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The Bad Break

(Riley Ellison Mystery #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  648 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Riley’s back—and boy, is she busy!

Riley Ellison has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn’t been very exciting. All that changes when Riley’s former co-worker Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and R
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 3rd 2018
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Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Riley Ellison has left her job at the library for a job as a journalist. She's stuck with the less than glamorous gigs, like writing obituaries. It turns out one of the dead guys was a murder victim!

Riley investigates, but doesn't know what she is doing, and gets in a lot of trouble. Fairly decent cozy.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jill Orr is my absolute favorite humorous mystery writer! It's hard to do humor well, and she nails it. Perfect for mystery readers who prefer the lighter side, with plenty of laughs, romance, and sunshine. If you loved The Good Byline, you will not want to miss The Bad Break!
The Bad Break was a humorous cozy mystery and a great follow up to its prequel. I really enjoyed the humor and the zany situations that Riley got herself into with her detecting skills. The mystery is quite good and it had a few good twists. I do wish I could be super excited about this series but I am just not. I could live without the romance attempts in this series. There is just a lot going on in Riley’s personal life and I know it is there to illustrate her growth as a person and how she is ...more
Elizabeth Perrillo-Jenkins
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book it drew me in had to finish it in one sitting. Quirky Cast that keeps you guessing.
Devon Ellis-cromley
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read and a lovely author! It is a must to have on your list!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an early release copy of The Bad Break, and was thrilled to continue following the adventures of Riley Ellison!!
Riley has quit her comfortable job at the library to pursue journalism full time, yet hasn't exactly been given riveting assignments. Soon Riley discovers another murder in Tuttle Corner, which some people in town would like solved ASAP to avoid bad publicity for their little town (whether or not the correct person is convicted appears to be a minor detail). Ri
Sue Hieber
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this new trend of many, many lady sleuths. All are following in the deeply indented footsteps of the trendsetter, ms. Marple, Nancy drew,Nora Charles, and more. If Agathe Christie were alive today, she would fit right in to this new genre, cozy mysteries. This particular book has a newsgirl,who wants to be known as a journalist/investigative reporter, but when she tries looking into a crime, her boss assigns her an obituary to write. She ends up,(of course), being nearly killed, ever ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided to me by Edelweiss for a fair and honest review.

The mystery cozy that trowels on the regional charm (schtick) while introducing the reader to a series of local personalities (offensive stereotypes) whilst the gutsy amateur heroine (hapless ninny) solves the puzzle (yawn) with her hidden sleauthing talents (sheer dumb luck) makes me cringe. This series is shaping up to do the exact opposite. Yes, it is set in the South but Tuttle Corner, Virginia, is a real small to
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book of Riley Ellison series, which will be released on the 3rd of April. Received this as an eARC directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The story was amazing and i was totally into it. I could not put it down even just for a bit. I was desperately in need to know what will happen next. Normally I am not person who loves to read Mystery books. But I totally fell in love with this story.
The main reason behind that is Riley, the main character of the story w
Jeff Corrigan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Riley Ellison Mystery series is even better than the first, as it pulls the reader further and further into the drama that continues to unfold in Tuttle Corner. It's a witty, humorous, and more than once laugh-out-loud story that continued to surprise me and keep me guessing the whole way through. The only disappointment is that the third book in the series isn't out for quite some time! A must read, especially if you enjoyed the first one!
Cathy Zane
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun mystery with "girl sleuth" Riley Ellison. This is the second book in the series and it was just as enjoyable as the first -- and with enough left unresolved to have my excited for the next book. A quick, fun read.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enjoyable overall. While Riley has investigative instincts, I found her lack of journalistic instincts frustrating. But, I'll most likely continue the series bc they are fun reads.
Emily Linacre
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
another cute little cozy mystery in this series! love the small town setting and believably quirky characters.
Debbie West
Too "millennial" in romance, but mystery was fairly goid

The mystery angle of the murders was goid, several suspects, good ending in mystery only. The romance part was just plain stupid. Since I won't write spoiler, I'll just say it could have been much better & ended much better. And the whole online free trial friend thing was really dumb! I guess you have to,be a "millennial", which in itself is a dumb term, plus I kept wondering why a smart person like a newspaper reporter would sink
Gina Hayes
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am loving this new series (new to me), featuring the millennial librarian (sort of) turned reporter/obituary writer Riley Ellison, who has carved a niche in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia as attracting crimes and murders. Riley is smart and intuitive, but also shows a reckless streak as she defies newspaper ethics, best judgment etc. as she investigates the murder of a respected cardiologist who also has a shady side with the women of Tuttle Corner. Along the way, Riley must handle he ...more
Roy Murry
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jill Orr

Review by Roy Murry, Author

Mystery, whodunits, is the genre I read the most. Riley Ellison's is not in my top five list, but I give five stars for the beginning of a new series.

The Protagonist's character Riley is a well-thought-out one, and Ms. Orr has room to age her into the mystery genre. She is young with a keen mind but lacks the maturity of a seasoned report, her role.

The plot falls into place not because of Riley but because
I didn't know whether to give it 2 or 3 stars, but I guess I'm feeling generous, or something. I hated the overall attitude, and I hated the main character's general actions and REactions. And I really disliked the online, "advisor?" That was just another example of Riley's lack of character! On the other hand, I like the separation of the murder and the rest of the conspiracy, so there WAS that. I read read this book, instead of listening to it, and I broke my rule about not spending time fight ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
As much as I make fun of them, I do sometimes crave cozy mysteries. Jill Orr's Riley Ellison Mysteries is a good series because they a light, funny, and are not quite the cliché cozy mystery story. My big complaint is there are one two many millennial jokes that I cringed at. I love that the protagonist is a twenty-something woman who in navigating her career and love life all while solving murders, but the fact that there are so many attempts to either relate to or make fun of millennials with ...more
Lisa Kent
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jill Orr writes with a fresh voice, one uniquely clever and gently sardonic without overreaching. Both her Riley Ellison books thus far, The Good Byline and The Bad Break, deliver a brilliantly witty read delicious to consume. The intrigue of mystery pulls the reader deeper into the story, but it is the lovable, flawed heroine who brings the series its heart. In Riley, I see my best girlfriends and myself. A complex character, she is both confident and insecure, overzealous, but with the best of ...more
Sadie VanderKodde
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing . . . and laughing. Very often the two don't go hand in hand. But Orr does a great job with both, keeping it fun and light without losing the suspense that is necessary for a good mystery. The cast of characters in this town - from Butter to Ryan and Ridley to the mayor's awful nephew, some are pretty one dimensional, but make the story so much fun. I will so I was disappointed on the romance side of things. (view spoiler)I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing . . . and laughing. Very often the two don't go hand in hand. But Orr does a great job with both, keeping it fun and light without losing the suspense that is necessary for a good mystery. The cast of characters in this town - from Butter to Ryan and Ridley to the mayor's awful nephew, some are pretty one dimensional, but make the story so much fun. I will so I was disappointed on the romance side of things. (view spoiler) ...more
Gail M. Ferguson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad break for the bad guys

Riley is an aspiring journalist that has to start at the which it bottom and work her way up. A story drops info her lap and she discovers things about people she doesn't know what to think about. From the murder then the attempted murder of the son of the deceased, this story leads Riley a readers in a wild whodunit that is sure to surprise the reader in the end. The only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 is the random email to her personal romance concierge which
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
Riley Ellison is back with another mystery to solve in Tuttle Corners, Virginia. Now that's she a newspaper reporter, Riley has even more reason to poke in the corners of people's lives. When her former co-worker Tabitha asked Riley to write the obituary for her not-yet father-in-law, Riley finds herself trying to clear both Tabitha and her fiance from murder charges. Jay, her boyfriend, and her hippie parents, also appear again. The emails from provide a perfect foil for R ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who killed Dr. Davenport? Well, in the small town of Tuttle Corner, you can now count on Riley to investigate. This is a delightful cozy series (now that there are two books!) featuring an amateur detective who, while really kind of bumbling, does have a sincere streak a mile long. Riley is now working as a journalist but she's on the bottom rung of the ladder, writing obits. How appropriate. She's got a love interest, an on-line coach (how 2018), and a very good sense of humor. Thanks to Edelwe ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun romp through murder and mayhem with Millenial former library clerk now journalist Riley Ellison, who has great intentions about getting her life together. This time the victim is the would-have-been father-in-law of Riley's best frenemy Tabitha, who is determined the wedding shall go on no matter what.

The plot is done well, but the characters really made the story for me. Most of the central cast from Tuttle Corner returns for this book, and we meet some new folks, too. R
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic followup to The Good Byline. Full of humor, suspense, and smart twists, Orr has successfully continued Riley's story. One of the strengths in Orr's writing is the ability to engage the reader whether or not the reader has read the first book in the series. There is a good balance of detail to review what's happened for a new reader without retelling the entire first book. The characters are well developed set the tone. This is a fun and enjoyable book, well written, and with ple ...more
Kathy Duffy
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
An enjoyable mystery with twists and turns and the main character is reminescent of Stephanie Plum without the Jersey attitude and with an unusual job - obituarist (someone who writes obituaries).
A complicated love life and a millennial's attachment to her phone and AI apps to help her with life crises. Light, fun read -- definitely a cozy, all the bodies are dead before hand and only described in the autopsy reports or from law enforcement.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humorous mystery

I enjoyed the quirky characters in this mystery set in a newsroom. Riley is tenacious as a young reporter trying to break into crime reporting at her small town newspaper. While working on the obituary of a popular doctor she uncovers many possible suspects while juggling her current and ex-boyfriends as well as the ex’s pregnant ex-girlfriend. Ha! Yes, you kind of have to pay attention.
Nicky Scheidt
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this sequel to "The Good Byline" and am anxiously awaiting the release of the third book in this series. "The Bad Break" has the lovable central character, Riley Ellison, navigating another hometown mystery. The plot twists will keep you guessing and there are an abundance of interesting characters. A quick, fun page-turner that has great appeal to a variety of readers (my teen daughter and my mother are also enjoying this series!)
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was on the outside of an inside joke for the first third of the book, didn't connect with any of the characters, and fought the urge to just quit reading. When I realized I was reading book 2 without having read book 1, I decided to keep reading and try to finish the book. By the end of the book, I had no desire to go back and read book 1 nor did I have any desire to read more in the series.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This picks up a couple of months after where The Good Byline left off. Riley, trying to prove herself at work, has her ups and downs. Does she do what she is told to do or follow her inquisitive instincts? Her love life also has its ups and downs. Is it love or is Jay just a little too protective? Last but not least is the mysterious death of a well-known cardiac doctor whose obituary Riley is struggling to write.
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