Wednesday, November 16, 2011

eBook Review: Crime Beat by Scott Nicholson

Publishing info:
Title - Crime Beat
Author - Scott Nicholson
Publisher - Haunted Computer Books
Date Published - 2011
Word Count - 21, 000 (~80 pages)


A novella by Scott Nicholson

When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.

As more bodies are discovered, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper's sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.

And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.

CRIME BEAT is a 21,000-word novella, the equivalent of about 80 book pages. Also contains the bonus story "Do You Know Me Yet?" from HEAD CASES.

My rating: 3/5

Thoughts on Crime Beat:

Crime Beat was a creative mystery thriller that kept me guessing. This was a book I should have been able to guess the ending to, but was too dazzled by the writing, the twists, and the narrator's own mind to do so.

I found it to be a fascinating look at how newspapers operate and how those who run and work for them think. I did feel sorry for the narrator at the beginning feeling burnt out and the excitement of finding a new journalist that really pushed the newspaper into the spotlight. I had a harder time with the love interest of the story. There just wasn't any connection to her. Overall I liked Moretz the best. He seemed to be the most level-headed of the bunch despite being the prime suspect for the serial murders.

I loved the pace of the story. It kept a steady beat all the way through, which seems to be one of the key ingredients for keeping me turning those pages. I just wish there were a little more "Umph" to it during the beginning and middle, although the ending was fantastic.

Thoughts on the "Do You Know Me Yet?" short story: 

I was surprised to find this short story tucked away at the end of the book. Certainly, it's easy to see why it would be included. It's a fun and thrilling look at a writer's paranoia. It made me stop and think about all the times I came up with an idea and low-and-behold someone else had already used it somewhere. If this story was the first piece of writing I had read of Scott Nicholson's, it would definitely have me intrigued enough to go looking for more.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase Crime Beat for Kindle on Amazon.

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