Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies
mickey mikkelson, contributor
“It’s all in the genes, darling!” A witty quip…or a clue? Piper Harrington is set on finding out. As a single mom living in her cozy hometown along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Piper had all but given up on her dream of being a professional writer. So when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opens up at the small beach town paper where she works, she has to make a split-second decision: Go for it (even if it requires a little fib) or give up a shot at her lifelong goal. To complicate things, in waltzes a worldly crime reporter who is easy to talk to and even easier on the eyes. Add in a demanding editor, alongside a theatrical best friend, a lively family, and co-workers who run the gamut from good-hearted to conniving, and things start getting tricky. Scrambling for a topic that could keep readers hooked, Piper dives into the world of genealogy…something she knows absolutely nothing about. Her mission seems simple enough: learn more about her best friend’s long-lost father, who died at sea before she was born. All Piper has to do is get her BFF to take the home DNA test, enter the results in the Family Found website, and whalaah! Answers gotten, and an article that will practically write itself! Or not. Turns out there’s a missing branch of the family tree that does not want to be found. The question is, why? Will she uncover the well-kept secrets of the past, or get caught up in her own tangle of present-day deceptions? And what happens if her investigation opens up a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed? Find out if Piper can get her name in the headlines, get her story finished by the fast-approaching deadline, and sort out the truth from the lies! What do Bogie & Bacall, a goldfish, and a never-ending mountain of laundry have in common? There’s only one way to find out! If you love a fun, beachy read with a Florida twist on a cozy mystery, plus a lovable female amateur sleuth, then you will have a blast with Headlines Deadlines and Lies, a standalone book in Stephanie LaVigne‘s series, The Sunshine State: Cozy + Crime.