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Sydney Richardson already has her hands full running two successful Madison, Wisconsin, eateries and enjoying the company of handsome blues bar owner Clay Hawthorne. She doesn't have the time or patience for his ex's homecoming.

Two decades ago, Miranda Greer abandoned Clay with their infant child. Now she claims she wants to make amends, reconnect with her son, and settle down. None of which is to Sydney's liking, because behind Miranda's chic, saccharine façade, Sydney senses something very bad.

Bad quickly turns to worse when Miranda is found brutally murdered, with hard evidence pointing to Clay as the killer. Determined to clear him, Sydney launches her own investigation. But as Sydney digs into Miranda's past, she soon runs afoul of an enigmatic corporation that's part church, part business, and all-powerful when it comes to keeping its secrets buried - and its enemies silent.

©2018 T. E. Woods (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-13-18

T. E. Woods wrote it so of course it is 5 star!

Bad Girl is Book 2 in the Hush Money Mystery series by Madison, Wisconsin based clinical psychologist T. E. (Teri) Woods. The lady writes consistently outstanding suspense mystery/thrillers beginning with he six book Justice/Fixer series. Hush Money is the name of an upscale restaurant in the UW university city of Madison. Sydney Richardson is the owner/operator of Hush Money as well as another restaurant/bar in Madison that caters to police and firemen clientele. Sydney is protagonist but her boyfriend and local bar owner Clay Hawthorne plays a major role. Much of this novel takes place in another state university town of Ann Arbor, MI. A PG (prosperity gospel) Christian church which has gone even further astray plays a major role in Bad Girl. Xe Sands is an excellent narrator and she is the voice of Sydney Richardson.

I have a MAJOR issue with the publisher's summary of Bad Girl because the third paragraph accurately describes the plot of the first 4.5 hours of this 8.5 hour audio novel. The first two short paragraphs of the summary set up the plot perfectly.

One can never go wrong listening to an audio novel by T. E. Woods!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great series...

I was just getting ready to write a review and saw the Audible reviewer Wayne has beat me to the punch! His critique of this book is spot on.
The only thing I would add to his review is how enjoyable and entertaining I find the books written by T E Woods. In this book the characters are all believable if not all likable.
In this book the mother (Miranda) of Clay's son is murdered. Of course Clay is the prime suspect. Although Sydney and Clay are having problems, she's the first one to go to Miranda's hometown to get some history.m and try to clear Clay. Seems the church leader (where Miranda worked) had Sydney checked out and promptly escorted her out with a warning not to return. Sydney can't help but think that someone is setting Clay up, but who? It won't be who you think it is!
Xe Sands does an excellent job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Thank You.

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  • blp
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 07-30-18

Maybe better than the first book.

Hush Money, the first in the series, was excellent, and Bad Girl was as good or better. Characters are interesting and well developed, as is the story line. I came to this series because they are read by Xe Sands, one of my favorite narrators.

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I liked it.

All the clues and pieces of the puzzle come together nicely at the end.The performance was excellent as well.

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Great book and loved Madison Wisconsin and spotted

Great book and loved Madison Wisconsin and spotted reference in the book. Loved Sidney and Clay as a couple

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hated the ending

really liked the story. Sydney character is beginning to wear on me a bit. I think it's time for her to choose Clay and the two of them should start to unravel. her parentage, which is where the real mystery is.

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Good series

The Hush Money series was good, however I wish the ending would have said more about what happened to Sydney and Clay.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 03-20-18

Glad I'm done with this book..



For those of you, and that would include me, who hate a woman who thinks she loves one guy but is caught in a passionate kiss with another, then you won’t like this book. I know it made me like it less when that happened, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, caught by Clay, the man she supposedly loved. Overall, authors should be aware that MOST romance readers don’t like that kind of crap and if it happens in one book then they’ll think it’ll happen in all the author’s book. Therefore, she loses readers. Just stick to the murder/mystery part and forget about the romance. This was a little about who killed Miranda, not that I cared, and a lot of nonsensical “who does Sydney REALLY care about?”

Also, if you’re dead set against religious books this may not be for you either. I know I was getting pretty tired of it. Had I known this would be based on a church and it’s stupid beliefs I would never had read it. God was mentioned 62 times, if that tells you anything. I DO NOT read books about religion so I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I just hoped it would get better. It didn’t. And the romance, or lack thereof, made it even worse. AND it ended with Sydney still not knowing which man she wanted. UGH! I think I’ll pass on anymore from this series, if there are any more.

No sex and I can only remember one kiss, that wasn’t between the hero and the heroine. This book was neither a good romance nor a good murder mystery. I really just wanted it to end. And that’s a shame.

As to the narration: Ms. Sands was not horrible but not great either. She sounded lazy while she read. No great emotions.

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Great Series

Love this author. Her books have mystery with a little romance. I have listened to all of her books and have to say I will put her on my list of must read authors and will purchase her books as soon as they come out.
Great storyline as well as characters you want to continue to follow. You never want the book to end and when it does you are scrambling to see if there is another one in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful