He crept forward between the tall narrow aisles created by the shelves. Just before he reached the corner he heard a thump, the sound of a body hitting the floor. He rushed forward into the corner of the room. The desk was empty. The chair was pushed up against it, neatly awaiting its usual occupant. No one was in the corner. No one was there to make the sound. No one...alive. A cold chill ran down his back. He really wanted to leave the room. Instead, he moved closer. He walked to the window and looked outside. Snow fell softly on the rooftops in the city of Freeport. It was Christmas Eve, a night of peace and miracles. "Go home." He jumped around. The voice was just behind him. Even before he turned, he knew no one would be there. He rubbed the back of his neck, still cold from the breath that carried those words. The curse had killed another law enforcement officer in Stephenson County, this time it struck on Christmas Eve. Nearly a dozen good men died in the past four years and they all had the same unexplained symptoms.
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The Mary O'Reilly series is fun, and I'd hoped the audiobooks would be perfect for road trip listening. But I'm abandoning that hope and will finish Book 3 in Kindle edition. I'm sure Erin Spencer is a perfectly nice person, but her narration is unbearable. Her use of glottal fry ("croaky throat") to signal a male voice, coupled with her habit of pausing for several beats before adding "s/he said" after each sentence of dialogue has finally become too distracting; Mary & Bradley will have to carry on without me listening.
I have to say I have enjoy this series so much. I can not wait to listen to the next one. I love how the stories always leave you guessing. Terri Reid is a talented writer and Erin Spencer is a wonderful Narrator. I hope we do not have to wait to long to see what happen next and I do hope we learn more about some of the behind the scene stories about a few of the other members of the story as we did in this last one.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
I can't compare as I did not read the print version. I was totally please with the audio edition of this book.
Reid has a talent for writing a main story along with side stories...and you are interested in all of them.
I was very happy with her performance.
All the 'dead' women. I would like to know their own heartfelt feelings on how they put up with what they had been dealt in life.
I have read all books in this series and very pleased with #1 and #2...but this book took it out of the park. I was very pleased with everything.
I like the idea of the series - not too deep, a little romance and - initially - a bit of humor. But after the first book - Good Tidings - it went down hill. Poor character development, insipid dialogue, predictable plot. The narrator got worse, and worse. Her male voices were creepy and the "chuckles" were weird. Really annoying.
With the end of the second book, Loose Ends, I figured I'd get the third one just to see what happens with the missing wife. BUT OF COURSE, the writer keeps that story line going unresolved. I skipped to the end to see if (REALLY?) she's going to pull that ploy and sure enough.... poor stupid Mary has to keep what she knows a secret from poor stupid Bradley. I did not bother with finishing.
I have listened to literally hundreds of Audible Books and seldom write reviews. This is not the worse book or the worse narrator I've listened to but maybe the most annoying.
I live to ride my bike.
I will finish the series, but I have a question. How can a ghost have physical contact with something? Why would you agree to a ghost being your backup?
At one point a ghost hands Mary something she needs. Yet, when she is getting her butt kicked, the ghost can do nothing?
Did I miss something?
"Some issues with the overall series."
Overall these series of books are right up my alley.
Despite a couple of niggles I had with the first book I decided to give the next two books in the series a go. Unfortunately there are still a couple of niggles.
The first is the narration. It's stilted at times, and pretty much delivered in the same tone throughout. Give the sample button a try before you decide if you can deal with that problem.
However the biggest problem I had was the references to some of the storylines in the previous books. If you haven't listened to those books then those references are hard to put into context as they don't seem fully explained.
I am going to skip the next book just to make sure I'm not being over critical with the above point, however if these problems persist then I'm not going to be convinced to carry on adding the books to my library.
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