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The Last Scoop

(Clare Carlson #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson’s first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him. When M ...more
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Published May 5th 2020 by Oceanview Publishing
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May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Clare Carlson series by R.G. Belsky. When Clare learns her mentor has been killed in an apparent mugging, she takes on his last story. At first, she is looking into corruption in the city. As she investigates, she is led to another story her mentor was working. This one involves a serial killer that has gone under the radar for decades. Clare suspects her mentor was killed because of his stories, so she investigates on her own to discover what led to his death.

Clare is a fl
Linda Strong
Martin Barlow was murdered. Newspaper Editor / Invesstigative Reporter remembers the man fondly ... he was Clare's mentor who inspired her when she was just beginning. The last time she and Martin spoke, he told her he was working on a huge story ... even though he had been retired a number of years.

Initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story ideas.

One of his last stories he was looking into w
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having spent roughly 16 years in journalism prompted me to say yes to this book - the third in a series featuring journalist Clare Carlson (now a TV news director). I'm glad I did; I thoroughly enjoyed every single page.

That's not to say I identified well with Clare; two of my years was as a beat reporter for a daily and 14 came managing editor of a regional business journal. Unlike Clare, neither experience got me a Pulitzer, sorry to say, but then again, neither was I ever in much danger. The
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Belsky's novels featuring Clare and I think this is the best one yet. I really like Clare as a character. She is a tenacious journalist. Even though she manages the news broadcasts at Channel 10, she is an investigator at heart. When she is presented with a mystery by her mentor, she is on the case. I like how Belsky combines snippets of Clare's personal life with her ongoing investigation of the mystery. It makes Clare come alive as a character with issues and feelings of her ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to see this book available for review...I rarely hit the 'Request or Read Now' buttons instantly but I did in this case. I love Clare. She's brilliant, flawed, damaged, loyal, beautiful and just so realistic as a lead character which is why I couldn't wait to read what came next for her. Once again Mr. Belsky does not disappoint his readers of this series. There is always so much going on in his mysteries but in the end you see exactly how small our world can be because everythi ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
R.G. Belsky certainly knows his way around a newsroom. Former managing editor for NBC News, his portrayal of a brilliant, driven journalist who’s found herself promoted out of actually reporting the news to managing it is genuine and compelling. Clare never comes out and says it, but she’s obviously never happier than when she’s chasing down a story.

The story begins with the death of Clare’s old mentor, Marty, shortly after they had a conversation where Marty dropped a few tantalising hints abo
Sitting down with a Clare Carlson Mystery is like visiting an old friend.

I like her unapologetic, straightforward attitude. She’s good at her job as a television news director while mostly pleasing no one but herself.

However, this time around, Clare’s self-possessed lifestyle leaves her wracked with guilt. Her beloved mentor, Marty Barlow, is killed on a New York City street. She’s haunted by the countless promises she made to meet the retiree for coffee or help him with a story she never saw th
Kathleen Gray
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of this series know that Clare is a smart if troubled protagonist with great journalistic instincts. She's got a Pulitzer, she's now working in the TV business, and now she's feeling a bit at sea. Her mentor, Marty, died in a mugging and she feels something wasn't right. She's restless so she manages to wrest his notes from his family and discovers two stories- one the corruption tale he'd pitched her and another involving a possible serial killer. Regular readers of the genre know that the ...more
Clare O'Beara
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is two stories rolled into one, as we encounter the trope of the old journalist's notes (alternately the old police officer's notes) leading fresh eyes to resolve cases.

I like this tale better than one set entirely amid New York politics, and there are a wide variety of characters and events to keep us interested. The main character, a news editor with TV, does rather a lot of investigating on her own but needs help to find background.

Two issues: First, the phone number supplied for the do
Jim Nesbitt
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There’s something Dick Belsky delivers in all of his mysteries -- spine-bending plot twists that leave you feeling like you’re riding a nuclear-powered rollercoaster instead of reading a book.

His soon-to-be latest, another Clare Carlson mystery, THE LAST SCOOP, is no exception. It’s Belsky at his best -- fast copy, as they used to say in the journalism game; snappy patter that reads like dialogue between Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant; and, stunning revelations that leave you muttering: “I’m a
The Literary Apothecary
Loaded with small town familiarity and laced with domestic thrills, fans of gripping suspense will not want to put down The Last Scoop.

May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Scoop

Lies ! Everyone tells them . Don’t say you never stretched the truth for your own personal gain , to get information or to hide an incident or something you’d rather people not know. Reporters and law enforcement officials often use different tactics to get information from suspects or those close to a breaking story. No one is totally innocent. Clare Carlson has a secret she’s been harboring for years and uses her position as a journalist to interview someone that will never know
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
The Last Scoop is the third book in the Clare Carlson mystery but can be easily read as a stand-alone. Read my reviews for the previous books, Yesterday's News and Below The Fold.

As the synopsis states, Clare feels guilt when she learns that her mentor, Martin Barlow, has died. He had recently visited Clare telling her that he was working on a big story, even though he has retired. The police believe it was a random killing but knowing that he was working a case, she steps in
Dora Okeyo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love how this book brings out the process it takes for any journalist to uncover a story!
What starts out as a mentee( Clare) feeling sad upon hearing the news of the death of her mentor (Marty) becomes something much more than her original assumption that it was all a conspiracy theory. The twists and turns in this book make it such an engaging read.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC, anyone who loves a thriller, investigative journalism and is looking for a character as real as can be, will be
Bridget Waters
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of the book introduced the readers to Clare who is the protagonist and we get a glimpse of Marty who was her mentor. In the beginning Marty comes off (from Clare’s memories) as a bit of a conspiracy theorist. Clare finds out that Marty was murdered in what appears to be a mugging. Those details quickly don’t add up.

This story is in parts. Marty was working on 2 stories before he died that are seemingly unrelated.

This book has a lot of twists and turns. It definitely keeps you on t
The Last Scoop is Dick (R.G.) Belsky's latest release, just published today, and the third instalment in his Clare Carlson Mysteries series , preceded by Yesterday's News and Below The Fold (read our review here).  I had been waiting for this book since last year, and it didn't disappoint; the writing is as strong as ever, and the twists and turns keep on coming.

The formula remains the same, with the story being narrated through Pulitzer Prize winner Clare's eyes, in the first person,
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Last Scoop, the third book in the Clare Carlson Mystery Series, author R.G. Belsky weaves a riveting mystery tale that easily draws the reader into New York Channel 10 News Director Clare Carlson's latest investigation.

The story begins with the random street murder of Clare's mentor and first newspaper editor, retired journalist Martin Barlow. Even though Martin was retired, he remained active in local NYC politics and community events. He even had a website dedicated to the suggestion th
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

I'm just going to start off by saying that this is the first book I have read from the author, and though this is the third book in the series and I honestly never felt that I was missing anything by starting with this one, there is information in this story that will clearly spoil events from the first installment. If you are not bothered by that or have no intention of going back, then by all means, this is a fantastic read and you will not be disappointed. But if you are like most people and
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May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Last Scoop” opens with a brutal murder in the past, and that event drives the entire story that follows. Clare Carlson deals in lies for a living, all sorts of lies, and her job is to catch people in their lies and expose those lies to the world; she is a television news director. The story that follows is a first person narrative by Carlson talking to readers as if in a documentary, talking in carefully crafted sentences. Her tone is casual but formal with carefully crafted sentences that ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the first two books in R.G. Belsky's Clare Carlson series, so I was thrilled to win this one in a Goodreads giveaway. I believe it's the best installment of the series, perhaps because I've gotten to know and appreciate Clare's character.
Belsky does a great job of showing the job of a journalist through Clare's eyes. Marty Barlow, her mentor and first editor, now retired, comes to Clare with a hot story. Except, busy with her high-powered job as news director at Channel 10, Clare doesn
Sheila Sobel
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Last Scoop, the third book in the Clare Carlson Mystery series, Clare is busy as ever with her current responsibilities as the Channel 10 news director. So busy, she has no time to help her old friend, mentor and former editor, Martin Barlow, at a time when he needs it the most. At a time when the now-retired Marty is working on what might very well be his last big scoop. When Marty is murdered not long after their meeting, Clare’s sadness and guilt propel her to continue his quest, to co ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Clare Carlson reads that her mentor, retired journalist Marty Barlow is dead, the possible target of a mugging. Feeling slightly guilty, she remembers she put him off recently when he came to her for help on a big story involving New York’s District Attorney, Terri Hartwell.

Clare retrieves Marty’s laptop when she visits his daughter Connie and finds his notes on the Terri Hartwell piece. Marty said the story started about corruption and illegal payoffs but possibly involved murder. Clare also di
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time putting this book down. It read easy and fast. There were some “sit on the edge of your seat” moments. This is about a newswoman who climbed up through the ranks and like many people, always “ran out of time” to have coffee with her mentor. An excellent newsman in his time. Once he’s mugged, she just can’t get that last big story he said he was working on out of her mind.

This is really unusual in that there is only one main character, Claire the newswoman. Oh, she talks with h
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would have been a pretty good book, except for one thing that bugged the heck out of me.

The plot is intricate, yet easy to follow. The pace intensifies as we move along in the story of Clare, a television news director with a solid background in print reporting. The dialogue is fresh and realistic. The tale of Clare finishing the final story of her revered mentor is appealing.

What bothered from the get-go was that Clare is portrayed as that cliche, a successful professional woman whose priv
chelle reads
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always wanted to learn about the life of a journalist. This book was a perfect way to get to understand the job!
Clare is a funny, clever and interesting protagonist. While the plot is heartwarming, thrilling and entertaining! I’m not an avid mystery reader, I often find myself drawn to YA reads instead. Nevertheless, The Last Scoop did not disappoint. Unexpected twists and turns with a chilling serial killer on the loose, Clare is brave enough to face the dangers and always get the job done. T
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sensational Read

There is nothing better with a series than to see each book getting better than the last. When her mentor is killed, Clare picks up in his footsteps on the last story he was working on - but actually there are two stories - and are they connected? Belsky does a great job of creating the tension between these storylines and when the answer to them - as well as the mystery of who killed Clare's mentor - is revealed, it is a great payoff.

I also enjoyed the tangled mess that is Clar
Davin Goodwin
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great Clare Carlson thriller. Brilliantly written, Belsky integrates Clare's personal life with the mystery, making the character of Clare, the protagonist, jump off the page at the reader, having emotions, problems, and feelings of her own.

As with the first two Clare Carlson thrillers (which I also highly recommend), Belsky’s personal journalist experiences show through in his writing and storytelling. The plot is invoking and contains plenty of suspense and twists. A page turne
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this series but reads as a stand alone. I have not read the first two. Claire Carlson is a driven news director for a TV station. When her mentor Martin Barlow, a retired newspaper editor is killed during a mugging, Claire's investigative journalist skills really kick in. As she starts digging into what Martin was working on she discovers there are serial killings. This was a fast read. The suspense and mystery of it held me to the end. I really want to go back and read ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare uncovers lies for a living. She believes in the truth. Only one problem. She’s living a lie and ends up with more and more lies.

Her mentor comes to her with a big story, but she blows it off until he is found murdered.

Then the chase is on. Goodbye fou fou news. Clare is determined to uncover a serial killer, but all the killings don’t seem to be related.

I won’t tell you any more as I’m afraid I might give away the plot. What I will tell you is the fact that you probably won’t want to put t
Carol Custer
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first two books in this series, but don't feel it was at all necessary - - this book stands on its own. It started slowly but rapidly started increasing the mystery and clues. I like Clare and other characters were also well depicted. There were plenty of red herrings throughout the book that made the final reveal all the more interesting. Lots of exciting twists and turns and surprises! And just when you think everything has been revealed - - another BIG surprise!

A well-writt
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Author of Below The Fold (Oceanview - 2019) Yesterday's News (Oceanview - 2018) Blonde Ice (Atria - 2016; Shooting for the Stars (2015); and The Kennedy Connection (2014).

Former Managing Editor of

Worked as Managing Editor of NY Daily News; News Editor of Star magazine; Metropolitan Editor of NY Post.

Author of seven other mystery novels including Loverboy and Playing Dead.


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