BOOK REVIEW: The Long Shadow on the Stage (Long Shadow Series #1)by Nichole Heydenburg


Publication Date: August 6, 2020
Format: Kindle 
Genre: Mystery/thriller

Publisher: Nichole Heydenburg
183 pages
Buy: Paperback | Kindle 


Jackson Birkman has a perfect life: the lead role on the popular detective show Dispatching David, millions of adoring fans, celebrity status, and a beautiful girlfriend. After five seasons, Dispatching David has been canceled. With the final episode quickly approaching, Jackson is worried about more than just his future acting career. His once-massive fortune is dwindling and his girlfriend Clara is pressuring him to propose.

When Jackson unexpectedly dies on the set of the TV show during filming, everyone speculates whether it was suicide or murder. Why would Jackson commit suicide? If it was a setup, who would want Jackson to die? And most importantly, what was the motive of the murderer? As the investigation continues, Officer Wilson inches closer to the truth, uncovering Jackson’s secrets. She begins to think no one knew Jackson at all but is determined to solve the case, no matter the cost.


Thank you to the Author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This book had an interesting premise and while I figured out the ending about 3/4 of the way through it was still an entertaining read.  I disliked Jackson and Clara so it was hard for me to feel sympathy for them when Jackson was killed and Clara's whole mourning process.  I also didn't fully understand how the director decided to change the lead character out for a different actor in the last episode? Normally they would just cut and splice him in at different places.  I mean he was killed filming the final scene so that sort of threw me off a bit.  Overall this was a good mystery for a first time author.  Were there some issues I had with it? Yes but again, first time author, and the story line was a good one there were just some technical difficulties. Heydenburg has written a second book in this series that I have on my TBR list and I look forward to seeing how her writing has evolved. 

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