Beyond the Headlines

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Pub Date 04 May 2021 | Archive Date 19 Jan 2022

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She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail

Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country’s top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband.

New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women’s rights groups around the country.

At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War.

Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.

Beyond the Headlines is perfect for fans of Robert Crais and Harlan Coben

While all of the novels in the Clare Carlson Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:

Yesterday’s News
Below the Fold
The Last Scoop
Beyond the Headlines
It’s News to Me
Broadcast Blues (coming 2024)
She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail

Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon...

Advance Praise

Praise for The Clare Carlson Mystery Series

Below the Fold takes readers on a whiplash ride through a New York murder case. The television news investigation provides a fascinating lens for the story. Heroine Clare Carlson is formidable, human, and thoroughly authentic. R. G. Belsky knows his stuff.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author

“In today's world of fake news and alternate facts, R. G. Belsky reminds us why we need reporters like Clare Carlson more than ever before. She is what we want all our journalists to be—honest, objective, and relentless in her pursuit of the truth.” —Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author

“Belsky’s Yesterday’s News elicits all parents’ deepest fear—the disappearance of a child. But this intelligent, gripping novel is about so much more: ambition, secrets, and, most shocking of all, truth. Read it.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author

“What a terrific book! A complex and compelling nonstop cat-and-mouse chase—and you're never quite sure which one's the mouse. Even the savviest of readers will be gasping in awe at Belsky's impressive story-telling skills.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

“Belsky's behind-the-headlines thriller Yesterday’s News is about truth, lies—and how much of each we're willing to live with.” —Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

Below the Fold is a terrific mystery, written with a veteran journalist's eye. The pacing and plotting are everything you want, but it's R. G. Belsky's insider knowledge that adds a wonderful layer to this story of media and murder.”—Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author

The Last Scoop is another surefire success for author R. G. Belsky as well as for Oceanview Publishing which has been putting out one top-notch page-turner after another.” —New York Journal of Books

“Belsky’s experience as a journalist provides fascinating insights and a sense of authenticity. Readers will look forward to seeing more of doggedly determined Clare.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Clare Carlson Mystery Series

Below the Fold takes readers on a whiplash ride through a New York murder case. The television news investigation provides a fascinating lens for the...

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Wisecracking Clare Carlson, executive director at Channel 10 but a breaking news journalist at heart is back and investigating another murder.

As you can see below, I am a HUGE fan of this series and have read all the previous books. And WOW!!!! This book didn't disappoint!

A very wealthy Charles Hollister is found dead in his condo and his estranged wife, Laurie Bateman, is arrested for his murder. Clare, the only news person that was there as the police escort Laurie out in handcuffs. Clare was at the scene as she was supposed to interview the wife, who in her own right is famous, and was going to tell all about her marriage to Hollister, which wasn't what they portrayed in the public and media.

As Clare starts digging into this story, she feels that Laurie is innocent and wants to help her get out of jail, which she does and even the charges are dropped. However, she wants to get the scoop as to who really killed Hollister but the more she delves in, the more questions are unanswered and not making sense. Did she make a mistake? Who really killed Charles Hollister.

Like the previous books in this series, this sequel will transport the reader because of the descriptive nature of the written word and conversations of the characters. The reader will become one with the story and be totally unaware of what is going on around them. That's what happens to me when reading this author's works.

The suspense is constant and will have the reader sure as to who the suspect is and then BAM! Wrong! OK. Let's try this again. it has to be this character!! Not!! Duped again!!!!!

Even though this is the 4th book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I suggest you start with the first book, not only to get to know Clare a bit better but to also have the experience of reading some exceptional writing!!!!!

I absolutely recommend this extraordinary book(s)!!!!

BTW Mr. Belsky, no pressure, but when will the next book be available????

<h3>Check out my Review for <Yesterday's News</i><a href="">HERE</a> and enter the giveaway</h3>
<h3>Check out my Review for <i>Below The Fold</i><a href="">HERE</a> and enter the giveaway</h3>
<h3>Check out my Review for <i>The Last Scoop</i><a href="">HERE</a> and enter the giveaway</h3>

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Beyond the Headlines has everything I enjoy - all in one book! Mystery, drama, intrigue, love interests and humour. Needless to say, I loved it. It reads like a rom-com but doesn't feel too chick lit because of the murder mystery involved.
Narrating the story is the main character, journalist Clare Carlson, and it's her quick wit and sharp intelligence that make this a good romp. That said, the one-liners are a touch overdone and sometimes fall flat.
The story begins with Clare being requested by a female celebrity to do a tell-all interview about her marriage to the man she's about to divorce. When that man is found dead on the day the interview is to happen, the story Clare thought she would be doing takes a completely different direction. But is the wife as guilty as her presence at the scene of the crime suggests?
Clare decides to dig deeper and cast the net wider. What she discovers is there are a number of people who stand to benefit from this man's death and may have motive, plus links to other mysterious deaths. Dogged in her pursuit of the truth, we follow Clare as she rules out suspects one by one until she solves the case that has all of America talking.
I was initially surprised to learn the author, R.G. Belsky, is male, although it could be argued that some of the dad jokes and Clare's constant bragging about her sexual conquests are giveaways.
Aside from being entertaining and well-paced, Beyond the Headlines is very current in terms of setting and the high-profile names that are dropped.
I found myself picking up this book at every chance, even if I could only read one page at a time, just to bring myself closer to knowing how it ended.
By the last page, I was pretty satisfied and felt as though I'd made a new friend in Clare. For that reason, I'm confident we will cross paths again as this is the fourth book in this author's mystery series. (Each book can stand on their own and the series doesn't need to be read in any order.)
If you're looking for a fast and fun read, and if you're a news junkie who devours celebrity gossip, you won't go wrong with this one.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy.

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I loved it. You can tell I clearly have a thing for psychological thrillers and true crime type books. I again finished it within a week because I couldn’t put it down. This was also my first time reading anything by this author, and I want to read the other books in this series.

I also like all the twists and the turns, and I really didn’t except what was going to come next, like I did in some other books I’ve read.

This book also talks about important issues like the #metoo movement and domestic abuse.

I want to thank NetGalley, the author and publisher for giving me an opportunity to read a copy of this book.

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This is my first time reading R.G. Belsky, and I really enjoyed it.

I loved the main character, Clare Carlson, she was refreshing, witty and quick with the banter. I enjoyed her inner emotions and thought process.

Now, the plot was suspenseful and driven. There were a few places where things were either repeated too many times or some information was interchanged somehow. This may just be editing issue that will be resolved with the final release, however it did pull me away a tiny bit in those places.

The mystery and intrigue was all very tight rope balancing act, and while I can usually pin down the culprit - this one kept me guessing the whole time.

Also, I loved the information we were able to glean about the Vietnam War.

On another plus side, the inner working of media, a glimpse into the world was nice to see.

Thank you netgalley for providing an eARC.

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Good book great author and serie and very suspenseful would tell friend and family to read this book

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