Beyond the Headlines
May 4, 2021
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Beyond the Headlines
Review by Sheila Sobel
In Beyond the Headlines, book four in the Clare Carlson Mystery series, Clare is busier than ever as the Channel 10 news director. Managing a news staff that includes an ambitious weatherperson and married co-anchors who are expecting their first child takes patience, common sense, and more than a touch of humor. Balancing her professional life and her personal life, which now includes the daughter she gave up at birth and a growing list of exes, is challenging, to say the least. But Clare didn’t win all those awards for investigative journalism for shying away from challenges. She embraces them.
Such is the case when her best friend, attorney Janet Wood, offers her the opportunity for an exclusive interview with actress Laurie Bateman. After emigrating to the United States from Vietnam as an infant, Laurie has been living an uber-American dream. But now she’s ready to tell all, to break the news of the pending divorce from her billionaire husband, Charles Hollister. And she wants Clare to do the interview.
When Clare arrives for the scheduled interview, she finds the Hollister home a hive of police activity. The divorce exclusive vanishes when Laurie is accused of murdering her soon-to-be ex-husband and is escorted from her luxury home in handcuffs. Clare doesn’t miss a beat. She runs with the story unfolding before her, pursuing an even more shocking exclusive: murder.
But when Laurie claims she’s innocent, that she’s suffered silently through years of spousal abuse, Clare believes her and champions her cause. As a series of complex events unfold, Clare does what Clare does best—she relentlessly looks for the story behind the story, the truth that is beyond the headlines.
R.G. Belsky is an award-winning author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. Belsky won the 2016 Killer Nashville Claymore Award and previously finished as Finalist for both the Silver Falchion and David awards. As a former managing editor at the Daily News, Belsky has an extensive background in everything news. Learn more: https://www.rgbelsky.com/
Sheila Sobel’s debut, Color Blind won the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award for Best YA Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA Fiction. Her middle-grade WIP, Time Flies, was a finalist for the 2020 Killer Nashville Claymore Award. Learn more about Sheila Sobel at: https://www.sheilasobel.com/