Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

Charlotte McNally Mysteries

Prime Time

Book 1

Deadlines. Desire. Deception.
And whatever you do: Don’t Delete.
The story of the century may be hiding in her junk mail folder.

Think that annoying spam clogging your computer is just so much cyber junk mail? Top notch TV reporter Charlotte McNally suspects it may be much more than that—in fact, she thinks some of it may be carrying secret big money messages to the group of insiders with the key to decode it. Problem is, the last outsider who deciphered the truth now resides in the local morgue.

Is this the biggest story of Charlie’s life? Or the one that will end it?

Charlie’s also facing another dilemma: what happens when a top-notch TV reporter is married to her job—but the camera doesn’t love her anymore?

Agatha Award for Best First Novel Winner
Harlequin Next Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist
RITA Award nominee
The Boston Globe Bestseller
“Fresh Pick of the Day!” on

Agatha Award for Best First Novel Winner
Harlequin Next Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist
RITA Award nominee
The Boston Globe Bestseller
“Fresh Pick of the Day!” on

Prime Time is a cleverly written, completely captivating mystery with just the right soupçon of romance.
—John Charles, Chicago Tribune

Told in the first person, this book has humor, snappy language, danger and a wonderful mystery that will keep you guessing.
—Page Traynor, Romantic Times

The author juggles plot and character very deftly with Charlie emerging as one of the wittiest and brightest protagonists in current crime fiction.
—Joe Meyers, Connecticut News
Prime Time gets 5 Angels and I will be eagerly awaiting more stories from this talented writer.
—Fallen Angel Reviews

Face Time

Book 2

Revenge. Romance. The Ratings.
Cameras don’t lie. Pictures do.

Smart, savvy, and successful reporter Charlotte McNally has two tough battles on her hands: her constant search for justice, and the continuing challenge to hold on to her high visibility job. Charlie’s facing TV reality—despite all those EMMYs, she’s only as good as her last story.

With people everywhere buzzing about “Making a Murderer” and “Serial,” FACE TIME tackles the same issues—the tragedy of potentially unfair convictions and the outcry for justice. Charlie enlists her local Innocence Project to fight a battle for truth of her own. The good news: she’s got explosive evidence to free an innocent woman from prison. The bad news: will that make Charlotte—and someone she loves—the real killer’s next target? And what will happen if the convicted murderer is actually guilty?

Unfortunately, Charlotte’s prime source won’t talk, the attorney general is trying to block the investigation, and the more Charlotte investigates, the more people turn up dead. Charlie knows she has what it takes to get the story. But does she have what it takes to stay alive?

The action-filled page turner is not only filled with thrilling twists, but also with a twist of romance as readers meet the incredibly sexy new love of Charlie’s life.

Booksense Notable Book
Borders/Waldenbooks Bestseller

Booksense Notable Book
Borders/Waldenbooks Bestseller 

There is much fascinating background about television news, and Ryan tells the tale with high-powered energy.
—Dede Gallagher, Book Ends Winchester, MA
. . . for smart women who are tired of silly chick lit fare and ready for some real, kick-ass romance and intelligent plot. I loved it!
—Author Sarah Strohmeyer
Loved it! Smart, funny, fresh, intriguing and thoroughly entertaining—I highly recommend this series.
—Author Suzanne Brockmann
These characters will stay with you. Face Time is a winner!
—Author Christina Skye

Air Time

Book 3

Undercover. And under fire.

High-flying fraud and international intrigue! Star reporter Charlotte McNally investigates the glamorous and high-stakes world of high fashion—and uncovers a shocking big bucks scheme. Wired with hidden cameras and dressed to deceive, Charlie infiltrates the top-secret ateliers of haute couture, then cons her way behind closed doors into the suburban hot spots funneling millions to unscrupulous (and surprising!) conspirators.

With her news director pressuring her for the story—and her sexy new boyfriend pressuring her for attention—Charlotte is hot on the trail of deception, forgery and murder. As the bad guys begin to focus on her, she realizes nothing—and no one—is what it seems.

The danger intensifies until Charlie’s faced with a life-changing decision. Is someone she loves and trusts hiding a secret past? At gunpoint and with lives, including her own, on the line—she must choose the real thing.

Investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan brings her unique insight, authenticity, and trademark wit to this ripped-from-her-own-headlines thriller.

Anthony Award nominee
Agatha Award nominee

Anthony Award nominee
Agatha Award nominee 

Ryan keeps the energetic story tightly coiled, smoothly weaving in the serious plot points while also giving Air Time a light touch.
—Oline Cogdill, Sun Sentinel
Sassy, fast-paced, and appealing. This is first-class entertainment.
NYT bestselling author Sue Grafton
. . . another winning thriller.
—Mary Alice Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine
Air Time is a fun, fast read with a heroine who’s sexy, stylish, and smart. I loved it.
—Author Nancy Pickard

Drive Time

Book 4

Deadlines. Desires. Deceptions.

Investigative reporter Charlotte McNally is an expert at keeping things confidential, but suddenly everyone has something to hide. Her latest TV scoop—an exposé of a counterfeit car scam, complete with stakeouts, high-speed chases, and hidden-camera footage—is ratings gold. Now in the prime time of her journalism career, it seems like Charlie’s dreams are about to come true. If she can just balance her high-stakes work and her high-stress upcoming wedding, perhaps she’ll manage to have it all.

But soon Charlie’s personal and professional lives go on a terrifying collision course. Her fiancé, Professor Josh Gelston, may be hiding inside information about disturbing phone calls targeting the elite private school where he teaches.

After nasty threats, terrified parents, and two mysterious deaths, Josh comes under suspicion. Is Charlie’s soon-to-be stepdaughter—9 year old Penny—in danger?

Charlie never counted on happy endings. But now, just as she is starting to believe in second chances, she must face the chilling reality: revenge, extortion, and murder may leave her alone again- if she survives.

Anthony Award nominee
Agatha Award nominee
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist

Anthony Award nominee
Agatha Award nominee
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist 

New readers will speed to get her earlier books, and diehard fans will hope for another installment.
Library Journal, Starred Review
Hank Phillippi Ryan knows the television business entirely; she understands plotting; and she writes beautifully.
—Bestselling author Robert B. Parker
A complex plot sprinkled generously with humor and Charlie’s wisecracking first-person narrative are the highlights of this extremely entertaining mystery.
—Catherine Witmer, Romantic Times

Superb series… Ryan’s ability to portray these universal dilemmas is her true genius, and one that makes this series an enduring joy to read.
—Lynne F. Maxwell, Mystery Scene Magazine