Don’t talk to investigative reporter Charlie McNally about the prime of her life – not when her forty-something face is pulled off-camera in favor of a voice-over! It was never like this for Brenda Starr. . .
Who hasn’t wished that time would stand still, or that crow’s feet, wrinkles and sagging . . . everything, would magically disappear? When your career depends on looking young, and your savings aren’t for a rainy day – they’re for future plastic surgery – you’ve entered The Television Zone.
Television’s ode to youth is as familiar to the heroine of Hank Phillipi Ryan's "Prime Time," Charlie McNally, as the nose on Charlie's perfectly made-up face. She’s married to her job at Channel 3 and worried about being replaced by a younger woman – she’s forty-six, for God’s sake, and in television, every year is another nail in the coffin. With her job on the line and no life to speak of, Charlie stumbles upon a story that could revitalize her sagging career – if it doesn’t kill her first. Course they don’t teach in Journalism school: age and spidey-sense trump youth and shiny lip gloss every time.
In this taut, Agatha Award-winning series opener, Phillippi Ryan, an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, writes with the voice of experience, baiting the hook with whispers of a whistle-blowing scandal, just in time for the November sweeps. Aided by her trusty assistant, Franklin, Charlie McNally delves into a case of accidental death that may be murder, and possibly much more.
Following a lead, Charlie finds herself exchanging Shakespearean quotes with a hot – think young Gregory Peck – professor, Josh Gelston, who may be a little too eager to help. For a woman who still Googles her ex-husband in weak moments, the temptation to put her trust in a sexy man who doesn’t hide his interest – even if he is a potential suspect – is too strong to resist.
Phillippi Ryan reels us in with snappy dialogue, a memorable cast and a mystery packed with satisfying twists. Can’t get enough of Charlie? The intrepid reporter and her cleverly-named cat, Botox, will be back in “Face Time” in August, and in “Air Time,” which debuts in September. If you’re looking for something to read at the beach –
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What do you love about this quirky style of heroine/protagonist, and romantic suspense series? Have you entered a kind of "Television Zone" in your own life or job? How do you counteract it?
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