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A former newspaper reporter, Brenda Buchanan grew up in a newspaper-reading family in a mill town in Central Massachusetts. The journalism bug bit hard at age 16 when she co-wrote an exposé about the enormous disparity in spending on boys and girls sports at her high school. The powers that be were not amused, making the experience a great lesson in the power of the press. Brenda worked as a copyboy (no one ever said copygirl) and later a reporter trainee at the Boston Globe while an undergraduate at Northeastern University. She was a reporter and columnist at the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, Maine before attending law school at the University of Maine. Now a lawyer by day and writer by night, Brenda lives near Portland, Maine with her spouse, Diane Kenty.
Quick Pivot, the first book in her Joe Gale Mystery series, will be released by Carina Press on April 27, 2015.
A Maine newspaper reporter struggles with unreliable sources while covering two explosive stories—the apparent murder of a priest who stood up to his church and a spate of increasingly destructive bombings.
When kindly-but-outspoken priest Father Patrick Doherty is found murdered, the tight-knit community of Riverside, Maine, is shocked...and divided. It's immediately clear to reporter Joe Gale that the good Father didn't die in the garden where his body was found. Someone's covering up more than a murder.
In the course of digging into Patrick’s background, Joe finds no one is willing to tell him the entire truth, not even Patrick's closest friend--the one who'd kept his darkest secrets for years.
Forced to contend with the ever-shrinking newsroom at the Portland Daily Chronicle as well as his own colleagues' personal interpretations of faith, Joe is nowhere near cracking the case when a second crisis threatens to tear Riverside apart: a poorly-constructed bomb detonates near the local high school.
At a press conference on the eve of Patrick’s wake, the police imply the dead priest was involved in criminal activity prior to his death. But the wake is packed with people willing to forgive Patrick his sins...until Joe's two big stories collide, moments after the last mourners have left.
Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Deborah Nemeth.
Maine newspaper reporter Joe Gale is at his best when covering the crime beat for the Portland Daily Chronicle. In the dead of winter he heads Downeast to cover the murder trial of fisherman Danny Boothby, charged with burying a filleting knife in the chest of politically well-connected social worker Frank O’Rourke.
O’Rourke held a thankless job in a hard place. Many locals found him arrogant, but say he didn’t deserve to die. Others whisper that O’Rourke got himself killed through his own rogue behavior.
After Joe’s hard-nosed reporting provokes someone to run him off an isolated road, he realizes his life depends on figuring out not only who committed the murder, but who’s stalking him—O’Rourke’s prominent brother, friends or enemies of the dead social worker or members of Boothby’s family. As he digs deeper, Joe uncovers enough secrets and lies to fill a cemetery. He'll have to solve this one fast…or his next headline may be his own obituary.
A cunning thief skimmed a half a million dollars from the textile mill that was the beating heart of Riverside, Maine. Sharp-eyed accountant George Desmond discovered the discrepancy, but was killed before he could report it. After stashing the body, the thief-turned-killer manipulated evidence to make it appear Desmond skipped town with the stolen money, ruining his good name forever.
Veteran journalist Joe Gale is covering a story for the Portland Daily Chronicle when a skeleton falls at his feet: Desmond’s bones have been found in a basement crawl space at the long-shuttered mill. For Joe, digging into the past means retracing the steps his mentor Paulie Finnegan had taken years ago, when the case was still open. But the same people who bird-dogged Paulie four decades ago are watching Joe now. As he closes in on the truth, his every move is tracked…and the murderer proves more than willing to kill again.