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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 out of 5 stars (21 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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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 03-19-18

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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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 03-15-18

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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  • Kim
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  • 07-28-19

Short Story

The storyline was short so don't expect a full length book of 10+ hours. It was not as fleshed out as I would have liked to have seen, maybe because it is shorter.

Miguel did a fairly good job with narration. I liked his speaking to us and singing a few bars of a tune here and there. But his characters were not as clearly defined as to who was who with just the sound of his voice and inflections. The size of the book may have something to do with this. Wasn't bad. Just wasn't as fully in depth as I was expecting.

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Grabs you and keeps you

A Dead Certainty.. My first Jack Daniels read, and it is a very pleasant surprise. Jack is a likeable character just like his namesake.
Great novella and at 2 hours just the right balance of detail.
I will be reading more in the series.
Another great book from John Holt, no sex, bad language or violence in his books.
Miguel Rodriguez's narration is excellent - clear and concise and easy to listen too
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Nice

I have never really listened to any detective type stories before this one. I enjoyed the story and the narration. The ending was somewhat predictable but it is well worth the listen.

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Coincidences or deliberate?

A well-written mystery set at a horse racing stable. Twists and turns hold your attention throughout.
Loved the wry humor!

The narrator, Miguel Rodriquez, delivered!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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What Are The Odds?

World-weary private eye Jack Daniels gets a break from divorce work and takes on a case he doesn't quite believe in--the murder of a horse. Race track terminology is frequently used tongue-in-cheek and to good effect as the sinister plot is uncovered in this paean to noir.

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Good story,

I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

Enjoyable listen. I enjoyed the story very much, thanks.

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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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  • 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!

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 03-18-19

Jack Daniels is a likable guy.

What's not to like about Jack Daniels. He's got a witty, carefree attitude, and gets the job done. He's a private eye with an amusing attitude. Miguel Rodriguez does a fabulous job of giving his character life. This is a promising series by a talented writer. Thanks, John Holt for the opportunity to review for you.

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 02-21-19

Jack Daniels and Horses

Gambling has never been my thing but mysteries certainly are, so I really liked this short story. Jack Daniels is becoming one of my favorite fictional private investigators and for this book, he did what he does best - solve the mystery and entertained his readers/listeners.

John Holt is a gifted author and I am always looking forward to listening to his books. Miguel Rodriguez gave life to the characters pretty well.

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  • Jennifer Bradley
  • 02-17-19

A stable murder.

I wouldn't say I'm a huge horse racing fan. Don't get me wrong I like horses just not a betting girl. But I found myself invested in this plot. I wanted to know who done it and why. The author and narrator have a way of sucking you in and making you feel like you're helping with this case. As a sort of sidekick almost. Really enjoying this series so far.

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  • Jeff
  • 01-21-19

great P.I novel

I loved this book loved the characters loved the story looking forward to the others in the collection

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 01-11-19

A Dead Certainty

Jack Solves another case with his PI skills! The story of a horse and if it was murdered or died of natural causes need to be solved and luck for us the owner hires jack to figure it out. Jack still does his rambling, but they usually give me a chuckle out of it. Great narration as well.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 12-19-18

Jack Daniels At The Stables

Our PI, Jack Daniels, is asked to stay at a racing stables up state to check out the death of a horse and other incidents. The excellent narration adds to the pleasure of this 'who done it' novella. The dialog both external and internal is good with a nice twist in the tail. An enjoyable listen.