#Review Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries) by Zara Keane | @dollycas
Deadline with Death
by Zara Keane
About the Book
Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries)
1st in Series
Beaverstone Press (June 21, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~ 320
Dee Flanagan loves Irish history, bad rom-coms, and red lipstick. Dead clowns, injured time travelers, and shootouts don’t make it onto the small town reporter’s Top Ten list. After the bullets stop flying in Dunleagh Castle’s courtyard, it’s up to Dee to convince people she didn’t imagine a gunfight played out between two centuries. With the body count rising, and no one willing to believe Dee’s time travel theory, she’s forced to team up with a man who’s either a bona fide fruit cake or a police officer from the year 1919. Using her expert knowledge of the Irish War of Independence, Dee sets out to solve a century-old crime, plus a modern-day murder.
Excerpt from Chapter One
The morning the clown croaked at my feet began with a cockfight and ended with a corpse. Neither covering the fight nor discovering the body was on my ToDo list. After five months of juggling my job at the Dunleagh Chronicle, a volunteer position at the museum, my history video blog, and looking after my grandmother, I finally had a free day.
Until I didn’t.
Courtesy of a virus sweeping through our offices, two of the Chronicle’s reporters were out sick. With press day looming, my penny-pinching editor was desperate enough to pay me time-and-a-half, and with a mountain of bills on my nightstand, I was desperate enough to agree. I swapped my cozy bed for Mavis, my scarlet scooter, and faced the elements of an Irish winter morning.
Under different circumstances, a spin through the countryside might have been pleasant. Today’s ride was anything but. I steered Mavis through driving rain, gale-force wind, and potholes the size of mainland Europe. The crowning glory was a near collision with a herd of cattle who’d taken up residence in the middle of the road. I seriously should have held out for double pay.
By the time I pulled up outside the tumbledown farm where the cockfight was being held, the organiser had got wind that the cops were on the way. In a spectacle of flying feathers and bouncing beer bellies, both the contestants and the spectators were fleeing the coop. I dry-heaved my way through the stench of birds and unwashed men, snapped a few shots of the mayhem, and hopped back onto my scooter. I now had less than an hour to reach my desk and write an embellished account of the non-event, and Mavis and I broke several rules of the road on our return journey.
This was quite a comedic cozy mystery, with a murder, a little bit of time-travel and some essecene of the paranormal. All ingredients that made this quite an enjoyable read.
Dee Flanagan is a historian, volunteer at Dunleagh Castle museum and reporter for the Dunleagh Chronicle. And you can add amateur sleuth to that list as well!
Following an altercation with Mr Chuckles, as Dee is walking through the Castle’s Green Gate suddenly there is a strange weather fluctuation – purple skies, plum coloured cyclones and then purple wisps that grip Dee on the spot, even more suddenly she begins to hear gunshots ring through the courtyard and then sees Mr Chuckles staggering into view, shot! The weather ceases and a silence descends, Dee is free to move again and only now does she realises that Mr Chuckles is dead but not only that, that is a man in the courtyard who seems to be in costume of the late Guarda uniform from 1919!!
Who’s is this mysterious man? Has he time-traveled or really suffering from memory loss? Dee is determined to get to the bottom of this and with her historical knowledge of the Irish War she discovers more than she bargained for.
The cast of characters were quirky – especially Nana who is a hoot! This whole book had moments that had me in tears of laughter – the chase on the motability scooters for example!
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg and Smuggler’s Cove.
She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.
My Website: https://zarakeane.com/
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