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When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.
With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.
Interview with Nancy Cole Silverman
Nancy, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell us how you started writing mysteries?
I was motivated to start writing fiction after I had a riding accident. I was thrown by my horse and needed a lot of physical therapy. It was writing that took me out of my pain and to a new discovery of me and my talents. I’ll be forever thankful for that accident. If it hadn’t happened, I’d be like that happy little girl at the barn every day after school and would never have left.
Let’s talk about your protagonist, Carol Childs; who’s the character she gets along with the best?
I would have to say Sheri. Sheri is Carol’s best friend. While they are polar opposites in every way, they are both single moms with sons who are best friends and as a result, very supportive of one another. Sheri is a grounding force for Carol. She enjoys living vicariously through her, and it is through her we learn a lot about Carol, her vulnerabilities, and desires.
Every great story has conflict. With whom does Carol have a conflict?
Because Carol is an investigative journalist, I’d have to say her primary antagonist changes with each book. But in my most recent book, Room for Doubt, I’d have to say, her chief antagonist is Detective Riley, who has covered for a suspected serial killer Carol is intent on finding. In the end, however, Carol is not so certain if perhaps Riley might have been correct in his wanting to keep things covered up.
What would Carol Childs say about you ?
Speaking as Carol Childs, I like that Nancy put me at a radio station. Life around the station is like Grand Central. You never know who will walk in the door or what story is about to break. I like that things happen quickly and there’s never a dull moment. I sometimes wonder, however, if she’s really just making this all up or if I might be a step ahead if I read the headlines in the morning news.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on book five of series. After that? I’m thinking of a spin off for Misty Dawn. She’s also a favorite character of mine and lately, she’s been on my mind a lot.
About The Author
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubt, was released May 24, 2016. Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017.