Celine Sutherland is dead - her body half-hidden under the Atlantic City Boardwalk - and Damien Dickens, P.I. killed her. Detective Lt. James Holmes found Damien's gun and wallet near the crime scene, and discovered Celine's cash-filled, emerald-studded evening bag hidden in Damien's apartment. Sylvia Sutherland, Celine's older sister and CEO of the family's tobacco empire, insists that Dickens pulled the trigger. And the Sutherlands carry a lot of influence in Atlantic City. Even Damien's secretary has deserted him - gone to work for the Sutherlands. Only Celine's younger sister, Susan, believes in his innocence.
After Susan bails him out of jail, Damien follows his gut and a series of clues in order to clear his name. His quest takes him to several Atlantic City landmarks, inland to Everettville, a small New Jersey town, and north to Vermont, where he confronts Celine's killer.
The Green Pearl Caper, set in the summer of 1979, is the first in a series of Damien Dickens mysteries.
©2015 Phyllis Entis (P)2016 Phyllis Entis
I thought this was a good start to a series, and perfect for fans of detective stories. The setting is interesting, as it takes place in 1970's Atlantic City. I think it is well-written, easy to read, has good characters, and keeps you guessing who the culprit is. In the book, they reference earlier cases that Damien and Millie worked together, which made me want to know more details. I know you have to start a series somewhere, but it might be fun to see some prequels that talk about their early years together. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Tom Lennon. This is the first book I've listened to narrated by him, and I was pleased. I found his voice enjoyable, his character differentiation was great, his female voices didn't sound forced or whiny (which is a common complaint I have with other male narrators doing female voices), and his pacing was good. Overall, this was a fun read, and I would definitely check out other books in this series.
One of the best.
I had read the book and am a big fan of Damien's so I knew the plot. Still, the audiobook adds more understanding..
Millie's appearance at Gus' office.
It has a nice thread of humor throughout.
Now I am waiting for the second in the series to also be in audiobook format. Hopefully soon and hopefully with the same narrator.
Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.
I don't typically listen to our read books more than once, only because my to-read list is too long, but I'm anxiously awaiting the release of book two.
I think what comes to mind is something along the line of a J.P Beamont mystery. Both of these characters are a no frills guy with a kind heart, who's determined get their man. Phyllis Entis has written a likeable, old-fashioned character, not to mention the loveable Millie.
Outstanding performance. Tom has just enough difference in his character variation so as not to sound phony, and It's easy to tell the female from male characters. I'd previously read the Damien Dicken's series, and this was just the voice I had in mind.
This book gave me a nostalgic feel for some of the old-time detectives like Columbo. These guys were smart, but cleverly disgusted by their simplicity. Bad guys think they can walk all over them, but that's not the case with these tough detectives. Don't hesitate to listen to this one.
Yes, if they are at all a fan of classic detective fiction - think Mike Hammer, Sam Spade, etc. they will love Damien. If they are looking for today's supernatural, Vampire infested, romance mysteries, then it probably won't be their cup of tea.
It was somewhat predictable so I can't say edge of seat. More like visiting an old friend and thoroughly enjoying the visit. There was suspense, just not what you would call a thriller. Lots of detecting needed to figure out the plot completely. It is definitely a feel good book, not one to lose sleep thinking about. I see Damien in my minds eye as a 40 year old John Goodman playing detective. Got to love the guy.
Probably the plane trip.
I thought the narrator did a good of of delivering the kind of dead pan delivery the character needed. May sound a little like 50's TV detective, but that just adds to the fun of the entire book. I will be looking forward to more in this series.
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.
The story moved along very well with characters that I cared about and that supported each other. Everyone had a spot to fill in the plot.
Damien Dickens. The protagonist acted realistically, without being stupid to miss clues, etc.
I liked his narration. It filled the job of bringing characters to life.
Just when you thought it was safe to go in... oh, guess that's taken. Maybe, ... sorry, can't think of anything witty here
This was a very entertaining whodunit with characters that I cared about and want to see evolve in future books.Thank you for making this availabe for 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."
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Celine is dead.He did not protect her.Private Eye Damian Dickens was hired by Celine only days before.This was a fun detective story.
Tom Lemmon is a good narrator.
I was given this book free for an honest review.
The second time you get to remember the characters more and know what is in store for them.
You didn't know who dun it till it is revealed.
When they rescued faithful Millie.
Yes, it's easier to follow the characters and storyline.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
This takes us back to the New Jersey and New York of the 70’s, which was a time of bell bottoms, disco music, pay phones, and platform shoes—but not for the conservative heirs of a tobacco conglomerate. This crew is all kerchiefs and pearls and murder. Following Detective Damien Dickens through boardwalk knockouts; rubbish burials (his own); pawnshop prowls; and the ire of his long time enemies made this listen fun adventure and conjured more than a little worry over the doomed detective. As Dickens’s enemies gloat over his misfortune, he steadily mounts clues and garners support from his extremely limited resources. The plot is enriched with a cast of very suspicious antagonists, all of whom have motive to kill. The story definitely kept me guessing as the pendulum swung from hilarity to horror to hope. The real enjoyment is in details I dare not share lest I spoil your fun. My only prickly note is that sometimes the feel of time is closer to the 1940’s than the 70’s, which is detectable in both in the dialogue and the narration.
The narration is carried out consistently well. Tom Lennon makes me believe he’s telling the story. His cadence and clarity are spot on. In my opinion Lennon's tone, as well as the story's dialogues, may be more indicative of an earlier decade than the 70’s. This was a bit distracting until I told myself to allow the story to exist "whenever." Once that was done, I was able to relax and enjoy this rather timeless narrative.
This is a wonderful detective novel that takes place in 1979. The narration was fabulous however the production had some issues. It was very easy to tell where the novel had been spliced together. That took away from the book for Me . Saying that I loved every other aspect of the book. Will definitely be reading more books in this series. This book was provided to me by the author narrator or publisher free of charge for a honest review
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
Note on audio: the narrator did an excellent job, but there are issues with the audio on this book. You can tell it was pieced together from many different recordings, because halfway through a sentence the volume would change suddenly. This happened consistently throughout the entire book. It's no fault of the narrator, but rather the audiobook recording company. It's not a smooth listen due to that.
I loved that this story was set in 1979.. Period mysteries are always fun because they transport me to a different time before cell phones and computers were commonplace. This is a good old fashion detective mystery. Imagine Matlock or Murder she wrote, in terms of older era & the 'good old days.' The story was enjoyable & easy to follow, the ending wasn't predictable & I liked the subtle love interest that was also a bit unexpected. Overall I really liked it, and I am looking forward to listening to the next book in this series to see what happens next! This book was gifted to me for my honest review.
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