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Air Time (Charlotte McNally #3)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Hank Phillippi Ryan knows how to create characters that come to life and capture your heart.' -New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak When savvy TV reporter Charlotte McNally enters the glamorous world of high fashion, she soon discovers that when the purses are fake-the danger is real. And no one can be trusted! Now Charlotte can't tell the real from the fake as s ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Mira
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Wendy Kendall
This novel is really fun. The author has written a fast paced paperback mystery that will keep your detective instincts engaged to the end.

Charlie (Charlotte) McNally is a smart, energetic TV reporter, who’s been in the business almost 20 years. She has a real nose for news, and a cat’s curiosity. There are four novels in this series. “Air Time” is about Charlie on an investigative story about knock off designer purses. She and her intrepid partner at the Boston station charge ahead into the gla
#3 in the Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series. Finalist 2009 Agatha Award for Best Novel and Finalist 2010 Anthony Award for Best Paperback. "Charlie" has too much personal angst - it keeps me from enjoying the series more and giving it a higher rating. This time out she's not as worried about her age and screen appearance but she still worries about the balance of time on the job versus time spent with her boyfriend. A serviceable and enjoyable series, but it could be made better more by subtrac ...more
Cindy Bauer
Charlie is on a story about fashion knock-offs, a big business that really costs everyone involved in the market, including the consumer, in the end. She and Franklin encounter a problem with the flight to Boston, putting Charlie's nose for news into high gear; especially when the airline tries to pawn off a flimsy excuse. Things like that don't happen without a reason. Though she's not sure what's going on, Charlie's instincts tell her someone is deliberately hiding something.

In this third book
It’s amazing how the details push a book from great to outstanding. Again the characterization of Botox is excellent (she jumps onto the table and knocks over the water which soaks the cop). Then there’s the description of the newsroom. Quite a few people think TV news is all excitement all the time, but chapter seven reveals the truth. Charlie tests out her hidden camera set-up in the newsroom and describes what she recorded: “I got great shots of a producer searching Facebook, the satellite gu ...more
Jill Dunlop
Air Time is the third book in Hank Ryan Phillippi's Charlotte McNally mystery series. Charlotte or known to her friends as Charlie is an investigative reporter for a television news station in Boston. This time she is investigating the corruption behind knock-off designer hand bags. Turns out there is big money in fake purses, even the FBI is involved. Charlie's relationship with Josh, the handsome English professor is getting more serious. Although, Josh feels like he plays second fiddle to Cha ...more
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
Mark Baker
Investigative reporter finds that knock offs of designer purses are serious business when her story about them leads to murder. Meanwhile, her relationship with her boyfriend hits a rather serious hurdle. I'm a guy, so I had a hard time getting into the plot about the purses, but eventually, I did. Overall, I did enjoy the book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Charlie McNally is at it again. This installment is about the fashion industry and the people who steal designs to make lots of money pirating intellectual property.

Charlie is returning from winning an award when she gets off the plane she is sitting on with Franklin to check a possible plane crash. When she finally gets home she notices that baggage claim slips are being printed and not needed, but also not destroyed. Then she travels up and down the East Coast in and out of airports all the wa
Kim Rader
I had trouble getting into this. Didn't realize it was #3 in a series. But today I nearly missed my stop on the train because I was so deep into it. It definitely picks up and gets twisty at the end.
Norma Huss
I just blogged about first lines, and Air Time has another memorable one. "It's never a good thing when the flight attendant is crying."

Another of my favorite lines is this one: "Yup," I say. Telling the truth is always my first choice. It just doesn't always work when you're an investigative reporter."

This is a great book from a great author. Both author an her protagonist are investigative reporters. We certainly hope that author Hank doesn't have the problems and danger that protagonist Charl
Charlie McNally is an on-air personality for Channel 3 in Boston. She is on the trail of folks who counterfeit designer goods. It leads through Atlanta to Baltimore and Greater Barrington, MA. Meanwhile, Charlie cannot decide how to make her relationship with Josh work. Is she really married to her job? I am already anxious to read the next in the series
Hank's best to date. The author is not only a lovely and gracious lady, but a truly burgeoning author. The plot deals with the huge market in knock-off designer handbags. I never thought that would be a subject that would interest me in the least, but...surprise! I dug it, and I learned something in the process. An excellent mystery. Go Hank.
Another great ride with Charlie McNally-I can't wait until Dead Time is out on 2/1! After reading this one I'm never checking a bag at the airport again! This whole series is so tightly written and filled with great, relatable characters that it's hard to put them down!
3.5 stars

Enjoyable series. This one had a bang-up ending that was a little over the top, and a fair amount of romantic angst along the way. But it still managed to entertain. Charlie Mac and her series are good company.
I don't know much about this series - but I started this one today - I liked the title and it was on sale.
Well, I didn't really care about fake purses - anyone who spends more than $40 on a purse is nuts.
Katherine Clark
This series is OK. I think I liked the first one in the series best. I'm becoming more and more annoyed by the protagonist. She makes some dumb decisions. And there might be too much romance. Hmmm.
I am so glad to get back into Hank's books. Her insight into investigative journalism is spot on, as well it should be as that is also her career!!! Loved it.
Third in the Charlotte McNally series--a series that gets better and better with each book. Drive Time is due out in February 2010!
A guilty pleasure for sure.
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 32 Emmys and twelve 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.

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