Thursday, November 6, 2014

Truth Be Told

On November 19th, Washington-Centerville Public Library will be hosting author Hank Phillippi Ryan for a brown bag lunch discussion. The event is in conjunction with The Dayton Jewish Community’s 2014 Cultural Arts and Book Festival. Ryan will be discussing her most recent release, Truth Be Told, during an interview with library staff. There will also be time for audience Q & A and book sales directly following the discussion.

Truth Be Told is Ryan’s seventh mystery novel; the third novel in the Jane Ryland series. The novel opens with Boston reporter, Jane Ryland, investigating the rise in real estate foreclosures. She’s intent on focusing on the people affected by the foreclosures—the true human cost of these losses. However, things take a turn when a body is found in one of the foreclosed homes. Implications of wrongdoing begin to surface and grow as Ryland investigates the connections between the foreclosures and some surprising characters.
If you’re familiar with the Jane Ryland series, you’ll know Jake Brogan, Boston PD detective, can’t be far behind. The covert relationship between the two continues to simmer in this new book. However, Brogan is occupied, not only with Jane’s discoveries, but with a man walking in off the street to confess to a decades old murder. Not to mention, there might be some competition for Jane’s affection on the horizon.

The difficulty with reviewing mystery writing is to not spill the beans, but rest assured that Ryan deftly ties all of the plot lines together into another fantastic novel. If you aren’t familiar with Hank Phillippi Ryan’s work, she is worth investigating for both her writing skills and her many accomplishments in journalism. For her mystery writing, she has received three Agatha Awards, an Anthony, a Daphne, a Macavity, and the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark award. These awards are in addition to her 32 EMMYs and 12 Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in journalism. The woman is a force to be reckoned with!

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