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A Samantha Church Mystery

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A beautiful, young district attorney tumbles from her balcony to her death. Police suspect suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it. Samantha discovers evidence linking her sister to a drug smuggling case and quickly learns she has stumbled onto a major news story. She must summon the courage to not only face a cartel of criminals, but her own fears and shortcomings when she is confronted by the inescapable specter of a far greater enemy, her addiction to alcohol. Samantha’s dependency has not only cost her job at a major metropolitan daily, but, worse, custody of her daughter, April. Samantha pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. Despite being betrayed, physically beaten and facing the possibility of sharing her sister’s fate, Samantha refuses to stop her investigation. Can Samantha ultimately prevail—find her sister’s killer, write the story of her career, confront her drinking problem, and finally begin to change her life, or will she and April become the killer’s next victims?

 

Tense and suspenseful "The Friday Edition" by Betta Ferrendelli prospers in almost every way possible. The writing is first class and there’s more than enough unexpected plot twists to keep the attention of readers throughout as Ferrendelli pulls her readers into the ensuing drama, but she’s not one to give anything away. Tight, focused scenes create a sense of realism that draw the reader into the story as Samantha struggles to make sense of the clues she unravels. Her life is far from ordinary, but it’s her belief in herself that Ferrendelli explores in atmospheric detail and which ultimately brings Samantha’s much conflicted character to life. In the main Ferrendelli achieves this by capturing the little quirks in typical conversation, the spontaneous explicit declaratives, and the sharp remarks that brings her fated protagonists character into focus. From beginning to end, Ferrendelli generates the kind of edge of your seat intrigue that keeps one glued to the words and the pages turning.

 

Intriguing, never boring or lacking, The Friday Edition evolves at a cracking pace and proves a riveting read. Sure to meet with approval from fans of the Samantha Church novels, it’s a delight to read and recommended without reservation.

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