This is a wonderful murder mystery with an intriguing plot, well developed characters, and perfect narration. After the privileged senator is murdered, his kinky secret life emerges, adding a host of characters to the list of suspects. The intense romance between Samantha (the chief investigator) and Nick (the late senator's chief of staff) appropriately evolves within the plot.
I'm disappointed that this is the only book from Marie Force. Please, Audible, add more of her books.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Emotional realism makes a story by Marie Force totally believable. All the way through FATAL AFFAIR, feelings are depicted with complete genuineness as sincerity backs any responses. Whether a character is in a jovial mood or is frightened by a traumatic event, their candidly honest thoughts are communicated with outspokenly frank words. Several of the discussions between Nick and Sam are exceedingly amusing with quick-witted humor, and other times their conversations are overflowing with compassionate concern. I became emotionally involved in the lives of these two when they are first met, and every additional fact about them only made my connection more powerful. There are some issues they must both deal with before their relationship can become a lasting one, and any struggles are clearly portrayed with careful examination of generally undeclared beliefs. Being privy to their inner way of thinking let me come to understand the driving force behind many carried out actions, and these stirring descriptions frequently touched my own feelings. The sexual awareness between Nick and Sam is sky-high, and this causes some scenes to be packed with tension while any intimate encounters are blazing with steamy heat and heartfelt emotions. A number of other characters are particularly distinctive, and the moments when Sam's partner, Freddie Cruz, is featured show his sharp mind with innumerable witty comebacks. As each mystery unfolds, the suspense mounts concerning who is behind the killing, and my own imagination continuously took various paths as new details about the possible suspects came to light. Ms. Force has created an outstanding story where the truth is masterfully divulged after more than a few unforeseen twists. FATAL AFFAIR engages the mind with rivetingly suspenseful mysteries while your heart is grabbed by the intense emotions.
Felicity Munroe was great with the delivery of the story. I can't wait ti read the rest of the series.
The main character has a one night stand years and years ago, meets the guy and has a sudden overly obsessive school girl crush on him that she can't do her job of solving a murder. Yet we are suppose to believe that she is a strong capable police sergeant. The story lost me because this woman's and man's adolescent relationship is so absolutely school-yard, surgary-sweet and unbelievable.
How this narrator ever got more than 1 star is beyond me. I'm only at 2% and Nick is telling Chris that the senator has been murdered and both Nick and Chris sound exactly the same.
Chrystal, another reviewer, said it all: the narrator is horrible. I'am soo done with this listen.
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! IMO..
Avid reader for 45 years
After enduring too many immature novels recently, it was wonderful to find this series which features Sam, a 34 year old female cop. Set in Washington DC, the plot was a great mix of murder, politics, romance and family drama.
Sam was an intriguing & strong character, tough at work, loving with her family. When she fell for Nick, a political advisor she met briefly years ago, the sparing & chemistry that ignited was natural and amusing.
Rather than trying to change Sam, Nick seemed to appreciate her brain as well as her body, accepting her quirks and faults. Sam's ex-husband was dangerous & crazy, but Nick didn't go all macho, allowing Sam to handle the situation while quietly providing support.
Between Sam's family and police co-workers and Sam's developing political career, there were many interesting characters and situations. I've already purchased the next few books in the Fatal series and enjoyed them all.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I own hundreds to be listened to and could not afford to waste any more of my listening time
This had a good summery and even has more stories for a series, ie j.d. Robb. However, turned off by this reader!
This reader Ruined a good story! Gads, doesn't the production engineer review after First 30 min? This reader must have walked into the recording studio without ever reviewing the book at all. Her voice was so sqweekey she made our hero so dull! Why would I even bother to review the rest of the series?
Unfortunately, I did not listen to this book when I first purchased, and now suck with a book I had to stop listening to after 40 mins into story.
The narrator's voice breathed life into a bunch of somewhat flat characters. She gave them such emotional range and personality that they were interesting.
No. I did not realize that the genre of this book is erotic crime fiction Everyone was so aroused by so many of the other characters that I felt it detracted from the main plot. The plot was not all that densely woven and the big reveal at the end felt forced. It was hard to suspend disbelief.
Munroe went beyond the text to give the characters more depth than the author did. She must be a gifted actress. There's a lot of dialogue in this book, and Munroe made it feel like you were listening to a radio play.
An erotic thriller with all the traditional roles and body parts.
As another reviewer mentioned, this series reminded me of the In Death series by J.D. Robb. There are some of the same elements except one is what might be considered present day and the other is in the future. As with the In Death series you'll probably want to listen to them in order to get the developing relationship between Sam and Nick.
Sam is a police officer who is investigating the death of a Senator. Nick was the Senator's Chief of Staff. They had met once years before but hadn't seen each other since although they had thought about each other. All of the characters are well developed and add to the story. The mystery of whodunit was well crafted and kept you guessing to almost the very end with all the twists and turns.
When I first started the book I hadn't realized it was a series. Since I'm sort of a series person it was a nice surprise.
I believe the first book was offered in one of the discount campaigns and it's been sitting in my library for months. I love episodic cozy mysteries and this one was perfect. The Washington, DC backdrop, smart characters with interesting careers and the family relations made it very interesting, the suspenseful murders and sizzling (but not too explicit) romance made the rest of the series a must to purchase.
No, this one was so boring that I feel it would be a waste of time not to mention credit.
I have a few books on my wish list, maybe "Target" by Baldacci
Dull; Toneless; Sedative
Not for me. I'm sure it had some good moments but they were lost in the overall story.