Meet Logan McKenna...fiercely loyal, and impossibly inquisitive.
In Shattered, the first book in the original mystery series and stunning fiction debut with which Valerie Davisson lets us crave for more, Logan McKenna loses her husband, her illusions, the company they built together, her music, and now, probably her job. But that won't stop her from digging into a murder investigation that keeps Southern California's tight-knit artist community on its toes and law enforcement cluelessly guessing.
At loose ends, and running out of money after buying a fixer upper on the coast, she decides to help out her best friend from high school, Thomas, a Native American artist, and his wife Lisa at their booth at the Otter Arts Festival, in the idyllic coastal town of Jasper, where she and her police officer brother Rick grew up. When one of the talented, young artists is found gruesomely murdered at the festival, Logan is faced with the reality that her best friend not only lied to her, but may be guilty of murder. It's up to her to find out what really happened that night, before the murderer kills again.
If you enjoy listening to Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon, James Patterson's Murder Club, J. A. Jance's Joanna Brady, or more general: a mystery novel with a strong female character, you will quickly fall in love with Valerie Davisson's Logan McKenna - guaranteed!
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Shattered has a really good plot and story line that is very intriguing with some added drama. The art show & scenery are extremely well depicted and descriptive in a way that makes one feel as if they are there. You are able to picture everything in your minds' eye. The story itself is very well written and I was kept engaged always wanting more and wanting to what would happen next. The characters are well defined and developed with excellent relationship development between characters. The author writes the characters in such a way that enables you to develop a relationship with each. The story builds from page one and is fast paced, never leaving the reader/listener the opportunity to lose interest. It grabs your attention and maintains it until the very end. This book is definitely a page turner as I was unable to stop listening and completed the story in one day. I enjoyed this book and am excited to listen to book two.
The narrator, Leona Woodworth, did an excellent job narrating this book. She has excellent pace, voice inflection and timing. She applies the appropriate amount of emotion when required and portrays the characters brilliantly. Her narration grasps your attention from the beginning and holds it until the very end.
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Our tastes range from history and fantasy to business and literary fiction, though the writer in the family does most of the reading!
This story has the interesting and unusual setting of a craft fair, and more specifically, of a studio where interns study glass-blowing with an older mentor. Logan, the main character, is drawn into the world of the glass-blowers when someone is murdered during the height of the fair and her childhood friend gets wrongly arrested as the chief suspect.
There are many good things about this book, including well-constructed scenes and diverse characters with plausible motivations. However, it fell down for me on the matter of pace. The first part of the book is very slow, and although there is some sense of a problem hanging over Logan’s head, it is too minor to really grab the reader’s attention. Only when the murder takes place, which is well into the body of the novel, does the pace quicken and the story really become interesting.
I regret to say that I may have abandoned the book had I not received a free review copy from the author via Audio Book Boom. I think a good edit from a professional editor would transform it from average to really good.
I really wanted to like this book, but in the end I found it very confusing.
Lost in mundane information, I found the story jumped around. Characters seem to pop up out of no where with little or no background and in the end were to play a significant roll in the plot. I felt the book almost started mid-point then worked backwards and jumped ahead to the end with a lot of words but no continuity.
Logan, the main character lost her husband, their business and is now starting over in an artsy community. We drop in on the story with a letter she received about her teaching which makes you think it is going to be the focus of the book but it's not.
For the summer Logan goes to work at a local festival and revives her love of music and is fascinated by the glassblowing. Her relationships through the book add to the confusion. There is no real character building of Logan which I found disappointing.
Colorful characters are dotted through the story that don't necessarily have anything to do with the plot, chess players, locals, neighbors, festival workers and yet there is no real build up of the character who commits the crime, except as a religious nut who loves to do for others and at the same time is sick of doing good.
The narration is okay. Leonor A Woodworth narration of Logan and the male characters are very good but the other female character voices are sometimes grating.
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Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
I really liked the main character and found the mystery got in the way of her story. I guess this is not a great thing, but I did enjoy this book. The characterization was very good although the backstories of some characters seemed forced. The relationships between characters felt realistic for the most part. The story itself was okay - the mystery stalled out several times and I had to really refocus to get back into it. I look forward to reading or listening to more from this author as I think the series will get much better with more.
The performance was very good. The pace was great and the reading was pleasing to listen to.
I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
This is the first "Cozy Mystery" I tried, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It feels more like the anime-equivalent of slice-of-life (not sure what the american term is). We don't even know there is a mystery until 40% of the book is through. The story focuses more on our protagonist Logan as we watch her live past her husband. We didn't really watch her grow, though. I thought we'd watch a depressed woman slowly socialize and pick up hobbies, but all of that is done before the book begins, so the character didn't really grow.
I've always disliked chess references, so that didn't reflect well on me. Luckily it was only a minor subplot and isn't related to the mystery or the book's themes. The story switches between different characters primarily to tell their back story. I really didn't like that. We could have learned their backstories through our protagonist instead. On the same topic, I don't like how the culprit is revealed via the culprit's perspective. I think it would have been better with that chapter removed, or at least moved until the end.
Narrator did ok but didn't really stand out from other narrators. I'll give her 3.5/5
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
The print version would probably have been better because I kept finding myself tuning out the story.
Yes, I don't know if it was the story line or the performance but this story was hard to stay focused on.
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"A good story, worth a listen"
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A lovely well written story which i enjoyed although it was a little slow in places the characters were well structured and draw you in.
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