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
I love Mysteries. May be something I picked as a child listening to Ellery Queen.
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
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.
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!!!
A GREAT story that does not rely on foul language or graphic sex. A true romance and lots of
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..
I look forward to the rest of the series.
So, you remember in High School when Mrs. Lanci, your 9th grade English teacher, drilled into the class that overuse of dialogue tags ("he said" and "she intoned") was bad writing? Yeah, well unfortunately Terri Reid was out that day.
Worse, her editor seems to have been out that day, too. Seriously, good editing could have helped this book a lot. Unfortunately, the narrator - Erin Spencer - makes it worse by separating the dialogue from the dialogue tag: "Don't be silly." He said.
Not sure, but maybe the director could have noticed this?
Unfortunately, Ms. Spencer also has a hard time with male voices, and they all seem a bit forced.
I like the general concept and the plot wasn't bad, but it could have been so much better with a little attention to details. Not sure whether or not to blow a credit on the next in the series to see if editing and acting improve.
Possibly this book would haveqbeen better to read, as opposed to the audio version. The narrator did an awful, and I mean AWFUL, job with the men's voices and everything said by them just sounded stupid. Wouldn't the producer have realized this before release? Anyway, there were were a few plot holes due to weak editing, but if you have nothing else to listen to, this will do the job. Sadly, I have nothing else to listen to, and plan to give the qaseaassecond book a try....I'm hoping it's better.
Yes, the narrator ruined it for me. I was so excited to see these books on audible and then the narration screwed it up for me.
Everything. Should have used Susan Erickson or Luke Daniels!
I really enjoy these books but the narrator ruined them completely for me. I will just reread my kindle ebooks.
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?
Yes. I found it an easy to listen with a brisk plot. No lagging spots in this one.
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.
I liked the sub-story with the Civil War "unknown" vet.
The author and narrator were adept at portraying Mary's depth of feeling, despair, sorrow about the little girls.
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.
"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.
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