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Killing the Story by Joan Livingston

Genre:  Mystery

Tour Dates: 26th August - 2nd September 2020

Publication Date: 26th August 2020

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Formats available: Mobi, or Epub

Standalone fourth book in the Isabel Long Mystery Series. 

Estimated Page Count - 330

Types of post available: Reviews (preferred) or basic promo / spotlight posts

An accidental death that was no accident…

For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a hard fall on ice. But years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all.

Was Estelle pursuing a big story that put her life in danger?

That’s what Isabel Long — along with her 93-year-old mother, Maria, her ‘Watson’ — agrees to investigate in Dillard, a town whose best days are in the past.

A former journalist, Isabel follows leads and interviews sources, new and familiar. She quickly finds a formidable threat in Police Chief James Hawthorne, who makes it clear Isabel is not welcome in his town — and who warns her against poking her nose into Estelle’s death.

Of course, that’s after Isabel has discovered the chief’s questionable policing and a troubled history with Estelle that goes way back.

Killing the story means dropping it because there aren’t enough facts to back it up. But Isabel won’t make that mistake. She’ll see this one through to the very end.

Can she uncover the plot that led to Estelle’s murder?

Killing the Story is the fourth in the popular Isabel Long Mystery Series. 

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About Joan Livingston

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Killing the Story, published by Darkstroke Books, is the fourth in a series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I.


She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.


She credits her mother, Algerina — the inspiration for Maria, Isabel Long’s ‘Watson’ — for instilling in her a love of reading and the power of the written word. 

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Publication Day Premium Package Schedule

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26th August

  1. Rajiv's Reviews

  2. The Magic Of Wor(l)ds

  3. Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

  4. The Bookwormery

  5. Splashes Into Books

27th August

  1. Ginger Book Geek

  2. Bertyboy123

  3. Rosie Writes...

28th August

  1. Jane Hunt Writer

  2. Curled up with a good book  


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