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Deadly Aim

A Shandra Higheagle Mystery
Narrated by: Ann M. Thompson
Series: Sandra Higheagle Mysteries, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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The dead body of an illicit neighbor and an old necklace send potter Shandra Higheagle on a chase to find a murderer. Visions from her dead grandmother reveal Shandra is on the right path, but the woods are full of obstacles; deadly ones.

Detective Ryan Greer believes Shandra's dreams will help solve the mystery, but he also knows the curious potter could get herself killed. He's determined not to let that happen.

Until he's blind-sided. Are Shandra's powers strong enough to save them both, or will the murderer strike again?

©2015 Patricia Jager (P)2017 Patricia Jager

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Deadly Aim

This series keeps you guessing about who the murderer is till the end.. Can't wait to read the next book!!. Full of twist and turn.

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Deadly Aim

Murder is the name of the game! How many bodies can Shandra Higheagle rack up on her property? If you had more than one body that you found while walking through your property, would that make you want to move? Would you be concerned? Threatened? Especially if the corpse didn’t appear to be over a week old? Jager has an exciting third installment of the Shandra Higheagle Mysteries that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Everyone has a reason to want the victim dead, but who really did it?

Shandra is back on her mountain and again finding dead bodies. While riding, she stumbles across someone who has clearly been feeding the animals for a few days…and not in a good way! She immediately alerts her detective friend, Ryan to notify him of yet another mystery for them to unveil. Knowing that he can’t stop Shandra from helping this time around, Ryan actually looks forward to her insightful dreams and knowledge of the land to help him find the killer. He still wants to keep her safe, seeing that the man was killed with a shot to the heart, but it would be pointless to deny her as the days count down to his brother’s wedding. Shandra on his arm will be the talk of the family for weeks and he can’t seem to get enough time with her. When Shandra gets a little too close to finding out the truth about the killer, can Ryan save the only woman who has really ever made him stop in his tracks? Or, will it be the other way around?

Jager has a beautifully written mystery that will leave readers eager to continue the series alongside the main character, Shandra Higheagle. The character development is fantastic and the pace is steady. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Thompson’s narration was a fairly accurate depiction of what I would expect from a radio or television broadcaster or maybe someone retelling a story in a different perspective; there seems to have been a slight lack of emotion and feeling to the story with this type of voice relay. The story was enjoyable nonetheless and easy to follow. If you are a reader of mysteries, you may want to pick up this story and give it a read. Since this is the third installment, readers are able to read this one as a standalone; however, it may be more enjoyable to start from the beginning of the series.

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 Deadly Aim by Paty Jager.

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Big game hunters are not the most popular figures in the real world or in fiction so it isn’t easy to have much sympathy when Shandra finds J.W. Randal’s animal-ravaged body on her property. Perhaps it would be better to say my sympathy was with Shandra, first for finding another body on her Huckleberry Mountain and second for her finding out she had such a reprehensible neighbor. I guess this just goes to show that large properties can make it hard to know your neighbors. At any rate, finding a body on her own land at least provides some justification for Shandra sticking her nose in where it doesn’t really belong.

It’s fortunate for Shandra that the deputy sheriff, Ryan, is not averse to her sleuthing and, in fact, he respects her spiritual connection to her Nez Perce ancestry and the dreams that seem to lead them to important hints. What occasionally gets in the way is the growing romance between the two and their “mating dance”, if you will. I appreciate the way Ms. Jager is allowing a natural growth of their mutual attraction rather than the instalove we see too often. I was happy to learn that they still haven’t told each other their deepest secrets but that seems to be coming soon.

Meanwhile, back to the investigation…clues begin to mount that point in different directions including potential bad blood in the game hunting business and a possible illicit liaison. Most intriguing is a particular necklace whose provenance is difficult to track down .and this part of the hunt brings Shandra’s particular creative expertise to the forefront. When things come to a head, though, there’s more than one surprise

In this entry, a bit more editing could have been useful as occasional flaws are more obvious than in previous books in grammar and word choices as well as in shifting points of view. Also, while Ann M. Thompson is a better than average narrator, she did pull me out of the story every now and then with mispronunciations and odd pacing. Still, an interesting mystery and Ms. Thompson’s reading made this an appealing tale.

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Deadly Aim

This was my first listen to a book in this series. I did not have any problems figuring out the characters and their relationships. The mystery was well thought out and kept my interest.

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

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Brilliant!

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

This series just keeps getting better and better! The more I read (listen), the more I want to know about Shandra and Ryan. The character development is excellent and the plot is pretty awesome too. Shandra finds a dead body while riding her horse and embarks on a quest to discover what really happened to the dead man. It was so interesting, and entertaining, and totally worth a read.

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An entertaining outdoor murder mystery

Deadly Aim is an entertaining murder mystery featuring a Native American artist and the police officer she is casually dating. The murder takes place at a ranch near a small town a couple hours from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and the author, who lives in Eastern Oregon, is clearly very familiar with her setting.

The audio book narrator's voice is clear and easy to understand, but I did not particularly care for the voices she gave to the characters. I found some of them grating and distracting from the story.

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Another Enjoyable Mystery

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Shandra Higheagle was enjoying a ride on her horse after being away from her beloved ranch for two weeks when she suddenly finds a body of a man that has been mauled by wildlife. She calls Detective Ryan Greer to report the dead body. Detective Greer and Shandra are becoming closer but taking their budding relationship slowly, they have become great friends and Shandra knows she can share her visions from her dead grandmother. These visions help Shandra and Detective Greer find out what really happened to the dead man. Was this an accident or murder?

This book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery but reading the previous books will give you a better understanding of Shandra and Detective Greer’s relationships and Shandra’s connection with her dead Native American Grandmother. This is a shorter book but still packed with suspense, strong characters, and a touch of romance. Shandra and Greer’s relationship plays an important part in the storyline as they become closer they trust one another more which allows them to work on solving the mystery. However, they have both been hurt before are very slowing allowing this relationship to turn romantic. Greer trusts Shandra’s visions at times more than Shandra does. I really enjoy that the characters aren’t rushing into a romantic relationship allowing them to get to know one another. I really enjoyed this mystery which included a few red-herrings to keep the suspense going until the end of the story. I thought I had the killer figured several times throughout the book only to change my mind as the story progressed.

I listened to the audio version of this book. I found Narrator Ann M Thompson to be enjoyable. She has a nice voice, great diction, although I felt a couple of time she may have rushed the pace a little. I didn’t notice this in the previous book. The pace was not too rushed and still lent to an enjoyable listening experience.

I would recommend this book to other mystery lovers. *I was given a copy of this book in hopes I would submit a review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own and in no way influenced.

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A step up for Shandra Higheagle

In Deadly Aim by Paty Jager, Shandra Higheagle takes her horse out on her mountain when she comes across a body of a man who has been mauled by wild animals. Immediately pulling out her phone, she calls Detective Ryan Greer. It takes a day to identify the body as Shandra's neighbor, J.W., whose employee states that the man never committed an honest behavior in his life. Ryan wants to hurry up in solving the case because he is scheduled to be the best man in his brother's wedding to Ryan's ex- girlfriend this weekend. And with Shandra's being scheduled to be his date, Ryan is eager to show her off to his family. He hopes that Shandra's mystical dreams that come from her Nez Perce grandmother and which has helped to solve mysteries in the past will help to lead them to a solution.

With this third book in the series, I enjoyed seeing the way the relationship between Ryan and Shandra is slowly developing. Both have been hurt seriously in their past, and their friendship is helping them to heal, even to contemplate sharing their individual pains. This relationship is crucial to the book in general because it is in helping and relying on each other that they are able to get to the bottom of the crime. All this leads to a dramatic conclusion.

Ann M. Thompson narrates the audio version of this book. At times it felt that the reading went too fast, not giving as effective pacing as I would have liked. Some of her voices came across as somewhat discordant at times too. I don't recall being bothered by Thompson's narration of the previous two books, so perhaps I'm just having a picky day today.

Deadly Aim is not a long book, only four and a half hours, but it still packed a lot of great material into its time. We see plenty of character development and have a strong mystery. My one complaint is that the book ends with a cliffhanger. Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have a strong dislike of cliffhangers because I feel that authors are manipulating readers with tricks in creating such devices. Instead, they should rely on their own good writing to make us readers want to return to their next books. At least with this book, I did not find the cliffhanger as manipulative as most, so I will only draw attention to this fact but not lower my rating of the book due to the technique. I give the book five stars!