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The Big Lead

Book 1, The Stella Reynolds Mystery Series - A Stella Reynolds Mystery

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Kirkus Reviews calls The Big Lead, “the beginning of a promising new series,” with a “wonderfully relatable protagonist.” The winner of the Bronze Star in the Readers Favorite 2016 Book Contest has an “endearingly human heroine” (Publishers Weekly) who “holds nothing back in pursuing [the truth].” 

Stella Reynolds is new to the job, new to the state, and new to making mistakes in front of thousands of people, but that’s exactly what she signs up for when she takes a reporting job in Bozeman, Montana. Being on live TV in a small town has never been so funny, until Stella covers the towns first murders in years.

When the prime suspect’s girlfriend enlists Stella to help clear his name, she uncovers another shocking crime that could expose a handful of powerful insiders.

Who is honest, who can’t be trusted and who committed the murders? Stella is on a tight deadline to find out. Can she help free an innocent man, or will the real culprit get away with murder?

From Publishers Weekly

May 23, 2016 – Novice reporter Stella Reynolds, the endearingly human heroine of Kirsch's fiction debut, finds her first job in the TV industry with the Fox affiliate in sleepy Bozeman, Mont. Stella's appreciative of the opportunity, but she can't help having second thoughts when she learns how small the staff and resources of her station are. Stella's first achievement of significance is interviewing river guide Bill James following his arrest for burglarizing a house and trying on the owner's underwear. After learning that James has an alibi, Stella manages to get the sheriff to agree to dismiss the charges, but that proves to be just a temporary victory when James becomes the prime suspect in the stabbing murders of the burglary victim and her mother. The truth, Stella suspects, is much more complex, and she holds nothing back in pursuing it. The author does a good job of eliciting sympathy for Stella by depicting her embarrassing stumbles on her first days. (BookLife)

Customer Reviews

Great read!

Lovely book with interesting twists and turns in the plot

Good book

Kept my interest all the way through

The Big Lead by Libby Kirsch

The character of Stella Reynolds is one of my favorites! Stella meshes with the TV station staff in a way that brings out the best is all of them ( except for a crazy one, but you will have to read on about that!) As Stella follows her big lead, I felt like I was right there with her, experiencing the tension, frustrations and fear that this reporter faces trying to solve a crime. There are fun, quirky characters that add humor to the mix. And a special love interest for the right touch of romance. The Big Lead is a Big Winner!

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The Big Lead
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Oct 20, 2015
  • Publisher: Sunnyside Press
  • Seller: Elizabeth Wamsley
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Stella Reynolds Mystery Series
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