The Good Byline (A Riley Ellison Mystery #1) by Jill Orr

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The Good Byline (A Riley Ellison Mystery #1) Read Online Free - "Who knew obituaries could be this much fun?"
— Gretchen Archer, USA TODAY–bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers

Meet Riley Ellison, a quirky young library assistant who has become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Riley’s odd habit of living vicariously through people she reads about in the obituary pages hits a little too close to home when she is asked to write one for her childhood best friend, Jordan James. Jordan's unexpected suicide has left Riley desperate to understand why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out, so she steps out of her comfort zone and into the role of obituary writer.

Things get messy, however, when Jordan’s co-worker, a paranoid reporter with a penchant for conspiracy theories, convinces Riley that Jordan’s death was no suicide. He leads her down a dangerous path toward organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks. Eventually, Riley’s serpentine hunt for the truth leads to a discovery that puts everything she holds dear—her job, the people she loves, and even her life—in danger. Will writing this obituary be the death of her?

Title : The Good Byline (A Riley Ellison Mystery #1)
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ISBN : 1938849914
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 280 pages


Julie rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2017

Here is a book that makes you start looking for the release date of book #2. Riley is a fun character who is relatable and easy to connect with. I wasn't even trying to figure out the mystery of the story; instead, it was more enjoyable to read along and get lost in the smart and witty writing. S...

Whitney rated it ★★★★★

February 16, 2017

What a fun, quirky, mystery! This was exactly what I needed to comfort me during these uncertain times. Riley is a library assistant who has a fascination with obituaries. When Riley's best friend, Jordan, dies her parents ask her to write the obituary. The one snag is that Riley thinks there's s...

Lindsey rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2016

I picked up an early release copy of this book, and it was such a fun ride! Riley is the 20-something protagonist in whom we can all recall a bit of ourselves: young, newly single, and ambivalent about her future. When she decides to reconnect with an old best friend, only to learn that she died...

Bertha rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2017

Jill Orr's first novel "The Good Byline" was a great read. The book flowed from beginning to end. The only negative I have (and it's a very small one) is that I got tired of the obituary history. The book was quick read. I'm hoping Ms. Orr continues the series because I can't wait to see what kind...

Jillian rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

Guys, I read an adult book! GO ME! A funny mystery that had me literally laughing out loud at points, as well as drawing me into the story. I was trying to solve the mystery the whole time. Riley is a great protagonist. I can't wait to read future books in this series!

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

October 23, 2017

This was a fun, quick read with tons of humor and a side of suspense. Since I'm horrible at plot synopsis, I'll simply say the small-town charms on display here remind me of Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap. Any well-written book that finds a way to creatively insert library scenes gets bonus poi...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2017

This is another Goodreads book that kept me up late until I finished it. From the lightheartedness of the first page, I knew I would enjoy it. The three legged races and the library book sale, which my library still has and at the same prices for the books, were all familiar scenes to me. Besides t...

Colleen rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2017

Full disclosure-- I'm the book's editor. And I chose this book for a reason. It's one of the most fun mysteries I've read in a very long time. Cleverly plotted, funny, engaging characters.... a highly entertaining read!

Chrissy rated it ★★★★★

March 03, 2017

What a fun read! Loved it from being to end. Riley is a relatable character that you can not help but love. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down.

Anne rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

I normally don't read "mystery-lite"-type books, but after hearing the author speak I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. It was a great weekend read--would be perfect on a beach or a plane (well assuming your seat mates didn't mind hearing the occasional burst of laughter). I laughed...

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