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Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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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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A worthwhile Book.

With a good Narrator this well written story will hold your attention the variety of characters will
keep you listening.


The story is not the most original but the Audio Book is entertaining and a good use of your time.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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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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Enjoyable!

This book was very entertaining. It wasn't ultra suspenseful or mysterious but had me stitches from laughter. Alex an everyday guy with a decent job inherits a mansion with a dark past. Two women, unrelated to him, yet are attached to him track him down when he leaves town to check out his inheritance. That's where the humor comes in. Everything that could happen to those two women does and more.

No one is ever alone in the mansion. While there he meets a young lady whom has an interest in the grounds as her family has attended to the place for generations. Alex and the woman grow fond of each other becoming pretty good friends. The whole time the two woman who have attached themselves to Alex won't let up as they are expecting he will send some of his huge windfall their way.

I can't give spoilers but this story is great!

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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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Bloodlines

I liked the narrator, I thought he suited this type of book and voiced all the characters.
The story I have mixed feeling about. I liked how it started off and the main characters history but I found his ex-friends annoying. I could not understand why he could not get rid of them. I felt like shaking him at times.
There is a ghost that haunts the manor. I was not expecting it but I liked it, especially with what she did in the book.

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A fun read

Bloodlines Cove Point Manor.
A good read / listen. really great entertainment funny in places. Would make a great family movie. So realistic I could imagine being there.
Bill Nevitt narration is superb light and humorous and very easy to listen to.
I highly recommend this book it is a fun read.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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You just love to hate them!

You cheer when Brenda and Connie get their come-up-ins!

Bill Nevitt does a good job narrating.

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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.

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  • Placid
  • 09-09-19

Haunted house

This story was about the ghost of a previous owner who haunted the house where she died. Her grandson inherits the house and she tries to protect him from unscrupulous people who would take advantage of him.

This book was provided free of charge and this review is done voluntarily.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-26-19

I told you they were trash

Young Canadian Alex Tinsdale was surprised, when contacted by a solicitor, to learn that a Y chromosome DNA test revealed him to be the long sought after heir to an inheritance, a mansion in New York called Cove Point Manor. Although empty since the 1920s, it had been kept in good relair. Worth several million dollars, the building was huge as well as beautiful. Unknown to Alex, it also came with a ghost.

Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor is a lighthearted , funny book with clearly defined heroes (Alex) and villains (a mother-daughter couple out for all they can get) and the ghost protecting her home. Although an haunted house story, it is not one which is scary in the slightest, concentrating far more on the antics of the protagonists. It is very visual, making a clear film in the mind. The pleasure of the story is further increased by the superb narration of Bill Nevitt, whose easy to listen to voice gives fully distinctive and appropriate voicing to every one of the characters as well as following the emotional excitement of the text. An excellent performance.

There are some small inconsistencies in the plot - medical privacy, or lack of, for example, and the change of a necklace from emerald to diamond - but this is fiction, a piece of fun not a serious study, and as such can be given a little leeway. If (very slightly romantic) comedies with a touch of the paranormal to help the action along are your thing, you are going to love this. My thanks to the rights holder of Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It was an easy, pleasurable listen and I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 03-19-19

Better than winning the lottery!

Wouldn't it be wonderful to inherit an amazing historical house and the money to maintain it? Cove Point Manor sounded fabulous and it had even been kept in good condition since it was last lived in, by a maintenance firm. Unfortunately I found the way in which Alex's inheritance found its way to him, a little too coincidental, but OK, I can ignore that.

Then, of course, once you receive this amazing inheritance, you suddenly attract all the scrounging friends and relatives, after their share. Brenda and Connie were no exception and they drove me nuts, as no doubt they were intended to do. Alex was amazingly tolerant, I'm sure I'd have lost my rag much sooner.

The narration by Bill Nevitt was well done, especially as there were many unnecessary repetitions of names, which always irritates me. I so wished the author would make more use of the words 'he' and 'she'. Mr Nevitt did a good job of both male and female characters and read at a comfortably steady pace.

The paranormal part of the story was quite entertaining, with Alex's Great (Great?) Grandmother lurking in mirrors and taking a dislike to the uninvited guests. I did get confused by all the Great Greats and never really got a hold of the Farnsworth family tree. Maybe this was printed in the readable version? I could certainly have done with a copy.

A little bit of an unconvincing ending for me, but all in all, an entertaining cosy mystery that wasn't scary or violent.

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 02-17-19

An amusing tale

An amusing book, with a bit of paranormal, funny episodes and some great characters. Alex inherits Cove Point Manor and soon his "friends" come to stay, however the resident ghost is not that keen on them. What follows is a story with amusing episodes , a romantic interest for Alex and a well narrated tale that brought to life the characters.

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  • Mary
  • 01-27-19

An entertaining read

I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The idea of inheriting a place like Cove Point Manor was exciting and I was happy for the main character Alex. The supernatural elements were fun rather than scary and I think it would make a good film.

But as I got to know Alex a bit better I started to dislike him and it spoiled the story for me somewhat. I know that some authors want you to dislike their characters as a plot device but I don't think that was the intention here. It will be interesting to see how I feel about him in the sequel.

The narrator was brilliant and his tone suited the book down to the ground.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 01-26-19

Intriguing

I enjoyed this, it wasn’t scary as such but it kept me hooked & waiting to see what could happen. Especially with the visitors and the mayhem they were causing. But they were taught a lesson or 2! Then the paranormal side of things. Scaring the visitors & changing the atmosphere.
Well worth a listen or read.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 01-16-19

Lighthearted entertainment

A lighthearted entertaining story about a young man who receives an unexpected inheritance, a wonderful mansion house. The house and grounds are beautifully described and the scenes from the past very evocative. There are some interesting characters including a supernatural twist and a couple of family “friends” everyone will love to hate. The narrator distinguishes between the characters extremely well - overall a very enjoyable listen. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Lindsay
  • 01-15-19

Loved it

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a well written romp about finding out you have inherited a huge estate and more money than you can ever need which is the kind of thing most of us can only dream of but what if that house comes with a few ghosts of the past and some unwanted house guests. Brilliant and Bill Nevitt once again is an amazing narrator. On to book two now.

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  • Sweetpea
  • 01-15-19

A lighthearted novel about ancestry with a supernatural element.

Set in a long abandoned mansion on Long Island, USA, this is a tale about Alex, a man living in Canada, who discovers he is the sole heir to a fortune and a large estate in the USA.
The book follows his journey, which becomes complicated as two unwanted “hangers on” find out about his inheritance and set about wresting his fortune from him.
Alex is aided in his struggle by a lady property developer, Maggie, and the ghost of his dead great great grandmother.
The book is a really easy listen. The characters were engaging, the narrator was excellent, and I laughed out loud in a couple of places. I look forward to the next book in the series.