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Meet Tricia Maguire: she’s feisty but funny; holy but horny; nosey but nice...and a super-ambitious reporter who knows she really belongs with a major national newspaper instead of her little hometown daily. She just needs that one big story she knows will truly kick off her career, along with a handsome, well-to-do guy like Justin Hardy in her bed, and she’ll be a happy camper.
Tricia is the delightful protagonist of Numbers Count by Norma Hopcraft, an author whose 30 years as a journalist makes her well-qualified to write this enjoyable murder mystery. Mind you, Hopcraft takes her time to get into the crime itself because she’s busy building up the blossoming romance between Tricia and Justin...and readers won’t mind at all because the author is so good at her craft. Then when the timing is perfect, Tricia’s curiosity about a hit-and-run death and her reporter’s sense that something just isn’t right put her in mortal danger for sticking her nose where it’s not wanted. Tension rises and events unfold quickly.
Personally, I love Norma Hopcraft’s style: it’s easy-going and clear with no loose ends in plot or character development. She uses dialogue perfectly and realistically. She is definitely a writer's writer and anyone aspiring to a journalism career will appreciate Hopcraft’s insights into the difficulties of that profession. Numbers Count will probably appeal more to women than to men because it’s more chick-lit than crime mystery, but if that’s your kind of reading, don’t think twice about picking up this book. What fun!