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“His and Hers” by Alice Feeney

“His and Hers” by Alice Feeney

Narrated by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine

His and Hers is a great listen! Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine did and excellent job of bringing the characters to life and allowing the suspense of the mystery to build gradually. I found that the back and forth flowed very smoothly and added to the drama of the story.

Anna Andrews and Jack Harper have a unique history which is not immediately apparent. There are mysteries within mysteries throughout the storyline and I found it to be very engaging from the start. The characters are multi-faceted which makes them more relatable and fascinating in my opinion. The conclusion rolled out easily and fit with the events that had transpired.

If you’re looking for your next audiobook, I would definitely recommend this one.

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“Missing Persons” by Michael Brandman

“Missing Persons” by Michael Brandman

LAPD homicide detective Buddy Steel finds himself detoured from his own life when his ailing father, Sheriff Burton Steel, calls him home to Freedom to take over as deputy. Though relations between father and son have always been strained, and Buddy reluctantly agrees to the arrangement.

When he begins investigating the possible disappearance of a famous local televangelist’s wife, he is met with outright antagonism. While the highly-secured husband insists that his wife is simply visiting a relative, the housekeeper who reported her missing fears she may have been murdered. And no one, from family members to ministry security and staff to the prosecutor’s office seems inclined to help Buddy in his investigation. In fact, many go out of their way to stop him.

But the more he pokes and prods, the more he realizes that the Bible-thumping family and their television empire may be an elaborate cover for a less-than-holy enterprise. This is far more than a typical missing person case. But how far up does the corruption reach—and will Buddy pay the ultimate price for refusing to look the other way?

Michael Brandman is a new-to-me author and he captured my attention with this story right away and kept me glued to the page till the end. Set in a small town on the coast of California, I instantly felt at home. Also, if you’ve been around for a while, you know I have a particular interest in stories with a cult connection.

Buddy Steel had me a little flummoxed at first because he is so conflicted about his new role as Sheriff. He did grow on me quickly though. I really enjoyed the interplay between him and his deputies. The author did a great job of incorporating Buddy’s personal conflicts into the story so that you can relate to him as a complete person not just a stereotype.

The story itself was original and had some great twists before the end. I enjoyed the author’s direct writing style which gave the narrative an added punch. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this first in a series book and will definitely pick up more books in this series.

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“The Nothing Man” by Catherine Ryan Howard

“The Nothing Man” by Catherine Ryan Howard

Narrated by Alana Kerr-Collins and John Keating

“The Secret Mother” by Shalini Boland

“The Secret Mother” by Shalini Boland

Narrated by Katie Villa

Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. 

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the child is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the boy. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself…

This story had me intrigued from the opening chapter. Tessa comes home to find a child claiming to be her son in her kitchen. She is thrown for a loop. Now she can’t help but want to unravel the mystery of this child. The process will force her to confront her own history and even question her sanity. I couldn’t help but hope for the best even when everything seemed to be working against her.

This story has some surprising twists. I liked the pace of the story, it kept moving forward without dragging but also didn’t feel rushed. The story is well narrated by Katie Villa. She adds the right amount of drama to her narration to make the story come alive without overdoing it. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.

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Audible Original: “Second Skin” by Christian White

Audible Original: “Second Skin” by Christian White

Narrated by Ellen Archer

Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet when her daughter Erin starts describing ‘past life memories’. Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the truth becomes harder to deny.

So, I don’t delve into the paranormal much and I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I downloaded this Audible Original. I mean, a nine-year-old with the reincarnated spirit of a grown woman. What was that going to be like? I was in for a very intriguing surprise of a story. Turns out that Erin is a very charming little girl, but the secrets in this story are not charming at all.

I found the story to be filled with twists that I wasn’t expecting and Stan, who is in serious need of help. The story is also excellently narrated by Ellen Archer with just the right amount of drama to draw the listener in and breath life into the characters. I found this to be an excellent listen and well worth the 4 1/2 hours.

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Flash Review: “The Eighth Sister” by Robert Dugoni

Flash Review: “The Eighth Sister” by Robert Dugoni

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series.

What I Liked: The complexity of the story and all the twists and turns.

Favorite Supporting Characters: The guys on the rescue boat.

What I Didn’t Like: It took me a while to warm up to the main character.

Would I Recommend: Yes!

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Flash Review!: “Die Trying” by Lee Child

Flash Review!: “Die Trying” by Lee Child

Narrated by Jonathan McClain

Series:     Jack Reacher Book 2

What I Like:   Well, it’s Jack Reacher, handsome, ex-military guy who lives by his own      rules. Great characters. Complex, twisty story. Fantastic narration.

What I Don’t Like:  It leans a little bit too much to organized crime for my taste and lost me a bit at times.

Would I Recommend: Yes, but not my favorite in the series.

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“In Her Shadow” by Kristin Miller

“In Her Shadow” by Kristin Miller

When secretary Colleen Roper becomes pregnant by her boss, Michael, he whisks her away to Ravenwood, his opulent estate. Abruptly thrust into a life of luxury she’s never known, Colleen finds the immense house suffused with the memory of Michael’s wife, Joanna, who left months ago and haunts her imagination. With rooms she’s prohibited from entering and a staff that greets her with hostility, there is little room for a new mistress of Ravenwood.

It’s not long before bones are unearthed in the grove across the street and Michael falls under the suspicion of detectives. The soon-to-be mother of his child finds herself hurled deeper into her lover’s dark past, a past filled with unfaithfulness and deception. Making a claim to her new life is harder than it seems—especially since she’s walking in the shadow of the hauntingly beautiful Joanna. As Colleen untangles truth from lies, she discovers that nothing is what it seems, and that some people will kill to keep their secrets as quiet as the dead.

This mystery is inspired by “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier and the first chapter feels very reminiscent of “Rebecca”. But the story’s originality quickly becomes apparent after the first chapter. I was drawn in by the characters immediately. Colleen is a lovely young lady who appears very naive. While Michael comes across as very much taking advantage of Colleen. Don’t be deceived though, these characters are much more complex than they at first appear. Motives shift from one person to another and you will have to get to the end in order to fully understand what has been happening throughout.

This book is loaded with murder, deception, ulterior motives and betrayal, all wrapped up in a mysterious modern setting. I enjoyed this story much more than I expected to and highly recommend it.

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“A Cold Trail” by Robert Dugoni

“A Cold Trail” by Robert Dugoni

Tracy Crosswhite, Book 7

The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s killer put behind bars. Now she’s returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape.

Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. It’s stirring up her own haunted past and a decades-old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?

I always forget how much I enjoy Tracy Crosswhite until I pick up the next book and can’t bear to put it down. This one was especially interesting because Tracy has become a mother and I was very curious to see how this was going to impact her work. I think the author did a very good job of exploring that through Tracy’s inner dialogue as she investigates the case and in her interactions with Dan. This story also has some very intricate plotting, complicated by the fact that it takes place in Cedar Grove, where Tracy grew up and where her sister was also murdered. I think the setting of the story also gave some insight into how Tracy became the person she is as the reader gets to see her through the eyes of the townspeople, many of whom remember her from her childhood.

I particularly enjoy a series where you get to see the character develop, change and mature with time and the situations that they find themselves in. This is one of those series. I really enjoyed this installment and look forward to many more books in this series.

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Tracy Crosswhite Book 1

“Strike Me Down” by Mindy Mejia

“Strike Me Down” by Mindy Mejia

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.

An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection.

Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.

“Strike Me Down” had me excited and a little nervous from the beginning. The lead character Nora is a CPA, like me, and this immediately drew my attention. Let’s face it, the accounting profession doesn’t get my time in fiction. The martial arts aspect of the story had me a little nervous though because I’m not a particular fan. I was very curious to see how this story was going to develop, but Mindy Mejia hadn’t let me down before so I quickly dove in. This turned out to be a great story. The criminal is not immediately obvious and my suspicions changed several times before I was able to narrow down my suspect pool. Once again, the character’s in this book are complicated, with motives that are sometimes obvious and other times completely unexpected. I liked the way that each of the players in this story had a different background that influenced their behavior.

This story takes place in Minneapolis, mostly in the downtown area and I really like the way that the overhead covered walkways became such an integral part of the action. A foot chase in the winding corridors of downtown is definitely intriguing. I have come to really enjoy Mindy Mejia’s books as this is the 3rd one I’ve read now. I always find the stories to be complex, unexpected and mysterious. I appreciate the way she develops her characters and uses the landscape as a tool to enrich the story. So pick up this book, and spend a little time the Twin Cities.

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