When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada price tags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford.
©2013 Libby FIscher Hellmann (P)2016 Libby Fischer Hellmann
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Georgia Davis PI series written by Libby Fischer Hellmann and narrated by Beth Richmond. When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer.
The narrator Beth Richmond did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
I loved this book. That being said I still don't think Georgia's personality is filled out enough. I still need a better feel for who she is.
The story is one that has gotten attention. Teen prostitution run by other teens. The rest of the story is what makes this one unique. Georgia is a smart determined cookie. Not one to scare away or give up. That is the type of character I like. I think that's why I need more of her back story or more insight in to her personality.
I will say this, remember this was written in 2008. While some of the 'teen' cultural references are off don't let that stop you from enjoying it. Ex: Friends was not on the air at that time.
Narration was great & I would definitely listen to another book by this narrator.
A well written, interesting, entertaining and enjoyable mystery/detective story. After being suspended from the police force Georgia Davis becomes a P.I. While investigating the subsequent arrest of the "obvious" suspect Georgia uncovers the tangled twisted lives of those closest to the murder victim. The story is constantly moving forward weaving through numerous twists and turns that keep you guessing. Love stories that have a strong independent woman.
Great cast of interesting characters all around the good and the bad. If you like stories with a strong independent woman as the lead this book is worth your time.
Beth Richmond did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice, easy to listen to for long periods of time. Great character voices. Smooth even pace. Overall very enjoyable narrator.
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While I enjoyed the book and think I might like to try the second book in the Georgia Davis series it was geared more toward a women's audience. Lots of references to clothes and shoes for the affluent society. Getting around that the story was good and kept me interesed.
I guess I could compare this to Sue Grafton's alphebet series. Kinsey and Georgia are both ex-cops turned PI in affluent cities. Both had trouble dealing with the bureaucracy and the attitude toward women officers in the police force and both work alone as PIs.
I don't know if I had a favorite scene. The scene at the teenage pimps home with the mother and father with the gun threating his whole family was suspenseful.
I don't think I had any extreme reactions to the book but the scene when the teenage prostitute abused was rough the way the main character handled it. Sure she got her help but just dumping her on her parents doorstep and leaving didn't leave me with a good feeling about Georgia. If you are going to do that then why not use her as a lever on the teenage pimp. A guilt trip at the very least. But that angle was totally abandoned.
Overall I liked the book, it moved right along and was for the most part believable. The author made a couple leaps of faith to get the story to work but it is a novel and she isn't the first or last to do that. I sometimes have trouble with women narrators only because I have some hearing loss in the upper audio range but this one was good.
I absolutely loved this first book in the series! This book has it all, with so many questionable characters that keep you guessing and re-guessing. I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook, I looked like a wall staring zombie feeding on my nails! Libby Fischer Hellmann is amazing at writing a GREAT CRIME novel that keeps you hooked from start to finish. A huge part to a good audiobook is the narrator and Beth Richmond was perfect for this one. This is definitely a series I will continue to read as long as Libby keeps them coming!
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Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. Libby Fischer Hellman is a master of the female voice and doesn't have to fall back on any of the over-used devices that spoil too many female protagonists (excessively cute, sarcastic, or combative). Her characters rang true for me.
Yes. Hellman slowly reveals the complexity of the mom character, who's not an especially nice person. And throughout the book, you know there'll be a twist.
Yes, she voices the teens well. She doesn't make them into cartoons.
I liked that she included a vulnerable person who can't defend himself against unfair accusations. That made me root all the more for the heroine.
Love gritty mystery thrillers.
I didn't read the print version, just the audio. I will say the narrator was excellent.
I enjoy a mystery that keeps me guessing and this one did just that. The book also starts off right away with a hook that drew me into the story and wanting to know more. I also appreciated that the romance was kept to a minimum... about 5% romance and 95% related to the stories plot. I would say the most suspensive part was when Georgia was sleeping on her sofa while an assassin was aiming for her through a window.
I wouldn't be able to multi-task if it weren't for narrators. This narrator was professional and had a pleasant voice.
Yes, and SPOLIER!! For once, it was a book without a happy ending with the couple reuniting. Too many authors write women as soooo needy. Georgia decided that she didn't need Matt to be complete. Yay for Georgia and yay to Libby for taking the road less traveled in mystery novels.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.” I also want to say that although I got a free copy of this book, I am using my next credit to buy the next book in the series, it was that good.
This was an excellent suspenseful mystery. Georgia, the protagonist is a strong well-written character Who is still yet very relatable. As a general rule I am not crazy about female private investigators however I very much enjoyed the way that this character was portrayed. This is the first novel in a series, I very much look forward to reading more of the books in this series. I received this book from the author narrator or publisher at no cost to me for a honest review
You're going to want to know who Georgia Davis is. This is the place to find out. When a popular teenager is murdered, a local autistic man who just happened to be nearby gets blamed. It's up to Georgia to find out the truth. Fans of Rizzoli and Isles will find this right up their alley, but almost any mystery fan who starts it is going to enjoy it. Libby is a terrific author and one of my faves.
"A Thoroughly Good Listen"
Loved this book. The characters were believable and the story line gripping. Looking forward to the next one.
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