Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s TwoStep, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award. Instead of accepting a teaching position at the university, Tres is finishing up his apprenticeship for a private investigator’s license. He’s doing a poor job of surveillance on the fiddle player in a promising honkytonk band: she is shot in broad daylight while he watches. Shaken, Tres begins an investigation on his own. It’s not long before he discovers that some people will do anything to capture a lucrative recording contract. With suspense as sizzling as the southwestern sun, and a truly colorful cast of characters, The Widower’s TwoStep is a hit with mystery lovers well beyond the Lone Star State. Narrator Tom Stechschulte’s performance adds just the right spice to Tres’ character.
Crack another case with Tres Navarre.
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My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.
I read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series when my grandchildren were reading them, but I had no idea that Riordan had written mystery thrillers. This book is part of his 7 novel Tres Navarre series and is it quite good. Despite the fact that Tom Stechschulte has a great voice for audiobook narration and has narrated hundreds of them, I down rate him for excessively slow reading speed. I have to listen at 2X recording speed to make his narration acceptable.
I've so far listened to the 5 of the books, and am in the middle of the 6th book. I must say that this was my favorite out of the bunch. Great story, with great tension. Shows how different City and Country life in Texas can be.
Again with all of the books, being a Texan sometimes the immersion in the story is broken with all the mispronunciations. Like someone said on a review of a previous Tres Navarre book, you would think it wouldn't come up too often... but it does more often than you think. Like Gruene Hall is pronounced "Green," and there are other mispronunciations of other cities.
However even with this, it is a great story with a great narrator that really brings the characters alive.
I listen to a book or two each month. Mostly fiction mysteries. Been avid book listener for over 20 years!
Not on the edge but definetly wanted to know what the heck was going to happen next!
They were all good. Male and female which can be hard to do!
I love all the bizarre characters and how they all fit together. The tai-chi master twist is fun too.
Riordan is a South Texas treasure. Before he made it big with Percy Jackson, he gave us private dick Tres Navarre and a world well known to the many societies that make Austin/San Antonio our home.
Yes I'd recommend it. The story is very interesting. It moves forward at a quick pace...lots of twists and turns. Not predicatble
Naturally Tres is my favorite. He has a good heart even if he is misguided in his "love life". :)
He did a good job on all the characters, but Tres is my favorite.
Tres Navarre - reluctant Texas detective
One thing that always drives me crazy is when the reader mispronounces things. Yes, Gruene looks like "grew-in" but everyone in central Texas knows it's pronounced "green". Gotta do more research folks!!
It's a decent story, well read, but I kept wondering how some of the recurrent characters fit in, a sign to me that it didn't hold my interest. The story is a good idea, I like the writer's style and dialogue. Maybe I'll try another in the series, especially if it goes on the daily special sale.
Really enjoy the performance, and the color of San Antonio.
The voices and accents are great.
Murder in Texas at the home of the Alamo
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I remember reading Mr. Riordan's books when they came out in print and being mildly amused. Tres Navarre is a likable character, a literate PI from Texas. However, now the genre seems to have passed by Mr. Riordan. With Tim Hallinan, Thomas Perry, Lou Berney and the like, we can read the work of much better writers. Mr. Riordan has a sense of humor, and Chapter 1 sets us up to think that this book will be much more interesting than it is. For one thing, Mr. Riordan has never met a word that he didn't like. The books are about twice as long as they should be, which I guess is done to make them the standard 300+ page novel. Someone once asked Elmore Leonard why his books were so popular. He said, "I leave out the parts that people skip." Mr. Riordan leaves out nothing. In this book we hear WAY too much exposition, way too much about the Southern country music scene and all the miserable crooks behind the scenes. There are too many characters that we don't care a thing about. For instance, Tres's sometime supervisor, Irenya. She adds nothing to the book other than her kid, Jem. Also, Mr. Stechshulte is an average narrator, and his voicing of this particular woman is grating and unpleasant. A good editor would have cut her. Better to listen to eight hours of Elmore Leonard than twelve hours of Rick Riordan. This series is only for Texan fans of the genre. The rest of us really don't care how many rest stops there are between Austin and San Antonio.
No real purpose for what any of the characters were doing. And after wasting time trying to figure it out, you find you don't really care.
Not by the genre, just this author and narrater.
Worked so hard to sound board that I really was.
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