The Dead Dog Day is the debut novel from successful broadcaster and former GMTV reporter Jackie Kabler and it’s out on 22nd October 2015.
It follows the story of breakfast TV journalist Cora Baxter, and a race against time to stop a killer from striking again.
“Jackie has real insider knowledge and it shows. A proper page-turning thriller. I couldn't put it down.” Lorraine Kelly
When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog at 4 a.m. and a dead boss by ten, you know it’s going to be one of those days. And breakfast TV reporter Cora Baxter has already had the weekend from hell, after the man she was planning a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her.
Now Cora’s much-hated boss has been murdered, and Cora is assigned to cover the story for the breakfast show – but as the murder enquiry continues, the trail of suspects leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora’s arch-rival, glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas, so devastated by their boss’s death? What dark secret is one of her camera crew hiding? And why has her now-ex-boyfriend vanished? The race to stop the killer striking again is on...
Jackie’s novel is the first book in a new series, and she draws on her experiences of the glamourous world of television, as well as her long-standing love for crime fiction. A popular broadcaster turned author, Jackie is now a presenter on QVC, and as well as a decade on GMTV, has also worked for BBC News, ITV News and Setanta Sports News.
“A twenty-year career in news during which I covered hundreds of major crime stories has given me a wealth of material to draw on for my novels. Aside from the actual murders, everything else that happens in this book actually happened to me as a breakfast TV reporter - with minor details changed to protect identities, of course...", says Jackie Kabler.
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Oh wow! I never thought I'd enjoy this book SO much. I still can't believe it's the author's debut novel.
Everything starts on the 18th of December in a TV studio, with a dead dog... and a dead boss. Jeanette Kendrick, a breakfast TV programme editor, is murdered at the TV station under the noses of all her subordinates. Who killed the scary boss from hell? Why? And how come none of the employees have seen or heard anything?
The main character, TV news reporter Cora Baxter is such a great character. Funny, witty and glamorous, you cannot do otherwise but fall in love with her. She's the kind of person you'd want to work and chat with on a daily basis. Apart from a murdered boss, Cora is also suddenly faced with the mysterious disappearance of her ex-boyfriend.
It really shows that the author has drawn from her vast experience in news reporting and journalism to write this book. Cora took me on a journey like no other. I found myself in the news van with her and the 'boys' going up and down the UK reporting some of the most bizarre and hilarious stories I have ever heard of.
However this story is not just about newscasting. It's a clever combination of murder mystery, comedy and romance and I admired the author's ability of maintaining a perfect balance between these elements throughout.
At one point while I was reading this book, my wife asked me what I was reading since I was sporting this huge smile on my face and she'd heard me howling with laughter from the other room. This shows how much I was enjoying it.
I liked the fact that the author included the unexpected odd chapter from the killer's point of view to further spike the reader's curiosity. I really wanted to know who the killer was and was left open-mouthed when the identity was finally revealed. I loved the way in which the author has wrapped up the mystery at the end.
With a bunch of likeable, interesting characters, believable dialogues, numerous laugh-out-loud moments, an original murder plot, suspense and many possible suspects all in one book, I couldn't ask for more. The book kept me entertained and interested till the end.
My only problem with this book was that it had an ending - I wanted to keep on reading. Now, I just wish I can somehow 'unread' it, so that I can read it again for the first time.
Well Done Jackie! I'll certainly keep you on my radar. But now please hurry up with the second Cora Baxter book. I already miss Cora and I want to know what she will be up against next.
The author has declared that apart from the murder, anything else that happens to Cora in this book, actually happened to her as a breakfast TV reporter. At one point Cora says: "If only viewers knew what went on before a live broadcast. They just wouldn't believe it." And yes, I couldn't believe it. Not many of us appreciate the sacrifices made and the problems faced by breakfast newscasters, reporters and their crews, in order to get up and be on the road by 2 or 3 am to arrive at the day's allocated location on time.
Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a GP.