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Publisher's Summary

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York.

Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor is a fast-paced book that mixes the supernatural with just the right amount of dark humor.

©2017 William B. Taylor (P)2018 William B. Taylor

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Bloodlines

This is a good story of a man who inherits an estate and the people who try to take it from him.The two oafs in the book remind me of family!lol Bill Nevitt was a good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Good Story!

This was my first William B Taylor's book. This story is well written and the storyline is intriguing and captivating and the scenery well describe. The story is fast-paced and filled with mystery. I really enjoyed my listening and can't wait to listen to the next adventure of Alex and Maggie. The narration was well done and easy to listen. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 04-16-18

A really solid book

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

I really thought this was a pretty good book. The story line was interesting and, although there wasn't a TON of action, there was intrigue and plot. There was some humor sprinkled in, as well, which is always nice. The narration was pretty good too. So, an all around decent book. I would consider it worth a credit.

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Excellent Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this story. It is well written with great narration. It plays out like a movie in your head.

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Interesting Story

I really enjoyed most of this book, Alex and Maggie have great chemistry and both are very likeable. The greedy friends add some great drama and humor to the story.

I loved the ghost element, it was really well done, enough to be a strong story element without being overdone.

A couple things could have been better done, the doctor giving Alex patient info for people he's not related to was jarring because no American doctor would do this without patient connect. The dialogue was a bit young for the given ages of the characters, possibly used to convey immaturity, it just didn't work for me.

I don't know if the writing contributed to this but eh narrator uses weird phrasing on the delivery, it stopped me getting really absorbed in the book. Good male character voices, the female voices were odd, really odd and while they were distinct and easy to tell apart they were not believable.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Jan M
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  • 09-18-18

Outside my typical Genre, and SO GOOD!

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this "horror" book. I thought it was more mystery/thriller than horror. William B Taylor did a great job weaving the story, and had great imagery. I thought that Bill Nevitt did a great performance with this book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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A good mystery manor tale

I received this one from the author for an honest review.

And I'm glad I asked for it, it was so cool.

I liked Alex our protagonist he seemed like an amazing good person,and i'm glad he found Maggie, she was an adorable character.

I hated the antagonist they were absolutely bad people, like from the core rotten really, but there's people like that in real world too so.

The Part of the haunting was amazing, loved the ghost she was cool. and more cool was knowing that this seems to be a series I want to read all of the books on this one, it was fun to hear it, and for me it had a perfect balance between all it's elements.

A great suspense book for any library.

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A disappointment

Alex Tinsdill takes a Y-chromosome DNA test, hoping to learn more about his paternal family prior to his great-grandparents. Not long after uploading his results, he's contacted by a New York City lawyer, telling him he is the long-sought heir to a fortune and a large estate on Long Island.

With little to hold him in Toronto, he figures it can't hurt to go to New York and check this out. Having learned the truth about his ancestry--his great-grandparents made creative use of the truth, though what they said certainly wasn't all lies--he goes to Long Island to see his new property. There he meets Maggie, the property manager who has maintained the property for years, having inherited the job from her father and grandfather.

The counterpoint to how good things are looking with his new property, new wealth, and new friend Maggie, are old family "friends," Brenda and her daughter, Connie. Brenda is the sister of an actual good friend of his now-deceased mother. That sister is also deceased, but Brenda and Connie still expect Alex to handle all their problems for them, including providing money when needed. When they figure out he's inherited a fortune in the US, they can't get from Toronto to Long Island fast enough.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. It has potential. Alex, Maggie, the New York lawyer Julia Wentworth, and others, are quite likable, interesting, and real.

Brenda and Connie, on the other hand, are stereotypes of the "poverty is result of bad character" variety. You can't like them; they are actually bad people. Yet I kept wanting to say, no, wait, you can't be serious...

The plotting is perfectly decent, and the characters we're supposed to like are decently written. Even the cheap targets, Brenda and Connie, are written well-enough that you can't just say, the wrong people have been labeled the villains.

And yet.

None of these people speak normally. There never use contractions. None of them. Ever. No one says "I can't." They always say "I cannot." They say "I will," not "I'll." And that's just the simplest thing to point out. All through, the language is too correct, too clear, no normal contractions or elisions or sloppy, casual phrasing. What individuality the characters have in their speech is entirely due to the narrator, who infuses them with emotion and personality.

And yet.

The narrator is a benefit, but not an unmixed blessing. He speaks with such precision that he misses the chance to subtly lessen the effects of the writer's placing unnaturally correct speech in the mouths of his characters. He's so precise it's distracting.

Overall, not recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator.

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Mystery, ghosts and romance

This is an enjoyable story of an unexpected inheritance, new found romance, greedy hangers-on and a ghostly protector. It is an entertaining story with a bit of the supernatural mixed in and with characters you immediately like and others that you take an instant dislike to. Brenda and Connie are both self-centred, money-grabbing, obnoxious characters that the narrator of the audiobook portrays perfectly. The voices he used suited their personalities to a tee and really brought out how dislikable and annoying these characters were. I liked the sweet development of Alex and Maggie’s relationship and the protectiveness of Rebecca Farnsworth’s ghost. This story had humour, mystery and romance, and excellent narration that brings the story to life.

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Interesting Story!

Somewhat different paranormal story as the ghost is not overly scary except to "bad" people! Interesting story with well-defined characters by the reader. Enjoyable!

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-05-18

Sweet tale

This was an enjoyable tale about a young man discovering he had an unknown branch to his family who were multi millionaires and he'd inherited everything. The kind of thing I dream about happening to me on a daily basis! There were no huge surprises, but the story moved along at a good pace and the addition of Connie and Brenda kept my interest. Some of the dialogue was a bit stilted, but Bill Nevitt, narrating, did a great job with acting all the parts, male and female. I thought he was especially good as the mother and daughter duo, who managed to get right under my skin. All in all a satisfactory tale, well narrated. What's not to like?

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  • Julie
  • 08-30-18

Mystery and intrigue, what more could you want?

I enjoyed this book!!!
This is the first story I have read/heard by this author but it won't be the last. I heard it all in two days as it was a nice easy listen. The story was unusual and I enjoyed the spooky goings on.
Alex has inherited a haunted manor and when two unwanted guest turn up for a visit things get interesting.
The narrator was very good and really brought the characters to life and with the detailed descriptions it was easy to form a picture in my mind.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an impartial review.