Scoop, Occupational Hazard Series #1
This was one of those, "I'm desperate, so I'll read it" buys, but it turned out to be much more than that. This book got me giggling in several places, and in general, the plot is a great mix of comedy and suspense. The characters, too, are easy to root for, especially Ray, and I think Rene did a great job of painting him as a Christian with some real faith issues--and in turn, a real faith. I enjoyed the way she gently "poked fun" at some Christians' fixation on the idea that certain authors are always right when it comes to doctrine, as well. My only criticisms lie in the names--to my ear, most were horrible and some sounded too similar--and in the fact that some of the plot mechanics were a bit clunky (i.e., the Botox disaster). All in all, though, this was an enjoyable read that made me anxious to see what Rene would come up with for the next one.
March 18, 2008
Hilarious! I actually laughed out loud with this. Few books can do that for me. Laughs are throughout, plus a strong message of faith, and also an inside-look at the world of news-media. Also, the character of Hayden was a definite inspiration, and shows how a Christian should really act. A delightful story and an engaging mystery, Scoop is a definite must-read.
September 13, 2007
OK I'm a retired broadcast journalist, so I'm a bit prejudiced. Scoop is a funny, stimulating read with twists and turns that keep your going. It's so good -- or I read too much -- I've bought it and read it twice. Saving for another romp through TV land and the life of egos in action. Give it a read -- you won't be disappointed.
August 14, 2007
The first of Guttridges Occupational Hazard series is a rousing story of life, love, and laughs at a busy television news station. From the stressed out news producer popping Happy Pills to cope, to the aging newscaster experiencing a Botox disaster, to the clueless, sweet and curiously savvy assistant who just cant seem to leave her faith at home where it belongs, this story is a delightful romp through the behind-the-scenes world of TV News. I laughed out loud several times. A thoroughly enjoyable tale.
June 5, 2007