Even Clare's good friend, police chief Russ Van Alstyne, is shaken by the brutality of the crimes - especially when it appears that the victims were chosen because they are gay.
But when a third assault of an out-of-town developer ends in murder, Clare and Russ wonder if the recent crime wave is connected to the victim's controversial plan to open an upscale spa in Miller's Kill.
But not all things in the tiny town are what they seem - and soon, Clare and Russ are left to fight their unspoken attraction to one another even as they uncover a labyrinthine conspiracy that threatens to turn deadly for them both.
©2003 Julia Spencer-Fleming; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks
I am hooked on Julia Spencer-Fleming's Millers Kill mysteries!
A perfect formula of not-too-cozy and not-too-grisly with a touch of romantic suspense. The second book is just as engrossing as the first one, with Clare and Russ working on another case while trying to avoid their mutual attraction to each other.
Suzanne Toren's ability to bring the characters to life with her remarkable range of voices provides a very compelling listening experience.
Smart, funny, medium-grisly violence, well developed characters that are not at all perfect. Well narrated too.
I truly enjoy this series-reading it....the narration on this title is so unpleasant and distracting that I couldn't get past the third chapter. I'll go back to reading the series...
This is my second book by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I enjoyed the story, but found the narration to be really distracting, especially when the narrator voiced Russ, the chief of police. She made him sound like a cartoon character. Too bad, because the story was fun.
The story was.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
While this is the kind of book I love listening to - interesting, relatable characters and a little action but not too much gore - I agree with those who say the narrator's dialogue for the main characters sounds growly (Russ) and hokey (Claire's Southern accent, which sounds a lot more Georgia than Virginia).
But the story is good enough to make it more than bearable.
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming lets you in - which is a rare thing in most authors. They're all still growing, learning, changing & evolving - which means never a dull moment!
The only other series that comes close is the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.
I really like her
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There is a small possibility I would try another Julia Spencer Fleming book. I would never listen to another narration by Suzanne Toran. Her hokey southern accent for Claire was not fitting to her character and made her unbelievable. .Her horrible "gruff" voice for Russ detracted from his charavter.
If it were a stand alone book, or the first in a series. She did not have enough material for a sequel but she drug it out painfully long - lots of filler dialog that did not add to the story at all.
Not familiar enough to say.
Not really.It was certainly not as good as the first booki in the series.
I would not recommend.;
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