This is the second book in the series and the second Heat-Castle book I have listened to and I LOVE both of them. I'm anxious to complete the series, but I need to pace myself! I have enjoyed the character development in the novels thus far, and get a kick out of Rook's sense of humor and wit. I also particuarly appreciate the empathic approach the writer gives his star female detective, Nicki Heat.
Someone wrote that these Heat novels are similar to television cop dramas and I concur with that assessment. I like television cop dramas and I like the mystery combined with the story-line and the relationship development. I read several genres along these lines, some fluffier and some more intense. These Heat novels are the perfect middle ground for someone who wants to listen to a good story with good reading without too many graphic details but beyond simple fluff. There is some sexual content, but not too much. There is some language, but not too much.
Also, I LOVE this narrator. Before wasting a credit or $, I always read several reader reviews and Heller has received several positive ones, but something must be up with the reviewers who are writing negative comments because they are WAAAAY off base. What do I love about this reader? The voice fits. He gives a personal voice to all the characters with overt or subtle changes and keeps the listener captivated. The best part, and likely the reason he was chosen, is that he delivers the funny, clever and sarcastic comments of the male lead DEAD ON. It takes talent to deliver those lines and Heller doesn't miss. I have laughed out loud multiple times.
Highly recommend this series and if you're like me and read all the negative comments first then the positive ones later - please do not be dissuaded. I personally believe they are disengenuos. These books are worth your credit!
I've read 'Bet Me' several times because it's just so - fun. And clever. And witty. By far, my favorite Crusie book. So after reading the reviews for this one I took the plunge and spent a precious Audible credit. I loved it! Again, smart writing and strong characters. And as much as I enjoyed the story I was utterly enthralled by the reader! She is fantastic!! I will absolutely listen to her again and again. And now, I'm off to find more Angela Dawe novels... and if she's the reader for 'Bet Me' I'm going to start there.
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