Attorney Sabre Brown is having a great time geocaching, the Internet's version of a treasure hunt. The fun ceases when she "caches" a container with an official death certificate citing "murder by poison" as the cause of death. Even more disturbing is that the date of death is 10 days in the future.
Sabre is forced to search cache after cache, each revealing more clues, until they take an unexpected twist and shockingly point to one of her court cases. Is the murderer a rejected child, a well-known plastic surgeon, a scorned ex, a crooked lab technician, or a politician in line for the highest office in the land? Or, is someone playing Sabre in an ugly geocache of life and death?
©2015 Teresa Burrell (P)2015 Teresa Burrell
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Advocate's Geocache in Book 7 of the marvelous The Advocate series. Some earlier books in the series, while excellent, were difficult to listen to because the series deals with children who are not properly cared for by parents or are being sexually abused.
This is a very clever novel. Attorney and child advocate Sabre Brown found her brother in the prior novel and he is a part of her life. Her romance with investigator JB is finally on a somewhat even keel. The clues to a murder are revealed through a geocache series in a way that adds to the drama and suspense.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! One need not listen to other books in the series to appreciate this novel.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I HAD to try this book. It's very simple. I am an avid geocacher, having logged over 1800 finds (I know, brag, brag) and I spent 22 years working in the child welfare system (including the courts). This book was a bit disappointing for me, which I found surprising given the consistently rave reviews and subject matter. I am giving it 3 1/2 stars, rounded to 3. Here's why:
Pros: The author really knows the child welfare system, having been an attorney in juvenile court in California. That was very evident, and that part of the story stirred alot of memories up for me. As to geocaching, I am guessing Teresa Burrell is herself a geocacher, as she really knows the ins and outs. Otherwise, she did phenomenal research on geocaching. I applaud her either way.
My comments on the narrator go both ways. This is an unusual story in that it has so many different speaking roles. I don't see how any narrator could come up with THAT many good voices. It goes beyond what should be asked of a narrator. I do commend John Bell for giving it his best in what must have been a very frustrating process of trying to come up for a new voice for each character and remembering them all!
Lastly, the story was engaging enough to keep me listening and wondering how the author was going to tie things up.
And now, the Cons: First for the narration, as that is what stands out in my mind most. The main character, JP, Sabre's boyfriend, wasn't at all engaging to me. I hated JP"s Texas accent--he sounded much older than Sabre, too. Then, there was not a hint of spark between the two of them. It was described as a somewhat new relationship and for the life of me, I couldn't understand why they were together. No sex here, implied or otherwise, just a "smooch" now and then. Neither Sabre or JP came across as interesting or very likeable, nor were they developed characters. This con, I see as shared between the author and the narrator. And yes, some of Bell's many "voices" were truly cringe-worthy or downright laughable.
For me, the story was pretty far-fetched, yet there had to be some way to make geocaching and integral part of the story. While a bit bizarre, the ending was also too pat and too much was tied up in a pretty ribbon, a too happily-ever-after ending for me.
And perhaps too nit-picky on my part, child welfare cases are really social worker-driven and in this story, the social worker was a mere ghost, a shadow of a character. However, this most likely would not bother anyone else but me.
In summary, I am betting if you read Burrell's other books, you will like this story. It doesn't ask much of the reader and is an easy and for many, a fun listen. Just look at all the fabulous reviews. And oh boy, I bet this review will make the Burrell-Bell fans mad at me.
I'm just here to tell you what I thought. And to recommend geocaching!
A thrilling game of puzzles and cache hunting all while multiple murders are happening. I learned a lot reading this book as I had never heard of Geocache before. It sounds like fun and I found the book filled with thrills and chills. I kept trying to guess who the murder was, each of my guesses was wrong. I absolutely loved the ending too! I had a ball while listening to this audio book, playing along with the geocache hunting. I couldn't help trying to help with the answers in the clues. I laugh at myself as I write this knowing I was telling the speaker, no you have the wrong answer! What a fun cozy mystery this book turned out to be!
The author, Teresa Burrell did a great job on this book. This is my first read by this author. I enjoyed the story-line and found the plot to be very creative. The narrator, John Bell did a really good job delivering this story to us. I enjoyed all his voices.
I received this audio book free so I could give a honest and unbiased review.
The Advocate's Geocache begins with Attorney Sabre Brown in her geocache hunt with her friend Bob and JP. The only thing that is different from all the geocache hunts, Sabre has been in is that the item is a Death Certificate stating the victim is murder by poison and the crime is to be committed within 10 days.
Since Sabre doesn't know whether the Death Certificate is a prank or not, she continued with her geocache hunt. Sabre is also an attorney representing children of abused and social welfare. When the name of the defendant is named as the questionable father, Sabre wondered is the her case and the geocache hunt are related to each other.
The clues leads to a prominent Bullard family with political connections and a questionable paternity claim of her client Conway McFerran. As Sabre thrived to discover the truth, someone is killing witnesses to the McFerran's paternity claim.
The Advocate's Geocache has so many interesting characters. At times, some of the characters are humorous especially Conway McFerran's mother. The story is clean and very enjoyable to listen. It will have the readers/listeners hooked in trying to find out if there is a crime that is about to be committed and was there a crime that was committed 17 years ago.
The narrator, John Bell has a pleasant voice to listen to. His voice for the male characters in the story is well-done. As for the feminine voices, it is hard to distinguish unless the listeners are listening very carefully to detect the differences of voices between the male and female characters. Because the story is well written, the narrator doesn't take away the content of the story.
I was given this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
The mystery and characters.
Not on the edge of my seat, but it kept my interest.
Absolutely, as long as the Whole Audible version downloads.
No. I am irked about the audio book, tho. I have some vision issues, so I enjoy being able to read and listen.
I've read all seven of the Advocate series. I liked them very much. I recommend the series to those who enjoy lawyers and courtroom procedures.
I liked the earlier books on the series better. The story line seemed pretty convoluted to Mr and I do not think the person performing the book does nearly as good a job as an earlier narrator.
I have read all in this series they just keep getting better and better. The fact that Teresa Burrell works in the court system to help children. Makes each story real. Great combination of mystery some romance and a strong sense of family. The last two books have been read by a male John Bell did an excellent job always able to tell who was speaking by change in his voice. This was an excellent story all the way to the end.
The entire series of seven (7) have been well written, enticing, intriguing, sitting on-edge, and I have yelled at the characters! I loved this series. I did not do a review until this book 7! All I can say is BOOK 8! I am in 2 book clubs, when my turn will recommend. Teresa Burrell, I am totally over the top & will be emailing you for at least a list of questions at a book meeting ... Or how about FaceTime! Thanks for the enjoyable audibles!
Deborah J Ledford
I didn't know much about geocaching and found that element to be a fascinating theme for the novel.
I've enjoyed reading about author Burrell's leading lady, Sabre Brown, since book one. She carries this novel as well, first and foremost with precision and integrity. An advocate for child's rights, Sabre moves through the world to find answers few are wiling to reveal--even if the answers are painful to take in.
Good 'ol boy leading man, J.P., is performed with the tinge of humor ideal for this character.
"You might NOT want to find it." OR "Follow the Next Clue at Your Peril."
I listened to this audiobook for hours at a time. Highly entertaining and fascinating from the first minutes to the last, the theme and surrounding story lines were riveting. I highly recommend this listen.
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