Front Page Fatality

FRONT PAGE FATALITY, A Headlines in High Heels Mystery #1

*Agatha Award nominee, Best First Novel* 

January 29, 2013 ♦ Henery Press

Peep Toes and Peril

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime.

As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.


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“Author LynDee Walker sure knows her way around a plot twist. She kept me turning pages late into the night, following the rollercoaster adventures of her fashionably feisty heroine—crime reporter and designer shoe fanatic Nichelle Clarke. Front Page Fatality is smart, funny, and loaded with surprises. A terrific debut mystery.” – Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

Front Page Fatality is delightful, with engaging characters, a crackling good mystery, and of course, high, high heels. LynDee Walker writes with wit and intelligence and the confidence of a newsroom insider. What fun!” – Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-Award winning author of Dating Dead Men and Keeper of the Moon

“Fast, funny, [and] action-packed.” — The Virginian-Pilot

“This is a joy to read: Nichelle is a likeable character who does put her nose into whatever seems curious to her…the book can be read in one sitting thanks to the easy and casual language the author has employed in writing the book. Highly recommended to the fans of cozy mysteries!” – Mystery Tribune

“Walker’s years in a newsroom obviously have paid off: Her pacing is expert, her knowledge of police and court procedure evident, and her dialogue natural…Tight, fast-paced and funny, Front Page Fatality immediately draws the reader in, provides plenty of twists, and keeps its audience guessing up to the end.” – Style Weekly

“This story had it all: humor, adventure, intrigue, interesting characters, and a dynamic story line. …If you’re looking for a story that will engage you from the first page to ‘the end’ then Front Page Fatality is the story for you. It was full of twists, turns, and the (pleasantly) unexpected.” — BookChick BlogReviews (Top 15 books of 2013)

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“I loved this book, Nichelle is such a strong character, able to stand up to herself no matter what. The interaction between Bob, her boss, and Nichelle is awesome and you can see how much they care for each other. My favorite part of the book was a fight scene, not going to ruin it for you, that you just have to read.” – Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

I adored Front Page Fatality! The writing is engaging and witty … [This] is a strong debut and I can’t wait to read future books in the series. If you’re a fan of cozy-mysteries, I highly recommend this book.” — Literary, etc (Best Book of February 2013, 2013 Excellence Award)

Literary, etc Excellence

“Many factors comprise an outstanding novel. For me, the most critical one is the main protagonist. I loved Nichelle Clarke, a smart, competitive woman who can take care of herself. … She made me think a little of one of my other favorite characters, V.I. Warshawski … Five stars out of five.” –

“Gives those designer shoes a workout! Nicey’s adventure kept me guessing. Goes down as smooth as hot chocolate with whipped cream.” – Alice Loweecey, author of the Falcone and Driscoll Investigations