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Loose Ends Audiobook

Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One

Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.
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Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.

Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.

Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected state senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator's wife.

Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, 24 years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers' quest to tie up all his loose ends.

©2010 Terri Reid (P)2013 Terri Reid

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    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-18-13
    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2006

    I love Mysteries. May be something I picked as a child listening to Ellery Queen.

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    "Great book bad narration."
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    Absolutely love reading this collection. Very disappointed in narrator. Very flat, no emotion. Only got to about chapter 2 and had to stop. Will reread book again. Sorry

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 05-03-13
    Marianne 05-03-13
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    "I'm Ready for the Next Book in the Series"

    I'm normally reluctant to buy an audiobook that is performed by someone new. But, Erin Spencer was better than I had expected. The male characters sounded a little goofy, and I would have preferred it if she had sped up her reading just a tad bit, or maybe I'm just being too picky. I think she has the potential to be a really awesome narrator with a few minor adjustments.

    As far as the story goes...

    I really enjoyed the characters. I know there are plenty of paranormal mystery books out there with main characters that solve crimes with the aid of ghosts. (I really enjoyed Amanda Steven's Graveyard Queen series) Yet, this book felt different. I think it was the humor Terri Reid injected into the dialogue. The mystery wasn't much of a mystery, but the plot didn't really suffer from the lack of suspense. I still wanted to know how it's all resolved. Now I'm eager to listen to the next book, Good Tidings, to see where things go with Mary and Bradley.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 07-17-15
    Carol 07-17-15
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    "Loose Ends"

    I didn't like the narrator at all, The book was okay a bit corny in places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Stowe 05-28-15
    Carol Stowe 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent book but the narration was bad"

    The pause that the narrator would put in a sentence before saying "he said or she said" drove me crazy. It really affected my ability to like the book. I had to decide whether I could take listening to that or just scrap the book several times. Pick a better narrator!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-18-15
    sharon SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, clean fun !"
    Would you listen to Loose Ends again? Why?

    A GREAT story that does not rely on foul language or graphic sex. A true romance and lots of
    surprises.


    What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?

    A wonderful narrator, she really brought the story to life. I could tell exactly which character was speaking even before she identified him/her. Great change up from one personality to the next..


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sines 04-19-16
    A. Sines 04-19-16
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    "you'll like this one"
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    Ok, I’ll admit it. I picked this up from one of my free lists. I can’t remember when or which one, I’ve had this on my TBR list for so freakin’ long. Somewhere along the line, I added narration for the low, low price of $1.99. So I paid $2 and change for the opportunity to listen to this.

    I think the cover appealed to me. I think the summary appealed to me. After listening to the sample clip a few dozen times, the narrator didn’t do that much for me. She didn’t make me want to listen to the book. I think I finally got it because I was running out of daytime listening. (Deep, rumbling male voices for night / Bright, upbeat female for day.)

    Hell, even the first chapter kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Erin Spencer didn’t impress me as the narrator to enhance the dark and creepy.

    But to be honest…the blend of Terri Reid’s writing and Erin Spencer as Mary O’Reilly…well, that’s just gold.

    By the third chapter, I was hooked. By the end, I’d acquired an appreciation for the voice I hadn’t liked to start with. Erin Spencer is Mary O’Reilly. (Please don’t let me find out somewhere in the middle of freakin’ 15 books that someone else narrates this series.)

    Add the ghosts, the devastatingly handsome police chief, a chewy mystery or two and that’s a recipe for a good afternoon (doing dishes, folding clothes…not stopping the cleaning because you’d have to take out your earbuds to do anything else….)

    This is not your typical female running headlong into danger. This is not one where the gorgeous guy saves the day. This is different.

    Hell, I enjoyed the whole experience so much, I’ve already purchased the next book. Guess what I’m doing tomorrow…. Well, the house is pretty much clean so...yardwork?

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    karin ketterson robinson 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Series for Cosy Lovers!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I found it an easy to listen with a brisk plot. No lagging spots in this one.


    What other book might you compare Loose Ends to and why?

    The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Cute, smart, gutsy heroine with a cute, gentle but brave guy and a couple of funny friends. The paranormal talent of being able to communicate with the dead adds another element of fun and intrigue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the sub-story with the Civil War "unknown" vet.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author and narrator were adept at portraying Mary's depth of feeling, despair, sorrow about the little girls.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator sounds just like my good friend Beth, who is now starring in the movie-in-my-mind of Mary O'Reilly books. I'm in for the whole series.

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    Mary Anne Miller 09-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good start to a series"

    Good start to series. I liked to characters and to narration. I hope the rest of the books are as good.

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    BarbBee 07-30-15
    BarbBee 07-30-15
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    "Good story kept me from canceling..."

    This is the first time reading a Terri Reid book. I enjoyed her writing ! The storyline was interesting and there was just enough humor added to make it a fun read. The only issue I had was with the narrator. Her mechanical delivery was difficult to listen to. Even more irritating were the voices she used to depict characters.....particularly the male characters. I finished the audio with tight jaw muscles from clenching my teeth . I will continue with Ms. Reid's series in book form rather than audio.

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    meggan 07-14-15
    meggan 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not worth the credit"

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    There are many better reads available. It seemed to borrow ideas from TV shows . I found the narration to be almost irritating

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Knighton, United Kingdom
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    "Interesting idea. Not best narrator though."

    Reading the summary this sort of book is right up my alley.

    Overall for the first in a series it was oaky. Nothing outstanding, but there are certainly worse books out there.

    Unfortunately it was let down by the narrator. Most of the monologue was delivered in the same tone. There were also long pauses in odd places. Places where I'd expect comma's were read as though they had a full stop (period to none UK folks). Given I don't have the written version it is hard to know if that is bad editing from the book, or if it's a bad recording.

    Narration aside I have decided to give the next two books in the series a go, and see how they pan out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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