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Ellie Nelson gets persuaded to audition for a reality TV show about Confederate gold hidden in the Lake of the Ozarks. Hollywood, the FBI, Civil War reenactors, and a salvage team are all thrown together in the search for stolen treasure. When Ellie discovers a dead body on the set, her life is in jeopardy until she solves not only the murder but a 150-year-old mystery as well.

©2018 Peggy Gertner (P)2019 Peggy Gertner

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this book was given to me at my request for review

I truly enjoyed this book and couldn't stop listening until the end. Sorry that Billy was killed yet glad the killer was caught. Loved the way the gold was found.

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LOVED IT

This was the first book i read by this author. The story was great and kept me entertained through out the book. The characters were well developed and i enjoyed the interaction between each character. I definitely would like to listen to more in this series. The narrator, Danielle Bryn did a great job. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Murder Mystery

The narrator did a great job in voicing the characters.
The main character has to solve 150 year old mystery, which I thought was a difficult thing to do but if you know where to look then you end up with a trail.
If you love murder mysteries then this is for you.

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A breath of fresh air

This is the third in the series and it reinforces that Ellie Nelson is someone you would enjoy just sitting down with for a chat. Other characters in the book feel much the same. Something I love is that the characters behave as they are portrayed. Good characters again in this book. We have mostly normal people as in the real world, with the occasional pompous jerk, the annoying twit, the steadfast companion etc.
Keep 'em coming!
Again Danielle Bryn does a credible job of narrating.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Greed and murder!

Ellie never gives up in her sleuthing to find the truth and uncover a 150-year-old mystery!

Danielle Bryn does a great job narrating.

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

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Fun Story, Easy to Listen to, Great Narration

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

This was a fun story to listen to, five hours flew by but didn’t feel rushed. One regret is that I listened to the this book before the first two in the series, so some previously established background was missed. The main character is strong and independent; but also quite relatable. Writing is really quite good, descriptive and well paced. I’ll definitely look to listen to other books in this series.

Narration, at least in my opinion, was just perfect. Her voice in inflective, and suits the main character. Made this well written story sing!

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Nice but murderous!

re-enactors, TV-film-industry, law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, women-sleuths, murder-investigation, greed

Good read! What's not to like? A possible treasure, Cavalry re-enactors, beautiful landscapes, an artist/ex prosecutor, and a hot FBI guy. Well, there's the murder and a lecherous director for starters. But the mystery is quite well done, enjoyable, and just the right length. Strong, interesting characters that work well together provide good continuity and suspense.
Danielle Bryn has a clear, crisp, easy to listen to voice that adds to the story.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

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Another great mystery!

Ex-DA turned shop owner, Ellie Nelson is at it again, finding more bodies, and getting into trouble. This time Ellie and her bestie audition as extras for a reality treasure hunter series. Ellie reluctantly becomes entangled in yet another murder involving a handsomely mysterious reenactor, sleezy Hollywood directors, treasure maps, and area history dating back to the Civil War, Full of her usual spunk and self-endangering curiosity she and her friends make a scene, in more ways then one! Lots of comedy, a little romance, and big mystery. This series and narrator do not disappoint, and as always I look forward to more to come. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-02-19

Knights of the Golden Circle

Approximately 150 years ago, Confederate soldiers were believed to have buried a cache of gold stolen from unionists in the area. When a film crew arrive in town to make a reality T.V.show about the incident, also hoping to discover the gold bars during the course of the filming, Ellie Nelson, former prosecutor and now owner of the successful local art facility, is persuaded by her friend to audition for a part as an extra. Sadly, it is not gold but the dead body of a local man that is found by Ellie, and he had been murdered...

This cozy mystery murder by author P.L.Gartner is an easy, fun read which includes the trials and tribulations of filming life as well as continuing the growing romance of Ellie and her F.B.I. hero. The locations are visual in description and the characters become real even if not fully defined. Narration is again by Danielle Bryn who reads with clarity and good inflection, but too quickly, losing some of the impact of the story in her seeming haste to get to the end. Slowing playback unfortunately did not help. The recording itself is also marred by a cold, empty feeling, not yet an echo but not natural, either.

Casting Call for Murder is the third in the Ellie Nelson mysteries, but can easily stand alone. It is an enjoyable book from an enjoyable, gentle series - there is murder but without undue violence or emotional extremes. It has a rightness of response. I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Casting Call, after my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you.. A good story let down by the over brisk narration, still enjoyable but probably best read than heard.