Armond Fontenot has discovered a family heirloom that may cost him and his partner, Private Detective Moses Byone, their lives. In a search to uncover the secrets of his grandmother's mysterious ruby brooch and the truth about the fire that claimed Belle la Vie, the family estate, they unlock doors to the past that may have been better left unopened.
©2016 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman
3.5 stars for the story and the narration
Good start to a series. The story overall was entertaining, fun, interesting and enjoyable. It kept my attention from start to finish. For a shorter book there is a lot packed into it. The story is a much deeper mystery than I first thought it would be. It took a turn I wasn't expecting when I first started the book, but it just made the story more suspenseful and intriguing.
The ending seemed a little rushed and flat after all the buildup. You don't get all the answers to the mystery. It is the first in a series so it leaves an opening for the next book. I'm interested to see where the mystery and story go from here.
Great characters with a creative and interesting storyline.
Nicholas Patrella did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Good character voices. Good accents for characters. He was able to bring the characters emotions to life through his narration. His narration fit the story, calm when necessary, faster when the characters were excited or in a hurry. Although the narration doesn't always flow smoothly and there are awkward pauses occasionally.
Mispronounced words occasionally or maybe it's just a matter of what part of the country you come from as to how certain words are pronounced.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request by the author, narrator or publisher and voluntarily provided this review.
People with a more serious mindset on story content.
For me the most interesting thing about this book was the description.
The least interesting for me, was perhaps the narrator...Not sure, I just could not get into it.
It would peak my interest one moment, but then the flow would just stall me out. I guess (being from Louisiana) I was expecting something of a different flavor.
I don't really know. All I know is I could barely keep focused on the story because the reader just left me flat.
Not one...It has the potential of being a great read...Everything is there that would make it great. Just something askew. Not being an Author by any stretch; I could almost relate to the Characters. Some books are just not meant to be listened to I guess.
I have seen the other reviews, and there must be something wrong with mine because no one else has had the same experience as I did.
I am very grateful to the author for sending me this book and hate to not have enjoyed it...Sorry. You did want an honest review.
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I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
Antiques dealer Armond and Moses the detective are trying to explain the mystery of an 80 year old arson - and these weird brooches keep showing up at every turn... something is afoot!
Lovely quirky characters with great voices (courtesy of the narrator Nicholas Patrella) roam around the 1974 New Orleans and make this story lively and entertaining. So short, though! Just 4,5 hours! Gimme more Armond mysteries, please!
This is a spinoff of the author's 'The Detective Byone' series, which I haven't listened to (yet) - but it hardly mattered. I enjoyed this book and its narrator a great deal.
My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror
narrator was very good story was good I will definitely listen to this book again. I received this book from the publisher, author and or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom dot com
The promise that there would be more to come.
His Italian was flawless (to my untrained ear). I was shocked to hear a character speak in Italian followed up by fairly good French in sequence. The colloquial New Orleans accents were believable and the French accented English was pleasing to my ear. Well done,
Yes. The short format adopted by the author was ideal for the subject matter. I put the earphones on and next thing I knew, the audible announcer was hoping that I enjoyed the book.
Good narration can make s mediocre book great but bad narration can drag a good book down. I liked this Narrator..a lot. His dramatic forays into anger and violence were first rate. But the performance needed an editor. There were numerous mispronunciations of words that snapped the listeners concentration back into the present. All would have been easily remedied with an editor's lite touch.
Mid 60's Male. 9,800 Kindle books, close to 500 Audible books with 200 reviews. Over 1000 Helpful votes for reviews on Amazon.
Armand Fontenot, the long standing sidekick in the Detective Byone Mystery series gets his own set of puzzles to solve. Gentile and laidback. With
The initial search for what happened, the seed of the mystery - I'll have to leave it at that.
I love the ambience of the story. That's the appeal for me. The character and plot within the setting.
A sense of being well entertained. I always react well to that.
This is an introduction to an existing character prominent in Ricardo Fleshman's Byone series. It's laid back as it develops into what I hope will become a fun series.
Thanks for the listen and letting me review it!
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