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Libby Kirsch
The Big Overnight
Libby Kirsch, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Create)

Sometimes The End is just The Beginning.

When the suspect in a Knoxville shooting confesses on camera, police say the case is closed. But then TV reporter Stella Reynolds gets an anonymous email that changes everything.

As she picks her way through a field of untruths and half-lies, she discovers everyone has secrets they’re desperate to keep—including the people closest to her. With the body count rising, Stella won’t stop digging until she lays all the secrets bare. Friendships, romance, even her own life are all on the line.

Her work and personal lives collide in this exciting third installment of the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. Start reading now to find out if she can track down the real killer before she reaches the ultimate deadline.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10


In this uniquely riveting tale, reporter Stella Reynolds works for a Knoxville television station and is surprised when a murder suspect admits his guilt to her. But when his confession is called into question and further murders occur, Stella is determined to discover the truth. The intrigue of the murders is enhanced by the turmoil in Stella’s personal life -- the FBI is asking her questions and her former NASCAR boyfriend wants back into her life -- in this well plotted mystery. 

Date Submitted: September 29, 2016

TV journalist Kirsch puts her knowledge of her industry to good use in her entertaining third whodunit featuring Stella Reynolds, a reporter for a Knoxville, Tenn., TV station (after 2016’s The Big Interview). A routine assignment takes Stella to the police department just as officers are bringing in a murder suspect. When Stella asks handcuffed Cas Rockman if he shot Oliver Bennet, Rockman admits to it on camera. Despite the confession, Stella is warned to disregard it by a stranger, who turns out to be Rockman’s father, Harrison Keys, a convicted murderer who served 20 years in prison. These odd encounters prove to be just the beginning of an extremely challenging case, in which Stella investigates Rockman’s possible innocence. Romance fans will enjoy passages detailing Stella’s love life (“She launched into him, ripping his shirt off in one rough movement, and the ping of buttons as they bounced off the bedside table and lamp was the only thing that broke the silence”). (BookLife)