If It Bleeds
by Linda L. Richards
Nicole Charles didn’t go to journalism school to become a gossip columnist, but the job fell into her lap right out of school and her immigrant work ethic just won’t let her quit to find something she’d like better. It’s a good job, but she struggles with the stigma attached to her position by other reporters. More than anything, she wants to be a real reporter, but it looks like she’s never going to get a chance.
Then one night while covering a gallery opening, she discovers a dead body in a dark alley. An up-and-coming artist has been stabbed in the throat with an antique icepick. Nicole is right in the middle of the biggest story of the year. It’s the chance of a lifetime. Too bad someone had to die to make it happen.
Reading Level: 4.0
Pub Date: September 1, 2014
- About the author
Linda L. Richards is a journalist and award-winning author. She is the founding editor of January Magazine, one of the Web’s most respected voices about books. She is also the author of six novels and several works of nonfiction and is on the faculty of the Simon Fraser University Summer Publishing Workshops. In 2010, Richards’ novel Death Was in the Picture won the Panik Award for Best Los Angeles- Based Noir. Her next Nicole Charles mystery will be published in 2016. Linda can be found at lindalrichards.com and @lindalrichards.
CM Magazine—December 12, 2014
"Richards’ strong female characters...offer the reader a fresh and interesting perspective into the modern day life of a Vancouver greenhorn journalist in this page turning mystery...Richards does well with keeping the reader intrigued. Each short chapter reveals bits of evidence that prompt the reader to continue...A quick and suspense-filled jaunt that keeps readers wanting more. Highly Recommended." Read the full review.
Don Graves, Reviewer—June 18, 2014
"Like any well written novella, author, Richards hooks the reader within thirty seconds: west coast Vancouver atmosphere, tight plot, judicious back story, dialogue and a body. Add the tension of a newsroom full of testosterone, egos and dubious fair play and you get...If it Bleeds...read it. Hope there is more to come."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group—November 12, 2014
"[If It Bleeds] builds suspense and tension right up to the end. It builds suspense and tension right up to the end."
School Library Journal—September 2014
"[F]ast paced and likely to hold the attention of readers looking for short mysteries."