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Bestseller Book Front Page News the best work Cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey Front page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends time laying out the crossword than covering actual news.Until the first dead body turns up.While the local police fumble the investigation, ambitiousCadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey Front page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends time laying out the crossword than covering actual news.Until the first dead body turns up.While the local police fumble the investigation, ambitious Stacey is just pleased to have something other than cattle sales to write about Plus, she now has an excuse to spend time with the arrogantly attractive Detective Scott Fitzgerald But when Stacey shows up at one crime scene too many, she moves to the top of the most wanted list Stacey must uncover the truth before anyone else gets hurt or the police put her behind bars.Light hearted and laugh out loud funny, this charming novel will have readers falling in love with the surprisingly deadly town of Toomey.. Bestseller Books Front Page News *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comFormer outback journalist Katie Rowney turns her hand to fiction with her first novel, a cosy Australian mystery novel, titled Front Page News. This debut centres on the story of a freshly graduated journalist, Stacey McCallaghan, who receives her first big reporting break when she attends the scene of a crime, in the tiny town of Toomey. The junior reporter soon finds she is investigating more crime scenes as the bodies mount up and the local police appear to be out of leads. Stacy becomes both a suspect and detective figure in the hunt to clear her name in the town of Toomey.The fictional regional town of Toomey, central Queensland is where cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is sent to work on the local newspaper, The Toomey Times. With the news focussed on stories such the local dart championships and the price of cattle, the town receives a big shake up when a dead body is found. It seems Stacey’s struggle to find the ideal story piece to form front page news on her newspaper is over. When more dead bodies turn up, Stacey begins to wonder if it is simply a coincidence or if these deaths could be linked. Frustrated by the work of the local police, especially when they suspect her of the deaths, Stacy decides to take matters into her own hands. Stacy becomes a super sleuth, trying to identify the real killer and exonerate herself from blame. Trying to ensure she doesn’t get put behind bars is a tough task, made even harder by her attraction to local detective Scott Fitzgerald. Front Page News is a story filled with ambition, crime, mystery, light humour and romance.Katie Rowney is a fresh contemporary voice, who has made a solid entry into the Australian mystery field. Rowney’s debut novel, Front Page News is loosely drawn from her own experiences working as a journalist in a small country town. Rowney’s first hand experiences in country town journalism are filtered through her debut novel. It gives Front Page News a good dose of realism.Front Page News is narrated by Stacey McCallaghan, a journalism graduate from the city, sent to the sticks on her first real assignment. Rowney successfully captures the qualities of her main protagonist, from her obvious youth, to her ambition, drive and self sufficient nature. Stacey is a mostly likeable character and despite her age, I found myself connecting to her. She does seem to get herself embroiled in a few messy situations. At times, Stacey’s cocky nature did grate on me, especially in her interactions with the local police. Despite this misgiving, Stacey’s character journey was an interesting one to follow.Stacy is supported by a cast of authentic and true ‘Aussie’ like characters. In these sections of the narrative, Rowney’s dialogue has a chance to shine, showcasing our distinct use of language and culture, particularly in rural areas of Australia. The townsfolk of Toomey are a good representation of a typical population of residents from a regional location in Australia. Rowney gives us a great sense of what is feels like to be an outsider in a town that has remained unchanged for generations, through the character of fresh resident Stacey and her colleague, Ethan. The insertion of key events such as the local race day and sports championships, gives the reader an insight into the usual week to week general happenings in small country towns. Off shoots of humour arrive in the form of many of these local townsfolk, their banter and interactions with the lead Stacy made for an entertaining read at many points of the novel.There is a subtle romance element to Front Page News. Initially, I did think that Rowney was going to explore the possibility of a love triangle between Stacey and the local detective Fitzgerald, with fellow local journalist Ethan thrown in to shake things around a bit. However, the storyline fizzles out in my predictions for this kind of love story. The romance that emerges is an opposites attract, unresolved tension style romance, with Stacey and Fitzgerald only really making moves rather late in the novel. I still enjoyed this aspect and direction the narrative took romance wise.Readers will appreciate the steady pace set in Front Page News. The content, though crime based, is not overly grizzly. It is more of a light touch approach to a crime. There are plenty of puzzling moments and possible suspects that Rowney includes to keep you guessing. My estimation of the perpetrator of the Toomey town murders was not who ended up transpiring to be the killer, so Kate Rowney did a good job of concealing the murderer’s identity effectively.I inhaled Front Page News in just two sittings. A novel featuring a fast paced plot, easy going narrative and a confident lead that you just can’t help but cheer on, Front Page News was a most entertaining read. It was a pleasure to be introduced to a new writer on the Australian fiction scene and I do hope we hear more from Katie Rowney.

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  1. Katie Rowney s debut novel Front Page News will be published by Penguin Random House A former journalist, she now works in communications and owns far too much china Katie grew up on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and two cats.She reads a minimum of three books a week, has an unhealthy obsession with David Bowie and tries to live her life as Indiana Jones would You can find her on twitter KatieRowney, but don t expect anything intelligent.

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  1. mrsbbookreviews.wordpressFormer outback journalist Katie Rowney turns her hand to fiction with her first novel, a cosy Australian mystery novel, titled Front Page News This debut centres on the story of a freshly graduated journalist, Stacey McCallaghan, who receives her first big reporting break when she attends the scene of a crime, in the tiny town of Toomey The junior reporter soon finds she is investigating crime scenes as the bodies mount up and the local police appear to be out of leads [...]


  2. She d only been in the small town of Toomey for two months, but cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan was slowly making her way forward in the reporting of the town s news Usually a struggle to find news worth reporting, the call from the local police to cover the extraction of a vehicle from the local pond was the beginning of an investigation which only deteriorated as the days wore on.Stacey s front page news was all to do with the murder of a local identity With no evidence, speculation was ri [...]


  3. Stacey is a newspaper reporter in the tiny country and fictional Queensland town of Toomey She spends her time reporting on council meetings and bowls tournaments until suddenly a body is found in such a state that it s fairly obvious a murder has taken place So, of course, Stacey begins to investigate As she does the body count rises along with the suspect list and Stacey s chances of becoming the next victim.If there s one thing that has happened since the introduction of ebooks, it s boosting [...]


  4. Read FPN in a day and bloody loved it Stacey is such a strong, capable woman and has some of the best narrative I ve read in ages Who thought murder could be so much fun This book was the perfect antidote to the shit state of the world at the moment.


  5. A very fun book to read There are some great lines from Stacey I ve already noted down my favourites Also, Fitzgerald has dark curly hair and I m a sucker for curls.3.75 4



  6. FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney From the lighter, intended as humour side of crime fiction, cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan has her first job in the small country town of Toomey working on the local newspaper Struggling with the grind of making front page news out of the daily goings on in a small town, it s almost like the first dead body is heaven sent for McCallaghan s journalistic ambitions.The hassle, as always with humour, is that it s [...]


  7. Front Page News is a delightful, light hearted romantic murder mystery set in rural Australia And if you think that description is an oxymoron, that is testimony to the skill of debut author Katie Rowney Katie depicts the foibles of small town living with the acuity of someone who has lived in one She also describes the life of a journalist on a small town newspaper with detail that can only come from having worked as one as indeed she has Cadet journo Stacey McCallaghan is doing her time in the [...]


  8. Stacey McCallaghan is fresh out of her journalism degree and has been in the small country town of Toomey for a short time Here working on the local newspaper, it s important to keep everyone in the community happy, especially the bowls ladies.But suddenly there are a number of deaths around town that can t be explained as accidents, a body in a submerged car, a well known farmer and a tractor accident for starters As a newcomer she finds herself under suspicion, especially as she s nearly alway [...]


  9. I found too many things about this book distracting to really enjoy it I kept stopping and wondering if that would really be likely or in some cases, knowing that it actually wouldn t and although I like that this is a different take on the new adult genre, it did make it a bit hard to take Stacey seriously as she has so little life and journalistic experience and yet basically solves all of the things The fact that she ended up becoming a suspect well, person of interest, I m not sure she was e [...]


  10. Stacey McCallaghan is young, inexperienced and a little naive She seems to have a lot of responsibility in the production of the weekly Toomey Times and copes with that quite well Murder is not really her scene but the discovery of a body in a car in a local watering pond brings a frisson of excitement At first sight it looks as if a gang from a nearby town must be teaching somebody a lesson, and nobody is expecting the next body.The plot becomes convoluted and puzzling as there are murders Ar [...]


  11. Ok now I might be a little bias loved the book The whole small town from an outsiders veiw was kitchy enough without being alienating And even though by some miracle I managed to guess the killer it still took me untill the last few chapters to connect all the dots When s the next one coming out Katie I can use baking as bribery


  12. Light hearted, funny, genuine and just the right amount of twists, this is a fast, fun read that kept me laughing and guessing til the end In fact, I was so engrossed in the last few pages that I almost missed my train stop More please Katie



  13. A youngish, quirky, who done it, small town mystery read with some witty and likeable characters throughout.Review copy received from Penguin Books Australia via Netgalley for an honest rating


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