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A double murder. A mysterious inheritance. One PI is about to follow the money all the way into a den of thieves… 

After surviving a bullet, Angelina Bonaparte was certain she could handle any case that came her way. But when her next client walks through the door with an unexplainable seven-figure inheritance after the death of her parents, the private investigator wonders if she's in over her head. After all, when she visits her client's family attorney, Angelina discovers yet another bloody crime scene. 

With the help of her new flame, Angelina follows the clues into an underworld of war-plundered artifacts, stolen treasures, and deadly consequences. As their last lead grows colder, the PI must catch the killer before an endless cycle of murderous greed gets her client killed.  

Cash Kills is the second book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like hard-as-painted-nails female detectives, historical mysteries, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s loaded crime thriller.  

Buy Cash Kills to follow the money trail to a sassy, suspenseful mystery today!   

©2013, 2017 Nancianne Rathbun (P)2018 Nancianne Rathbun

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A good mystery.

This is a well crafted mystery that will hold your attention the narrator does a good job in keeping
the story moving without many moments of being boring.

The characters are believable and the plot is original and creative.




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


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Exciting crime story!

Any additional comments?

This is the 2nd book in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, A client presents with an incredibly large inheritance from murdered poor parents and wants to find out the truth behind the money. The characters were interesting and believable. Angelina Bonaparte and her family have charming Italian-American ways and customs. She can take care of herself but will call in experts when she needs to. I would love the series to continue! I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review,

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Great

I really liked this mystery story great characters very well written and the narrator did a great job I received this audiobook f
Free code and im very thankful If u have a code for ur next book I would be very happy to review your next book in the series
Thank you

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Suspicious Inheritance

This is the second of the Angelina Bonaparte mystery series. Angie is a mother and grandmother in her 50's and a private eye of Sicilian background. Her father has ties to the mob and her new boyfriend is a detective with a Polish mother. Angie's new client is Adriana Johnson. Her parents were just murdered and she has been left a very large sum of money. She hires Angie to find out if it is legit as she grew up very sheltered with a very meager lifestyle. She wants to find out where the money she just received came from. I did not read the first book in the series, but had no trouble with it as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed the characters and their interaction with one another. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Such a wonderful book

Angie takes us on another crazy wild ride with a war criminal. I love how compassionate Angie is with her client and how much more we get to interact with Billy as an investigator. I loved the mysterious adventure of this book and the history of Bosnian war that sets the background. This book grabbed my attention right from the beginning. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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Bonaparte Keeps Me on My Toes

I love the energetic granny with her little fun, quirky attitude, who is not letting her age get her down and from stopping her from doing what needs to be done, even if that includes jumping into a back of a truck with pipes.

The mystery aspect on this story is great, although, personally, I wish it had a different ending for how the money came about, but Rathbun knows what she is doing with her novels, so I will leave this up to the experts.

The narrator does an excellent job (again) delivering the personality and energy of each individual character.

Looking forward to the next book in this series

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

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ENTERTAINING EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ACTION

CASH KILLS is the second book in the Angelina Bonaparte Mystery series. Though each mystery stands on its own, I believe it would be best to read each book in the series and in the order of release as there are other arcing story lines (romance and family).

So, before we get to the story about Adriana and her parents’ murder, and I have a story to tell. You may have noticed that there were no reviews posted the week before last and very few this past week. That’s because I didn’t read anything for a whole week. I haven’t written a review for two weeks until today. My process is to do all of my posting in scheduling on Saturday morning. Instead I have been sitting and asking “why.” The source of my angst is murder! More specifically, murder-suicide which means never knowing the answer to “why.” The murderer took the answers with him. One of my co-workers was killed and we are left with why. I have come to the conclusion that this is actually why I like mysteries. We are not left with why. The authors will tell us. Here, in real life, we have to wait until the mysteries are revealed in heaven after our own passing to find out the answers to why. Now, on to my review. (R.I.P. Cathy Kramarcik)

I have fallen madly in love with Angelina Bonaparte – and will never pronounce it incorrectly again, by the way. Her supporting team, Ted Wukowski, Bobbie Russell, and Susan Neh are amazing and the kind of friends everyone should have, along with Bart Matthews (I’m always humming “I Have Friends in Low Places” when he’s around) and his secretary, Bertha Conti.

CASH KILLS is full of action and sweetness. It is emotion-filled and informative. It is gritty and entertaining. This is definitely a story to keep you turning the pages (or driving the miles). I know I didn’t want to turn off the car when I got to work (or home), just so I could find out one more bit of the puzzle.

I’m looking forward to the third book in the series and hope there will be many more!

Narration: Kieren Callan Metts did another superb job of handling multiple character, personalities, and accents. Her presentation was enjoyable and entertaining.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Final note: I have said before, that I am most impressed when an author is able to instill some history into a story and educate while entertaining. Ms. Rathbun added this note at the end of the book: "Although I am not a historian, I took pains to make the impact of the Bosnian War realistic, especially in regards to Professor Kolar's memories. Of particular help in that regard is REMEMBER SARAJEVO, an online pamphlet with journalist Roger Richards' account of his time in Sarajevo in 1992. The photographs and his story are hauntingly real. I encourage you to read this small, but powerful document." I did take the time to read the pamphlet and appreciated the expansion to my own understanding of the realities of the history that has repeated and will continue to repeat as long as evil is allowed to flourish.


Title: CASH KILLS
Series: Angelina Bonaparte #2
Category /Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Listenability: OK for ears
Received from: Nanci Rathbun (as an Audible gifted copy)

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I cannot get enough of PI Angie Bonaparte!

Nanci Rathbun has quickly become one of my new favorite authors! The Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries is definitely in my
Top 10 favorite mystery audiobooks. I am hooked. Angie is smart, sexy, witty, and sassy. I strive to be her when I am in my 50's.

Cash Kills is a smartly written, complex murder mystery with several jaw-dropping layers to the story. When Adriana Johnson's parents are found murder execution style in the local store, her world turns upside down. Adriana learns of multiple secret bank accounts totaling in the millions and asks PI Angie Bonaparte to investigate where the funds originated from. This leads Ang down a dangerous path into Bosnian war crimes and more.

This fast-paced, edge of your seat story is brought to life by narrator Kieren Calland Metts. Metts imbodies Angelina Bonaparte. She navigates the complex story and its characters flawlessly.

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This was a great mystery. Intricate details of an investigation, a strong woman and her detective beau made a great story. I received a complimentary audio and I am voluntarily reviewing.

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What an amazing book!

If there were just one thing I could praise about this book, it would be the protagonist. Angelina Bonaparte is the class of protagonist you don't see often. A middle-aged divorcee, with grown-up children and grandkids of their own, who decided that she wanted to do something different with her life and got herself a P.I. license. A woman who is not afraid of her body, who carry a healthy sexual life and who makes no secret about how she keeps herself fit and attractive: she works for it.

But it would be unjust to the rest of the things that makes this an amazing book. The plot is fantastic, the writing compelling and perfectly paced, so you simply don't want to stop.

And the simply glorious multiculturality of it! Angelina is of Sicilian origin, her boyfriend, Polish, her associated, Japanese, her client, Serbian. And it feels like a truly necessary and refreshing, so welcoming slice of life!

I'll say this: I'm dying to submerge myself in the rest of the series. Here to a new favourite author.

Regarding Kieren Calland Metts narration, what can I say? It's superb. There are so many characters, so many different accents, and it must have been terribly difficult to manage and keep everybody straight, but she does it. Amazing job!

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 10-30-18

Better than Book 1 - Angie is growing on me

Note: Even though this is Book 2, it works fine as a stand alone novel.

Private instigator Angeline Bonaparte is growing on me. I was on the fence in Book 1, but I like her better in this story. She’s a bit more mature and not as lacking in confidence as in Book 1. The plot is tighter than Book 1 and the mystery takes a bit more to solve. I also enjoy the continuing relationship between Angie and Ted Wukowski.

I didn’t care for all the fashion name drops and the repeated descriptions of Angie’s underwear. I don’t care that much about her matching bra and panties, even if Ted does. I liked that a 50+ year old single woman enjoys her sexuality, but I don’t need to know her daily choice in under garments. I don’t pay attention to fashion name brands, so dropping those names to describe what characters are wearing was boring for me. Honestly, I’m not going to go google what this type of hat is or that type of jacket.

Back to the plot: Adriana Johnson is a young adult who recently lost both her parents in an apparent robbery gone bad. Now she’s inherited millions of dollars but she’s got lots of questions. Her family didn’t live like they had money so Adriana has suspicions about where this money came from. Considering her family has a bloody past, I think this prudent of her. Adriana has a mix of distrusting nature and innocence. She doesn’t know how to do her own makeup but she’s wise enough to hire a PI to look into this money.

It’s a small cast this time, so it soon becomes apparent who’s the bad guy, but tracking that person down and keeping Adriana safe isn’t so easy. Most of this tale is about the hunt which I liked. Angie carries concealed & knows how to handle her gun, which is great. The fact that she feels she needs to repeat this was a little tiring. Angie had a chip on her shoulder about women working in traditionally male jobs in Book 1; she’s still got that chip in this book. I don’t mind the point being made, but to keep hammering away at it is a little tiring.

Ted and Angie continue to circle each other, figuring out just how deep their romance really is. I liked the back and forth between them. It’s quite sweet how their families get pulled into it. I didn’t feel that Angie should have to apologize to her dad, but I also could see how a traditional Italian family might take the minor ‘scandal’. This tale ends on a sweet, happy note. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Kieren Calland Metts did OK with this narration. Her pacing is a little slow but she has a very good voice for Angie Bonaparte. Her masculine voices are better than in Book 1 but could still use a little more masculinity. Metts accents are hesitant and muddied. Also, and I don’t think this falls on the narrator, but there are several moments in the book where the author explains how certain names are pronounced. With an audiobook version, there’s no need to spell out how to pronounce Adriana, etc. Metts has great little kid voices and a perfect elderly woman voice for Ted’s mother. 3/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

Fabulous 50-something female MC!

4.5 STARS. Author Nancy Rathbun is back with a second book in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. CASH KILLS comes to readers with a new, enticing mystery, a steadily increasing body count, and a relationship for main character Angie that’s moving to the next level. Though the book is part of a series (and I loved book one, TRUTH KILLS), it easily stands alone with Rathbun giving plenty of background to get readers up-to-date.

“Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.” -- Oliver Windell Holmes, quoted in CASH KILLS

CASH KILLS has a fascinating premise and readers really want to know what’s up with this woman and all that money – and so does Angelina! Once the digging begins, people start dying and an intricate and long existing web of criminal activity begins to get exposed. This story goes into some dark places as it pulls in dealing with the treatment of Muslims and victims of Sarajevo. Rathbun took me out of my cozy novel comfort zone by bringing reality in – and it brought me to tears. The author even provides some notes at the end with sources/resources for information about Sarajevo. CASH KILLS has a diverse cast of characters and raises cultural awareness not only with the story line, but with the basic cast of characters and their Sicilian and Polish roots.

Readers get to better know Angie’s family and the dynamic of her tightly knit Sicilian family. As is the case in the prior book, women of a certain age will enjoy Angie’s relationships with her now adult children and her grandchildren. The best part is that though Angie cherishes her roles as daughter, mom, and grandma, she still retains her femininity, identity, and sexuality. And wow – her sense of style! It is fun that readers always know exactly how Angelina looks. Some may not care for that level of detail, but I find it fun hearing her fashion choices made depending on the vibe of each situation.

Since our fifty-something Angie comes from a mafia family, it’s often a bit of a quandary for her to separate herself from the mafia ways of getting information, providing protection, and financing deals. Angie is clever enough to use those perks legally to help her investigations, but it’s the mafia, so she really doesn’t have a choice. Ted Wukowski, Angie’s policeman boyfriend, also must cleverly deal with his girlfriend’s mafia ties and propensity for finding dead people. This provides plenty of opportunity for misunderstanding and make-ups.

“While I missed the sensual pleasure of handling catalog cards in their narrow wooden drawers, I appreciated being able to search based on key words.”

BONUS POINTS AWARDED: Angelina is a former librarian, and it comes through as the good thing it is, loud and clear. Her vocabulary (she uses sybarite! Yaaass!) is fabulous and her thought process leads her to find answers at an academic library, which gives readers the awesome character of Lilly the librarian! She is cast in the positive, helpful light where she belongs and is a hoot; I really hope Lilly returns in the next installment.

“A morning without caffeine is simply not worth living.”

Yes, bonus, bonus points are being awarded. Angie repeatedly gives credit where credit is due and that’s to her morning coffee. She is a woman after my own heart. That is all.

My only gripe with CASH KILLS is that readers get an info dump, via the police, that spells out the complicated scheme behind the money and murders. It's logical that Angie would learn the information that way, but it felt forced. Even so, I highly recommend this series thus far, especially to women approaching or in mid-life. We rarely find ourselves in books as kick-A main characters, and Angelina shows us that we are capable and even formidable in all kinds of roles. She’s a great reminder that we can define ourselves however we want.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Narrator Kieran Calland Metts returns to perform CASH KILLS and IS the voice of Angelina Bonaparte. In book one, she continues the choice to be very matter-of-fact in voicing Angelina whether she’s talking about a gory death scene or a sexy love scene. Metts makes Angelina sound pragmatic, slightly sarcastic, but not unemotional – perfect to match Angie’s librarian background. (After all, librarians see and deal with A LOT and must solve the problems without falling to pieces.) There are a few places where Metts falls out of her accent, but she voices the international characters well. Technically, there are some uneven volume issues here and there, but overall, Metts does an excellent job and makes me more than ready to listen to the next installment in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series, HONOR KILLS.

Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions and the author for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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  • Lauren Jones
  • 10-28-18

Cash Kills

A Private Investigator has its pros and cons. You work long hours and sometimes can get so wrapped up in work that it becomes difficult to have a relationship because most of your cases are about infidelity or adultery. You end up doing things that you have never thought you’d ever end up doing, i.e. digging in someone else’s garbage, bird watching, pulling an all-nighter surveillance stakeout, and impersonating vendors to get the information that you seek for another person. This information can make or break someone’s life…and most of the time, it’s the latter. Would you still want a job like that if it meant that you could possibly dangle your life in someone else’s hands? You would knowingly be putting yourself in danger against who knows…the mafia/mob, gang related group, jealous spouses, and the list goes on and on.

Angelina Bonaparte barely escaped with her life thanks to her new friend and partner-in-crime, Bobbie. After the last fiasco with a cheating spouse and a dead girlfriend—Angelina has a lot of heat from family and friends regarding her safety. Just returning back to work after the healing, Angie may not be out of the clear yet. A new client, Adrianna, has inherited a large sum of money from the passing of both her mother and father, but she has no idea how they could have come to earn that much over their lifetime. Thinking that it may be illegally obtained money that her parents were killed over, she runs straight into Angie. Angie knows that she is in over her head when more people connected to Adrianna’s parents are executed, but she can’t turn away her services from Adrianna. You could say that the connection that she makes with Adrianna is more of a motherly one than anything else—which is why she can’t back out and let her fend for herself.

Rathbun has an entertaining mystery with this second installment. Character development is fantastic and the story-line flows well. This crime mystery takes readers on a dangerous path to find a killer who has hid themselves for over ten years. Readers will find interest in the satire engulfed in the book as well as the mystery leading up to finding who the killer is. While the killer’s identity in this book isn’t really the main focal point, the reason why they are happening is the mystery that will keep readers gripping to the words in this story. This narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written with the voice relay being clear and flowing effortlessly. If you are a reader of crime mysteries, this may be something to pick up the next time you are looking for a book to read. This is the second installment in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries. While this book can be read as a standalone, some of the character backgrounds and history carries over directly from the previous installment.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Cash Kills by Nanci Rathbun.

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  • Book Addict
  • 10-26-18

I Love this series, and every book gets better!

We get to know Angelina so much more in this book, she almost feels like an old friend. What starts as an investigation into a young woman’s inheritance, becomes one of the biggest cases she has ever had to deal with.
We still have some of the same people that were in the first book. Angelina is still seeing Ted as their relationship becomes much deeper. Her Sicilian family is celebrating Thanksgiving with a mix of family and new friends.
This book I enjoyed even more than the last as we are familiar with all the players. This is a complex and upsetting case for every one involved. This investigation uncovers a massive conspiracy that brings danger to all those involved. I am now addicted to the adventures of Angelina Bonaparte and can't wait for the next one.
The narration is up to the normal high quality , keeping me glued to this complex adventure.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Bel
  • 10-22-18

Stunt Woman

This is the second volume in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series, and I enjoyed it as much as, if not more than, the first volume. You don’t need to have listened to (or read) the first volume to understand what is going on, but some characters are easier to understand if you know the first book.

This time, we meet with a lot of the characters from the first volume, but the case Angelina is investigating is a lot more serious and dangerous than the first one.

This book is quite political, but it is not about US politics. It is about war, and what that does to people — the victims as much as the perpetrators.

Here, we deal with an especially heinous post war crime. In German, we’d say: Leichen pflastern seinen Weg, which means as much as that there is a high body count where the killer is near.

It isn’t obvious from the start who is the killer, and even once it is, it takes a while to understand what exactly is behind all of this.

Angelina herself is a lot happier than she was when we got to know her, and there is a reason for that (which I won’t go into).

She is still very much obsessed with her clothes and her looks, and again all those detailed descriptions are totally lost on me, but that is the only beef I have with the story.

Again, there’s a quotation at the beginning of each chapter, and again, I was tempted to look them up. I like this way to start a chapter.

The characters become more distinguished, especially Angelina’s love interest.

Once again, Kieren Calland Metts does a perfect job at narrating the story.

Now, I can’t judge the pronunciation of the Polish words and words in the other foreign languages, but they sounded good to me. My impression was, that Kieren has done her homework and informed herself about the pronunciation.

Again, I enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good detective story/mystery.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-14-18

A little silver dragon breathing fire.

This, the second of the Angelina Bonaparte mystery stories, sees the 50 years old private eye of Scicilian background continuing to explore her relationship with the detective of Polish parents whilst investigating the strange case of a young woman apparently becoming the beneficiary of multi millions after her always impoverished parents are murdered in a shooting at their small shop. The woman is upset - she had always been denied everything whilst growing up, even education, on the grounds that they could not afford it, and the family had lived very frugally. Why, with such a fortune in the bank? And where had the money come from in the first place?

An interesting investigative story which, sadly, is almost swamped by the close following of Ms.Bonaparte's personal life. This reader would have preferred a little more about the mystery and fewer references to everything eaten or worn (and, in particular, the underware) by the P.I. But overall it is an enjoyable, easy listen cozy book, quite well read by Kristen Collard Metts. Her voicings of the other characters is variable: sometimes distinguished by an altered accent rather than tone or timbre and occasionally well differentiated, sometimes actually lost altogether during the course of a onveration. But her real difficulty is in attempting to naturally voice male protagonists. Apart from this, she reads with clarity, paces herself well
and has good intonation.

My thanks to the rights holder of Cash Kills, for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It seems that Ms.Bonaparte is finally, at 50 and with a stable love life again, growing up. She infuriates me - but I still enjoy the stories!