The Dead Dog Day is the debut novel from successful broadcaster and former GMTV reporter Jackie Kabler and it’s out today! (22nd October 2015.)
It follows the story of breakfast TV journalist Cora Baxter, and a race against time to stop a killer from striking again.
‘Jackie has real insider knowledge and it shows. A proper page-turning thriller. I couldn’t put it down.’ Lorraine Kelly
When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog at 4 a.m. and a dead boss by ten, you know it’s going to be one of those days. And breakfast TV reporter Cora Baxter has already had the weekend from hell, after the man she was planning a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her.
Now Cora’s much-hated boss has been murdered, and Cora is assigned to cover the story for the breakfast show – but as the murder enquiry continues, the trail of suspects leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora’s arch-rival, glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas, so devastated by their boss’s death? What dark secret is one of her camera crew hiding? And why has her now-ex-boyfriend vanished? The race to stop the killer striking again is on…
Jackie’s novel is the first book in a new series, and she draws on her experiences of the glamourous world of television, as well as her long-standing love for crime fiction. A popular broadcaster turned author, Jackie is now a presenter on QVC, and as well as a decade on GMTV, has also worked for BBC News, ITV News and Setanta Sports News.
‘A twenty-year career in news during which I covered hundreds of major crime stories has given me a wealth of material to draw on for my novels. Aside from the actual murders, everything else that happens in this book actually happened to me as a breakfast TV reporter – with minor details changed to protect identities, of course…’ Jackie Kabler
So What Did I Think
The Dead Dog Day was SUCH an entertaining read. It felt like a really unique story, not like anything else that’s around at the moment which made it a pleasure to read. While it was predominantly a thriller, there were lots of amusing parts to it too which all added to the entertainment value.
The book grabbed my attention right from the first page, with never a dull moment along the way. The plot was believable and interesting and there were plenty of twists which kept you compelled to read.
It gave me a great insider knowledge into the world of breakfast TV and what goes on behind the scenes. You just turn the TV on and take for granted what’s being covered, you don’t think about the journalists getting up at stupid o’clock to provide that to the viewers so I absolutely have a new found respect for breakfast TV journalists.
I had NO idea whatsoever who the killer was and it kept you guessing till the last few pages. A clever twist at the end, tied all the loose ends up for me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Jackie’s writing is fun, witty, it flows really well, it feels really real and all these things tie it together for me and it all makes for a fabulous debut novel. Hope it’s a massive hit for you Jackie.
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