBC News. He also writes thrillers under the name Dana Perry. He lives in New York City and is a contributing writer to The Big Thrill magazine.
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