Book Review and Giveaway - Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) by Joyce St. Anthony Hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Tours
Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) by Joyce St. Anthony
Front Page Murder is a killer diller with a moxie maven, a dishy dame, a cheesy chap, a cockeyed clue, a dead dude who had the dope, an eager beaver sibling, and a crumb killer. ~The Avid Reader
I really enjoyed this book! The World War II-era backdrop provides a great setting for the mystery. The characters are well-written and the main character is a fantastically feisty female who is a pleasure to follow as she ferrets out clues. ~Nellie’s Book Nook
Front Page Murder has wonderful characters, a bewildering mystery, and lots of cozy elements. It really did make me feel happy! I hope it does the same for you! ~Christy’s Cozy Corners
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and look forward to reading more books in the series! I recommend Front Page Murder for fans of historical mysteries, and especially for anyone who loves a World War II setting. ~View from the Birdhouse
About Front Page Murder
Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) Historical Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Crooked Lane Books (March 8, 2022) Hardcover : 304 pages ISBN-10 : 164385898X ISBN-13 : 978-1643858982 Digital ASIN : B096WWNSKR
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 Joyce St. Anthony
Joyce 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. As Joyce St. Anthony, she is the author of the Homefront News Mysteries. The first in the series, Front Page Murder, will be (or was, depending on the blog date) released on March 8, 2022. Under her own name–Joyce Tremel–she wrote the award winning Brewing Trouble cozy mystery series. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania with her husband and two cats–Hops and Lager.
Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) is written by Joyce St. Anthony. This is the first book that I have read by this author. The book is well written and fun easy read. I found myself drawn in from the beginning an not wanting to stop reading.
Irene Ingram has been writing for her father's paper, The Progress Harold for a long time. Then World War II breaks out and her father goes to be a war correspondent. This makes her the editor and chief - and does not make the male journalists happy about this. Irene was my most favorite characters. She was brave and would not be intimidated. She had grown up around the newspaper. However, One of her crime reporters, Moe Bauer has a hot lead he has been following up on. When he does not show up, Irene goes to his house and finds him dead at the bottom of the stairs.
The Police Chief feels this was an accident - but when Irene finds the documents related to the tips on the Markowicz Hardware store that Moe was working on, Irene realizes it was not an accident. Irene starts investigating and the story takes you on an adventure with lots of twists and turns.
The author did a great job showing WWII from the state side. I love how she put great research into the story to make it as real feeling as possible. As we move farther and farther away from WWII in real life, we forget on how life would have been for our ancestors. This story brought all that back to life through the author's writing.
I hope to read more from this author someday - I enjoyed her well written characters, intriguing story line, and how the story flowed off the pages. Thank you the author and Great Escapes Virtual Tours for allowing me to read this story. All thoughts are my own.