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Betta Ferrendelli Books

"The author has authentically captured the agonies an alcoholic goes through before she can admit she has a problem, and has done it within an excellently drawn mystery which, unfortunately, is all too realistic. The author made me care about Samantha, and root for her to finally "get it." The author has a good knowledge of what goes on in a newspaper office, too. Taken together, she has crafted a well-written, engrossing mystery about all-too-human people."

5-Star Amazon review

The Friday Edition was named one of the best books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews

The Friday Edition won the Readers' Favorite

2014 Gold Medal Award in the

Fiction, Mystery, Sleuth category

The Friday Edition was named best mystery in the 9th annual National Indie Excellence Awards for 2015.

The Friday Edition was named one of six finalists for the 2015 BookViral Book Award.

THE FRIDAY EDITION is the first book in the mystery series featuring reporter Samantha Church

On the back cover ...

A beautiful, young district attorney tumbles to her death on Christmas Eve.

Police suspect suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it.

Samantha discovers evidence linking her sister to a drug smuggling case and quickly learns she has stumbled onto a major news story. She must summon the courage to not only face a cartel of criminals, but her own fears and shortcomings when she is confronted by the inescapable specter of a far greater enemy—her addiction to alcohol. Samantha’s dependency has not only cost her job at a major metropolitan daily, but, worse, custody of her daughter, April.


Samantha pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. Despite being betrayed, physically beaten and facing the possibility of sharing her sister’s fate, Samantha refuses to stop her investigation. However, when the killers threaten to harm April, Samantha realizes that, for her daughter’s sake, she can no longer continue the investigation on her own. She knows she must swallow her pride and turn to her ex-husband and police detective, Jonathan Church, for help.

Can Samantha ultimately prevail—find her sister’s killer, write the story of her career, confront her drinking problem, and finally begin to change her life, or will she and April become the killer’s

next victims?

The Friday Edition on the bookshelf at Bookworks, an independent bookstore

in Albuquerque, New Mexico.