#BookReview ‘The Dead Dog Day’ by Jackie Kabler #BookBoost

I’m delighted to welcome Jackie Kabler to the blog today this is her debut book ‘The Dead Dog Day‘.

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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 on 22nd October 2015.

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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…

Jackie’s novel is the first book in a new series, and she draws on her experiences of the glamourous 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.

“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.

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My Review


I was given the opportunity to read this & jumped at the chance because the title tickled my fancy. I certainly wasn’t disappointed & read it in a couple of days.

From the outset when the ‘Dead Dog’ is revealed it had me giggling, which is a strange thing to say about a crime thriller but it made it endearing.

Cora works on breakfast TV .. for anyone who thinks it’s a glamorous job this certainly shows it from the ‘inside’ a fascinating insight into the world of reporters doing their day to day job while there is a murder investigation going on. Cora has a variety of friends, they were all well described & I got to know them relatively quickly. She has her fair share of boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, love interest & heartbreak …

The story unfolds & draws you in to the point it was obvious (to me) who the killer is only to be proved wrong & you begin to wonder all over again! I was kept guessing until all was revealed & it is a complex plot. I really enjoyed this debut from Jackie & sincerely hope there will be a long series featuring Cora & her friends/colleagues because the potential for many more zany escapades is there. I happily recommend it & award 5 stars.

Thanks to Jackie & Kim Nash for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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