This book is entertaining and light. I had just finished reading The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz (a rather dark book) and really needed something that m..Show More »ight qualify as 'easy listening'. This book fit the bill.
I'll explain two objections that I read in reviews that almost kept me from downloading this book.
1. One review talks about the language in the book. I think this is because of two things. A) Swearing (F-bombs here and there) and B) the N-word.
The swearing is not overdone, it's all in keeping with the characters and certainly no worse than many other books I've heard on audible. But if you have a particular sensitivity to hearing the F-bomb a few times, then I suppose you might be disturbed.
There's no way around it. Hearing the N-word just makes you cringe. It's used in a character's dialogue. The character is a bigot fro the South. Guess what. They still exist and they say crap like this. (Hello, Paula Deen.) So I can understand the discomfort at hearing this word. These a**holes exist in real life so I suppose it's not a jump that they exist in books.
2. Another review talks about how the book makes fun of a religion. I think that reviewer is referring to some comments that Garrity's mother, Edna, makes about the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). She basically says something along the lines of how Mormon heaven is like a Holiday Inn (something like that - a hotel chain) and that there are different levels of heaven and if you convert enough people, you get on the concierge floor. There are also some comments about a sect that still practices polygamy.
I'll say this - I wanted something light hearted, easy to listen to, and had a decent dash of humor. This was perfect for that. The narrator is great, the characters are certainly colorful. It's not going to win any Pulitzer but I didn't want to listen to a Pulitzer. And for what its worth, I'm downloading the second book now. Good luck with your listen!
This is a good series with good solid realistic characters. Callahan is funny, intelligent and bravee. I like her and her supporting cast. If i can..Show More »'t find these books on audible, I will get them for my kindle.
A light murder mystery surrounded by the custody of a child. Not really a Christmas book but it was happening around the Holiday Season. A Mother-in-L..Show More »aw takes on the responsibility of protecting her granddaughter from her Mother who has less that any moral compass when it comes to the welfare of her child. When the Mother is found murdered everyone involved in the sweet child's life becomes a suspect.
Callahan Garity, her aunt, is a retired PD officer and private detective so understandably she is on the case to clear her family and protect her niece. Corruption and unsolved murders start cropping up while she is conducting her investigation. A pretty good mystery with real characters. Hillary Huber's good narration added to the story and took it from a 3 to a 4 for me.
I love the characters in this series and they truly come to life when this narrator reads them. I love the interplay between the characters and the be..Show More »lievable way they treat each other. The story is a bit darker this time, but the situations and the conflicts are well written and interesting. I found myself hating the times I had to turn the story off. I find Callahan to be a woman of her times-independent but sometimes wishing for a help mate, a good friend to many although she does not sugar coat everything, a dreamer, and a professional business woman.she respects others, but she trusts her gut feelings, something that has kept me alive in some challenging situations. She find the support she needs to prove she is right in most cases and is sad when she is not. This is a great read!