A dying invalid...a house full of treasures...a family haunted by tragedy.
Mystery and heartbreak await estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon when she accepts a lucrative new job in a posh New Jersey town. Eager to settle their mother's estate and close the door on their elegant family home, the Eskew children hire Audrey to run an estate sale as their mother lies dying, tended by a home health aide. Every day Audrey works in the house, she discovers another valuable artwork and another family secret. How did the adored oldest son die? What's wrong with the strange younger sister? Who is making off with rare books, antique silver, and vintage ball gowns? Most of all, how reliable are the dying woman's deathbed ramblings?
As Audrey learns about the Eskew family's tortured past, she's forced to confront her own feelings about marriage and children. And when a murderer strikes, Audrey's sense of justice compels her to defend the defenseless, no matter the risk to herself. Fans of Ninie Hammon and C. J. Lyons will enjoy this twist-ending mystery with a strong female sleuth and plenty of antiques, dogs, and humor.
©2016 S.W. Hubbard (P)2017 S.W. Hubbard
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
I loved book one in this series; I liked book two; Book three just curled my toes!
This was a really good mystery with a narrator that could do no wrong. The intersecting story lines and the cast of characters were well-written and very well-narrated. I loved that Ty and his family had a role in this story (not so much in book two.) I loved that Audrey and Sean finally get together. I. Loved. Every. Little. Thing.
I think if anything was missing it's with Audrey's Dad. In book one, he had a stroke. He still has traces of it in his speech in this book but it wasn't explained. I knew why he had the vocal oddity so I hope the narrator does not get zinged for that. Other than that, after listening to books one and two, sit back and enjoy all of the pieces coming together in this listen.
Both the author and narrator are new to me on this book. I loved all of the suspense in this book and found it to be interesting along with thrilling. This book is totally original and deals with many real life issues in a psychologically thrilling manner with some humor interspersed into it and a murder too. The narrator did a fantastic performance with the various voices she did. This book is part of a series, but I found it to be an awesome standalone listen. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
Male, mid 60's, over 1,100 helpful votes on Amazon, over 350 helpful votes on Audible, own 590 + Audible books and over 10,100 Kindle books
I've listened to the previous two audio books in the Palmyrton Estate Sales series. The plot, the writing and the spoken talent of Janelle Tedesco are what keep bringing me back!
This may be "chick lit" but the developed mystery is very well done. The characters are very likeable - well written and performed. So even manly men like myself can appreciate this audiobook. Make sure you don't get cookie crumbs on the doilies! And use a coaster under the beer can. No water rings!! Lol
What drew me in from the first book was the occupation that Audrey has. An estate "liquidator". She and her employees go in and inventory estates to auction or sell. Usually the tenants are deceased. In This Bittter Treasure, the lady is still alive. For awhile anyway...
The scene that sticks in my head is when the little girl and her mother are waiting and find a young woman in a bathroom stall. When Ms. Tadesco performs the little girl screaming it caught my attention!
Another was when the non mother takes three children to the amusement park. You get a strong sense of her panic.
Oh, there is also the thefts of items being inventoried... Oh, then the murder!
There are a lot of potential suspects.
I look at books as a whole. This kept me entertained and kept me guessing! If there is a higher complement, I am at a loss to express it.
I'm maybe one of the few guys reviewing these titles. Chick or Guy,... Each is worth a listen. Well written, developed mystery, very well voiced by the narrator. And in my opinion, worth your investment in both credits and listening time.
Thanks for the opportunity to listen and review this audio book!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.
Audio book addict, spending a fortune on this passion. ;)
I had already listened to the first two books in that series, and I keenly awaited the launch of tome 3. Two days ago, I got a free copy for review. Of course I had to listen to it immediately, my other audio books took a back seat for the duration. 🙂
What can I say: I loved it just as much as the first two sequels. The story is firmly rooted in today’s society, with all the problems we are confronted with on a daily basis. There are lots of references to current events in this book, and the problems mentioned are certainly a reality for a lot of people. I’ve mentioned it in my previous reviews, but it needs to be said again: I totally love the language. It is so refreshingly ’normal‘, which is one huge factor in making the characters and the story so very convincing. Plus: there is no foul language, no swearing of any kind– it’s like a holiday, because lots of authors seem to think that their stories are more authentic if they use a lot of swearing. Let me tell you: swearing and foul language don’t add any authenticity to a story, at least not in the world I live in. I don’t know anybody who swears a lot, and I don’t want to, either.
This is why I really appreciate the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mysteries: they’re great suspense, convincing and authentic without swearing.
The budding romance between Sean and Audrey has gone up a step, they are committed now, and again, the story convinces without describing any sex scenes ( which really is another beef I have with lots of other stories, where I’m regaled with detailed sexual encounters between the main characters. Again: this is not necessary to make the reader part of a romance. We all have our imagination and I for one don’t need those page fillers. They’re usually ridiculous and boring and make me wish I could skim the audio book the way I would skim a print).
The Palmyrton Estate Sale Mysteries series is a great example of wonderful story telling: the characters, the language, the mystery, the wit and humour: all make this an absolutely enjoyable story.
Janelle Tedesco again excels in narrating the story. Not only does she manage to give each character a distinctive voice, her accent and convincing speech impediment (when narrating Audrey’s father) are masterfully done. I was so engrossed that I had to chide myself and to deliberately switch the audio off in order to get some much needed sleep. It is a ‚page turner‘, and I sincerely hope there’ll be more sequels, cause the characters feel like good friends.
S.W. Hubbard excels at blending together intricate plots, with many characters and themes that touch and slide apart, making you think the book is less organized until the many pieces come together to weave into an amazing tapestry of a big picture that just awe you.
While the previous two books have a distinct theme, this book deals with issues of family as well as drugs. The message found in the book is very powerful.
The characters also really come to life and show strong development.
I do highly recommend that you read the first and second books before you read this because each book builds on the previous. Not only will you not follow things as well, but you'll get spoilers if you decide to go back and read the earlier books after reading this.
The narrator also does a fantastic job of creating the characters and carrying their features in her voice.
I can't recommend the book highly enough!
This series gets better and better with each book. The characters continue to grow and develop. The plot is fresh and original , with the right amount of drama and suspense. I love this series.
I liked the fact that Ms Janelle Tedesco's interpretation did not overshadow the story itself - her voice and the way she differentiated the characters allowed me to concentrate on the plot instead of wondering who was speaking. I also liked the tempo of her reading - not too fast, not too slow, just about right:) (It's important for me, as I am not a native speaker of English:))
I liked the plot a lot; at first it developed rather slowly, with all the descriptions of the Eskew's house and Audrey and Sean's house-hunting or Ty's classes in writing... But as soon as the "strange incidents" started to happen, the pace got faster. We were given some clues here and there and also followed some misleading trails together with Audrey to finally discover the culprit of the hideous crimes. I liked the fact that all the elements that at first seemed maybe an unnecessary addition turned out to have some significance for the solution of the crime:)
This was my first audiobook narrated by Ms Janelle Tedesco and so I can't compare it to any other books she read.
I generally liked this interpretation a lot, with only one exception - the character of Jill, who supposedly is a young college girl, had this high-pitched whining kind of "voice" which I found really irritating (it reminded me of a spoilt little brat who has just had a toy taken from her and is going tantrum about it....:)) But that's the only drawback (luckily for me, the girl appeared only a few times in the story). Unfortunately, as I can't deduct half a star for this, I had to deduct one...
On the other hand, I liked the way Ms Tedesco interpreted all the male characters (especially Ty) - lowering her voice a little, but without exaggeration which would make it laughable...:) As it is really difficult for a woman narrator to do that right, I greatly apppreciate Ms Tedesco's work there.
So, generally, I think Ms Tedesco's interpretation of the book deserves a strong 4.5 rate:)
Beware of the skeletons in your cupboard - secrets always come out in the end...
DISCLAIMER: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..
I could not get into this book, the narration is slow all through out the book.. I skipped up to other chapters trying to get to some thing I could grab a hold of but could not .. sorry I could not tell you the story due to sleepy narration..
I enjoyed the first two books in the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mysteries series and This Bitter Treasure is no exception.
This Bitter Treasure, brings Audrey and crew to the Eskew estate where she is to catalogs and inventories the household items of the estate as the owner lays dying in the library. Old Mrs. Eskew says all her children are Philistine's as she seemingly talks out of her head. The heartless kids have no love for their mother or the belongings of the estate as they skulk about waiting for her demise. With locked closets, expensive books and ballgowns, missing items and plenty of secrets that are hidden among the treasures, Audrey reveals them as she works.
A mixture of family affairs, death and quirky characters keep your attention throughout the story.
Janelle Tedesco does a good job of narrating, even with grating voices for some and Jersey accents for others.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author.
This is my second book in this series so I loved that I already knew a little about the main characters. Learning new things about them added a lot to this already good story.
There is a lot of mystery in this book so it kept me listening. The characters are interesting all on their own.
Yes, Janelle also narrated the other book in this series I listened to. Her performances in both books was excellent.
No extreme reaction but I found it very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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