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
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.
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.
Full of twists and turns, The Green Pearl Caper will leave you guessing until the end in terms of 'whodunnit'. Set in the late 1970s, this mystery has an old school feel to it and in my opinion, the tone of the narrator's voice is the right fit for it. The writing is descriptive and smooth - it's a well done, cozy 'listen/read'. I look forward to many more mysteries for Team Dickie to solve. *I received a free copy of this audiobook with no obligations*
"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.
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.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
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.
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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."
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Damien Dickens (Dick) had been set up as the murderer of Celine Sutherland, he feels responsible for her death as he had failed to protect her. This drives him to discover who is the true murderer, he is hampered in his investigations because the police find so much evidence against him.
The story is set in the 70s when, of course, all the whizbang technology of today had yet to be invented, this meant a lot of legwork for Dick. It was quite interesting really to hear of some of the investigative techniques used back then, like the close examination of typewriter ribbons!
The story is full of twists and turns and though slow in parts, does have an interesting plot to engage the reader and the ending has a couple of unpredictable surprises.
Having three women with names beginning with the same sounding letter was a bit off putting, but that's just a personal peeve.
Tom Lennon gives his usual superb performance, but both narrator and author were let down by whoever is responsible for sound quality. Very frequent changes in pitch and volume along with echo interfered with my enjoyment of this audiobook, the poor quality made it difficult to concentrate on the story.
Audiobook provided by the narrator, author or publisher in return for an unbiased review.
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