While in prison, Ron Trentweiler, a petty thief, is befriended by an itinerant preacher and gets "religion." Upon his release, he founds a small, storefront Pentecostal-style church in his native, rural Alabama. Enter Winona Stepp, a visitor at one of his services who seems to know all about "Brother Ron," as he has taken to calling himself, yet insists upon keeping her own past to herself. Things go smoothly for the pair, that is until Winona suggests using venomous snakes in their "act" and all hell breaks loose. Eventually, they make their way north into Matt's "backyard" in the Catskills, where things take a murderous twist. What secrets are hiding in Winona's closet? Is Brother Ron exactly what he appears to be? Is he a religious convert or just a con man? These and other questions confront Chief of Police, Matt Davis, along with the usual cast of characters in the new Matt Davis Mystery, Twice Bitten, as he once more comes face to face with murder in the sleepy village of Roscoe, NY.
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Yes, I will listen to it again in a couple of months just because it is fun to listen to a suspense story unfold as only Joe Perrone Jr. writes it. I don't think I missed anything in listening to the book the first time, but it will be interesting to follow it again because now I know the gist of the story and will concentrate on the details of each happening more carefully.
The way it unfolds chapter by chapter. Even though the venue changes from one chapter to the next, you feel you are following all the parts of the real life of Matt Davis. Things in a regular life don't involve just one thing at a time. This book has many things happening in both a review of the past plus the evolving of the present. With Joe Perrone Jr's writing style, you don't lose track of anything. You pick up each chapter right where it left off. I didn't forget anything as I listened hour by hour because it unfolded logically.The sound of the rattlesnake at the end of some of the chapters also made me shiver but pulled me to want to keep listening and find out what was going to happen next.
But of course, Matt Davis. But I also liked the personal voice portrayal of Matt's wife and her struggles with finding cancer in her breast. It was well written and spoken to show that we may have a job that is very important and has to be done, but when family (especially the wife) has health worries, that becomes the top priority. People have to come before process. I enjoyed Shane Morris switching voices for each character. His portrayal of Matt's secretary was priceless. It made their banter between each other so very real. Both were in charge of what each does best. Matt respected her and she respected Matt. Loved it! Such fun!
The love of Matt Davis for his wife. It was easy to feel they were in this cancer scare together, even though Matt tends to be forgetful now and then of what his wife is living with every moment of her day until she could finally heal enough to let him see the scar. Health worries can remove the feeling of sexuality and wanting to be touched. For a man author, I was impressed with how sincerely Joe Perrone Jr. wrote of her need to have time to heal physically as well as emotionally before sex could become comfortable again for both of them.
I absolutely loved Twice Bitten! I'm looking forward to buying another audio book written by Mr. Perrone Jr. I can follow his patterns of thinking and visualize all that he has written through sound. Loved this experience, just simply loved it. With my own aging mind, this was my first audio book. I found it much easier to follow than trying to concentrate on paragraphs of a regular book. This is an easy 5 star review. Now, on to the next audio book by Joe Perrone Jr. Can hardly wait!
A good detective mystery involving Matt Davis. It is interesting enough that I listened to the audiobook in its entirety. The narrator made it very interesting.
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
I liked the whole storyline !
Some of it was set in towns near me,which was quite fun.
Picturing snake handlers in Centrailia.
I really liked this book.The main plot was great,as was the storyline of the main characters family.The fact that some of it was set in towns I grew up near was icing on the cake!The narrator was wonderful.His voice was perfect for this reading.The only thing that would have been better was if the audiobook did not contain the sound of rain,if it was raining and other things like that.I found that a bit distracting.
I have been listening to audio books since 2001. I found the narration of this book brought the characters to life.
A big city police officer moves on to led a small town's police force, that reminded me of Robert Parker's, Jesse Stone.
I get caught up in listening to the same well-known authors and don't usually experiment with my listening choices. This time I did and I'm glad I did. The story was entertaining and the narrator added to the experience. I highly recommend this book!
These vivid descriptions and the narrator are incredible. The storyline takes us on a rush toward hell and back.
Each character added their own unique observation to the story. (Matt Davis)
It is interesting how the snake keeps cropping up throughout this story. :)
I would listen to more stories by Joe Perrone Jr.
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