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Front Page Fatality (A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  610 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunc ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Henery Press
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Larissa Reinhart
I loved this mystery staring Nichelle "Nicey" Clarke, shoe collector and ace reporter for a Richmond, VA, newspaper. As Nichelle follows leads, she starts to unravel a potentially huge story involving drugs, the mafia, and the local police department. I loved Nichelle's quick thinking and loved the newsroom setting.

LynDee Walker has written a stellar debut novel. Nichelle's quest for the big story puts her in a lot of danger, but Walker's written a realistic portrayal of an up and coming reporte
Terri Austin
Shoe lover and ace reporter, Nichelle Clarke, has a dream--to work for the Washington Post. Until then, she's doing time at the Richmond Telegraph. When she discovers a drug-related murder that seems like a more like a vigilante killing, Nichelle simply follows the trail.

Suddenly, an ex-baseball player and the sports columnist for the paper, Parker, takes notice of Nichelle. But when he turns up at the river where two law enforcement officers die in a police boat accident, she wonders if his in
Oct 11, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites, mystery
Front Page Fatality is very well written and really pulls you in from page one. It has the perfect combination of humor and colorful turns of phrase to have you laughing, plus a mystery that keeps you guessing. With an interesting and varied cast of characters (any one of whom could be a suspect - I found myself suspicious of almost everyone at some point in the story) and some plot developments that had my jaw dropping, this is a book that I can definitely recommend to everyone. I couldn't put ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Maer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
LynDee Walker's debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is fast-paced, fun and witty. Tightly written, with engaging and believable characters, the story moves through twists and turns that keep you guessing. I particularly enjoyed the heroine, Nichelle, with her sense of style and quirky manner. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and highly recommend this first one.
Jan 05, 2013 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Nichelle Clarke is my new super hero... she makes Lois Lane look like a Brownie. I'm definitely putting LynDee Walker on my "watch for this author" list.

Better review in the morning.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC from the author who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
Mar 16, 2013 Marianne rated it it was amazing
As a newspaper reporter I found this book very entertaining. I do everything – police coverage to political news and feature pieces; my skills have me writing everything for our paper (and I am the only writer that will take on everything).

In some ways, this book made me very jealous. The author’s descriptions of her newsroom and the events that took place, combined with the added competition from other media makes it sound like the kind of newsroom I would want to be working in. For me, it is
Gretchen Archer
Lucky me, got an early-bird read, and I loved Front Page Fatality! Nichelle Clarke (love her name) has to nail down her story, scoop her competition, bat off a coworker gunning for her job, keep one eye on the mob, and make sure her investigative piece isn’t the last one she’ll ever write, because she may be up against the worst bad guys ever-- the good guys. But which good guys? This story will keep you guessing. Nichelle is tough, tireless, can walk in Louboutins, and has a huge heart. What I ...more
Susan Boyer
Feb 06, 2013 Susan Boyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
LynDee Walker's new heroine, crime beat reporter Nichelle Clark, doesn't take guff from anyone. She's bright, tenacious, sarcastic, and fearless--which gets her into enough trouble to make for a terrific read. The plotting is fast-paced and kept me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep. The secondary characters were well drawn, and Ms. Walker does a great job of casting suspicion in enough places to keep the reader guessing.

I'm looking forward to Nichelle's next big headline.
Paula  Phillips
Feb 17, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Move over Lois Lane and welcome Nichelle Clark, with goals and aims to be the next Washington Post reporter Nichelle Clark had to take a small detour and begin working for a smalltown newspaper writing their Crime Beat section. It seems though that this may very well be her big move and the Headlines that makes her job. What starts out as a normal crime day with a drug dealer shot dead starts to develop into a bigger story when Nichelle remembers that another dealer a few weeks prior was killed ...more
The BookChick
My Rating:
EXCELLENT: The characteristics of a 5 star story include: an awesome story; and, I love everything about the story — characters, plot, and story elements. I would definitely read it again and I would highly recommend to a friend and rave about it often.
Book Description:
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sex
Ramsey Hootman
Jun 09, 2013 Ramsey Hootman rated it really liked it
Mystery is not my go-to genre, but I got the opportunity to beta-read this book before it went to press and very much enjoyed doing so. Walker's prose is snappy and sharp, which pairs perfectly with her equally snazzy heroine. I like that Nichelle is experienced, determined, career-driven, and still very feminine all at the same time.

Likewise, I enjoyed the two major male figures... whom I will refrain from detailing any further to avoid spoilers. I hate books where the female protag just sort o
Lynn Farris
Mar 06, 2013 Lynn Farris rated it it was amazing
The tag line on Lyn Dee Walker’s web site,‘mysteries with smart women, sexy men, and a southern drawl’ sums it up neatly. What more could you ask for? ‘Front Page Fatality’, the debut novel from author Lyn Dee Walker, I predict will be the first of many. She has already sold the second book in the series, ‘Buried Leads.”

As the story opens, crime reporter, Nichelle Clarke, Nicey to her friends, is knee deep in dead bodies. As she states,

"A body before I’d even made it to the newsroom was usually
Erin Coe
Feb 18, 2013 Erin Coe rated it it was amazing
A fast and fun read by a new author, LynDee Walker. Nicelle Clarke is a strong and driven journalist working the crime pages of the Richmond newspaper when she stumbles (sometimes literally, due to her high-priced heel addiction) into the story of a lifetime. Her insatiable curiosity will either get her killed or promoted and I honestly wasn't sure which it would be until the last few pages. Full of genuine characters, honest dialogue and fancy stilettos - it is the perfect weekend read!
Mar 01, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I really did enjoy this book from beginning to end. The only reason why I gave it four stars was that I found certain plot points kind of tasteless (i.e. Nichelle's coworker Shelby and the constant commenting on her bedroom habits) and the flow was off here and there. However, other than that, I thought it was a very nice set-up to the series.

Nichelle Clarke is a twenty something investigative reporter living in Richmond, Virginia. Her dream is to go and work for the Washington Post someday a
Tina Moss
Jun 04, 2013 Tina Moss rated it really liked it
You have to love a heroine with a penchant for designer shoes--the eBay way! Nichelle is an ace reporter looking to climb her way to the top, but when she investigates a case where the line between the good and bad guys blurs, she'll uncover more danger than losing the latest virtual bid. With an intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing, a heroine that keeps you cheering, and a fast paced plot that keeps your heat racing, Front Page Fatality is a major win!
Ruth Turner
Aug 24, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it liked it
An enjoyable read. Well written, fast paced with an interesting story line and a great cast of characters.

Thanks, Gabby, for recommending this series.
Feb 27, 2013 Debi rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic debut. I look forward to reading what she puts out next.
Feb 26, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review
Clark, dreams of working for The Washington Post, however; she has yet to make an impression on them. Steadily working her beat, she’s never far from her police scanner in hopes of chasing the story that will give her the break she needs. When a drug dealer is found murdered, police are quick to assume it was a vigilante behind it, but nothing about the crime scene makes sense. Nichelle’s given a key piece of evidence and begins some overwhelming research, only to realize that everything is not ...more
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
Front Page Fatality was a great read. Nichelle is a girl after my own heart – she loves books and shoes, and so do I. (Although I can’t wear as many of the shoes that Nichelle does because I have stupid ankles.) But I digress. She’s a crime reporter for the local Richmond newspaper, and is very good at it too.

The storyline was well written and made for a witty, fun-filled read. The characters were very realistic, even for the short time that we met some of them, and added to the overall enjoymen
James Moody
Jun 27, 2013 James Moody rated it it was amazing
An excellent book by a talented new writer. Ms Walker's background in journalism is evidenced throughout this first novel which finds the protagonist going to great lengths as well as putting herself in personal danger to get to the bottom of a perplexing news story.

Who can she trust in her quest to discover the truth behind the strange deaths of two police officers in a boating "accident?" Not the other cops, that's for sure and not even the others at the newspaper except for Bob, her editor --
Dec 08, 2015 Berit rated it liked it
This was definitely a fun book! I loved Michaela, I loved her fashion sense and Tenacity. I definitely love when the tough girl can still have an extremely feminine side, why can't you have both??? The only problem I had with his book is it was a bit scattered and all over the place, maybe a little too much going on. Sometimes things were a little bit unrealistic, but that usually doesn't bother me. I liked the characters enough in this book to definitely give the next book in the series ago.
Feb 07, 2013 Bryan rated it really liked it
The author of this book is my cousin-in-law. On the other hand, I generally think mysteries are stupid and all mystery novelists are hacks who can never do it as well as Arthur Conan Doyle did.

This put me in a bit of a bind. In the interests of family peace, if this book had sucked I would have given it 3 stars anyway and called it a nice debut effort.

Fortunately it did not suck. The plot is lively, the writing is good (LynDee was a crime reporter just like her heroine for years, so we are seein
Lisa Elizabeth
If I hadn't been reading this for a review, I don't think I would have stuck with it. The story starts off choppy and uneven while Walker tries to juggle backstory, character introductions and humour.

It takes about 5 chapters for this book to really make you sit up and take notice. By the time it does, though, it hooks you deep and good. The conspiracies, the plot twists and the stakes build to a satisfying (and surprising!) conclusion.

This really is a hard-boiled thriller in the loose wrapping
Mar 10, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
FRONT PAGE FATALITY introduces a determined crime reporter, Nichelle Clarke, who is pursuing her dream to become an investigative reporter by paying her dues at the Richmond Telegraph in Richmond, VA. Smart, dedicated, and competitive, Nichelle works hard to build her byline and keep her stories on the front page. You just have to admire a character who can do all this while wearing designer stilettos. FRONT PAGE FATALITY is a well-crafted mystery filled with fun quirks, unexpected turns, and a ...more
Heather Ashby
What a fun read!

How could I laugh out loud at the black moment of Front Page Fatality? Oh, I know. Because LynDee Walker has such a clever voice that I laughed my way through this entire book, even when I was sitting on the edge of my seat, CERTAIN that the heroine was about to “swim with the fishes.” What more could a reader want? A mystery to be solved, humorous dialogue, sexy banter with a hot Mafia boss, and a pair of stilettos that come in handy in a pinch. Along with plenty of high, dry, a
Nov 22, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Love it! Great characters! I can't wait to read more if her series!
Sep 22, 2015 Madbethcash rated it really liked it
Great protagonist, interesting mystery, good supporting characters. Second time reading this one!

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Denise Zendel
Jun 14, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it it was amazing
Nichelle Clark is a crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph. She feverously works her beat, hoping that the Washington Post will see her worth and snap her up for the big time. She’s got a fondness for pre-owned designer shoes and first edition books, a gift for sniffing out complex crime stories, and a cranky copy editor who’s after her beat.

I won this e-book in a drawing with the expectation I give an honest review. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this. I found the author’s take on
Vanyse Holmes
Oct 22, 2014 Vanyse Holmes rated it it was amazing

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime.

As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becom
Andrea Stoeckel
Nov 29, 2013 Andrea Stoeckel rated it really liked it
Nichelle ( Nicey) Clarke has a steller education but not so much in the experience part of reporting. With a penchant for expensive heels, a photographic memory and a need to find the truth, even if it might kill her in the process she gets in the middle of the biggest scandal Richmond has seen in years. Question is, will she make it out alive?

A nice start for a new mystery series. I have the second in the series as well. Thank you Larrissa for the suggestion
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LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation. After nearly a decade covering crime, courts, and local politics, she left full-time reporting for motherhood with a side of freelancing and fiction writing.

Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. COVER SHOT is the fifth in LynDee’s nati
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