As Editor in Chief, Belinda “Billy” Edmonds took The London World News from a tarnished and outdated newspaper to the Crown Jewel of the Kingdom, but after she’s found guilty in the Parliamentary inquiry into her blackmailing celebrities, bribing police, and hacking the Royal’s phone to manufacture stories, she returns to New York City, a disgraced, and blackballed journalist scrapping the dregs of a tabloid newspaper writing stories that fall below the fold, passed page fifty, and almost always next to a Bubba Gump Shrimp ad.
Soon she sees a way back to the top of her game investigating the murder of a twelve year old girl found floating in the Harlem River. But after piecing the facts of the story together, a deranged serial killer stalks, kidnaps, and buries her alive. Luckily, Belinda has a few allies on the NYPD and she’s rescued. Not long after getting back to work on the murder she finds herself in the cross hairs of a group of powerful and corrupt politicians, greedy real estate developers, mobsters, and crooked cops who will stop at nothing to protect their interests in a hundred million dollars of Federal money. (from Amazon)
TABLOID: A CRIME NOVEL
Belinda Edmonds, investigative journalist with a past that included being found guilty of a crime, bribery and blackmail. She's trying hard to get her reputation back but doesn't seem to be able to get on that front page, always being lost in the other pages. But will a strange happening bring her career back? The pace is quick and there are many paths going in different directions. We, as readers are given, suspense, thrills, mystery, murder and much more. I enjoyed the lives of the characters, especially their pasts. As you turn the pages, you think you know what's going to happen next, but oh, I was so wrong. Will a murder, a murder of a young girl, with certain clues left behind, bring Billy a chance for that front page news? But as Billy is investigating this crime, more is happening. She also is into a story about a possible serial killer. But will her efforts be for nothing, except possible death? Danger lurks in the background and Billy is in the middle of it all.
I found the first part of the book was filled with a lot of descriptive material, maybe a little too much, especially for me. I liked the descriptions, but I wanted to get on to the meat of the story. The book was also a bit long, but after I got through the descriptive part, it started to flow better for me. I would suggest reading this book if you like that mystery thriller that has so much more to it. Maybe we can find Billy once again in another novel.
I would give this book 4 STARS.