A couple from James W. Ziskin this week, featuring his series character Ellie Stone.
Ellie (Eleonora) Stone, is a young journalist working for a small town daily newspaper, in 1960s New Holland, New York'
I read the first in the series - Styx & Stone back in October, 2013 and enjoyed it, but rather inexplicably haven't returned to the series for any further outings. I do like a reporter investigating and I like the era depicted. Well I was born in the 60s, so what's not to like about them?
These two are the fourth and fifth in the series, following on from No Stone Unturned (2014) and
Stone Cold Dead (2015).
A Stone's Throw (2018) followed, and there's another out later this year - Turn to Stone (2019)
James W. Ziskin has his website here.
The author and his books are very well-regarded and according to Google Books have been nominated for and won a few awards....
Winner of the Anthony award for Best Paperback Original and the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel (Sue Feder Memorial), he has also been a finalist for the Edgar(R), Barry, and Lefty Awards.
Heart of Stone (2016)
Wading into a slippery morass of fellow travelers, free-love intellectuals, rabid John Birchers, and charismatic evangelicals, Ellie must navigate old grudges and Cold War passions, lost ideals and betrayed loves. She sticks her nose where it's unwanted, rattling nerves and putting herself in jeopardy. But this time, it's her heart that's at risk.
Cast the First Stone (2017)
February 1962: CAST THE FIRST STONE Tony Eberle has just scored his first role in a Hollywood movie, and the publisher of his hometown newspaper in upstate New York wants a profile of the local boy who's made good. Reporter Ellie Stone is dispatched to Los Angeles for the story. But when she arrives on set to meet her subject, Tony has vanished. His agent is stumped, the director is apoplectic, and the producer is dead. Murdered.
Ellie is on the story, diving headfirst into a treacherous demimonde of Hollywood wannabes, beautiful young men, desperately ambitious ingenues, panderers, and pornography hobbyists. Then there are some real movie stars with reputations to protect. To find the killer, Ellie must separate the lies from the truth, unearthing secrets no one wants revealed along the way. But before she can solve Bertram Wallis's murder, she must locate Tony Eberle.