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Tue
Apr 4 2017 1:00pm

Get a Life: My Fascination with Obituaries

Read this exclusive guest post from Jill Orr about her fascination with obituaries, and then make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of the 1st Riley Ellison Mystery, The Good Byline!

“I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.” –Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin isn’t alone. Millions of people around the world choose to start their day by reading about death. Morbid? Maybe. But I’d argue that reading obituaries is one of the most life-affirming pursuits out there—not to mention a great way to gain a little perspective. 

The main character in my novel, The Good Byline, is obsessed with obituaries. She reads the obits from eight different newspapers every day, culling through each one looking for those tiny illuminating details of a life well lived. For Riley, this is a way to live vicariously through other people since she isn’t exactly setting the world on fire herself. And, for me, since I wanted to write a murder mystery, the obituary section is a perfect place to find potential victims.

[Find out Jill Orr's 5 favorite reads about obituaries!]

Mon
Mar 27 2017 9:00am
Excerpt

The Good Byline: New Excerpt

Jill Orr

The Good Byline by Jill Orr is a debut novel and the 1st in the new Riley Ellison Mystery series (available March 20, 2017).

Meet Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky, young library assistant who’s become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Ever since her beloved granddaddy died and her longtime boyfriend broke up with her, Riley has been withdrawing from life. In an effort to rejoin the living, she signs up for an online dating service and tries to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Jordan James, a reporter at the Tuttle Times. But when she learns that Jordan committed suicide, Riley is shaken to the core.

Riley agrees to write Jordan's obituary as a way to learn more about why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out. Jordan’s co-worker, a paranoid reporter with a penchant for conspiracy theories, convinces Riley that Jordan’s death was no suicide. He leads her down a dangerous path toward organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks.

Riley’s serpentine hunt for the truth eventually intersects with her emerging love life, and she makes a discovery that puts everything Riley holds dear—her job, the people she loves, and even her life—in danger. Will writing this obituary be the death of her?

[Read an excerpt from The Good Byline...]