Author: LynDee Walker
My Copy: ARC courtesy of Henery Press
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Synopsis: When a superstar athlete's son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.
Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.
LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin is the third book in the Headlines in High Heels series. If you haven’t read the series before it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Small Town Spin. Walker does give us a bit of background information that occurs in the first two books, but nothing that I would consider a spoiler.
What I really enjoyed about Small Town Spin was how different it read from the previous two full length novels. Walker gets personal with Nichelle and here we are given more than a passing glance at Nichelle’s life outside the newsroom. It’s no secret that I adore Joey and Joey fans will rejoice every time he makes an appearance. I just love how Walker makes us blush, laugh, and squeal with delight when we get inside Nichelle’s head regarding Joey. I too wanted to shout from the rooftops at the end of one scene and Walker’s lucky because she gets to know Joey before we do. No worries if you’re a Kyle fan since he makes a few appearances and honestly, if Nichelle is confused about what to do, you too dear reader will feel the confusion. Then there are the times in Small Town Spin that I just adore the interaction between Parker and Nichelle and want Walker to chuck it all and let Nichelle run away with Parker. The real treat in Small Town Spin are those conversations Nichelle has not only with Joey, Kyle, and Parker, but everyone in her life. Not only that, but we see how brutal the news industry is outside one’s newspaper to the interoffice jealously of co-workers. I enjoyed this glimpse into Nichelle’s and what was at one point Walker’s life.
As for the overall mystery, it was a bit predictable, but only because I guessed where was Walker taking us with regards to the motive. For the most part Walker keeps it interesting and the reader is left wondering what happened in Nichelle’s past that makes this case personal. As I read, I kept thinking back to a famous case (which I won’t state because if I do it might spoil things and wouldn’t want to do that) and how that could be a motive. Now, I was surprised when I guessed that part of the whodunit, but the actual reason behind it surprised me. Afterwards, I just felt sad that someone would do what they did for such a weak reason. I wanted to shake this person and yell at them because of what they did. Walker has a talent for keeping the reader vested in the outcome no matter what. Walker also doesn’t go into detail regarding the particular incident in Nichelle’s past and I do wish she had gone into a little more detail. The information we get is enough for us to make our own assumption of things, but I wanted a little more to satisfy that curiosity.
If you’re a fan of mysteries or looking to try a different genre, I highly recommended LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin. While Small Town Spin does end on a slight cliffhanger (can’t wait to read Nichelle’s explanation of a particular event), it’s not enough to make you angry that it ends the way it does. What will upset you is the realization you’ll have to wait another year before the next book is out. I took my time reading Small Town Spin because I didn’t want it to end and therefore, I offer this piece advice dear reader: read slowly and treasure each page since a year is a long wait. I’m already going through Joey-oh wait I mean Nichelle withdrawals.