I received a copy of Death on Deadline for review and what a great little read it was.
Majeske may write about what some perceive boring, the desk jobs we don't think about. This book is not only a murder mystery at its core, but it is about the daily paper, something I think a lot of people take for granted in how it got to our doorstep. This book really got me thinking about the tireless work that goes into the articles in the paper that so many people just gloss over. It also brings up how technology is putting the small time papers out of business and making reporters and newspapers work twice as hard to stay afloat.
But aside from that Majeske took this murderous story and brought a nice crisp lightheartedness to it, it really made it seem real and everyday. America Miles, The main character, is flawed as are many of us, yet she is quirky and funny, and that makes her so much more able to relate to. She's a real woman, with a real normal job, normal friends, and a normal sex drive, and I love her thought process and/or narration throughout, the reader cannot help but be drawn into her life and all the surrounding events, and that's what makes such a good book, how it envelopes you.
America Miles, lives in Hyacinth, Missouri and works for the local paper. She is strong, clever, intelligent, and very resourceful, I absolutely loved her depth of classic nick at night television references laced throughout. I also can't help but feel that the cast of supporting characters are all based on people Majeske has worked with the last 15 years in her journalist career, complete with backbiting, journalistic flaws, and the camaraderie between coworkers, but everyone of them added even greater dimension to an already engaging story. It was also nice to have the little sub-plot love triangle going on, it didn't take away from the main story one bit, but thickened the tension as the mystery drove on.
There are some good twists and diversions in this roller coaster ride of a little book to keep the murder-mystery enthusiast guessing until the final reveal. Great little read, I thank Diane Majeske for sending me a copy and look forward to her next book. Great debut novel!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)