Featured Author in June Uncaged Book Reviews

Stephanie LaVigne

Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(The Sunshine State: Cozy + Crime)

Cozy Mystery



Between a whirlwind of secrets + a distracting crime reporter, Piper has a shot at her professional and personal dreams… if she can unravel a complicated family tree mystery on time.

As a single mom living back in her quaint hometown nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Piper has all but abandoned her dream of ever becoming a professional writer. So when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opens up at the small beach town paper where she works, she has to make a split-second decision: Go for it (even if it requires a little fib) or give up a shot at her lifelong goal.

To complicate things, in waltzes a worldly crime reporter who is easy to talk to and even easier on the eyes. Add in a demanding editor, alongside a theatrical best friend, a lively family, and co-workers who run the gamut from good-hearted to conniving, and things start getting tricky.

Scrambling for a topic that could keep readers hooked, Piper dives into the world of genealogy…something she knows absolutely nothing about. When her investigation turns up more questions than answers, her findings threaten to open up a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed.

All Piper has to do to learn more about her best friend’s long-lost father is get her to take an at-home DNA test, enter the results in the Family Found website, and whalaah! Answers gotten, and an article that will practically write itself!

Or not. Turns out there’s a missing branch of the family tree that does not want to be found. The question is, why?

A story about friendship, family, and finding your passion. Will she uncover the well-kept secrets of the past, or get caught up in a tangle of present-day deceptions?

Can Piper grab her very first headlines, get her story finished by the fast-approaching deadline, and sort out the truth from the lies?