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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies by Stephanie LaVigne

 Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

by Stephanie LaVigne 

Kindle Edition, 232 pages

Published 2021


"It’s all in the genes, darling!” A witty quip…or a clue?

Piper Harrington is determined to find out.

As a single mom living back in her quaint hometown nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Piper has all but abandoned her dream of ever becoming a professional writer. So when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opens up at the small beach town paper where she works, she has to make a split-second decision: Go for it (even if it requires a little fib) or give up a shot at her lifelong goal.

To complicate things, in waltzes a worldly crime reporter who is easy to talk to and even easier on the eyes. Add in a demanding editor, alongside a theatrical best friend, a lively family, and co-workers who run the gamut from supportive to conniving, and things start getting tricky.

Scrambling for a topic that could keep readers hooked, Piper dives into the world of genealogy...something she knows absolutely nothing about. When her investigation turns up more questions than answers, her findings threaten to open up a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed.

A story about friendship, family, finding your passion...and the lengths we go to protect those we love.


What do Bogie & Bacall, a goldfish, and a never-ending mountain of laundry have in common? There’s only one way to find out! If you love a fun, beachy read with a lovable female amateur sleuth, then you will have a blast with Headlines Deadlines and Lies; a Florida twist on a cozy mystery!


4.5 Stars

I am not sure if this book is in a series but heck, it sure needs to be. I was hooked by this single mom trying to better herself my pitching a new column concept for her newspaper. (Okay, it was her friend who pushed her into the running train of management but it all seemed to work out for her in the end.)

I really liked the secondary characters here. Her mom was great and the best friend and new supportive guy at work really rounded out the cast nicely. This would be great as a series since I am so hooked on what might happen next.

Piper tries to dig into her friend Boots’ past and find out about her father which was such a mystery to her since her mother barely spoke of him. What she uncovered made her very uncomfortable since now she was finding out that her father wasn’t who she thought he was.

This was really exciting to follow and I totally want to read more from this author. So impressed.

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. Great new must read book!

I received this as an ARC from Booksprout in return for an honest review. I thank Booksprout and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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