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A Shot of Murder (A Charley Hall Mystery, #1)

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In 1948, Charley Hall resents giving up her job as city reporter for the Kingston Tribune to a returning soldier. But her demotion to the women’s pages is the least of her worries since Gran is organizing a surprise birthday party for Charley’s older brother, Freddie. Trouble is, Freddie hasn’t come back from his latest bender. When Charley goes looking for him, she discov ...more
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Published October 12th 2020 by Bowstring Books
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Ell
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Charley Hall Mysteries are a great new edition to the cozy mystery genre. Charlie Hall is a female reporter working at the Kingston Tribune in the late 1940s. When the war ends, she’s required to give up her position at the paper to a man and is then relegated to working the women’s society section. Disappointed, independent and astute Charley finds herself struggling with the social mores of the time. Little does she know that she’ll soon be putting her investigative skills to good use once aga ...more
līna
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it!
Such a cozy mystery for fall evenings, that is very fast paced.
Great characters, and the plot keeps you engaged till the last page.
The ending was unexpected.
Jenna Rideout
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of A Shot of Murder by the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review as part of my participation in the blog tour for this title. Thank you to both Brenda Gayle and Goddess Fish Promotions for the opportunity! This has not swayed my opinion. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

It’s 1947 and Kington’s first and only female reporter has just been demoted to the women’s interest column in favour of reallocating her high profile jo
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Lisabet Sarai
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
All through the war, while brave Canadian boys were off battling Hitler, Charley Hall – née Charlotte Stormont – held down the News Desk at the Kingston Tribune. Aside from being a crack writer, she’s persistent, persuasive, clever and a bit pushy – but then, when you’re digging up a story, you can’t afford to be a shrinking violet. With the troops coming home from the front, though, the females who very capably assumed their jobs are being forced back into their traditional roles. Much to her d ...more
Annarella
It's the first mystery I read in this series and won't be the last as I liked.
Well thought and interesting characters, a well developed plot and a solid mystery.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Peggy
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mystery

Very enjoyable mystery. Set in Canada sometime after the war, we meet Charley Hall a newspaper reporter. While searching for her missing alcoholic brother she stumbles upon a murdered woman. In the course of her investigation of the murder and her search for her brother we get to know a whole cast of interesting characters and learn how it was to be a woman in 1948 Canada. I liked the quick pace of the book and old-timey feel to it. Can't wait to read more of Charley.
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Ally Swanson
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
---4.5 Stars---

This book was an intriguing, exciting, suspenseful, mystery read that fully captured my attention and kept me engaged throughout the story!!!

This book takes you on a time-hop all the way back to 1948, when men were considered superior to women; women were told they should stay home and take care of their men and have children; and that women have no place working in a man’s career field. Although, maybe not so far back, as many of these customs not only continue to remain current
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Charley loves her job as a city reporter with the Kingston Tribune. When soldiers started returning from the war Charley had to give up her job; to a man. Charley had to take a demotion to the women’s pages of the tribune. The only choice that is given to her if she wanted to keep her job with the Kingston Tribune. Charley decides to stay of course. She thought she could hopefully get her job as a city reporter back if she stayed. Or at least have a better shot at it.

Being demoted was not her to
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Sandra
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Shot of Murder by Brenda Gayle is the first book in what is to become A Charley Hall Mystery series.

Charley is a young woman, a widow, a journalist who has just lost her position as a city beat writer to a returning soldier. It is after the WWII and the things are slowly starting to get back to normal.
What is not normal is that her brother is missing, he had become a recluse and an alcoholic after coming back from the POW camp.
His birthday is approaching and their grandmother is organizing a p
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Mandy
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Netgalley and Backlit PR for the ARC.
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In 1948, Charley Hall resents giving up her job as city reporter for the Kingston Tribune to a returning soldier. But her demotion to the women’s pages is the least of her worries since Gran is organizing a surprise birthday party for Charley’s older brother, Freddie. Trouble is, Freddie hasn’t come back from his latest bender. When Charley goes looking for him, she discovers the dead body of a woman, last seen with her brother. Besi
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Sherrie Cronin
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I’m a longtime fan of crime novels and continue to be amazed at the creative ways authors find to put their protagonists into murder investigations. One of the most compelling has got to be having a family member involved and author Brenda Gayle plays this approach like a fine violin.

I appreciate a novel of any genre that also manages to capture a piece of history, and A Shot of Murder does just that with its interesting view of the soldiers of WWII returning home. Both the soldiers’ trauma and
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Nancy
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Brenda Gayle and Backlit PR for the copy of A Shot of Murder. This is my personal review.
Charley Hall is a reporter for the Kingston Tribune. She is one day demoted from her city reporter writer to writing for the woman’s section of the paper because her position was given to a returning soldier.
Her Gran has decided to have a surprise birthday party for Charley’s brother Freddie. But when Freddie cannot be found Charley decides she had better go and look for him. While looki
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Rebecca
Great mystery

This story is so good and as soon as I started reading the first couple of mysteries I immediately settled in because it has that vibe of being a cozy mystery. Charley is a writer and she has been having trouble with her brother who went missing. She is being transferred over to a different position at her job as well. The mystery of exactly what happened to her brother and how that may be correlated with another crime of a woman was really interesting and had me on the edge of my
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Pegboard
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Shot of Murder is Brenda Gayle's first book in her Charley Hall Mystery series and it makes a great start introducing us to the spunky reporter/sleuth. Charley Hall is frustrated with her boss who has demoted her to writing pieces on women fashion. As men are coming back from WWII, women have to give up a life-style they have adjusted too. Men, such as Freddie Hall, are having a difficult time with the nightmares they experienced with the war. When Freddie disappears Charley tries to find him, ...more
Kathy
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this 1st book in a series titled “A Charley Hall Mystery”. A story about Charley who is a reporter and is demoted basically because she’s a woman. Moved to the woman’s section of the paper to boot. Charley has what one might call an eccentric family she lives with. A brother Freddy, on a bender most of the time, and a grandmother who really has no idea when Freddy is or isn’t home.

This was a quick read. Lots of humor. I think one of the things I enjoyed was that not only did the
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Ferne Miller
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Charley is a bit ahead of her time.

It's right after WWII and Charley is a reporter for a London newspaper. Now that the men are coming back from war, she is demoted and put in charge of the Women's page. She is not happy. Her brother came back after much time as a POW and is presently an alcoholic and missing. Trying to find him leads her into the seedy bars of London. On a quest she can't give up, she meets interesting people and gets into a few messes. The characters are well developed and lik
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Karren Hodgkins
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think this could be the first novel in a great new cozy, murder mystery series. Charley is highly relatable and one can't help but feel for her being pushed aside for a man returning from the war, even though she's done a great job.

The murder mystery is a little different and had me intrigued. I reached the correct conclusions at times, but not so much at other times.

Where will the story go with Dan and Jack. I guess we'll have to wait to find out in the next instalment.

With thanks to Backlit
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Marietta Vielfaure
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this new series and I loved the main character she has a lot determination to be able to continue doing what she has been doing during the war and the men where away so they had to let women do the reporting for the new. Which was very unusual for the time as women had just been given the right to vote. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery but not all the gore details of a crime. It was interesting to see how everyone reacts to a women investigating the crime.
Elizabeth Potter
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading this first book in the Charley Hall Mystery series. I liked how quick the author brings you into the story and makes you feel like we have known Charley for awhile. I really liked the character Charley and how she is a strong female lead in this series. I am interested to see what becomes of her relationship with Dan and Mark and if we will find anything out about Charley's husband. ...more
Sadie
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

This was a quaint little mystery taking place in small town Canada. It is set in the 1950’s and the protagonist is a woman and a reporter. I really enjoyed this. It was short and easy to read, had enough substance to keep my attention. It appears to be the beginning of a series, currently at 4 books.
Larry
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. Although it wasn't a cozy, it is a good mystery and well worth reading. The main characters are believable, and become endearing. The plot is easily followed and has all the twists and turns of a good mystery. I definitely recommend this book. ...more
Carol Bryant
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
It was alright. Not terribly exciting.
Maureen Tall
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoyed

A Shot of Murder is a good read, which holds ones interest, and with a likable protagonist, but would not, in my opinion, set the world alight.
Ro Sands
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery. Well written. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.
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