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Today I am reviewing It’s News to Me by R.G. Belsky, published by Oceanview Publishing.


Dashed dreams: she wanted to run for president one day, now she’s dead at 20…

When Riley Hunt—a beautiful, smart, popular student at Easton College in Manhattan—is brutally murdered, it becomes a big story for TV newswoman Clare Carlson.

After days of intense media coverage, a suspect is caught: a troubled Afghanistan war veteran with a history of violent and unstable behavior. The suspect’s mother, however, comes to Clare with new evidence that might prove her son’s innocence.

As Clare digs deeper into the puzzling case, she learns new information: Riley had complained about being stalked in the days before her murder, she was romantically involved with two different men—the son of a top police official and the son of a prominent underworld boss—and she had posted her picture on an escort service’s website offering paid dates with wealthy men.

Soon, Clare becomes convinced that Riley Hunt’s death is more than just a simple murder case—and that more lives, including her own, are now in danger until she uncovers the true story.

It’s News to Me is perfect for fans of J. D. Robb and Karin Slaughter

I am a big fan of Belsky’s work under the pen name Dana Perry, so when I was made aware of this book, I was excited to jump into it. While this is a part of a series and the 5th instalment, I had no trouble following along and will most definitely be going back to read the others. If they are as great as this one, I am in for a real treat!

Belsky has created a thrilling whodunnit that had me glued to my Kindle unable to tear myself away. I do love a story that sees characters other than the police solving a crime and this one fits that bill perfectly. The case itself is very intriguing and I enjoyed how it all unfolded.

Clare is a wonderful and strong character that I immediately had a connection with. She is formidable, feisty, pushes boundaries and doesn’t back down on her gut instincts which I really liked.

All round It’s News to Me is a well written and executed piece of work that will be part of my best reads for the year! I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to read more! 5 stars all the way!

Thank you to R.G. Belsky, Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of It’s News to Me, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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R.G. Belsky is an award-winning author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, It’s News to Me, is being published in October by Oceanview. It is the fifth in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station.

The first book, Yesterday’s News, was named Best Mystery of 2018 at Deadly Ink. The second, Below the Fold, won the Foreward INDIES award for Best Mystery of 2019. The third Clare Carlson mystery, The Last Scoop, came out in 2020. The fourth book Beyond the Headlines came out in hardcover in 2021 and paperback in 2022. 

Belsky has published 20 novels—all set in the New York city media world where he has had a long career as a top editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, Star magazine and NBC News. He also writes thrillers under the name Dana Perry. And he is a contributing writer for The Big Thrill magazine.




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