When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.
©1993 Toni L. P. Kelner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I thought I would give a try to a new series of books with a heroine detective since I liked the Stephanie Plum series of books. Upon completion of this book, all I can conclude is Laura Fleming is no Stephanie Plum.
The book starts with Laura's grandfather in the hospital and the writer entices the reader by having him whisper to Laura that his accident wasn't an accident. The problem is the first half of the book is Laura dealing with her family and all of their quirks. Once she and her husband, Richard, start investigating into the grandfathers accident and the disappearance of a local girl. While following the story, I felt like the clues were a bit obvious and I had no problem figuring out what happened.
I also had a problem with the audio, as the tracks jumped or repeated a sentence every so often. It was an okay read and if one of the other books in this series went on sale I might be tempted to give them a listen.
Better narration, primarily. I don't think this narrator was "bad", just not suited for this story. I had a hard time telling her characters apart, and was especially bothered that the main character and her aunt sounded to be almost the same age.
I'm only about an hour into it, and I'm very turned off by the overt racism. As other reviews have stated - this book was written and seems to be set in the 90's, not in the 50's. Granted, the main character expresses her dismay at her relative's comments, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they are there to begin with.
Perhaps, depending on the story.
So far, not so much. If I ever listen to the rest of it and change my mind, I will come back and edit my review.
Good mystery with humour blende in.
First book I have listened / read from this author. I enjoyed the book and will get more books by this author.
Why, oh why did I waste a credit on this? Lame storyline, narration overkill, weak writing - ugh! I would say more, but I have wasted enough time on this book.
Granted, the book is 20 years old. There are very few mills left and I haven't seen anyone in a Klan march since the 1990's. It seems like the plot was designed as a computer program.... if we are at point A, how did we get here? and the heroine works backwards to determine who murdered her grandfather. But it bothers me that every path she picks is correct (except for actually picking the murderer because that would be too easy). It does, however, make it a very logical book. I was not happy with the quality of the reader's voice.... she made it a little too Southern. On the other hand, the plot actually had everyone in the her family as the list of suspects. Makes the family reunion a little more interesting!
A lot less stereotyped characters
A lot less padding
A believable set of accents
Murder and Mendelsohn by Kerry Underwood
Her accent was way off, too unbelievably "folksy".
Quit the book after two hours.
No dirty language or porn, oops, I think they call it romance nowadays. Sort of a young married Mrs. Marple mystery. A great book for the beach. All set in a pecan pie of the South.
Yes, the book was very enjoyable. Kept you guessing, A good "Who Done It".
Gayle Hendrix does a good job w/ the accents of the characters from the South. Makes you feel like you are there.
The reader is engaging, but the production/editing is a bit odd, as if somebody just scissored out six inches of tape here and there to speed things up. I thought it might be an amateurish abridgement, but this is supposedly unabridged. It sounds from time to time as if it's being cut off suddenly at the start of a word, then abruptly picks up (with a bit of a pop) on a different word. I suspect it's just bad splicing, although surely this is all digital now and this could have been corrected.
Oh, and the story is okay but nothing particularly original, IMO.
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