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“You're fired!” Grouchy news publisher Hal Morris sends reporter Melanie Perkins packing for taking too many photos of flowers. Panicked at being unemployed, she lands a job as a landscaper, but an ugly surprise greets her on her first day. A pile of mulch, a tangerine, and a stolen hoe cast suspicion on Melanie. Melanie’s efforts to find a murderer instead put a target on“You're fired!” Grouchy news publisher Hal Morris sends reporter Melanie Perkins packing for taking too many photos of flowers. Panicked at being unemployed, she lands a job as a landscaper, but an ugly surprise greets her on her first day. A pile of mulch, a tangerine, and a stolen hoe cast suspicion on Melanie. Melanie’s efforts to find a murderer instead put a target on her back. Some of the aim is coming from law enforcement, but they aren’t the ones who want to silence her permanently. Life along the Des Moines River in Iowa can be peaceful, but a murderer has no problem disturbing her tranquility.In this, the first novel in beloved cozy mystery writer Elaine Orr's new River's Edge series, the author once again offers humor, believable characters and tight prose as she carries the reader to an exciting climax. Those who follow her Jolie Gentil series will find themselves right at home.You won’t want to miss this one!...

Title : from newsprint to footprints
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ISBN : 27863832
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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from newsprint to footprints Reviews

  • Betty
    2018-11-04 20:55

    The first book in a new cozy mystery. It is a relaxing read, characters developed. It set in rural Iowa along. a river bank. The town is slowly changing from farms to a small town. Melanie Perkins was writing for the newspaper until she was fired for taking too many pictures of flowers. Melanie doesn't want to leave the area so she accepts a job redoing the landscape of a Victorian house. Gardening is her first love. The owner of the newspaper, Hal Morris has an argument with her in the local store. The next morning, Melanie find him buried in a pile of manure. Melanie works to clear her name as some of the law enforcement officers decide she is guilty. I am looking forward to Melanie and friends next adventure.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-09 14:51

    I really enjoyed this first in a series. Melanie is fired from her job at the newspaper by her hot tempered boss, she gets a lead for a gardening job and ends up discovering his body. All eyes turn to her after a fight they had in public. I loved Melanie, she is strong but likable. She has real emotions which brings her to life. I also loved all the secondary characters, her new boss Sly, and surprisingly the town drunk Stooper ended up becoming one of my favorites. The mystery kept me guessing, I thought for sure I had it but I was wrong. I will definitely continue on with this series and will have to try Ms. Orr's other series.* I won a copy of this book from the author, and this is my honest opinion of it.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-19 13:40

    From Newsprint to Footprints, the first in a new series, has a great protagonist, landscaper Melanie Perkins, who can't let her reporter's instincts go when a murder rocks her small town in southeastern Iowa. Melanie is easy to relate to and while there is a large cast of characters, they all have their place in a wonderfully written and intricate plot. There were quite a few twists and turns and I was surprised at the ending. This is the first book of Elaine Orr's I've read and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it and I'm eagerly awaiting the next the series.

  • Karen
    2018-10-29 12:58

    Elaine Orr's new series has lots of interesting characters, a nice setting and an intricate plot. The main character, Melanie makes a switch from journalism to landscaping but still uses her journalism skills to investigate the murder of her old boss. Small town gossip and shenanigans plus a little territorial conflict between the county and the state law enforcement add to the mix. I look forward to more stories in this series.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-10-15 19:55

    Reporter Melanie Perkins loses her job at a three day a week tabloid paper. What to do? Well, what Melanie has always enjoyed doing...gardening. The issue is...who will hire her. Her degree is in Journalism.Luckily, Melanie is given a 'scoop' from a former co-worker and reaches a plum job before the classified ad goes in to the paper. Wealthy landowner, Sylvester Seaton, or 'Syl' hires Melanie but the shortfall hits when her former boss, nasty Hal, accosts her in the grocery that evening and screams and throws an orange at her.Little does Melanie expect to find a body on the job the next morning, but she does, and there we go. Last person seen...Melanie and Hal fighting in the grocery.Melanie's reporter skills come to the front and as chief suspect, she knows she needs to solve this crime now.This book felt slow to me. I followed Melanie through her investigation but thought some things were easily overlooked to her. I won't say which as that would give everything away. I got a bit tired of her 'reporter' friends always pumping her for information. This is just not my type of book. I'm sure I'll read another novel by this good author in another series. I do like Elaine Orr's writing.

  • Elisabeth
    2018-10-18 17:45

    Full disclosure: I have loved everything of Elaine Orr's that I have ever read, so I came to From Newsprint to Footprints with high expectations. Fortunately for all of us avid readers, all my expectations have been more than met. From Newsprint to Footprints at first appears as a leisurely cozy mystery written by a skilled author who has a delightful way with language. A book written for easy going moments, when you are reading for shear pleasure. One passage that describes a minor moment serves as an example. Just a couple of sentences captures the scene. It's not a momentous scene, but it fully brings to mind the moment:About a mile from Keosauqua, a large maple tree lurched into the water. More of the river bank had fallen in since I'd last driven this way. Pretty soon there wouldn't be much land between the road and the river, so there would be some fancy engineering to reinforce the bank. Still, it would be cheaper than moving the road. However, about half way through the twists and turns of plot the book turns into something more, I don't know, real, on a deeper human level. It's not terrorizing or creepy, just more touching I guess. A much more satisfying read than one usually finds in a cozy. The plot proceeds to unexpected places before the resolution. Elaine Orr is a joy to read. From Newsprint to Footprints is no exception. The characters grow in subtle ways that are not demanded by plot, but adds to the richness of the novel. Individuals are not obviously good or obviously bad, and figuring out which is part of the experience. I'm thrilled Ms Orr is gracing us with a new series and I can hardly wait for more installments. If you like cozies without on screen violence, if you like authors with a full command of their craft, you'll love this book.

  • Elisabeth
    2018-10-17 17:52

    Full disclosure: I have loved everything of Elaine Orr's that I have ever read, so I came to From Newsprint to Footprints with high expectations. Fortunately for all of us avid readers, all my expectations have been more than met. From Newsprint to Footprints at first appears as a leisurely cozy mystery written by a skilled author who has a delightful way with language. A book written for easy going moments, when you are reading for shear pleasure. One passage that describes a minor moment serves as an example. Just a couple of sentences captures the scene. It's not a momentous scene, but it fully brings to mind the moment:About a mile from Keosauqua, a large maple tree lurched into the water. More of the river bank had fallen in since I'd last driven this way. Pretty soon there wouldn't be much land between the road and the river, so there would be some fancy engineering to reinforce the bank. Still, it would be cheaper than moving the road. However, about half way through the twists and turns of plot the book turns into something more, I don't know, real, on a deeper human level. It's not terrorizing or creepy, just more touching I guess. A much more satisfying read than one usually finds in a cozy. The plot proceeds to unexpected places before the resolution. Elaine Orr is a joy to read. From Newsprint to Footprints is no exception. The characters grow in subtle ways that are not demanded by plot, but adds to the richness of the novel. Individuals are not obviously good or obviously bad, and figuring out which is part of the experience. I'm thrilled Ms Orr is gracing us with a new series and I can hardly wait for more installments. If you like cozies without on screen violence, if you like authors with a full command of their craft, you'll love this book.

  • Karen B.
    2018-11-01 17:49

    Elaine Orr has ventured into a new series with Newsprint to Footprints. I was given a free copy from the author and am providing an honest review.I have been an Elaine Orr fan ever since I met Jolie Gentil and read about her adventures in Ocean Alley, at the Jersey Shore. Orr moves onto a totally different setting as Melanie Perkins is fired from her job as a reporter for the small local paper that is published three times a week. Her boss, Hal, is argumentative and nasty to his employees even taking to throwing staplers at them in his anger. It sounds like Melanie will be better off if she can find another job. And she does. Her friend from the paper lets her know that a new resident is looking for a landscaper and this is perfect for Melanie as she loves gardening. She is hired and a pile of mulch is delivered to the property. The next morning as Melanie is trying to get started she discovers the corpse of her former boss under the mulch. Of course suspicion immediately falls on Melanie and she uses her reporter skills to "dig" into the crime to clear her name. Someone else is found dead and the plot becomes more complicated.I loved the characters in this novel; each has his or her own personality and once again Orr creates characters with which the reader can identify even if you've never found your former employer's body.

  • Jeanie Jackson
    2018-10-25 20:35

    From Newsprint to Footprints is the first in an awesome new series by Elaine Orr. I am a big Jolie Gentil fan so I had to check out the River's Edge Cozy Mysteries series and I was so please to find that I love it just as much. Melanie has been working for the small town newspaper for some time but when she is fired for taking too many pictures of nature she turns to her true love, gardening. Unfortunately on her first day on the job, she finds the body of her old boss buried in mulch and becomes the focus of the investigation.I feel like there will be some carry over into future books but the mystery is tied up in this one. I was not able to figure out who had killed Hal or why but I think some of the suspects may turn up in other cases. I look forward to spending time with Melanie and several of the other characters.

  • NicoleG
    2018-11-06 14:03

    This is the first book in A River's Edge Cozy Mystery Series and it's off to a decent start. The main character, Melanie, is a newspaper reporter turned gardener/landscaper after she was fired (thanks to the murder victim). Because of her new found profession the location of said murder victim was a bit predictable. Also, because she found the body, she is one of the main suspects so it's up to her to clear her name and find the real killer. There are some unexpected happenings that keep the story going so it definitely keeps the reader's interest. The mystery was mostly well planned though I figured out who the killer as soon as the character was introduced. I would definitely read more books in this series.I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Emme
    2018-11-01 18:47

    Great mystery. Loved how there were so many twists and turns throughout the book and how Elaine added soft touches to people who appeared to be less desireable. Love the small town feel of this book Definitely will read more books in this series and by Elaine.NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  • Patricia
    2018-10-31 17:43

    i enjoyed reading the story. if you like the female alpha to also show a soft side when she finds her ex boss dead and then is a suspect who has to try and clear her name, you will like this book. i was given the book in exchange for an honest review i am looking forward to the next book. there are also a lot of laughs and an adorable dog and cat.

  • Chris Eirschele
    2018-10-29 13:35

    The first in a new series of cozy mysteries by Elaine Orr. From Newsprint to Footprints, the beginning of A River's Edge series will have you knee deep in gardening while uncovering two murders.A fun read, the author writes with humor through out the story's 292 pages.