Riley’s back—and boy, is she busy!
Riley Ellison has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn’t been very exciting. All that changes when Riley’s former co-worker Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary. And when they discover Tabitha’s fiancé’s knife sticking out of his father’s chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well.
With Holman out on leave and mounting pressure from her boss, the mayor, and a bridezilla facing the possibility of a conjugal visit honeymoon, Riley is desperate to prove she can handle the increasing demands of her new job. Despite warnings from her new boyfriend Jay, Riley blurs the line between reporter and investigator. Will Riley’s rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline ending up on the obituary page?
What Critics Are Saying About THE BAD BREAK
*Silver Falchion Award Finalist*
“By actually capturing the unique voice of a generation, Orr brings something out of the ordinary and elusive to so many.” — BookTrib (check out BookTrib’s great Q&A with Jill here)
“The small town nature of this mystery, with the requisite fish-bowl local politics, relationships, and grudges, makes it perfect for cozy lovers who want something more modern. Readers will enjoy Riley’s humor and determination even when things turn sad.” — Booklist
“The laughs keep coming.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Riley is back and just as hilarious as remembered…Riley Ellison will continue to make us laugh for years to come – because she just loves life. And we love her.” —BOLO Books (a rave review!)
“A ray of sunshine cloaked in a mystery. Orr is one to watch—the best humorous mystery writer around, with a voice all her own.”
— Laura McHugh, internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood
“Here comes Riley Ellison, the journalist-slash-hero we need right now. She solves murders! She writes obits! She lets a really cute guy get away but she’ll survive! I loved this fresh page-turner—it’s fun, funny, and moves like lightning. Jill Orr has created a complex plot and complex contemporary characters that make murder quite delightful. Can’t wait for the next in the series.”
— Lian Dolan, Satellite Sister and author of the bestselling novels Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife
“Deft at imbuing her pop-off-the-page characters with both humor and heart, Jill Orr also spins a gem of a twisty mystery that will leave readers breathless as they chase a huge (and dangerous) headline with Tuttle Corner’s sassy, scrappy new star reporter, Riley Ellison. Utterly delightful—don’t miss this one, y’all!”
— LynDee Walker, Agatha Award–nominated author of Lethal Lifestyles and Front Page Fatalit