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Blood and Discord

Armond Fontenot Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Nicholas Patrella
Series: Armond Fontenot Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Armond Fontenot has discovered a family heirloom that may cost him and his partner, Private Detective Moses Byone, their lives. In a search to uncover the secrets of his grandmother's mysterious ruby brooch and the truth about the fire that claimed Belle la Vie, the family estate, they unlock doors to the past that may have been better left unopened.

©2016 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman

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Entertaining Adventure

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Armond Fontenot series. Although this was the first book in the series, it seemed like I was missing something and there are references to prior adventures in the book. After I finished the book, I found that there is another series with the same MC - maybe if I had started there, I wouldn't have understood the characters better. The mystery in this book is not fully resooved - so it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger - or set up for the next book in this series.

Overall, I was intrigued by the book blurb - an antique piece of jewelry from the MC's family possibly tied to some criminality - throw in some history, colorful characters and Louisiana as a backdrop - I'm in. For me, the story went a bit off the rails when the conspiracy theories [a la DaVinci Code] came into it but overall, I liked the story and am interested enough to continue with it.

The narrator did a lot of different accents for the various characters - for the most part, these accents were bullseyes and added flavor to the book. However, I did have problems with some of his word pronunciations [which threw me and were distracting]. For example, he pronounced brooch as br-ooo-ch for about half of the book. When I first heard it, I was unsure what a "brooooch" was. Then, inexplicably, he pronounced brooch correctly several times before reverting back to "brooooch" again for the remainder of the book.

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Great Mystery

A good cast of characters that had their share of quirks and a very good mystery unfolds. You enjoy getting to know Armond and his crew along with their sense of humor that was thrown throughout. Some of Armond's crew need a story of their own. So when you get a chance, pick up a copy and enjoy either the eBook or the audio version. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
"I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-18-19

just the right length

noir, NOLA, mystery, detective, antiques

In 1974 NOLA antique dealer Armond sneaks his friend detective Moses Byone into the heavily patrolled old family mansion to retrieve a mysterious artifact with a dangerous past. And then things really get messy. Great characters, fast paced and not too long to enjoy, and sly humor are assets. Although it seems as if it would be a good idea to read the Detective Byone series prior, but as a first in this one it serves as an excellent hook!
Narrator Nicholas Patrella has good voice differentiation and accents with a relatively smooth presentation.
I won this and book 2 in an audiobook giveaway! I really win!

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I really tried to like this book but I didn't

first of all I have to say two good things about a book the description of the period and place was good was very good actually but the book itself the story itself was very cut off I don't know how to explain it and maybe the narrator didn't help either for this book he read it very fast I felt like he did a favor of reading this book and I really tried to like this book but I couldn't do it I did really liked the places but the story itself wasn't quite enough

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

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  • Townsend
  • Pearland, TX, United States
  • 10-19-17

Nice local color, stupid plot

I really wanted to like this book. Everything takes place in southeast Louisiana, which is like a trip home. I liked the two main characters, and the antiques dealer reminded me of some real-life ones I’ve known. The narrator did a really nice job overall, in spite of some rather odd mispronunciations. (Pontchartrain is pronounced just like it’s spelled except that the first r is silent. Archangel has a k sound, not a ch sound.) Picky, picky, I know, I just found these and a few more commonplace words oddly abused when Patrella did such a good job on the accents. New Orleans people don’t sound anything like the way most narrators voice them. Patrella came really close.

My problem is with the plot. Derivative conspiracy theory, poorly drawn. Fleshman would do better to work on his comic timing and forget the secret society garbage that has already been over-used by better writers.

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pretty good

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This book was pretty good. The story sometimes went a bit in too much detail. The narrator did a good job telling the story. The end of the story did leave me interested in finding out what happens next in the characters next adventure.

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Blood & Discord

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3.5 stars for the story and the narration

Good start to a series. The story overall was entertaining, fun, interesting and enjoyable. It kept my attention from start to finish. For a shorter book there is a lot packed into it. The story is a much deeper mystery than I first thought it would be. It took a turn I wasn't expecting when I first started the book, but it just made the story more suspenseful and intriguing.

The ending seemed a little rushed and flat after all the buildup. You don't get all the answers to the mystery. It is the first in a series so it leaves an opening for the next book. I'm interested to see where the mystery and story go from here.

Great characters with a creative and interesting storyline.

Nicholas Patrella did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Good character voices. Good accents for characters. He was able to bring the characters emotions to life through his narration. His narration fit the story, calm when necessary, faster when the characters were excited or in a hurry. Although the narration doesn't always flow smoothly and there are awkward pauses occasionally.
Mispronounced words occasionally or maybe it's just a matter of what part of the country you come from as to how certain words are pronounced.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request by the author, narrator or publisher and voluntarily provided this review.

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Great Expectations, Not my cup of tea.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with a more serious mindset on story content.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

For me the most interesting thing about this book was the description.
The least interesting for me, was perhaps the narrator...Not sure, I just could not get into it.

It would peak my interest one moment, but then the flow would just stall me out. I guess (being from Louisiana) I was expecting something of a different flavor.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't really know. All I know is I could barely keep focused on the story because the reader just left me flat.

What character would you cut from Blood and Discord?

Not one...It has the potential of being a great read...Everything is there that would make it great. Just something askew. Not being an Author by any stretch; I could almost relate to the Characters. Some books are just not meant to be listened to I guess.

Any additional comments?

I have seen the other reviews, and there must be something wrong with mine because no one else has had the same experience as I did.

I am very grateful to the author for sending me this book and hate to not have enjoyed it...Sorry. You did want an honest review.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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Fun!

Antiques dealer Armond and Moses the detective are trying to explain the mystery of an 80 year old arson - and these weird brooches keep showing up at every turn... something is afoot!

Lovely quirky characters with great voices (courtesy of the narrator Nicholas Patrella) roam around the 1974 New Orleans and make this story lively and entertaining. So short, though! Just 4,5 hours! Gimme more Armond mysteries, please!

This is a spinoff of the author's 'The Detective Byone' series, which I haven't listened to (yet) - but it hardly mattered. I enjoyed this book and its narrator a great deal.


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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good story

narrator was very good story was good I will definitely listen to this book again. I received this book from the publisher, author and or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom dot com

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-21-18

A small diamond encrusted chip on her shoulder.

The dapper antiques dealer, Armand Fontenot, who became first friend then partner of the New Orleans private detective Moses, has a mystery of his own. Following the murder of Byron Jazzwell, a paperweight is found which reminds him of a piece of jewelry his grandmother had, given to her by a woman, Lucretia, who had been nanny in the household but who later burned down the family mansion and was hanged for it. Curious, the pair recover a box which had belonged to the grandmother which contains not only the jewelry piece but also a journal and things become even more strange. Why had the nanny done what she did? Why did she seem to go through mood swings after visiting New Orleans. And who were the men Lucretia warned the grandmother about when she left her the jewelry the day she died?
As Moses and Armand look into it, they find that someone wants this kept a secret an hundred years after the event as other deaths occur and their lives are targeted.

Full of atmosphere, humour and great characterisation as well as an intriguing mystery, this new series starring the delightful Armand is off to an excellent start. Not so much voodoo but plenty of mahem. And Mose is his usual bombastic self. And this time the curious couple really do not have any idea of what it's all about.
Nicholas Patrella again narrates with passion, seamlessly incorporating the French and Italian phrases into his reading. Occasionally overlong pauses are sometimes a slight distraction but Patrella is so deeply ingrained as the reader of these books, his voice a fine reflection of the stories, it is hard to imagine anyone else taking the part. Add to this his distinctive voicings of all of the other protagonists and it adds up to a memorable performance.

I requested a copy of Blood and Discord having previously enjoyed other Moses books by Mr.Ricardo Fleshman and was fortunate to be sent a complimentary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Many thanks. This is a series I will continue to follow with great pleasure. This review is given entirely voluntarily.