I’m delighted to be reviewing The Deadline by Jackie Kabler today. The Deadline is the second in the Cora Baxter Mysteries after The Dead Dog Day which you can read all about here.
The Deadline is published in e-book and paperback by Accent Press on 20th October 2016 and is available for purchase by following the publisher links here.
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.
My Review of The Deadline
Cora’s friend Sam is receiving anonymous gifts that cause a rift with her boyfriend Marcus. But flowers and cuddly bears are about to become the least of Sam’s worries.
I really enjoyed The Deadline. What appealed to me so much was the quality of the narrative without recourse to extraneous violence or shock tactics, but just really well written story-telling and excellent plotting. It was effortless to read Jackie Kabler’s prose so that it felt like a real treat. I was very much reminded by the narrative style of a modern day Agatha Christie.
I thought the title, The Deadline, was inspired as the setting emerges from a daily television news programme where dealines are all important, but there are deadlines in Cora’s attempts to prove her friend Sam is innocent too.
I enjoyed the background realism and humour of the television news programme that stems from the author’s own experiences so that it is completely authentic. Incidents such as that with the shirt (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book) helped balance the more serious issues of the story perfectly. I also found the attention to detail helped give a really wonderful sense of place and I loved travelling back to New York through the story. I found the dynamics of the relationships worked especially well so that I felt I knew the characters and could believe in them entirely.
However, what really gripped me most was how Jackie Kabler was able to trip me up as a reader. I kept thinking ‘Oh, yes. I know EXACTLY what’s going in here,’ only to find three pages later I had to revise my view and guess again. Each of the red herrings and clues was so smoothly delivered that reading The Deadline was a real pleasure. The plotting is tight, believable and hugely entertaining. I really enjoyed it.
About Jackie Kabler
Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a GP.