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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Dead Dog Day by Jackie Kabler - Review

Thrilling crime debut from top TV broadcaster Jackie Kabler.

The Dead Dog Day is the debut novel from successful broadcaster and former GMTV reporter Jackie Kabler and it’s out now. 
It follows the story of breakfast TV journalist Cora Baxter, and a race against time to stop a killer from striking again.

“Jackie has real insider knowledge and it shows. A proper page-turning thriller. I couldn't put it down.” Lorraine Kelly

When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog at 4 a.m. and a dead boss by ten, you know it’s going to be one of those days. And breakfast TV reporter Cora Baxter has already had the weekend from hell, after the man she was planning a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her. 

Now Cora’s much-hated boss has been murdered, and Cora is assigned to cover the story for the breakfast show – but as the murder enquiry continues, the trail of suspects leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora’s arch-rival, glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas, so devastated by their boss’s death? What dark secret is one of her camera crew hiding? And why has her now-ex-boyfriend vanished? The race to stop the killer striking again is on...

Author: Jackie Kabler
Title: The Dead Dog Day
Publishers: Accent Press Ltd
Publication Date: 22nd October 2015
Link: Uk: Amazon   US: Amazon

My Review

I remember Jackie Kabler as the lovely glamorous reporter from GMTV and as soon as I heard she'd written a novel I immediately thought, "Now that will be good," and I am happy to report that it certainly lived up to my expectations. It was such a fabulously funny book to read.

Cora Baxter is a reporter who is not having a good day, not only has her boyfriend dumped her by phone but her boss has been murdered, it's a day her and her colleagues from the newsroom will never forget and have nicknamed 'the dead dog day' due to an unfortunate incident earlier on. The fact that they didn't call it 'the day our boss died' is testament to the feelings they all had about her. They hated her, in fact only one person seems upset and is acting strangely which raises suspicions, another person had been arguing with the boss just minutes before she died and a close member of Cora's team was acting strangely and had also fallen foul of their leaders temper.

This is a hugely humorous yet fascinating insight into the world of television crossed with a light hearted whodunnit and I was laughing out loud after just a couple of pages. Although the world of television seems very glamorous there are plenty of examples of hilarious situations to show that behind the camera is a totally different story and I found myself wondering whether they were based on real life. Even though Cora has dark hair in the book when I imagined her in my mind I was looking at Jackie Kabler as I imagine many of these things did really happen.

I loved the relationship that Cora had with her work friends Sam and Wendy, her camera and sound crew and her home friends Rosie and Nicole who both had children. I liked how much Cora loved their children and was still adamant that she didn't want any. Also how lucky was she to have two gorgeous hunky men to choose from?

There were plenty of suspects in the spotlight throughout the book, including Cora's ex who had most suspiciously disappeared off the face of the earth and it was great fun watching each little part of the story unfold, I had my own theories about who did it throughout the book but was kept guessing right up to the end.

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't stop reading until I'd finished it. I am really looking forward to the others in the Cora Baxter series which I hope are coming soon.

Thanks to Kim Nash for the Advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Angel x

About the Author

A twenty-year career in news during which I covered hundreds of major crime stories has given me a wealth of material to draw on for my novels. Aside from the actual murders, everything else that happens in this book actually happened to me as a breakfast TV reporter - with minor details changed to protect identities, of course...", says Jackie Kabler.

Jackie’s novel is the first book in a new series, and she draws on her experiences of the glamorous world of television, as well as her long-standing love for crime fiction. A popular broadcaster turned author, Jackie is now a presenter on QVC, and as well as a decade on GMTV, has also worked for BBC News, ITV News and Setanta Sports News.

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