We are introduced to a group of characters, living in a quaint little town, connected by friendships from birth. One of the villagers murdered the beloved retired school teacher. She had a secret that would expose something about one of them, and was about to reveal it.
It's a calm murder mystery, that slowly unravels as we delve into the life of each character. The story seemed slow at first to me, then as I learned more and more of each character, I was intrigued to find out their secrets. The murder victim tells us much about this group from the grave.
It's an interesting story, but don't expect an action thriller murder mystery. The inspector
and his colleagues slowly compile the evidence, mainly through conversing with the townspeople, until the murderer becomes evident.
Not my ususal crime listen, but a nice change.
Jack Daniels and crew are such a great bunch, you never know who is going to pop in for their debut. This story has it's elusive serial killer, identity appearing half way through the book, and Jack again becoming a target. She just gets under these guys skin for some reason.
The killer almost seems to be a side story for me, cause I just love the main cast of characters. Jack, Herb, Harry keep the story rolling with personal lives that are sometimes a hoot, and the next minute you're feeling their pain.
Jack's life seems to be a believable one, dedicated to her job, but wanting a personal life and things never seem to work out for her. When she does find happiness, a wrench always gets thrown in.
Intriguing characters, lots of suspense and action makes this series a winner.
I first listened to "Shaken" which keeps flashing back in Jack Daniels life. It really sparked an interest to know more about these characters and their history, so I went back to this book and started the series. Jack and company are an interesting and colorful lot, with many little humorous quirks that makes the story so interesting.
The Gingerbread man is a creepy soul that really puts the suspense into the story and catching him is the whole plot, but the character development from the supporting cast is why I will go forward with these books.
I read where the author said this is a good book to start with, because it is in the present but has flashbacks of Jack's life throughout. It was my first read on JA Konrath, and certainly sparked my interest to get the full background of Jack Daniels. She seems to be an intriguing character with lots of colorful colleagues, that I want to hear more about. So, I'm going back to Whiskey Sour and read my way through the series. This book is the prequel to Stirred, which puts Jack up against Blake Crouch's Luther Kite character, introduced in Desert Places. Should be interesting.
Bought this one on a sale day, got a great bargain, and a new author to follow. This book kept me on pins and needles trying to figure out the story. Ethan wakes up in a hospital with no memory. While regaining some recollection of previous events, he soon discovers he's in a strange town, with even stranger inhabitants, and trying to leave can be deadly. Pines is quite a story, a scary and suspenseful puzzle that is hard to pull away from when you start listening.
You may feel you have things figured out, then as the story comes to an end, you realize that it wasn't that simple of a solution.
On to Wayward (the sequel) and whatever else I can find from Blake Crouch.
Having listened to all the Half Moon Hollow, and Jane Jameson series; this little story gives a nice recap on all the couples that have gotten together, and has them gathering for a Christmas party. GiGi is the central character of the story, as she is graduating college looking to land a job with the vampire counsel, her love life has lost its spark, and she seems to have a secret admirer. It's a cute tale told only as Amanda Ronconi can tell it. My only complaint was the 'no ending' and loose ends galore. So, the nice little free gift turns out to be a prequel for the next Half Moon Hollow book. So enjoy, and expect to be left hanging off the cliff it builds.
This story starts out, and remains somewhat of a corny fairy tale type story. Not the usual dark paranormal reads that I prefer. It took me a while to enjoy this book, but as I listened on, the developing characters became more interesting. Kinda reminded me of some of the on-screen movies I've seen lately, that have comic book heroes and villains, where the bad guys meet their demise, but it's not too scary and you're never really worried for the main characters.
This is the first of what could be a good series. Kitta is a shifter that fled her land 5 years previous. She's been hiding out from her father, head of the clan and dodging hunters set to bring her home, when she almost meets her demise. Nathaniel rescues her, but has to turn her into a vampire in order to keep her alive. She doesn't like the outcome and feels she can run away from being a vampire. She soon finds out reluctantly, that she can not flee her new life, and is being accused of being a rogue murderer of humans. Now, she has to prove her innocence in order to avoid the death penalty. With Bobby (an old love from the past), Nathaniel (her new sire), and Gil (a scholary faerie); Kitta sets out to find the real killer.
It's one problem after another and makes for an interesting tale. Kitta tends to be too outspoken for her own good most of the time, but hopefully at some point she'll wisen up. The narrator does an excellent job with all the voices, and keeps the story going at a good pace.
I love the Kate Daniels series, and this one has captured my interest as well. This is a paranormal romance set in another realm of existence that borders our own world, that only those beings of magic can survive. It's one of the most imaginative series that I've read, with creatures brutal and lovable alike. They must go to a war among their own kind, then battle an intruder out to steal a secret most of the family doesn't even know they posses. Renee Raudman does an excellent job of narration,bringing all the voices, mannerisms, and emotions of the characters to life.
Another hit for the Pendergast enthusiasts. This has to be one of the best of the series. Pendergast makes his grand appearances to delight his fans, only adding more details to our library of his eccentricities. Love that Pendergast! He has to be one of the most imaginative characters ever written.
This story concentrates on Corrie Swanson getting herself into one jam after another, not heeding to her mentor's instructions. Along the way, some new colorful characters are introduced (one of which, we will most likely see again in future stories).
We get a close up look at Oscar Wilde and Conan Doyle, with a story within a story that proves to be a winner within itself.
All and all, it's a nonstop listen, so get the coffee pot brewing cause you're in for a treat.
Carl Hiaasen is one of a kind. Kept me laughing, as people were getting knocked off right and left. How is that possible? It's all in the slap stick writing that is so enjoyable. This tale starts out with a young mother forced to strip tease so she can afford a good attorney, in order to regain custody of her daughter. Her ex, is a lowly drugged out thief, who just happens to be a snitch for the local police. In pops an oversexed Congressman that gets himself in a compromising predicament at the strip club. The whole story is trying to cover up this Congressman's indiscretion, while Erin just wants to get her daughter back.
It's crazy and zany with lovable and hateable characters, that keep you in stitches throughout. Highly recommend this one.
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