The Cover Story
The Cover Story  -     By: Deb Richardson-Moore
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Fraternity and sorority pledge parties are a whole different world….

Two college students are in a fatal car crash. Only one survives and tells Reporter Brannigan Powers that a 1950's style hearse forced the car off the road. Now Brannigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before more students get hurt.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782642404
ISBN-13: 9781782642404
Series: Branigan Powers Mystery

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  1. Moonpie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    SUSPENSE AND EXCITEMENT!
    July 20, 2017
    Moonpie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I so enjoyed Ms. Richardson-Moores first book, The Cantaloupe Thief, that I was excited to see another in this series! Branigan Powers is a journalist for a small town newspaper. Her intelligence, eye for detail, and being able to think outside the box once again finds her being more than just a reporter and working with the police on a murder investigation.

    It is the Christmas holiday and a niece and a friend are returning home from college. Suddenly a mysterious vintage hearse appears, forcing them off the road and taking the life of the other girl and injuring her niece. Clues begin to appear, leading her to the possible involvement of the local sororities. While this is a beginning Branigan quickly finds the evidence brings more questions than answers! At several points I felt if I could speak to her I would be able to direct her to the murderer, and then the story would veer off in an unexpected direction ending my theory! I love all the surprises!

    I liked the homeless man Malachi Martin being included in this book also. He can hear things and go places Ms. Powers cannot, always aiding her search for answers. Yes he has issues but he had a good heart and character. As with her previous book the homeless are a part of the story. It really opens your heart and eyes to their plight and all they deal with we know nothing about.

    I appreciate the book deals with crime but without the graphic detail. One disappointment did arise for me with this book. Throughout different parts of the book there were curse words. Even the pastor cursed! Since I assumed this was a Christian mystery, I was a bit shocked. The author is a talented, entertaining writer that does not need to rely on this type of language to enhance or story. Without this the book would have been perfect!

    I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good mystery set in a southern college town
    July 19, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed this mystery centering around the Greek row activities of a southern elite college in Georgia. The stage for the mystery is set when two college girls on their way home for Christmas break are forced off the road. One is killed. Why someone would want to harm these women requires an extensive investigation. The plot is complex as a result but interesting.

    I like Branigan, a local newspaper reporter with a bent to solving mysteries. She is friends with the family of the surviving girl and is determined to find out who caused the tragedy. My favorite character by far was Malachi, a homeless man with excellent observation skills. He has frequent insight into the behavior of people. Being homeless, he is somewhat invisible and often gets into investigative situations others could not.

    I learned quite a bit about sororities and fraternities. Some of the sororities in the south are something, maintaining a fancy dress code. There was lots of partying going on and sometimes it got out of hand.

    I also learned quite a bit about the homeless and how they live. I do appreciate the emphasis on the homeless community in these novels featuring Branigan. There is mild swearing but I felt it fit the situation.

    I did enjoy this mystery. It is the second novel featuring Branigan but reads really well on its own.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel. My comments are an independent and honest review,
  3. Mrs ARS
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Even the heroine's name is interesting
    July 18, 2017
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Cover Story is a mystery novel that I enjoyed very much. This is the second in the series and even though I did not read the first the author did a good job of bringing me up to date. There is an eclectic group of characters that really brought this story to life. Since this is the first I have read in this series, I got for the first time meet the newspaper reporter/ amateur investigator Branigan Powers. I knew this story would be interesting with a heroine's name of Branigan. And to top it off she has a homeless man by the name of Malachi that she teams up with to help her solve the crimes.

    Taking place in Georgia the author touches on several subjects: homelessness and why some people may choose it, sororities at colleges, failing newspapers in the time of the internet, and a mystery to keep us on our toes along with old Southern Georgia charm. Beginning with a car accident that involved an old hearse, reading this was like watching a picture puzzle being completed.

    There is some minor language and those who have read the first novel will appreciate meeting up with familiar characters. For what is called a cozy mystery- I haven't read many- this in my opinion was an intriguing one. I enjoyed the author's writing style and I look forward to reading more by her.

    I was provided a free copy of this book through Kregel Publications. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions are my own.

  4. Mark
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    good read. minus the cursing...definitely not Christian fiction
    July 17, 2017
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a new author to me, and is actually the second book in a series. I don't remember a review opportunity for the first book, but this one sounded like a good read, so I requested it.

    First the bad: This book is from Lion Publishing, distributed by Kregel. Kregel is a Christian publisher, but Lion does a lot of books that are not Christian, such as this one. There are a lot of instances of "damn" and "hell" throughout the book, even by a pastor. I dislike cursing in books and admire authors who can write a good novel without resorting to cursing, so that bothered me..... but then it isn't what you'd call a Christian book.

    The good: Cursing aside, this was an awesome read. The plot was very intricate and suspects abounded. I enjoyed the detective work as the main character and others tried to figure out who the guilty part or parties was, and I was kept guessing as to who it was. The author created some great and likable characters, and some not so likable. When the book started, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get into it, but I got pulled into the story and had a hard time putting it down when I needed to do so.

    The book came to a satisfying end, and it was great to find out who the guilty party was and what the motive was. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing (minus the curse words), and very much enjoyed the book.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of Surprises
    July 17, 2017
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can you imagine being forced off a road and careening down a hill, not really, but then you see it is a hearse that is hitting you repeatedly. That is the beginning of this story, and the driver of the jeep that is being forced off the road is Charlie, who happens to be Branigans niece, and a local reporter.

    Something is going on and it seems to center on the local colleges sorority, and they own a hearse, odd I know, but they use it for Halloween and to celebrate engagements, ok? Now you are going to be wondering what does this have to do with a death and injuring of you coeds?

    What a ride we have to find answers here, and yes there are some, but it blew my mind at what happens, I didnt see it coming, full of surprises.

    Once again we are with the homeless, and Pastor Liam with his big heart for the unfortunate, and Charlie is his daughter, but we also are back with Malachai a homeless man with a big heart.

    What a tale the author has woven here, and this one is just as good as the first book that introduced us to Grambling GA, The Cantaloupe Thief, and you dont want to miss that one. Is there a romance blooming here for our Branigan, sure hope so, I love being with her!

    I received this book through Kregel Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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