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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Deadline by Jackie Kabler

Cora Baxter is back - and this time, she's facing the most important deadline of her career... When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she's horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team reluctantly led by Cora's boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins or is it already too late? The Deadline is the second in the hugely popular Cora Baxter Mysteries series by acclaimed broadcaster Jackie Kabler.

Title:               The Deadline
Author:           Jackie Kabler
Published By: Accent Press
Date:               Oct 20th 2016
Link:               UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review

I read a post on social media the other day which said "You have been kidnapped and the main character of the book you're reading is your only hope. Do you survive?" I thought about the main character from this book 'Cora Baxter' and the answer was a huge YES, I knew for sure that I would. Cora Baxter is the sort of person who would always have your back.

The Deadline is the second in the Cora Baxter series and is a year on from the last book, The Dead Dog Day although both books work as standalone too.

The story follows the ups and downs of roving reporter Cora Baxter and is once again in the form of a light hearted murder mystery. The very first line was just one of the hilarious one liners that made me laugh out loud, the others are interspersed through the book and many are to do with real things that have happened whilst Jackie was herself working as a reporter. In fact even though Cora has dark hair, in my mind as I'm reading I just see Jackie in the role.

The book is slightly darker than the first one, the murder victim is known to Cora and her friend is in the frame as the main suspect. Cora can't believe her friend could do something like that and so along with her other friends and colleagues she sets herself a deadline to find out who the murderer really is, and everyone knows that Cora never misses a deadline. However with all the evidence pointing to her friend things don't look good.

The pace was really fast and kept me guessing to the end and suspecting almost every character on the way. We are given to wondering whether Cora is not such a good judge of character and that maybe her friend did do it but her unwavering loyalty was sweet to see and I really wanted her to be right.

I think Cora is such a lovable character and I love the relationships she has with her boyfriend, work friends and her home friends and the guys on her team. It's really nice to see all the different aspects of her life and brings lots of dimensions to her as a person.

I really enjoyed the story and raced through it. As the plot unfolded it unearthed some unusual and quite bizarre circumstances which caused much heartbreak for Cora's friend.

To sum it up, imagine Bridget Jones moving to 'Midsomer', an exciting, funny, sad and thoroughly entertaining, murder mystery.
Thanks to Jackie for the advance copy of the book.

Book Angel x

About the Author

I’m a journalist by trade and spent 20 years working in TV news, mainly for GMTV, ITV and BBC. I’m now a presenter on shopping channel QVC and an author. My new novel, the second in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series, is called The Deadline (Amazon link You can chat to me on Twitter (@jackiekabler), Facebook ( or on my website

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