Tough and tenacious, Riley Drake is a first-class private eye who runs background checks for a dating service on the side. She has zero interest in helping billionaire John Stratton clear his name so the man can resume dating again. The handsome widower would be quite the catch - if it weren't for the fact that he probably murdered his wife.
Stratton's woes are only part of Riley's problems. Other clients - a TV celebrity with sexual-perception issues, a Trump-like entrepreneur with an embarrassing fetish, and a worshipful drug-addict trying to go straight - keep her running through the streets of Chicago, ready to take down anyone who gets in her way.
Riley is determined to uncover all their secrets, even though she knows that playing with matches means you sometimes get burned.
©2011 Julie Hyzy (P)2016 David N. WIlson
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Wow, this is the first story I've listened by Julie Hyzy and was very impressed!
The plot and characters were great! I really liked Riley, she was tough and determine to find who killed John Stratton's wife, even if it was him. Along the way she did uncover a few secretes, and after listening to the entire story, the name of the book fits the story perfectly.
As far as the narrations goes, I thought Angel did a great job overall. I've listened to other stories narrator by her, so I guess I am used to her voice and how she portrays characters.
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I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
I love female sleuth stories. This one did not disappoint. It did not contain unreal scenarios that Riley could not get out of. It was real and entertaining.
The opening elevator scene and an unlikely friendship that forged.
I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter to say anything more would be a spoiler alert.
Take time to listen to this book you will love it. I look forward to following this series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
I liked that I didn't know who done it from the start! I kept guessing up until close to the end. I figured it out chapter by chapter with the main (kick A$$, girl power) character.
Too Many to list!
Once I got absorbed into it, yes! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it, which made me listen to it.
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I enjoy Julie Hyzy's writing quite a bit and when I saw she had a new book out I bought it without checking who the narrator was, unfortunately. I don't know why or how this narrator gets as much work as she does. Her voices (the secondary female characters are all performed in a super high-pitched nasally voice) and every dang sentence is overperformed to the point where it's exhausting to listen to. It's like nails on a chalkboard. I feel the same way about Coleen Marlo too, but, evidently, I'm in the minority since they keep getting paid to ruin the books I'm interested in buying. Just want to warn anyone who might be considering buying this audiobook: this narrator isn't for everyone. Julie Hyzy is an awesome writer though, so if you haven't read her White House Chef series, then I recommend you read that instead!
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Riley Drake is going through a bit of a rough time. She doesn’t need some drug addict coming onto her in an elevator. Still, here she is stuck with this goon who won’t shut up. Riley quickly breaks his wrist and disarms him but that is just the beginning to this terrible day. When she actually gets to work she learns she has to clear backgrounds for not one but 2 billionaires. One who probably killed his wife and another with a strange secret that he is unwilling to have in the open. Add to this an admirer that won’t take no for an answer and an ex-husband who suddenly wants to get back together and, oh, remember that drug addict? He won’t stop following her around and trying to help her now.
This was entertaining and, at the same time, thoughtful and engaging. Riley is believable in the role of PI. She is somewhat antisocial and unyielding in her quest for what is right and to uncover any dirt on prospective clients that she can, yet vulnerable and not unfeeling in her investigation tactics. I will be on the lookout for other Riley Drake stories.
Angel Clark’s narration was great, especially for females. A lot of the men sounded quite a bit alike, except those with accents but it didn’t detract from the listen for me. I enjoyed her work and would listen to her again.
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There is a lot to admire about this book. Lots of plot twists, interesting characters, intelligent mystery and a lead character that guesses wrong sometimes
I love the main character. a corky, strong, no nonsense female lead trying to make a name for herself. I liked her wit
I wasn't too happy about what happened to the painter
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I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.
I am a big fan of Julie Hyzy. I have read and loved all her White House Chef series and I will read more in this series too. As for Angel Clark I didn't enjoy her reading of this book in fact it took away from the story for me. So if Angel is the narrator for future books in this series I will read them and not listen.
I can't really say I could think of another book to compare it to.
Angel has a nice voice and she reads fine but I just couldn't get into her. The only reason I finished the book was because the story kept me going.
No I wish I had read it and not listened to it.
I received this book as a gift with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. I enjoy Julie Hyzy's writing and will read the next book.
I haven't read the print version yet but I really enjoyed the audio and would recommend it.
I would have to say that Riley was my favourite character. She is tenacious and tough. She can handle herself in any situation apart from the train wreck which is her love life. I would love to see how she handles a few dates with some clients from the dating agency. I am sure hilarity would ensue in her attempts to refrain herself from punching some of them in the nose.
I haven't listened to any of Angel Clarke's other performances but I enjoyed this one and based on this experience I would happily buy the rest of the series and listen to her performance of it.
I wouldn't say any moment in particular moved me but I loved the humour in the story and the possibility of future romance for Riley hinted at in this book. The mystery aspect was interesting and complex as there were quite a few suspects and red herrings to mill through. All in all a great read and I can't wait for more.
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