Literary Spotlight Shines On Phoenix As Local Reporter Launches Series

Literary Spotlight Shines On Phoenix As Local Reporter Launches Series

(New York/Phoenix, January 29, 2024)– Minotaur Books, part of Macmillan Publishers, have announced the publication of a Phoenix-based mystery series by Emmy award-winning reporter Christina Estes.

Her debut novel, Off the Air, introduces Jolene Garcia, a Phoenix TV reporter investigating the suspicious death of a controversial radio talk show host. When national media descend on Arizona with bigger budgets and better scoops, Jolene ends up fighting for her job and her life.

What people are saying about Off the Air:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg says, “Estes rips open a vein to bring her hard-charging heroine to life, giving this fast-moving crime novel the satisfying snap of realism.”

New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo calls Off the Air, “A full-throttle fun mystery with all the dangerous undercurrents readers expect and love.”

USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan says, “Estes’s ear for dialogue and understanding of human nature makes this a must read.”

Estes received the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Mystery Set in the Southwest. Her reporting has been recognized by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Arizona Associated Press, among others.

“Off the Air is a love letter to local news and Phoenix,” Estes says. “I’m excited to take readers behind the scenes of daily journalism and different areas of the city.”


Neighborhoods mentioned: Laveen, Maryvale, Melrose, Sunnyslope and downtown

Businesses mentioned: Cerreta’s Candy Company, Chicago Hamburger Company, Dos Vaqueros, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Food City, Harlow’s Café, Orange Patch, Oregano’s, and Welcome Diner


Off the Air, available for pre-order wherever books are sold, will be published on March 26.


About Christina Estes

During 20-plus years in Phoenix, Christina has covered public policy, crime, education and business. Her stories have ranged from the whimsical – like a fish visiting a dentist – to the weighty – such as witnessing a lethal injection. Having worked for several local TV stations, Christina now reports for the NPR member station in Phoenix.

About Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books is an imprint of St. Martin’s Press that launched in 1999, publishing 130 hardcover crime fiction titles annually. Minotaur Books grew out of a fifty-year tradition of publishing quality crime fiction at St. Martin’s Press, and has published several award-winning and best-selling titles.


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