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Face Time (Charlotte McNally #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Veteran TV reporter Charlotte McNally fights for justice, journalism—and the battle against on-air aging. The good news: she's got explosive evidence to free an innocent woman from prison. The bad news: that makes Charlotte—and someone she loves—the real killer's next target.

Charlotte knows she has what it takes to get the story. Unfortunately
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Mira (first published October 1st 2007)
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Cindy Bauer
Charlotte McNally is at it again, only this time she’s after a boost in the Nielsen ratings when mysteriously, a tape winds up in her possession that will prove confessed killer, Dorinda Sweeney, could not have possibly murdered her husband four years earlier. So why is the convicted woman still professing her guilt?

“Charlie’s” journalistic senses pick up on the story of a lifetime, delving into the seemingly closed case with her witty, yet stubborn determination to shed light on the truth. But
A young woman sits in a jail cell at Framingham-MCI [the oldest women’s prison in the U.S.—these books aren’t just engaging but very educational] in Massachusetts convicted of killing her husband. Investigative reporter Charlotte “Charlie” McNally gets a tip that the Constitutional Justice Project [CJP] believes Dorinda Keeler Sweeney may be innocent and wants Charlotte to help on the case. This will mean huge ratings for Channel 3 and maybe another Emmy for the hard-working reporter. FACE TIME ...more
John DeDakis
I knew Hank Phillippi Ryan before I knew her writing. Now I like both. Not only is Hank a journalist's journalist (multi-Emmy-Award winning investigative reporter at Boston's NBC affiliate) but Hank, in my opinion, is also a novelist's novelist. I met her this year at Sleuthfest, the mystery writers' conference in Orlando, then became reacquainted with her a couple months later at the Pennwriters' Conference in Lancaster, PA where we were both speakers -- but she was the keynoter.

I'm a painfull
Kathleen Hagen
Face Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan, B-plus, Narrated by Margaret Baly, Produced by audible inc. and Harlequin Enterprises, downloaded from

This is the second book in the Charlie McMally series. Charlie, a veteran reporter in her 40’s is again facing the annual challenge of finding a story which will help her keep her record of winning emmys each year. Also, she is facing the insecurity of wanting to keep her place as an investigative reporter in the comparatively young news culture. I
In Face Time, Charlie and her producer Franklin have to deal with hot-shot new news director Susannah Smith-Bagley, who is pushing them to get a scoop for sweeps month. She's a little distracted because her mother is in hospital, her best friend just found out she's pregnant, and her boyfriend wants her to vacation with him and his 9-year-old daughter, but she's sure she can handle all that AND look into the story of a woman who may have been wrongly imprisoned for the murder of her husband 3 ye ...more
Face Time finds Charlie back to work after the excitement of Prime Time. Her relationship with Josh is progressing, though she does have to deal with his petulant eight year old daughter who isn't thrilled her dad has a new woman in his life. As for work, a new consultant (an evil that invades all newsrooms) has been brought in to increase the ratings. She's declared that July is the new November. The consultant is insane, but then again they usually are. So although Charlie planned to spend tim ...more
Jill Dunlop
Face Time is book two in Hank Phillippi Ryan's Charlie McNally mystery series. Charley McNally is an investigative reporter for a Boston news station. She won numerous Emmy's for her abilities to uncover a story. This time Charley and her producer Franklin have been asked to investigate the likelihood that just maybe the infamous Dorinda Sweeney didn't kill her husband, even though she confessed to the murder. Meanwhile in Charlie's personal life, her mother is getting remarried. But before she ...more
We met Charlie in Hank Phillippi Ryan's "Prime Time" and we continue with the series in "Face Time". We are learning more of the back story of investigative journalist Charlie McNally and we get wonderful peeks into a very full life.

The book opens up in a hospital where Charlie is visiting her mother after the mother's cosmetic surgery. In this book Charlie is juggling familial obligations, new relationship quandries and her usual work load. In this book, the work load is a woman wrongly accused
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
#2 in the Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series. "Charlie" appears to be author Ryan's alter-ego, a prize-winning Boston-based investigative reporter. I like "Charlie", her scenes with her boyfriend aren't too mushy and the boyfriends pre-teen daughter escapes her possible demonic role. Charlie's best friend is a newly pregnant, newly promoted sports reporter from whom Ryan could have taken some tips.
When she meets the AG's investigator at the archives on Wednesday at 10AM, the date is nominally 7/
Mark Baker
TV investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally has been given the scoop of a lifetime - a woman in prison for murder is innocent, even though she confessed. But can Charlie prove it without the woman's help? The pacing was uneven, but I loved spending more time around these characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Karen J
I really enjoyed reading the fast paced novel, Face Time. This is the second book in the Charlie McMally series. Charlie is a veteran tv news reporter in her 40’s. Ms. Ryan includes interesting details in each scene. She invites the reader into the main character's personal life as well as behind the scenes of a television news station. I also enjoy the sub-plots that involve relationships. The plot leads from idea to idea in a realistic way following a train of thought and reasoning.
I recommend
Katherine Clark
The most exciting thing about this book is that I read it as an ebook from my library. How cool is that? OK. I was excited to read this book. Ryan is the new president of SinC; the book won many awards; people love it. I found it OK. The mystery wasn't that compelling--it seemed very Matlock TV, cartoonish. I like the protagonist; she occassionally surprised me, but mostly she didn't. There were characters from work that we weren't supposed to like and for the life of me, most of them, I didn't ...more
Solid #2 in the series. Well plotted with a few surprises, and packed with action, romance and great insights into the world of tv news.
Investigative reporter, Charlotte, “Charlie”, McNally gets a lead from CPJ that Dorinda Sweeney, confessed murderer of her abusive husband, may, in fact, be innocent. A video showing her at work the night she supposedly killed her spouse has surfaced. Investigating the case puts Charlie and crew in the path of the ambitious Attorney General, Oscar Ortiz who has just declared his candidacy for governor. How far will he go to make sure any misdealings by his office don’t come to light to undo his ...more
Finished yesterday...very "cute". A little predictable for most of the book, with a little of a twist at the end. Kept me interested though. I would read the sequels (especially since they are FREE!)

Just started this book...Hank came to our Public Library tonite and was a great speaker. I actually won the first 3 books of this series (Prime Time, Face Time, and Air Time). I may hold off continuing Face Time and read them in order. It's a murder/mystery series with an investigative reporter as a
Lots of fun! If you're looking for a light mystery this book is great. Prime Time is the first book by the author. Hank Phillippi Ryan. I would suggest reading that one first to get to know the characters. Perfect to bring to the beach!
Since I'm a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Kristen Nelson is a big supporter and she's Hank Phillippi Ryan's agent and I've heard about her success for a long time, I decided I needed to try her out. I liked this book a lot and read it quickly. I would love to read the rest in this series. Plus, the Jungle Red blog, in which Ryan participates, is a great site.
Dennis Fischman
A thoroughly enjoyable mystery set in Boston. I would have given it four stars except that some parts of the plot were predictable and some of the characters were not well-developed. The love interest, in particular, seems too good to be true. The relationship between his daughter and Charlie McNally, on the other hand, is just right and lovely.
Ugh! The first book in the Charlie McNally series was so good, and "The Other Woman" by the same author was a book I could not put down!! It took me almost a month to read 280 paperback pages!!! Some parts were good, but the ending was so far fetched.... I know there are two more in the series but I am not sure I can stomach them! Very disappointed!
Story pretty obvious but fun, quick book to read. I liked that all the main characters were smart women. I picked this book up at a book signing. The author was a really compelling person, the book was cheap, so I thought I'd buy it. I would not have chosen to read it otherwise. But I'm glad I did.
I LOVE these characters! The addition of Charlie's mother was too fantastic! I got a little teary at the end of this heart felt, moving and exciting ride with Charlie and Fanklin! SO glad I have #3 and that #4 comes out in February.
I should've probably read the first book before this one. Maybe then all that stuff with her boyfriend and his daughter would've made sense.
This book was OK. I love mysteries, and this one just didn't draw me in as much as I hoped it would. It was just a bit too predictable.
Weak plot, and the writing is not as good as the first one in the series. Will not continue this series.
Thanks again to Fran and Seattle Mystery Bookshop for recommending this series!
Linda Z
Cute. I think I enjoyed it mostly due to the great location.
Karis North
Really 2.5. Light. Predictable. Just ok.
Feb 27, 2009 Mollie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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