today we have the pleasure to be part of Jackie Kabler’s tour for her debut, ‘The Dead Dog day’ which was released on 22nd. We were uber excited about this book, and would like to thank lovely Jackie and Kim Nash for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour. We’d also like to thank fabulous Jackie for donating a SIGNED COPY OF THE DEAD DOG DAY as a prize for one of our blog readers. As always, the giveaway is international and you can find it at the bottom of our post. But before you enter, read our review and make sure to add the book to your TBR piles.
When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog and ends with a dead boss, 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’d planned a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her. Now Cora’s much-hated boss has been murdered – the list of suspects isn’t exactly short, but as the enquiry continues the trail leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora’s rival, glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas, so devastated by their boss’s death? What dark secrets are Cora’s camera crew hiding? And why has her now ex-boyfriend vanished? The race to stop the killer striking again is on…
* Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
‘The Dead Dog Day’ is the first book by Jackie Kabler in what (as far as we know) is going to be a trilogy. Ms Kabler is also a journalist and TV reporter and can be seen currently on shopping channel, QVC. Years spent on TV and in reporting have obviously given Ms Kabler lots of writing material, so no wonder her debut is actually about a reporter, Cora Baxter and her search for the killer in, what’s also known as ‘the dead dog day’ among the employees.
Seemed just like any other Monday morning, which always starts at the TV station way before dawn. One week before Christmas and just about to hit program, a dog which was supposed to be the star of the show is found dead. This however is only the start, as things will get a lot more bloodier when Cora’s boss, Jeanette is found dead. Jeanette was definitely someone most hated at the station and it’s a strange situation when everyone seems to have at least bit motive, but who is actually capable of doing such an awful thing? Just before dying, Jeanette manages to say a word, a name, which makes people start creating stories and gossiping. Cora is a morning TV reporter who’s job is to cover stories around UK. Some are interesting, some are simply hilarious, however it’s a job Cora loves and hopes one day to be in London and do the morning show from the sofa. Left by her boyfriend by phone, after two years spent together and less than 10 days before Christmas, I totally didn’t envy her. However, dishy Benjamin enters the picture and DI Adam responsible for the case of her dead boss is also gorgeous. Will one of them win Cora’s heart and will they find the killer? The situation gets crazier once Cora starts receiving messages she’s in danger and is next on the killer’s list. What could the killer possibly want her for? What has she done to this person? All leads show it could be someone from the TV station, or someone very close to Cora.
‘The Dead Dog Day’ was indeed a very enjoyable cosy mystery. It’s been years since I’ve read one and it was a nice change after so many chick lits. Ms Kabler creats a story which quickly pulls you in, holding your attention till the very last page. It was such a fast read for me and I was completely immersed in the story. Ms Kabler’s writing style is so easy to understand and everything in the story simply flows.
Cora Baxter is a very interesting and well portrayed character. She is ambitious and doesn’t want to have children of her own, but I didn’t get the impression she’s the one who’s so ambitious she’d walk on dead bodies if she had to. Her carrier is everything to her, but only because she knows she’s so good at it. However, she doesn’t think she’s the motherly type, though she adores her friends’ kids. Bearing in mind I’m someone who adores kids, I really thought Cora and me will just not get along. But on the contrary, I really liked her despite the fact I found her too different to everything I am. What I loved the most about Cora is the fact she’s nice to everyone working in the station and is especially close to her crew. She deeply cares about the boys she works with every day, and I loved the banter between them. I’ve never worked or had any connection with the TV world, however I do know some people who get to be part of the TV magic have strong ego and ambition. But Cora is really friendly and someone I’d loved hanging out with. I honestly don’t know how she could do her job, waking up at 3-4 am, being in the car and on the road long hours, going from one to another corner of the UK, having lunch at 8 am when most people are starting their day… it’s not easy and a medal for everyone who can do this.
What I loved the most about this book is the fact we not only get a mystery to solve but we also get a glimpse of that TV world, which might not be as glamorous as we think. It’s obvious Ms Kabler is full of stories and I love how she used them as well as her knowledge in TV, to create an interesting and unique story. I honestly had no idea who the killer might be, and to be frank completely, I didn’t even push myself to think who they might be as I was way too immersed in reading about Cora’s day on field. There’s also a bit of romance but a very clean one, which was just about the right dose so we could see that side of Cora too.
The only thing which was a slight problem for me was Cora’s indecisiveness when it came to men, and the fact she seems to be able to move on just few short weeks after being dumped by someone who she was with for two years, even lived together for the last 10 months. She seems rather eager to move on with her life, which is OK, she’s entitled to it and seems doesn’t have much choice, but I thought she’d take things more slowly or feel more hurt after the break up. However, despite this, ‘The Dead Dog Day’ was definitely an amazing debut and one which had my attention throughout. Fast paced, with some humour and loads of TV drama, it’s a book I can recommend to everyone who likes cosy mystery. Ms Kabler proved she’s not only a good observer with loads of valuable TV experience, but also a talented writer with a knack for pouring these stories to paper and creating a unique fictional world and story.
Ms Kabler is definitely and author to watch out for and I’m most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the ‘Cora Baxter’ series, as well as anything else she writes in the future.
My rating: 8/10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jackie Kabler is a journalist and television presenter, currently working in London for shopping channel QVC. Before that she spent twenty years as a newspaper and television news reporter, appearing on GMTV, BBC News, ITV News, CNN and Setanta Sports News. She signed a three-book deal with Accent Press last year, and her first novel ‘The Dead Dog Day’ is currently on pre-order on Amazon ahead of publication day on 22nd October.
Thanks to lovely Jackie, we’re offering you guys a chance to win A SIGNED COPY OF THE DEAD DOG DAY. The giveaway is open internationally to 18+ readers (must be able to ship to a mailing address; no PO Boxes), and ends on 10th November. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them during this period, we’ll be drawing another winner from those who’ve entered. Best of luck, everyone!