A Dead Certainty

By: John Holt
Narrated by: Miguel Rodriguez
Series: Jack Daniels P.I. Novella, Book 2
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I'm not a gambling man. I mean, life's one big gamble, ain't it? The odds are stacked against you; you just can't win. You know there are some people who will do anything to make sure that they win, even if it means eliminating anyone or anything that stands in their way. They only bet on a sure thing...a Dead Certainty.

©March 2015 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Mystery Express

What made the experience of listening to A Dead Certainty the most enjoyable?

It was quick and easy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The one and only Jack Daniels.

What does Miguel Rodriguez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His easy going not giving a s..... attitude fits the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it was a mystery running on the express lane,,,,,, quick,easy and fun.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Meh

This was a short listen but I'm not sure it was time well-spent. I like the Jack Daniels character but not in this incarnation. The mystery was a bit of a yawn.

The narrator was okay. I mean, I didn't hate him. I prefer the narrator in book one though.

This listen was just 'meh.'

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Can't Beat Death

This is the second book by John Holt that I have listened to, and this one is very enjoyable. I thought the narration was fitting, and the performance easy to listen to. I loved how the author was able to incorporate some very classic quotes into the book as well. The setting with a stable for the background of this book was original as well. I loved how Jack Daniels was making his bets, as who killed the horse and caused the other incidents. Then again, Jack is not a betting man. Only thing you are certain on is death and taxes. The chapter titles were spot on with the story. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Nicely done.

Well written short detective story. Excellent Performance . A beautiful reminder of Hollywood style detective story with the jazz background. Only wish it was longer but beside that there is no negative that I can find with this creation. Recommended !!

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Quick fun!

Sometimes a short story perfectly fills time gaps while in the car. The stable/horses setting was really cool and I find horse enthusiast to be a lot like this. I would certainly recommend!

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A Dead Certainty

I love that this case is about horses. That is always a favorite for me. And horse people are ruthless. This case is no different. Jack must decide if their is foul play involved in the death of a race horse. This was super fun listen. The narration was nice and easy to listen to.

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Short, but good detective story

This is my second John Holt book. Both have been well written. These are short detective stories. I will read more books by this author. I prefer the narration in this book. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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greed

I didn't like that Jack was so negative right off the bat, until he went to the site and spoke with employees. Not very open minded for a detective Jacko!!! smh! Jack was lucky enough to stumble on the rightclue and follow it. Jack needs to step up his game, because he seems a bit inept. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job.

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Worth a read

John Holt writes good old fashion detective stories. Jack Daniels is a detective. I really like his character. Hired to look into a horse’s death. Jack does what Jack does best. There is no corse Language in it, or sex scenes. Although there is some violence it does not go into great details. Narrator Miguel Rodriguez does a good job. The story is told in the first person. But Miguel brings the characters alive with their own individual voices. I really enjoyed this short story. With it‘s characters and a good story line, I feel it is worth a read. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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Nice Follow Up

This is a nice follow up in the series. A nice short listen, and the narration was much better than the first story.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 09-13-18

Excellent !

Well written short detective story. Excellent Performance . A beautiful reminder of Hollywood style detective story with the jazz background. Only wish it was longer but beside that there is no negative that I can find with this creation. Recommended !! Got this audiobook for free for reviewing.

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  • caroline wright
  • 09-23-20

Enjoyed it but not as much as 1 and 3

The writing again was amazing and you can disappear into the story. I did find the narration to start with very difficult to listen to, but it got better the more into the book and about half way through really enjoyed the narration. I did enjoy books 1 and 3 more but this was very good just not as good as those two which were brilliant. Jack Daniels is a very interesting character and cant wait to see how his story develops. I was given this audible book in return for an honest review which I have done.

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  • Bev
  • 07-26-20

thank you crime solved

my 1st listening to john Holt books very impressed looking forward to the other books he has written. thank you John xx

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  • mangankillarney
  • 07-14-20

Horse Tail

The narrator Miguel Rodriguez is excellent. A murder of a racing horse. Stables, a good twist or two. A story with a laugh, and well written..

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  • Jacky
  • 02-13-20

A good read

I enjoyed this short book I think it ended too soon but it was good

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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 12-08-19

A Dead Certainty review

Ok story, I started off liking the book but the main guy is just a little boring and seems a bit thick really , a good book just not grat 4 out of 5

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  • Calowaren
  • 12-07-19

Great little story

A much better story than the first in the series, Candy Man, and thankfully a different, much better narrator. An entertaining read with a well thought out plot and good characters. I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-17-19

Interesting!

P. I. procedural with Jack Daniels investigating a race horse's death. His thoughts are presented in an interesting way, even with a little singing! At times it was difficult to distinguish between the characters as spoken by the narrator, but overall it was a good story and a good reading!

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  • Deedra
  • 06-10-19

A Dead Certainty

This was a very good book.A suspicious death of a race horse has Jack in the stables looking at all the oddities happening there. Miguel Rodriguez was a really good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 04-03-19

Another great mystery!

John Holt gives us yet another great mystery! This one is all about a horse! I loved following along and trying to put the clues together myself! Definately gets a great reccomendation from me with how well John Holt and Miguel Rodriguez brought this story to life!