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Summary

When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog and ends with a dead boss, you know it's going to be one of those days. And breakfast TV reporter Cora Baxter has already had the weekend from hell, where the man she'd planned a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her.

Now Cora's much-hated boss has been murdered. The list of suspects isn't exactly short, but as the enquiry continues, the trail leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora's rival - glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas - so devastated by their boss' death? What dark secrets are Cora's camera crew hiding? And why has her now ex-boyfriend vanished?

The race to stop the killer striking again is on....

Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for 20 years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the armed forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a GP.

©2016 Jackie Kabler (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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"Jackie has real insider knowledge and it shows. A proper page-turning thriller. I couldn't put it down!" (Lorraine Kelly)

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Cozy mystery with a touch of romance

Full of humour with a strong cast of characters. Very enjoyable combination of murder mystery and romance.

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Great read

Loved this book, great characters you will recognise if you have ever worked in the media industry. A Fun who dun it ,page turner with a brilliant narrator .

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  • Beatrice
  • 17-09-16

Not For Me

I didn't really care for this book. The characters seemed flat and after a few chapters I could care less about what happened in the story.

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  • DIanne
  • 03-06-17

Start is a bit slow but persevere its worth it

I only purchased this book as Zara Ramm was the narrator and love her. Started listening to this several times and just couldn't get into it - however once I got past the first half an hour I was hooked.
Quirky and funny characters and a story line that had me guessing and guessing
Loved it!

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  • Mindy
  • 16-02-18

Booze, sex, clueless questioning

What did you love best about The Dead Dog Day?

The thing I loved best about The Dead Dog Day is Zara Ramm. Superb narration.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The main character doesn't actually do any investigative work - she is a reporter, and assigned to cover the murder of her boss, but she doesn't do any investigation, and she even, supposedly, likes covering crime. But all she really does is drink--a lot--gossip, and sleep around while daydreaming about another man. If the title of the series is called The CORA BAXTER Mysteries, then it seems like it should be about Cora Baxter actually figuring out the mystery.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Zara Ramm does a great job narrating this story. I really liked her on the Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor, but she does an equally great job with this book. In fact, she was the only reason I even gave this book a try.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in the book that particularly moved me was when it was finally over. Cora Baxter is an idiot; in the last three chapters, the action FINALLY picks up, but even when she HAS BEEN TOLD (not figured it out herself) what is going on, she doesn't take precautions against bad things happening to her.

Any additional comments?

I don't think I will be reading the next books in the series, which is unfortunate because I was ready for a modern, this world (not alternate reality) woman to solve crimes and stick it to the police and show them how it should be done. Unfortunately, the Cora Baxter Mysteries will not be the ticket.