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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
When reporter Debbie Bradley returns to her home town, St. Louis, primarily to be at her mother’s side as she undergoes a mastectomy, Debbie anticipates that much will have changed about the city during her absence. What she doesn’t expect to discover is just who is behind the ongoing outbreak of stolen cars and violence that is shaking up the community. And why do a number of the crimes involve underage youths?
What struck me the most about Crime Beat Girl by Geri L. Dreiling was its uniqueness: here we have an author who knows how to write. Her style and formatting are flawless; her plot concept is different, and her characters are so lifelike readers immediately feel at home with them. That’s good writing. Dreiling keeps readers guessing, tempting us to determine who really is on Bradley’s side. No one will blame you if you zero in on the wrong perp. Dreiling does a great job of throwing our suspicions on the wrong person without even hinting who really is a threat to Bradley as she goes about her job of just trying to get at the truth for readers of her Crime Beat Girl column. If you’re interested in knowing what it’s like to be a reporter for a daily newspaper, this novel provides plenty of insight as Dreiling cleverly weaves the information into her story. Crime Beat Girl is a quick read that challenges your own sleuthing skills while reminding you that love and family support are what matters most in our lives. Nice job!