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Prime Time (Charlotte McNally #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  430 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Could an innocent e-mail offer really result in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring? The last person to ask is dead...but that won't keep Charlotte McNally from poking around. Face it--in the cutthroat world of television journalism, this seasoned reporter knows that she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her cushy job (and that means her life) goodbye ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Harlequin Books
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Suzanne Adair
If you jump for joy every time a white-collar crook like Bernie Madoff lands in the slammer, you'll cheer for Ms. Ryan's fictional TV journalist, Charlie McNally, who's assigned to cover the "accidental" death of a middle manager from Big Pharma but finds herself in the thick of murder, fraud, and greedy CEOs. I've always had trouble sticking with stories written in the present tense, but in Ms. Ryan's hands, present tense conveys the "I want it now!" environment of a journalist's double-espress ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Prime Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan, b-plus, Narrated by Margaret Baly, Produced by Harlequin Enterprises, downloaded from

This is the first in the Charlie McMally series. Charlotte, (Charlie) is a 46-year-old investigative reporter on fictional Channel 3, Boston. She’s seeing signs from others that they may think she’s getting too old for this spot on t.v., even though she still does good enough reporting to win the station an Emmy each year. But this might be the year that doesn’t h
Amy Corwin
I have to admit it was nice to read a thriller with a protagonist who wasn't either just out of college or already retired for many years. Not that I don't enjoy stories with characters in all age ranges, and the closer I get, myself, to retirement, the more I like the older characters. But, it was nice to find one in the middle range.

This is the first in Ryan's series of mysteries featuring Charlotte McNally and it brings to life the work of journalism in a very realistic, yet witty, way. You c
Karen Laird
Prime Time
Hank Philippi Ryan

As an avid fan and reader of the suspense/mystery/who-dun-it/thriller type novel, I always pick up and read a new author and measure them against the high and mighty bar of my favorite novelists of this venue who I have followed for years. Few authors are even able to fall in the shadows of the works of such as Clancy, Baldacci, Ludlum, Fleming, and Hillerman. I had the opportunity to read Prime Time recently as a featured book for the General Fiction Board at B&
PRIME TIME introduces us to 46-year-old investigative television reporter Charlotte “Charlie” McNally, an indomitable, uncompromising, clever, and dedicated reporter. She’s not without her faults and that makes her someone everyone can relate to: she worries about her career [aka the next big story], aging in a field of young, blonde whipper-snappers [television journalism can be cruel like that], her lack of a romantic life and being over 45.

Writing with riveting details, Emmy and Agatha Award
This is the first book in the Charlotte McNally series by Hank Ryan (a real-life TV journalist). I've read her Jane Ryland series and really enjoyed it. Charlotte (Charlie) is a 40-something TV news reporter worrying about being replaced by younger talent, and hoping she can find a hot story for the November sweeps period (you're only as good as your last story). She looks into the possibly mysterious death of a man who might have been the whistleblower about a pharmaceutical company price fixin ...more
Cindy Bauer
Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is on the air at Boston’s NBC affiliate. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure and millions of dollars in restitution. Along with her twenty-six Emmy and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, Hank has won dozens of other regional, national and international journalism honors for her hard-hitting investigations. Hank began her television career reporting and anchoring the news in Indianapolis and At ...more
Fun new mystery series starring an emmy-winning investigative reporter who's facing middle age. Rings true -- probably because the author is an emmy-winning investigative reporter. I always enjoy books set in Boston.
Doranna Durgin
Wonderful characters who feel real to me, and an engaging setting--written as only someone on the inside can write it.

Note: First person, present tense. For some readers, this is going to matter.
Pamela Beckford
This was a quick and easy book to read. I did struggle with the choppiness of the sentences a bit at first, but got used to it as the book progressed.

Charlotte "Charlie" McNally is a television journalist in search of the perfect November sweeps story. It was hard to determine if she had the story or the story had her, but she and her producer, Franklin uncover a story nonetheless.

Certainly not the best book I have ever read, but also not the worst. It was light entertainment for a summer weeken
AUTHOR: Ryan, Hank Phillippi
TITLE: Prime Time
DATE READ: 01/11/15
RATING: 4.5/B+
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #1Charlotte McNally
TIME/PLACE: Present/Boston
CHARACTERS: Charlotte McNally -- TV Journalist
FIRST LINES: Between the hot flashes, the hangover and all the spam on my computer, there's no way I'll get anything done before eight o'clock this morning.
COMMENTS: First off, I have to say -- I've seen/heard this author twice and she is a delight
This was a good little book. It was written in first-person present tense, which I imagine was difficult to do however it greatly changed the dramatics of the story and certainly gave a better insight to the heroine. Who was kinda weird.

I laughed several times as the long-time investigative reporter, Charlie McNalley, revealed her inner insecurities during the dialogue. She's an award-winning pro who wonders if she's getting too old (looking) for TV news. She's an intrepid investigator who wande
This was a fun, quick and easy read. I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like it, but the more I got to know Charlie, the more I wanted to know how things ended for her. Charlie's investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of a man who sent her a wierd e-mail drives her to try to find the perfect story.

Charlie's sidekick, Franklin, is a perfect addition to this story. He's witty and charming and was easy to laugh at. He and Charlie make a great team, but when Franklin gets in
4.0 out of 5 stars Have fun investigating this one..., September 1, 2009

What more can you ask for when you're wanting a fun suspense story with minimal gore and no blood and guts? In
PRIME TIME, you get a 46-year-old intensely competitive investigative TV news reporter, an interesting crime, and a little romance. This is the initial offering in what is so far a four book series featuring Charlotte McNally and her producer Franklin. Working for Channel 3 News, they uncover what appears to be some
It is fairly obvious that author Hank Phillippi Ryan has literally poured her life experiences into a giant blender, added some inventive yet thoroughly believable plot points, thrown in the romance element, and come up with a story that moves along so smoothly you literally find yourself staying up well past your bedtime just to see what happens.

PRIME TIME's protagonist, Charlotte McNally, constantly agonizes over the fact that she is a forty-five plus award winning television journalist compe
Charlotte (Charlie) McNally is an award-winning investigative journalist for Channel 3 in Boston. She has won numerous Emmys which tells me she's very good at her job. But Charlie worries because she's getting old - I guess 46 is over the hill in TV news - and she's also worried about finding her next big story. Evidently, you are only as good as your next story.

Charlie has a loyal friend and business partner in Franklin, her producer. Franklin is smart, resourceful, and as courageous as Charlie
Prime Time introduces us to Charlotte "Charlie" McNally, an award-winning investigative reporter for Boston's (fictitious) Channel 3 news. In her mid-forties, Charlie worries that she's too old to be on camera and expects to be replaced by the Latest Young Thing at any moment, and goes to the office early to try to come up with a big story.

However, when the LYT doesn't appear to read a morning newsbreak, Charlie is asked to fill in, and one of the stories she teases captures her attention. The s
Jill Dunlop
Prime Time is the first book in a new mystery series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Charlotte McNally is an Emmy winning investigative reporter for a leading Boston television station. At age 46 she feels she is loosing her edge. This is a big source of stress for her as she has devoted her whole life to being a journalist. She isn't married and she has no children. When she thinks about it, she doesn't have many close friends either.

Sweeps is coming up and she needs a humdinger of a story to present t
Hank Phillippi Ryan wrote Prime Time and Face Time both in 2007. Both these books were re-released with new book covers along with Air Time, the third Charlotte McNally novel. Just like Hank, Charlotte McNally is a television reporter for Channel 3. She always gets the top stories but being number one comes with a price. Charlotte finds herself not only reporting the news but being the news as well.

Channel 3 has been reporting the story of the missing disappearance of Bradley Foreman who worked
Kelly Moran
Author Hank Phillippi Ryan is an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s NBC affiliate. She has twenty-six Emmy’s and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, along with dozens of other national and international journalism honors. Her work has resulted in new laws, homes removed from foreclosure, criminals sent to prison, and millions of dollars in restitution. Before her reporting career, she was a proofreader, a radio reporter, an Editorial Assistant at Rolling Stone, and a legislative aide in t ...more
#1 in the Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series. This 2007 series entry has prize winning TV investigative reporter McNally looking for a topic for the November ratings and a shot at another Emmy. The series is written by Hank Phillippi Ryan, herself a TV investigative reporter and winner of multiple Emmys. Fun, fast read - thankfully restrained in the Romantic Mystery genre. It may be realistic, but I think the 46 year old reporter spends too much print time on worrying about her looks fading. I'm ...more
Mark Baker
TV investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally is trying to find a great story for November sweeps. And it might have just landed in her lap with a tip from the widow of an apparent suicide. The story started rather slowly, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Hank Phillipi Ryan’s PRIME TIME is a definite must-read for the mystery/thriller lover. It is well written, the characters are likeable, and the plot is filled with so many twists and turns that the reader is left guessing until the very last paragraph.

Although the story involves a conspiracy which involves insider-trading, the story is easy for one unfamiliar with the subject to read.

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects in reading this story was getting to know the main character, Boston
Sep 10, 2007 Diane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Chick Lit, & Romance Fans
Shelves: booksread
Charlotte McNally isn't your standard heroine. She is a woman with flaws, heart and sass. She is an intelligent woman with a heart of gold.
Charlie can be your cousin, friend or sister she is the coolest reporter to come along since Brenda Starr.
Brenda Starr was before my time, so Charlie fits the niche of the Brenda Starr legend.
I love a book that has it all: romance, suspense, mystery and a smart woman doing her thing.
Ryan filled a void in the reporter mold.
As a long time fan of Mary Jane
Pr Latta
I always enjoy discovering a new (to me) author - this one gives me a seasoned protagonist (46 and wondering what her age will do to her television career) who doesn't take herself too seriously but does take her job seriously (Hank herself is an investigative reporter). A little far-fetched and not for the intense thriller crowd, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable summer read.
Welcome to the world of broadcast journalism. In Prime Time, Hank Phillippi Ryan's takes us inside Charlotte McNally's world. It all started with an email posing as spam. That hooked Charlie on the story of her lifetime to get ready for Sweeps week for her TV station. And when she digs deeper, she becomes embroiled into a bigger scheme. Right in the heart of danger, things are what they seem to be. It's up to her and Franklin to pick up the pieces and connects the dots to this big mystery. And w ...more
I really wanted to like this book. I have seen the author at Bouchercon many a time, and she has done a nice job interviewing some of the biggest names in the business. Her latest book, not part of the Charlotte McNally series of which this is the first, is nominated for an Anthony Award for best novel this year. The underlying story is interesting. The thing that drove me absolutely crazy was the main character. McNally is supposed to be a multi-Emmy Award winning investigative television journ ...more
Great series find. Nicely plotted mystery debut with strong and appealing female lead. Interesting behind the scenes glimpse of the tv news business and just the right mix of action, romance and introspection.
Anita Drake
Very good mystery. Not your standard cops and robbers; the main character is a TV news reporter. This book is the first in a series. I love book series - gives me something to look forward to.
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way that Ms. Ryan writes. I can see myself in Charlotte McNally. Ryan writes the way I think so I enjoy the building of the characters and plot. I love how real the characters are and how they act/react. I enjoyed the guessing game throughout this book and the fact that McNally had the same questions I did during the story. McNally was not some super sleuth that knew exactly what to do each step of the way...she was just like a normal person and did not hav ...more
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 33 Emmys and thirteen Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution.

A best-selling author of seven bestselling novels of suspense, Hank's first Jane Ryla
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