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Shadow Of Doubt

(A Carol Childs Mystery #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  56 reviews
When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in the bathtub of her home, suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, a reporter for a local talk radio station, doesn’t believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. After a media frenzy pits one niece against the other—and the body count sta ...more
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Published December 2nd 2014 by Henery Press
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Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, cozy-mystery
When a ruthless Hollywood Agent is found dead in her bathtub, talk radio reporter Carol Childs is on the inside track. With her boyfriend Eric in the FBI, and her close friend and neighbour Sam being the niece of the deceased, Carol finally has the scoop to put her station on top and impress her boss. But when the will is read, and a non-grieving Sam inherits everything, Carol finds herself in a fight to prove the innocence of her friend, even if the evidence is piling against her.

Nancy Cole Sil
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am one for covers, analyzing them, enjoying them, and really seeing how they fit in with the story. I have even been known to choose a book based solely on the cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by one (isn't that what the old saying is?), but sometimes I just can't help it - ignoring covers that are so bad they completely turn me off of the book, grabbing up one with an amazing cover hoping that the inside story will be just as good as the cover - or even better. I love how the author d ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Carol Childs is trying to make it as a radio news reporter with a boss that seems to be holding her back. When her neighbor knocks on her door and tells her aunt, a top Hollywood Agent, has been found dead Carol knows a scoop when she hears one. When the niece becomes the prime suspect Carol ends up right in the middle of the investigation and it is a wild ride. Carol’s boyfriend Eric is the FBI agent assigned to lead the case and a psychic, Misty Dawn, plays a key role. When
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Talk radio has never been more exciting thanks to Nancy Cole Silverman and her first Carol Childs mystery, Shadow of Doubt.

An early morning knock on her door brings a huge news story and a dangerous string of events across Carol Childs' path. The visitor is Carol's neighbor, Sam, who has just learned that her aunt, Pepper, is dead. Sam is somewhat less than brokenhearted, but Carol isn't too surprised. She's heard plenty of stories about the infamous Hollywood talent agent. But as events unfold
Mark Baker
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Carol Childs is making a career change to reporter for a talk radio station in Los Angeles, and she jumps on any scoop she can get. Which is why she uses her relationship with her neighbor Samantha to get inside scoop on the death of Sam’s aunt Pepper Millhouse, one of Hollywood’s top agents. However, when what appeared to be an accident looks like murder, Carol begins to wonder if she is in over her head. Can she use her insider status to uncover the truth?

I really enjoyed this debut. It starts
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks Net Galley and Henery Press for providing me with this free galley in exchange for an honest review.

What's not to like about this book? Celebrities, big shot agents, twin sisters, scandal and even a psychic. Suspects are everywhere in Tinseltown when a well known agent dies in her bathtub. Carol, a radio station newshound, is right in the middle of it.

This was my first book by this author and she kept me very entertained today with the reading of this book. I definitely enjoyed and woul
Jennifer Fullerton
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a perfect rainy day read... I got sucked into it and didn't want to put it down. The story was great, and it had lots of pop culture and behind the scenes of the news radio business that made it especially interesting. It kept me guessing until the end... can't wait for the next installment in the series! ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
A fun, page-turning mystery set in the world of Hollywood agents and talk radio. This series debut is off to a great start.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supense, mysteries
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D.J. Adamson
If you can’t pass up flipping through People’s Magazine to see what is the latest on the celebrity scene, then you are going to love Nancy Cole Silverman’s Shadow of a Doubt. A Carol Child’s mystery, the protagonist Carol balances motherhood, romance and tangling with a shadowy psychic named Misty Dawn with humor and suspense. This is an enjoyable fast-pace read from beginning to end.--Le Coeur de l'Artiste
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Carol Childs is about to lose her best source of news and gossip for her radio show when her best friend is suspected of murder. A good mystery with a psychic and a murderer who isn't shy about keeping people quiet. It doesn't grab you and keep you on the edge of your seat but it's worth your time if you're a mystery fanatic and enjoy the Hollywood gossip scene. ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I gave this four stars because it's a well-plotted mystery that kept me guessing, with a very surprising and rather disturbing twist. I would continue reading this series.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Jenni Schell
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I'm beginning to wonder if I'm too picky with the mysteries that I read. I could not get into this one at all. The characters did nothing to connect me to the story. ...more
Karen Eisenbrey
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shadow of a Doubt is a lively and entertaining murder mystery with a quirky cast of characters and plenty of plot twists. It will appeal to readers of cozy mysteries, especially those with an interest in radio or the movie business.

Protagonist Carol Childs has just made a midlife career change to radio reporter when a high profile murder of a Hollywood agent turns her into an amateur sleuth. She wants the story, of course, but she also wants to clear the name of her a neighbor, the victim's niec
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
At first I had a bit of a problem getting drawn into this story. I was not overly invested in the main characters...why? They were predictable to me. Then...

Then, Ms. Silverman caught me in the web of her plot, and what a plot it was indeed! People are dying in one firm. A Reporter, Carol, lives next door to the main suspect and can't believe she would kill, or would she? Add in an elderly psychic whose powers are incredible...then fading...and you have a heck of a read.

This is a novel that you
Kay Hudson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, e-books
Nancy Cole Silverman’s Shadow of Doubt is the first in a series of mysteries featuring Carol Childs, a radio station news reporter in Los Angeles. When her neighbor, a talent agent, is accused of murdering the head of her agency (who is also her rather controlling aunt), Carol jumps to her defense, while balancing her relatively new job, her young teenage son, and her FBI agent lover. The “Hollywood Bathtub Murders” soon become a sensation; the case involves agents, actors, scandal, bath salts, ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Carol Childs, 40-y-o newscaster for talk radio station KCHC in L.A.. has a friend and neighbor, Samantha Millhouse, who is second-in-command at a large talent agency owned by Sam's aunt. When the aunt, Pepper Millhouse, is found dead in her tub, the cause of death being aconite poisoning from bath salts laced with monkshood, a poisonous flower, Sam is arrested for murder. Carol tries to prove to her boyfriend, FBI agent Eric Langdon, that Sam is innocent, though the evidence points to Sam's guil ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good start to a mystery series

When a Hollywood agent is found dead in her bathtub, Carol Childs a talk radio reporter is told the news by Sam, her neighbor who is also the niece of the deceased woman. This starts a series of events that include more deaths, the arrest of Sam for the the murders,and Carol along with her FBI boyfriend and others trying to solve the murders
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shadow of Doubt, #1 in the Carol Childs Mysteries. It is always fun to spend time with the Hollywood crowd, and the reader gets a good douse in the debut novel for this series. All the dark elements one expects to find, i.e., greed, rivalry, selfishness, and the lighter moments of friendship, support, and glitter.
Meredith Foster
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Missy Graef
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun romp through Hollywood, really enjoyed it, I will be following up with another Carol Childs mystery.
Gene Desrochers
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the Ferris wheel scene.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I was drawn into the story, and thoroughly enjoyed the characters. I look forward to the next book and getting to know them more.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the story. I did not like that I had to buy the next book to find out the missing piece.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Another winning series from Henery Press. Look forward to more in this series, very entertaining and kept me turning the pages.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.75 of 5

A Hollywood agent is found dead in her bathtub and the initial report is that it's accidental.  But when Carol Childs, a reporter for a local radio station, learns that there was another death under very similar circumstances, she grows suspicious.  When the death is ruled a homicide and Carol's friend and neighbor is the prime suspect, Ms. Childs is convinced her friend couldn't have done it and works to uncover the tru
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Shadow Of Doubt - Carol Childs Mystery 1
Author: Nancy Cole Silverman
Published: 12-2-14
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 252
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9781940976532
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

40 year old mother of two, on in college, Laura Childs has changed her career choices. Formerly a sales executive for KCHC Radio Station she has shifted over to Investigative reporter. The only problem is
3.5 stars

Another new to me author, another new cozy series, and another good book. This time out, our protagonist is a news reporter at a radio station. She's a new hire, on probation, and already running into problems with her boss.

When Carol's next door neighbor and occasional babysitter for her son knocks early on her door morning, asking to use her phone, Carol finds herself dragged into a murder investigation that quickly becomes messy and complicated. There are more deaths and plots and se
Sandra Stiles
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, mystery
I live for holidays where I can take time away from teaching and spend a lot of time reading for pleasure. This author was new to me. I was asked to read the third book in this series. I must read the others before it to really get the flavor of the book. I have to say I really enjoyed this mystery. We have the main character Carol Childs who is trying to move up in the world of radio as a news reporter. We have her FBI boyfriend who is trying to solve the case in which he finds his girlfriend i ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

KCHC, Tinsel town’s own radio station, awash with female broadcasters, made a living out of swapping Hollywood gossip. Not only does cub reporter, Carol Childs, have the ear of a very dishy FBI agent, Eric Landon, her current beau but she also lives next door to Samantha Millhouse, niece of top Hollywood agent, Pepper Millhouse, to whom she owes a lot of her industry leaked stories.

When Sam shows up in tears, announcing that Pepper has been found dead in her bath tub she takes the exclusive stor
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My background is radio. I worked in the industry for nearly twenty-five years and did everything from news to commercial copy writing. I credit my experience with radio for helping me to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2014 I signed with Henery Press and began publishing the first of The Carol Childs Mysteries, about a female reporter who works for a busy talk radio station in Los Angeles.


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