Review: Live, Local, and Dead (Book #1: Vermont Radio Mystery Series) by Nikki Knight

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In a fit of anger, radio DJ Jaye Jordan blows a snowman’s head off with a Revolutionary War-style musket. But the corpse that tumbles out is all too human. Jaye thought life would be quieter when she left New York City and bought a tiny Vermont radio station. But now, Edwin Anger–the ranting and raving radio talk show host who Jaye recently fired–lies dead in the snow. And the Edwin Anger fans who protested his dismissal are sure she killed him.

To clear her name, Jaye must find the real killer, as if she doesn’t have her hands full running the radio station, DJing her all-request love song show, and shuttling tween daughter Ryan to and from school. It doesn’t make matters easier that the governor–Jaye’s old crush–arrived on the scene before the musket smoke cleared. Fortunately, Jaye has allies…if you count the flatulent moose that lives in the transmitter shack, and Neptune, the giant gray cat that lives at the station.

If Jaye can turn the tables on the devious killer, she and the governor may get to make some sweet, sweet music together. But if she can’t, she’ll be off the air…permanently.

Source: NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Rating: 3½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  I have to admit my two favorite parts of this book are the candy-eating moose and the blowing away of the snowman at the very beginning.  When a book starts with such an explosive scene (HA!) I expected the rest of the book to follow suit.  Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn’t quite live up to the exciting beginning.  With that said, I still liked this story, the setting, the oddity of the local radio angle, and the locals.  At present, Jaye is a bit too brash for my taste, but I like all the other characters and am willing to give this series another chance.  I would like to see Jaye a bit more toned down, but I *think* I can get beyond that issue given all the other characters I take no issue with and genuinely want to see evolve and stay involved in future plots.  Furthermore, I find it hard to turn my back on a series that is doing something so fun like a live, local radio show, especially one that features such good music.  Oh, and this series has a candy-eating moose 😊

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