• A Matter of Blood

  • Chiara Corelli Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Maiorisi
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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A Matter of Blood

By: Catherine Maiorisi
Narrated by: Abby Craden
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Publisher's Summary

Just back from her second tour in Afghanistan, NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli goes undercover to expose a ring of dirty cops. But when she's ordered to kill to prove her loyalty, she aborts the operation without having identified the leaders. Now, Corelli is the one exposed. With her brothers and sisters in blue ostracizing her, can she trust Detective P. J. Parker to watch her back?

Parker is the daughter of a vehement critic of the NYPD. But that doesn't stop her from wanting to work in the homicide division. And wanting to learn from the best. Unfortunately, Chiara Corelli is the best....even if she is the most hated detective in the department.

Without Parker, Corelli will be condemned to desk duty. Corelli is Parker's only chance to work in homicide. Will the two women put aside their fears and join forces to solve a brutal murder and identify the leaders of the dirty cops before they get to Corelli's family?

©2018 Catherine Maiorisi (P)2021 Tantor

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Excellent!!!

I am a big fan of the Detective Chiara series so was really excited to see the first book in audio. I didn’t think I could love this story more but I seas wrong. The audiobook took it to a whole other level! I love crime/ mystery books where the main character is actually a great detective and uses her brains and experience to solve the crime and is not running around clueless. I can’t wait to listen to the other books in the series!!!

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Not What I Expected

Very Impressed. I liked the story and I was pleasantly pleased that there was not a forced romance. In my opinion this was some of the narrators best work.

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Great listen!

I loved this book. I want to give it more than 5 stars. The characters were believable, the mystery a true mystery. I had no idea 'whodunit' til the end. Abby Craden was FABULOUS, as usual. Unfortunately this is the only book from this author on audible, I hope there is more soon... in the meantime I'm going to read the old fashioned way and get all of her 📚.

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I'm not sure

This is a crime and mystery novel. The only "lesbian" thing about it is (1) the heroine is a lesbian (2) another woman finds her attractive, and (3) there's a few mentions of the heroine's partner. That is it!
The heroine could be a little nicer to her work partner. I wouldn't put up with her constant condescension.
Overall, it's a good story and of course Abby Craden makes every book enjoyable.
I'll listen to the next book in the series, but I'm hoping for a bit more sapphic content.

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Pure Crime Novel with an LGBTQ+ MC

I love that this wasn't a romance! This book is a crime novel which happens to have a lesbian main character.
The story is interesting, engaging, and kept me guessing until the very end. The beginning was a bit rough due to the abrasiveness and aggressiveness of Chiara, but the story didn't stay so... grating, for very long. All of the characters had depth and complexity, and there were reasons to root both for and against all of them.
I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading/listening to the next.
Would Recommend.

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Excellent Story and flawed yet strong female chara

Great story, not the same old sappy romance novels that add a storyline as an afterthought. Believable characters and excellent narration.

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This isn't a romance novel

this is not a romance novel at all. not even a good crime story.

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Loved it!

New author for me so I’m happy I bought this book. Didn’t know who did it until the very end!! Well written, great narration and an amazing plot. Can’t wait for the rest if them to come out!

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Freaking awesome!

Well written and well narrated! Abby Craden is one of my top 5 narrators. I highly recommend this!

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love detective C

I really enjoy the narrators voice. love the detective C, she's a hot bad ass. and love PJ. strong women doing what they love even when it caused hard times with family. I enjoy these reads

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  • Angela
  • 06-28-22

Fabulous

Great story. The crime/mystery is the driving force here with nice weaving of different strands to the current crime and the pasr. Also great introductions to the compelling characters of Corelli and Parker. Usual excellent narration by Abby Craden is an added bonus.

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  • M. A. Mccormack
  • 01-25-22

Another cracking listen

Found this because I love Dear Abby. She chose another cracker. Well developed characters but I am hoping they are further developed in the next two books. Want to know about PJ. Want to know if she is attracted to her boss or is that just a tease? Want to know a little more about each character as we go along.

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  • Notlosttheplot
  • 10-18-21

Compelling

Really enjoyed this whodunnit. Great plot and I didn’t feel cheated by the twists. Interesting characters and great narration. There is no cliffhanger, but the author does a masterly job of drawing you in. You are going to buy the next book. You have been warned.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 09-16-21

Bring on the next book!!!!

What a cracking read. Great characters and brilliant narration as always from Abby Craydon. Can’t wait for the next book!!!