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A Homefront News Mystery: Book 2
Publication date: November 8, 2022

Editor-in-Chief Irene Ingram pencils her latest mystery on Joyce San Antonio captivating second Homefront News mystery, perfect for fans of anna perry Y Rhys Bowens.

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, the small town of Progress is doing its part for soldiers in the field with a war bond drive at the annual county fair. The gossip of the town, Ava Dempsey, rumors that Clark Gable will be among the participating stars. Instead of Gable, the headliner is Freddie Harrison, a B-movie star. When Freddie turns up dead in the water tank, Irene Ingram, editor-in-chief of The Progress Herald, begins searching for the real headline.

There are many suspects and little evidence. Ava’s sister Angel, who was married to the dead actor, is the most obvious. The pair had discussed his affair with rising star Belinda Fox, and Angel was the last person to see Freddie alive.

Irene discovers that there is more than one person who could have wanted Freddie dead. As Irene draws on her well-honed reporter’s instincts to find the killer, nothing is as it seems in Progreso, and now her own deadline could be just around the corner.

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death on a deadline It is the second book of the Homefront News Mystery series by Joyce San Antonioand kept my interest at all times.

There is so much detail and depth to the story as you piece together the clues to find out who did it. There are various crimes and clues to unravel as we are reunited with characters we have met before from the small Pennsylvania town and those who work at the newspaper, the Herald of progress.

Irene is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, while her father is away as a war correspondent. She is also a reporter and amateur detective. The story is set in 1942, and I loved how each chapter began with a war headline from her newspaper.

Irene’s fiancé’s father is the chief of police, and she seems to give him the things she finds out, but maybe not how she finds out the information, and he also gives her information related to the crimes. Irene’s fiancé is also part of the war effort. I like how the events of the first book are interspersed throughout this one, adding realism and another layer to the story.

Much of the story takes place at the local fair, which is held annually, and this year they are raising money for war bonds and stamps. Details of the war are scattered everywhere, some very close to home.

Several stories are told that are very well woven together, and no detail is unimportant. There are twists and turns along with a lot of secrets, blackmail, actors, those who are not what they seem, family and friends, gossip, love interests, small businesses, anger, tears, naivety, darkness and evil. Ultimately, the crimes are solved, but not without some scary moments.

death on a deadline it’s historical fiction with depth, mystery, and a bit of romance that left me on the edge of my seat more than once. But I still want more! I look forward to reading more books in this series.

About the AuthorJoyce San Antonio She was a police secretary for ten years and more than once imagined the death of certain co-workers, but decided to write as a way to avoid jail. In addition to Homefront News Mysteriesis the author of Mysteries of preparation problems and the next Mysteries of the cider house written under his own name, Joyce Tremel. She lives in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania with her husband.

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