Friday, October 2, 2009

Review: Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Title: Prime Time
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan
# pages: 280
Date published: 2009
Genre: mystery with romantic elements
Series: 1st Charlotte McNally mystery

Highly Recommended

First sentence(s):
Between the hot flashes, the hangover and all the spam on my computer, there's no way I'll get anything done before eight o'clock this morning. I came in early to get ahead, and already I'm behind.
What is it all about? Charlotte McNally, better known as Charlie, has been in the news biz for twenty-some-odd years. Now, at forty-six, she's worried she's about to be replaced by a twenty-some-odd-year-old. Her past Emmy's notwithstanding, Charlie is sure she's not going to be able to come up with another fabulous story for November sweeps. At least she's sure until she opens her e-mail program and finds some refinancing spam. Is it the story she's been hoping for? Or is it just a wild goose chase? A wild goose chase that leads her directly to the office of Josh Gelston. But is Josh the handsome, sweet man he seems? Or is he the instrument of her eventual downfall? Charlie's not certain. As her investigation advances and she works to secure her job and her shot at another Emmy, Charlie must also make sure she doesn't lose her life in the process. 

Random thoughts: Great new series. I like Charlie and found her fun to read about. The plot was nicely done and the ending a surprise. And this may be a little strange, but I like the feel of the book, too. Am I the only one that's really pleased when a publisher makes a book that feels good in your hand? I'm very happy to find this new (to me) author and I'll definitely pick up the next book in the series, Face Time.

Fun tidbits:

  1. Prime Time (2007)
  2. Face Time (2007)
  3. Air Time (2009)
  4. Drive Time (2010)

    Recommended for: If you like J. D. Robb, Janet Evanovich, or James Patterson, you would probably enjoy Ryan, too.
    I picked this book to help me complete the following reading challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge, Pages Read Challenge, RIP IV Challenge, Read Your Own Books Challenge, Readers of Romance Fall 2009 Challenge, Fall into Reading 2009 Challenge, and the 999 Challenge.


    Beth F said...

    That first sentence is fantastic! I'm definitely keeping my eye out for this new mystery series. I'll have to see if it's available on audio or for my eReader.

    Hank said...

    Oh, how wonderful! Thank you so much for your very thoughtful (and enthusuiastic!) review. It;s such fun when someone gets it--and you certainly do. You made my day.

    And saying: "If you like J. D. Robb, Janet Evanovich, or James Patterson," you'd probably enjoy my books too--well, that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

    See you soon! And keep in touch.