Book Review: Front Page News by Katie Rowney
If there’s one thing that has happened since the introduction of ebooks, it’s the boost in popularity of the cosy mystery genre. I can honestly say the genre wasn’t even on my radar before the purchase of my ereader. And whilst I will not class them as literature, I (and many many others) do find them entertaining.
Front Page News isn’t any different. This meant I needed to ignore certain unbelievable aspects of the plot at times. One thing in particular being the lack of any outside/city police task force and/or media interest in the case. (Serial murder cases are not exactly commonplace in Australia and would definitely draw attention no matter how isolated the town.)
I’ve lived in a couple of extremely small outback Queensland towns (one’s population was merely 3000 and it was approximately 10 hours drive to the first big city) and the descriptions of the social activities of the town portrayed here were spot on. Balls and race days and sporting events were the highlights on everyone’s calendar.
The language and style of the characters also is authentically Aussie. (Except for this one insane section where the writer — or perhaps the editor??? — slips into American spelling and speech patterns. It was, thankfully, only brief.)
Stacey’s age grated a little. She was extremely confident for a 21 year old. Then again, her youth worked for the reason she was in Toomey in the first place, so… *shrug*
The identity of the murderer was maybe a little too obvious and their reasons a little too cliched. I hope in future ‘Toomey Times’ books we get a little more as a motive. However, there was one slight twist that I thought was clever (spoiler! I’ll just say it had to do with the town’s urban myth).
The romance was subtle. Perhaps a little too subtle at times for my liking, but I think most readers of this genre aren’t looking for any erotic sex scenes anyway.
All in all I’d recommend this book to readers who are looking for an authentic Aussie cosy mystery.