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Blog Tour: A Book Review of Killing The Story by Joan Livingston

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Title: Killing The Story
Author: Joan Livingston
Publisher: Crooked Cat
Genre: Mystery
Kindle Edition

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review as part of Killing The Story Blog Tour!

Plot Outline: An accidental death that was no accident…

For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a hard fall on ice. But years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all.

Was Estelle pursuing a big story that put her life in danger?

That’s what Isabel Long — along with her 93-year-old mother, Maria, her ‘Watson’ — agrees to investigate in Dillard, a town whose best days are in the past.

A former journalist, Isabel follows leads and interviews sources, new and familiar. She quickly finds a formidable threat in Police Chief James Hawthorne, who makes it clear Isabel is not welcome in his town — and who warns her against poking her nose into Estelle’s death.

Of course, that’s after Isabel has discovered the chief’s questionable policing and a troubled history with Estelle that goes way back.

Killing the story means dropping it because there aren’t enough facts to back it up. But Isabel won’t make that mistake. She’ll see this one through to the very end.

Can she uncover the plot that led to Estelle’s murder?

Killing the Story is the fourth in the popular Isabel Long Mystery Series

My Review: Killing The Story is an interesting read of a Private Investigator getting to grips of a murder or accident of Editor, Estelle Crane, which had occurred nine years earlier. Estelle’s son, Emerson, asked for Isabel’s help to look into his mothers death, when he found a note written by his mother, saying that if anything happened to her, to look inside her briefcase.

Throughout the following chapters, we follow Isabel and her Mother, Maria, as they take a look at all the suspects of the hilltown, and piece together all the myths, rumours and facts. While investigating Estelle’s death, Isabel also thinks there is a connection to her husband’s death, Ham Crane, who had died a few years earlier than Estelle in a freak car accident. One suspect that kept cropping up within the investigation was Chief Jim Hawthorne.

Hawthorne had a very corrupt past, and had also raped Estelle’s sister, Alice, when they were teenagers. It was natural to think that he may have had a hand in Estelle’s death …. I indeed, did think this!

It isn’t till the last chapter that we found out who the murderer is, and when it is revealed, IT MAKES SENSE! Overall, this book was an interesting read, and was well written with intriguing characters for the plot.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

About The Author:

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Killing the Story, published by Darkstroke Books, is the fourth in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, featuring a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. solving cold cases in rural New England.

She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.

She credits her mother, Algerina — the inspiration for Maria, Isabel Long’s ‘Watson’ — for instilling in her a love of reading and the power of the written word.

You can follow Joan on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.

Killing the Story is available on Amazon.

*Please note that quotes used in this review may have been changed during editing*

Happy Reading, x

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