When Judge Rosswell Carew makes the gruesome discovery of two corpses on a river bank in the Missouri Ozarks, he's plunged into a storm of deadly secrets that threaten both him and his fiancee, Tina Parkmore. Unsatisfied with the way the authorities are conducting the investigation, Rosswell, who's always nurtured a secret desire to be a detective, teams up with an ex-con, Ollie Groton, to solve the case before the killer can murder again. Rosswell uncovers a maze of crimes so tangled that he must fight his way to a solution or die trying.
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This story had too many characters to follow. The beginning had a promising beginning, but soon got muddled down with so many characters and paths that I lost interest! It became too impossible to pay attention to. I hated this story...and no desire to read any more n the series.
It ranks pretty close to the top overall. Certainly at the top of the murder mystery genre.
It seems like every time I thought I figured out who the murder was, Hopkins proved me wrong.
His down-home accent really makes the colorful dialog come to life. My internal voice is more suburban midwest.
Not really extreme, but I have a pretty limited range of emotional response.
I really enjoyed the book. I hope there are more available in this series.
I was happy that I was listening while alone in the car as I kept snorting and chuckling throughout.
Most any book by Carl Hiaasen would be comparable. He makes me laugh, too.
So many from which to select, but maybe the marijuana in the basement.
This judge plays by his own laws.
Wow, this writer knows how to tell a story. I've always enjoyed an author who can effortlessly put me into his setting. This one does it without you realizing you're there, I feel like I've been to this place and met these people.
The story moved fast but not so fast I didn't get to relax and enjoy the tale, which I did very much.
The narrator did a good job, I thought, of making you feel like you were really listening to Roswell tell his story.
All in all a great listen.
I look forward to hearing more from this author and narrator.
I liked the main character, Judge Rosswell, and Ollie, his quirky side-kick. A delightfully unique duo as they set out to solve the mystery.
I also enjoyed the beginning of the mystery when Judge Rosswell happens upon a couple of bodies which soon disappear, leaving few clues behind to help determine what happened to them.
Overall, the story is smart, filled with intrigue and laced with humour, making for a very entertaining experience.
In this audio version the story is read in a slow comfortable pace which matches well with the tempo of a small, sleepy town. I also have the kindle version and was surprised at how differently I reacted to the descriptions of the bodies and the kill, hearing them read in a tempo much slower than I’d initially read them. The effect was more intense.
Overall I would have to say that the effect of ‘hearing’ the story added to the flavour of it.
I’m glad Courting Murder is the first in a series. The ending left me wanting to know the next step in Rosswell’s life.
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