Friday, October 24, 2014

Honesty is the Best Policy

Truth Be Told (Jane Ryland #3) by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge hardcover, 7 October 2014).

Doing a video story for the Boston Register's online edition is almost like being a television reporter again.  At least, that's what Jane Ryland's new editor tells her.  And it is, at least the part where people tell her to take her cameraman and leave.

Yes, Jane is used to that part, but it only makes her more determined to get her story. Which, in this instance, happens to be about Boston's housing crisis.  The state of the economy is making it difficult for people to keep up with their mortgage payments, and houses are being foreclosed upon all over the city.

But it becomes more than just a human interest story when Jane discovers that it has been turned into a moneymaking opportunity by some unscrupulous people.

Meanwhile, a guy walks into Jake's office and confesses to a murder that happened more than 20 years earlier; a case that affected Jake and his family personally.

In the midst of all this, Jane and Jake are having trouble connecting, which is hampered even more by coincidence and crossed signals.  For someone in the business of communication, Jane is not very good at it in her personal life.

Aside from making me want to knock Jake and Jane's heads together, this was a gripping and entertaining book.  I'm looking forward to the next installment of their story!

By the way, for residents of Southern California, Hank will be appearing in three locations this weekend.  Check her website for details.

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher and to Edelweiss for the e-galley.


  1. Jane's determination is my favorite part of her. I'm excited for this one. Thanks for the review!