Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Secrets & Scandals by Piper Glendale

Posted May 4, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense, Piper Glendale / 23 Comments

Secrets & Scandals book review

Secrets & Scandals by Piper GlendaleSECRETS AND SCANDALS by Piper Glendale
The Gilman Gazette #1

GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean with mild language)
PUBLISHER: Primrose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2022
PAGES: 250

Emily Delaney, a reporter for one of Hollywood’s hottest gossip magazines, has her world turned upside down when her former journalism mentor dies, and she is called back to the hometown she thought she’d left for good.

Emily is quickly surrounded by small town intrigue, including a desperate effort to save the town’s failing newspaper, unraveling an unsolved mystery, and clearing the name of her beloved mentor who is suspected of murder. All the while trying to avoid memories of the terrible mistake she made in high school that forced her to leave town in the first place. Not so easy to do, especially when her ex-high school sweetheart is now a handsome local detective blocking her every turn.

Secrets and Scandals is the first book in the Gilman Gazette cozy mystery series. If you like page-turning mysteries filled with fun characters, humor and sweet romance, then you will love the first installment of Piper Glendale’s engaging series.

Pick up Secrets and Scandals and join Emily on her mystery-solving adventure today!


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They say you can’t go home again, and Hollywood-gossip star reporter Emily Delaney has been counting on that to be true ever since she left Gilman, Oregon, in disgrace right after high school. Which was also right after she nearly ruined her journalism career before it got started – and, as far as she knows, the lives of at least three other people. Yet, Gilman is where Emily suddenly finds herself summoned after the surprising death of her journalism mentor, and her plan for a quick exit is derailed when she learns she’s not only the owner of Lois’ sweet dog now but of the town’s failing newspaper – and its impossible debt – too.

I enjoyed getting to know Emily’s character, and by default her mentor Lois, as we trail along with Emily’s search for a big enough story to save the Gilman Gazette. Along the way we meet several of her old friends (including BFF Crystal and swoony detective Josh) as well as new ones (like flamboyant Bryce and earnest Cody), and I thought the author did a great job of crafting each distinct personality in a way that makes me want to come back for another visit. The mysteries that Emily stumbles onto during her quest to save the Gazette kept me turning the pages to see how – or if – they were all connected, and there were a couple of stunning twists that took me completely by surprise!

Bottom Line: From the very first page of Secrets & Scandals, I was hooked on Piper Glendale’s witty writing voice and the engaging characters she created. Emily Delaney, our intrepid protagonist, felt relatable in her flaws as well as her strengths, and I was rooting for her to embrace Gilman as the home of her heart once more. The layered mysteries are expertly plotted and unpredictable, and there was no ‘dead weight’ when it came to the supporting characters, the red herrings, or the legitimate clues. Everything, even the dialogue, served to move the story forward, and the whole book whet my appetite for more of this series. Fortunately, there are already two more books waiting for me!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that there are a couple of minor curse words in this novel.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Piper Glendale

Piper Glendale is the pen name of author Stacey Auer. Stacey lives with her handsome husband and lively twins in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not writing she can be found walking her hound dog or recycling. Visit Piper’s website at to sign up for author updates and get access to the Secret Page.

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23 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Secrets & Scandals by Piper Glendale

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on SECRETS AND SCANDALS by Piper Glendale and for being part of the blog tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one I would very much love the opportunity to read and review.

  2. What pulls me to this book? The small town setting. I’m that kind of girl. The first “small town” series that captured my heart were The Mitford series.

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