Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she’s off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she’s assigned to the rewrite desk.
Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner’s blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key? Sean’s childhood sweetheart, the victim’s widow, who has gone missing.
Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that’s the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it’s not just his and Trixie’s careers that depend on finding the killer. It’s their lives.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My love of mystery, romance and classic cinema. I’ve been a fan of old movies since I was a teenager, and one of my favorite romantic mystery films is The Thin Man. The dialogue is top-notch and the romantic chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles is playful and fun.
Add to that, I love Manhattan as a setting, and I’ve always been fascinated by the 1920s—the bootleggers, the flappers, the speakeasies, the post-war abandon. It was a combination of all these elements that inspired me to try my hand at creating a sleuthing couple of my own.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Trixie Frank, the heroine in It Had to Be You, is an heiress like Nora Charles, but that’s where any similarity ends. She’s also an ambitious tabloid reporter. Part of the inspiration for that aspect of her character is the 19th century “girl reporter” Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, better known as Nellie Bly.
The hero, Sean Costigan, is a second generation Irish homicide detective with a seen-it-all Phillip Marlowe kind of attitude.
Delynn Royer is the older, funnier, more ornery alter ego of award-winning author Donna Grove, who, as a young mother, published four historical romances. The first, A Touch of Camelot, won a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Soon after that, Delynn set aside her pen to concentrate on her day job and raising her two sons.
Motherhood never ends but kids eventually fly the nest. Delynn has returned to her first love, writing, and is happy to be at work on new titles that she hopes will entertain and lighten readers’ hearts.
Aside from delving into the historical research that inspires her mystery and romance novels, Delynn enjoys classic movies, reading, travel and yoga. She lives with her husband in Pennsylvania.
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