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Prime Time

(Charlotte McNally #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Seasoned investigative reporter Charlotte McNally knows that in the cutthroat world of television journalism, every story could be your last. There’s always someone younger and prettier to take your place, always a story more sensational to drive ratings through the roof.

When Brad Foreman’s widow demands to know why Charlie never answered his email, Charlie is
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Forge Books (first published June 1st 2007)
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Suzanne Adair
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you jump for joy every time a white-collar crook like Bernie Madoff lands in the slammer, you'll cheer for Ms. Ryan's fictional TV journalist, Charlie McNally, who's assigned to cover the "accidental" death of a middle manager from Big Pharma but finds herself in the thick of murder, fraud, and greedy CEOs. I've always had trouble sticking with stories written in the present tense, but in Ms. Ryan's hands, present tense conveys the "I want it now!" environment of a journalist's double-espress ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is on the air at Boston’s NBC affiliate. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure and millions of dollars in restitution. Along with her twenty-six Emmy and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, Hank has won dozens of other regional, national and international journalism honors for her hard-hitting investigations. Hank began her television career reporting and anchoring the news in Indianapolis and At ...more
Amy Corwin
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have to admit it was nice to read a thriller with a protagonist who wasn't either just out of college or already retired for many years. Not that I don't enjoy stories with characters in all age ranges, and the closer I get, myself, to retirement, the more I like the older characters. But, it was nice to find one in the middle range.

This is the first in Ryan's series of mysteries featuring Charlotte McNally and it brings to life the work of journalism in a very realistic, yet witty
Doug Jacobs
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prime Time
Hank Phillippi Ryan

I have just finished reading Prime Time. I know, it’s about time I got around to it. This is the first of the Charlotte McNally novels. Award winning investigative reporter Charlotte “Charlie” McNally goes to interview the widow of a Brad Foreman who died in a recent car crash only to learn that he had sent Charlie an email shortly before he died. She tracks down the email. It is cryptic at best, but Charlie is all about finding answers. Charlie is
Kathleen Hagen
Prime Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan, b-plus, Narrated by Margaret Baly, Produced by Harlequin Enterprises, downloaded from

This is the first in the Charlie McMally series. Charlotte, (Charlie) is a 46-year-old investigative reporter on fictional Channel 3, Boston. She’s seeing signs from others that they may think she’s getting too old for this spot on t.v., even though she still does good enough reporting to win the station an Emmy each year. But this might be the year th
As always, Hank Phillippi Ryan wrote a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will be reading the next one!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can count on Hank Phillippi Ryan to write a good novel. I believe Prime Time is her first book!
Originally written in 2007 my e-copy was from a 2012 re-release.

First in the Charlotte (Charlie) McNally, investigative reporter for Channel 3 news series.
Excellent characters include her producer, Franklin Brooks, the villains and her new romance.

Assigned to interview widow Melanie Foreman hours after an auto accident killed her husband Brad, Charlie & Franklin
I'm not sure why but for some reason every time I picked this book up to read it something made me not want to. It was a pleasant little book and definitely not your typical Harlequin. The action and mystery portion of the plot was very interesting and well written but how it started didn't make the most was too random I guess to be believable. Our heroine was very realistic and a good character but not terribly likable most of the time-switching between overly vain and overly paranoi ...more
Kimberly Mussell
I just love Hank!
Her stories are do addicting and I’m never disappointed!
Favorite quote from Prime Time.. “I always thought I could better tomorrow. Now it’s tomorrow and I forgot to be happy.”
Kelly Moran
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
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
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prime Time is the first book in the Charlie McNally series that has been updated and will be re-released during 2016. Ms. Ryan is a new author for me but after totally enjoying Prime Time, I am anxious to read the rest of the books in this series and read her other books, too.

Charlotte "Charlie" McNally is an investigative reporter for a TV station in Boston. At 46, she is worried that she will soon be replaced by a younger news reporter. Sweeps week is coming up and she's being pres
Review to come later.

Quick thoughts: Being a HUGE fan of HPR's Jane Ryland series, I was curious to try her previous series ( now recently re-released by Tor/Forge!)
While the story was enjoyable and the writing was good, I just didn't care for Charli like I do Jane. I'll give the next book in series a try to see if Charli grows on me.

Bottom line: worth a read and an interesting plot.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Face paced fun mystery. At times she uses that first person present tense which I'm not a fan of. It makes for a disruptive read for me, especially when it's not consistent. Love Toxie the kitty (of course). And there's some solid suspects.
Doranna Durgin
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful characters who feel real to me, and an engaging setting--written as only someone on the inside can write it.

Note: First person, present tense. For some readers, this is going to matter.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun new mystery series starring an emmy-winning investigative reporter who's facing middle age. Rings true -- probably because the author is an emmy-winning investigative reporter. I always enjoy books set in Boston.
Carrie Smith
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie McNally is an incredibly likable character. This is a very fun read!
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Tjis is the book I have read by Hank Phillipe Ryan and I loved it.

Charlie McNally is a 46yo journalist who is worried that her career is about to end. Always worried about the sweeps rating in November and the big story.

Charlie fills in on a news brief and her mind starts yo think about the stories she just talked about on air. One story is about a man who was missing but found a few days later and has committed suicide. Charlie let's her imagination run wild about this. Charlie get
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I loved the protagonist, Charlotte McNally, the seasoned television journalist looking for a big story for the ratings sweep in November, which sets how much the television station can charge advertisers. (It's all about money but no pressure, Charlie. It's only your job on the line). If you're a woman of a certain age, as I am, you'll love Charlie's self-deprecating humor as she worries that she's aging out of her job even though she wins Emmy's for her station year af ...more
Debbie Hagedorn
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Charlotte McNally novel, and I know it won’t be my last! Even if you know nothing about how the news gets on the tv, you won’t feel out of the loop. Technical issues are explained without being pedantic and you grow to feel the excitement and adrenaline rush of chasing the big story.
You won’t be sorry you ventured into Channel 3 and the world of Charlie McNally. Fast-paced and driving to the very last page.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from Goodreads. It was a great crime/investigative novel.
I love Charlie and Franklin the two main characters. This book presented many unexpected twists. I was interested the entire novel. I loved Charlie's manic nature and Franklin had a big heart. I enjoyed the ending and I do recommend others that like detective, conspiracy novels they will love this!
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was enjoyable to read. The characters were likable and the story flowed. It wasn't filled with alot of "fluff" that wasn't important to the story line. The style of writing was different than most authors and took a few pages to get used to but didn't detract from the overall story.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first in the Charlotte McNally series, and won't be my last.
Kathy Kennerley
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! My first from this author. I can't wait to read more.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Charlotte aka Charlie McNally is an exciting protagonist. I'm looking forward to more of Charlie stories.
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There were a lot of logic leaps that threw me out of the story.

I really wanted to like it, but upon finishing, was underwhelmed.
Mickey Hoffman
I haven't read this series in order of publication. I wish I had. This is the first book in the series and it certainly would have led me to read on. Good plot and just a little bit of humor.
Diana H.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fantastic mystery that kept me guessing right to the very end.
Connie Hendryx
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this covered some things I’d never thought of, like ratings and aging tv reporters. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to the amazing Hank Phillippi Ryan at the Bouchercon in Long Beach in 2014. An amazingly beautiful woman with a shock of white hair amid her long black locks, she had such an air of intelligence and dignity. Little did I know that she had worked in television for years.

Her first novel, Prime Time, follows another "mature" tv on-air personality, Charlie McNally, who doggedly (and some might say foolishly) follows up on complicated multiple murder case. There is a rather silly lo
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was just an ok read for me.
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