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Drive Time (Charlotte McNally #4)

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Investigative reporter Charlotte McNally is an expert at keeping things confidential, but suddenly everyone has a secret—and it turns out it is possible to know too much.

Her latest scoop—an exposé of a dangerous car scam, complete with stakeouts, high-speed chases and hidden-camera footage—is ratings gold. But soon that leads her to a brand-new and diabolical scheme. Charl
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Mira
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Apr 15, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing
Drive Time is the 4th in the Charlotte McNally series and is nominated for
an Agatha Award-Best Novel, to be awarded this coming Saturday. One of the
things most authors say when asked what one should write about, they say
write about you know. Well in Ryan's case that is exactly what she has
done. She has been an investigative reporter for around 20 years.

Charlotte McNally has recently become engaged to Josh, a professor at a
private school. So Charlie is juggling her reporter career with the n
Dec 08, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Charlotte McNally series combines the main story of Charlie's pursuit of a counterfeit car scam and her own personal life changes.

As Charlie's personal life heads toward marriage to her fiancée Josh, her pursuit of the car scam story is hampered by a new job offer, tension between her and her producer Franklin and life as a stepmom to be.

The private school her stepdaughter attends ends up being involved in the story as a blackmail scheme involving the rich parents who send
Sep 22, 2012 Janet rated it did not like it
Book Club selection for October 2012. Couldln't get through it. There was too much relationship angst and excruciating detail about the life of an investigative reporter to wade through before getting to the meat of the mystery and any mystery-solving.
Feb 03, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing
I Love Charlie Mac! This series is incredible and each book just gets better, and more exciting than the last. Can't wait for the next one!
Jan 22, 2017 Theda rated it it was amazing
Once again, the author has written an engrossing and believable story.
I met her at a Crime Bake conference, and it's hard not to confuse her with the main character. She was so stylish and high-society looking that I was intimidated. But, as she writes 'don't always judge a book by its cover'. I had the opportunity to talk with her and she is so charming and approachable and genuine. That comes through, as well, in the main character - who is relatable and believable.
My thoughts as I was readin
Feb 03, 2017 Lisa rated it liked it
I enjoyed this whole series. There are four books and while you can read them as stand-alones, I would highly recommend reading them in order, as the characters' development, growth, and interactions continue throughout the series. This is the fourth and final installment of the series and doesn't disappoint. Ms. Ryan brings a realism to the genre not many can. She is a reporter and knows first hand the internal workings of a TV news station. This experience comes through in her tightly written ...more
Mary Welk
Jul 18, 2013 Mary Welk rated it really liked it
In DRIVE TIME, the fourth book in Ryan's Charlotte McNally series, TV reporter Charlie McNally stumbles upon a deviously dangerous scheme when she and her producer Franklin stop to help the victim of a highway accident. Declan Ross tells her his vehicle is in the repair shop following a manufacturer's recall notice. He's driving a rental car--now badly damaged--and is furious because the air bags didn't deploy during the crash. Instinct tells Charlie there's a story brewing here, and what better ...more
This is Book 4 of the Charlotte McNalley Novel series, and as such, the main characters come to us fully formed with personalities intact. Unfortunately for me, this is the first I've read. Author Hank Phillippi Ryan knows what she's about in the world of investigative reporting and television, and in the fictional world of Charlotte, better known as Charley McNalley, her experience comes through. The book, though a novel, rings true and the plot(s) are tight. An accident is witnessed by Charley ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 21, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it liked it
Charlie McNally is a seasoned TV reporter, recently engaged and looking forward to her future as a wife and stepmother. Nothing in life is ever that easy, though, and Charlie finds herself having to make an important decision that will affect her future at the same time she’s embroiled in two mysteries.

A car accident puts her and her team onto a dangerous VIN-number and airbag-theft scheme; the kind of story that could push Charlie into the big time. The only thing is, she’s already been given a
Kathleen Hagen
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This is the third in the Charlie McMally series. In this book, things are more exciting, more challenging, and just as deadly for Charlie and her producer, Franklin. Charlie is now, in addition to living in her own condo, living at least part-time with her fiancée, Josh and his daughter, Penny. Charlie is very committed to making Josh and Penny her family, b
Sara Barton
Apr 15, 2012 Sara Barton rated it it was amazing
I came across "Drive Time" in the middle of the Big Storm of 2011. It was a sanity saver at a time of no power and no heat, when food poisoning (restaurant generator failed to keep the food cold enough) rendered me helpless and hopeless. Best part? It gave me food for thought and a story to savor as the pages were read. It's like comfort food for a hungry reader.

Hank Phillippi Ryan creates some wonderful characters. The feisty Charlotte "Charlie" McNally is the savvy investigative reporter on th
Maria V. Snyder
Jan 08, 2013 Maria V. Snyder rated it really liked it
The reason this one took so long is I had to stop to read 7 other books to judge for the RITA awards (and no, I'm not allowed to post any comments or titles of the books I scored).

I really enjoyed this book - the heroine is the fictional equivalent to the author, Hank Phillippi Ryan - she's an investigative reporter for TV news and so is Charlie McNally. I liked the main character very much - she's smart, agressive (but not pushy or obnoxious) and pro-active. The book is written in first person
Sep 03, 2011 Lucinda rated it really liked it
Drive Time (Mira 2010) finds Charlotte “Charlie” McNally, a 40-something TV investigative reporter in Boston, trying to balance the pressures of her job with her desire to spend time with new fiancé Josh and almost-stepdaughter Penny. Since Penny’s mother is in California with her new husband, nine-year old Penny is living full time with her father, and about to enter the second term at Bexter, the exclusive private school where Josh teaches. When Josh tells Charlie that Dorothy Whit, the Head’s ...more
Sheila Beaumont
Investigative TV news reporter Charlie McNally has a lot on her plate: a dangerous car-identity-theft scam; her upcoming marriage; mysterious threatening phone calls, suspicious deaths, and possible blackmail at the private school where her fiance teaches; secrets to keep; frustration at her inability to be in two places at the same time; and an important life decision to make.

It's an intriguing, complex tale, and fortunately Ms. Ryan is a skillful storyteller and a first-rate writer. She also k
Feb 12, 2010 Viccy rated it really liked it
Another great tale from Hank Phillippi Ryan. Charlie McNally is on the trail of the bad guys again. This time, it's people who steal air bags out of cars and clone VIN numbers to cover car thefts. The scary part, it appears to me that this scam could easily be going on across the country right now! Charlie is alerted when she witnesses a car crash that could have been fatal because the air bags did not deploy in a car that was rented from the Car King agency. Charlie follows the leads and uncove ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series. Charlie is a somewhat age-obsessed, investigative reporter for a Boston TV station. This entry wraps up this short series and does a better job than most. The prize-nominated novel (Finalist 2010 Agatha Award for Best Novel & Finalist 2011 Anthony Award for Best Paperback) was clearly written to wrap up plot lines and point to a new vista.

Charlotte "Charlie" McNally series - Investigative reporter Charlotte McNally is an expert at keeping things
Mark Baker
Nov 03, 2013 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, mystery
DRIVE TIME by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Charlotte McNally #4) - 4
Charlie is hot on the trail of a car scam that seems to be getting more out of hand. Meanwhile, she's looking into threatening phone calls at the private school where her fiancee works and a job offer to another city is making her life even more complicated.

Charlie seemed to make a few leaps early in the book that didn't make much sense to me, but once the story got rolling, it followed logically from one twist to another. The character
May 30, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
If i could I would give it a 4.5 but I can't. I have many books I've picked up and read in one day, this one took me three. The plot is very intricate, so intricate that you have to really have to concentrate on all of the little details to keep on top of the story. I guess I like stories a little less tight, one that flows but you can lay it down and don't have to pick it back up and start figuring out what it was you missed during the time the book was lying down and you either missed or forgo ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Book 4 in the Charlotte McNally TV investigative reporter series. Charlie is looking into possible car thefts involving a valet service. In between stakeouts with her photographer J.T., and producer Franklin, she is also looking into suspicious deaths at the private Boston school where her fiance teaches. Her mother is pressuring her to make wedding plans, and Charlie is adjusting to her new role as an almost step-mom when she's offered a national network job in New York. Like other books in thi ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jan 29, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
"Drive Time" was by far the best book in the series. The Author is gaining her legs and I can see this series developing before our eyes.

There were two mysteries grabbing our attention from the beginning to the ending. Would they merge? How on earth could they? The reader feels they have a handle on the case and then Ms. Ryan, cleverly, throws a wrench into the works. Off you go to re-evaluate your theories.

I can hardly wait for the next book. At least I sincerely hope there will be another one
Feb 28, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it
Book four in the Charlotte McNally series is another winner. Charlie's now engaged, and must now grapple between personal choices (family time) and her career drive. She and Franklin--and new guy JT---are investigating a car theft racket, but at the same time, she is looking into some threatening phone calls and mysterious death's at Bexter (where her fiancee, Josh, teaches). Lots of secrets to keep and to juggle: can she pull it off again? This is a terrific TV journalist mystery series. Hank R ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Boston television investigative reporter Charlotte (Charlie) is about to tell her team about her engagement when they witness a bad accident. Charlie needs an idea for sweeps week, and wonders about whether all the cars recalled for safety are really repaired. Soon the team is working on various aspects of car safety. Meanwhile, there are peculiar phone calls plaguing the school where her fiance teaches, followed by an accidental death. Charlie can't be two places at once: how will she reconcile ...more
Karen J
Jan 27, 2014 Karen J rated it it was amazing
Drive Time has a plot line that is well-thought out with lots of twists and turns. It is very believable and full of action. This book is for those who love a mystery/crime story told by someone who really knows her subject well. Ms. Ryan is a great writer as well as an award-winning investigative reporter. Her main character, Charlie McNally, is also an investigative reporter who is smart and assertive in finding answers to her questions. The personal stories that involve her fiancé and her cow ...more
Mar 28, 2010 Jody rated it it was amazing

I got Hank Phillippi Ryan's Drive Time read recently. I can't say how much I enjoyed this well-written book. Charlotte McNally is working hard to make a big ratings story in the middle of possible changes to her life. Can she finish moving in with SO Franklin without feeling like she's lost a piece of her identity? Can she keep all the secrets she seems to be collecting? What about the threats, not to mention the possible murders, have on the private school? I felt like this was a very believabl
Nov 23, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was ok
Recommended to Marilyn by: read by random chance
Interesting but I was able to put it down without any problem. I let the book go with 40 pages to read so the plot twist did not pull me in.
I liked the prep school descriptions and the t.v. background.

My husband picked this book up by chance at the library. I find that I read better books if I pre-select and request them through the library's on line service. This book was not up to my usual standards.
Gail Baugniet
Feb 24, 2011 Gail Baugniet rated it it was amazing
Drive Time is a mystery novel about an investigative reporter in Boston who doesn't stop digging until she discovers the truth, sometimes at great risk to herself.

Protagonist, Charlotte "Charlie" McNally takes the reader along on a hair-raising ride as she uncovers clues and lies that could lead to murder. Charismatic Charlie keeps the reader in suspense about the investigations and her personal life up to the satisfying end.
Jacqulyn King
Nov 28, 2015 Jacqulyn King rated it it was amazing
This a trifecta thriller of murder, mystery, and romance. By chance the Channel 3 investigative team witnesses a hit and run accident, which will lead them to one of the biggest stories of their careers. Meanwhile, Charlie learns there are deadly secrets at the prestigious Bexter Academy which strains her very serious relationship with Bexter professor Josh Gelston. She is forced to decide which is more important, keeping a secret or finding the truth?
Kathy Jund
Aug 23, 2014 Kathy Jund rated it really liked it
Hank Phillippi Ryan's best Charlotte McNally installment! Although it's the last in the series, (and the new one is 3 installments in), I had to see how Hank brought this great series to a close! You won't be disappointed THAT is no secret!! As always a multitude of mysteries which mange to become entwined in each other! Secrets are root of everything! Charlotte finds out everyone has them especially her! Sometimes protecting a source can be a challenge!
Mar 15, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
"Drive Time" is my first Hank Philippi Ryan novel and I loved it. Charlie McNally is a great character, with lots of depth and a fascinating job, much like, I suspect her creator. The story line was interesting and different from most other crime novels. I'm going back to start the series at the beginning.
Paula A Chase
Jul 29, 2014 Paula A Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down!

Couldn't put it down!

Fantastic mystery thriller. High tension maintained throughout the book. ending all most bittersweet for Charlotte. Can't wait to read the next sequel.
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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.

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