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Double Duplicity

A Shandra Higheagle Mystery
Narrated by: Ann M. Thompson
Series: Sandra Higheagle Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She's ruled out as a suspect, but now it's up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene is just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever, but just as determined to discover the truth.

Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle's visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.

Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?

©2015 Patrica Jager (P)2017 Patricia Jager

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Very Good

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

I really liked this book. I loved the wealth of Native American knowledge and I loved the mystery. I had to keep listening to discover more. Shandra was a very good protagonist and I enjoyed discovering more about her through the novel.

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Murder amid art in a Native American setting

In Paty Jager's Double Duplicity, Shandra Higheagle is dealing with preparations for Huckleberry Mountains Resort's big art festival when she gets a call from Paula, owner of an art gallery, to visit her. Upon dropping by, Shandra finds Paula in a pile of blood, the victim of a particularly violent killing. Before she can call 911, the local police arrive and arrest Shandra, assuming she committed the crime. But once Detective Ryan Greer shows up, he realizes that Shandra couldn't have committed the crime because she has no blood splatter, he has to look for the true killer. The case seems to be tied to the suspicious overdose death of Joyce Carter, the sister of Shandra's best friend, Naomi.

Ryan finds himself drawn to Shandra and her Indian heritage that she grew up separated from, though her grandmother once told her that Shandra has inherited her second sight. Now Shandra has been having dreams sent from her grandmother that help to direct her and Ryan toward solving the crime.

I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked exploring the culture of the region and of Shandra's Indian heritage. The plot had some really interesting points to it with some creative twists. I enjoyed the way the romance between Ryan and Shandra does not limit itself to pure physical attraction but instead spends significant time in getting to know each other and with Ryan's helping Shandra open up to who she truly is and discover fuller potential in herself.

One detail that I did not like was the description of a Latino character, Juan, as an "illegal," which is a very derogatory term, as if that is who a person is instead of what the person's immigration status is. Granted, this description was given by character and does not necessarily represent the author's opinion, but it is a sympathetic character who uses this term, and I do not think this term was necessary at all for the context. In addition, the characters, including the detective, talk about the INS, an agency abolished in 2003, 12 years before the publication of this novel in 2015.

This book has a strong narrator in Ann M. Thompson, who makes us get lost in the book instead of think about the narrator herself. Thompson does a good job of making the different characters become realistic and the book all the more fun to enjoy.

I really appreciated the listening experience of Double Duplicity. Jager does a good job of writing and turning the book into something enjoyable to listen to. I give the book four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way influenced my review.

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An Entertaining Beginning to a Series

Any additional comments?

Shandra Higheagle literally comes across a dead body accidentally and things begin to happen with meteoric speed for this small town. Actually, the name Huckleberry Mountain Resort is a bit misleading because while "Huckleberry" implies very rural and homespun, this is a ski resort with tourists and money to spare, not to mention multiple art galleries, and the upcoming art show is a premier happening. It's in Detective Ryan Greer's best interest to solve this murder quickly and he's not averse to a little assistance.

Shandra and Ryan are both intelligent, attractive people and the almost instantaneous spark between them is perhaps not surprising. It's more apparent at first to Ryan than to Shandra but, once she gets it, she's not entirely above using her "influence" to get away with a bit of investigating on the side. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't always make the brightest decisions and can be accused of a tiny bit of TSTL behavior. Never mind, I still like her and I also like Ryan, especially because he gives credence to the visions Shandra has apparently inherited from her Nez Perce grandmother.

A fair amount of comic relief comes from the very young and very untried police officer, Blane. As so often happens with someone new to any position of authority, poor Blane is overeager and way out of his element with Shandra who can pretty much put him in his place, especially when he's determined to treat her as a suspect. Blane is a likeable overgrown kid and his enthusiasm helps make up for a lot. The other secondary character who got my attention (in a good way) is Shandra's hired ranch hand, Lil, who you might say is the female version of the crusty oldtimer.

Ann M. Thompson is a good narrator, giving warm, earthy tones to Shandra and handling other voices with noticeable differences from one character to the next. In particular, I immediately picked up on Blane's immaturity and brashness just from Ms. Thompson's interpretation.

Double Duplicity is the first of eight books in the series but, so far, only this one and the second are in audiobook format. That will not stop me from continuing on with this entertaining series but I do hope more audio editions will become available before too long. Not only do I like Ms. Jager's stories but I also enjoy Ms. Thompson's narration and that's a pleasant combination.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-19-17

Needs Some Work

This is a pretty good book. It has a good plot and likable characters. However the pacing was a bit clumsy. Some parts of the story, such as the brother marrying the ex girlfriend, deserved a little bit more elaboration. I hope the next book in this serious is a bit more fleshed out.

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Not quite all I was looking for

Shandra Higheagle is an easy character to like. At first, I was drawn in by her practical nature, how she stood her ground, and how she stood up for her friends. I was drawn into the mystery right away.

Later on, things get a little silly. Shandra decides the best way to investigate matters is to show some cleavage… but then she gets a little offended when people take note of said cleavage. I just had to roll my eyes little at that.

Detective Ryan Greer is truly dedicated to his job. I liked him right away too. He relies on facts, not opinions. At least, at first he does. Later in the story he starts to rely on Shandra’s dreams. That part of the story didn’t work for me. I think it’s because both of them relied too heavily on her dream warnings too quickly. I would need lots and lots of proof before doing so.

The romance was cute, but romance isn’t my cup of tea. For me, it started off fine, adding to the character development. Later on, it was a distraction especially as it became more of an insta-luv thing than a slow burn.

The mystery was fun. There’s a limited number of characters so guessing which character perpetrated which crime wasn’t too hard, but I had fun watching our heroes untangle it all. All told, 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Ann M. Thompson did OK. Initially, she had a great voice for Shandra, a deep feminine voice, as described in the book. However, this slowly slips into a lighter female voice. If there were 2 or more characters in a scene, then the voices were distinct. However, if it was just a single character, that voice could sound like another single character. So, there wasn’t a steady, continuous distinction among the character voices. Thompson’s male characters need masculinity. Often, I mistook a male character for a female one because of the voice. The pacing was good and there were no technical issues with this recording. 3.5/5 stars.

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

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Double Duplicity

If you were caught at the scene of a crime at the wrong place and time, how would you defend yourself—you know, if you were innocent? Would you be nervous, angry, confused or all of the above? The law specifies that men and women are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but most of the time—we all know that it works the other way around. Jager has a nice take on the first 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 walks in on an art gallery owner who has just been murdered. In her attempt to contact the authorities, an anonymous tip comes through and the police make their way to the gallery before Shandra has the chance to leave the premises. With no way out short of a confession, Shandra is cuffed and brought into the station to be questioned. Only after being cleared and released, does she start to piece together prior events from before entering the art gallery—she immediately jumps on the offense when her friends and other town locals become prime suspects. In an effort to keep her innocent friends out of the spotlight, Shandra starts her own investigation into the death of the art gallery owner. Knowing the woman had several enemies, the suspect pool just seems to get bigger and bigger by the day. When the detective on the case finds out what Shandra is up to, is he going to be willing to allow her to continue her investigation with him or will he arrest her for tampering with evidence? And worse than that, will her rummaging around alert the killer to flee before they can be caught?

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 first installment, readers are able to jump right in.

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 Double Duplicity by Paty Jager.

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Double Duplicity: Shandra Higheagle Mystery, Bk. 1

This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author. I thought it was great and will definitely be checking out more by her.

From the beginning we were thrown into a murder mystery that had plenty of suspects. Secrets came out along the way. When the murderer was revealed it was a complete surprise to me. I wasn't expecting it to be who it was or how they were involved in the whole situation. I can't wait to see what happens next for Shandra and Ryan.

The narration was great, too. I had not listened to anything by this narrator before but would definitely listen to more by her. The characters all had distinct voices and character/animation to them.
*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this audiobook. This is my honest review.*

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Love at first murder

I received a free book in exchange for an honest review. I did not guess the murderer. Good read, love how Shandra and Ryan meet. Officer Blaine is a hoot. The narrator did a good job, I did think that Shandra's voice would be huskier. The story is captivating and keeps your interest. The grandmother Ella helps Shandra by giving her clues. It is fun trying to guess what they mean. I would recommend this book to all who love a good modern mystery.

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I'll read this one, I can't take the narration...

...long enough to finish the first chapter. I want to enjoy this book, but the disjointed, oddly emphatic reading is simply too annoying to let me settle into the story.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

I loved every minute of this story! What seemed to be a slow start to some, felt like a normal introduction to the people and places and how they all connected, to me. If anything at all, I felt it all went by too quickly! I hope some of these characters show up again, and I hope some of them have larger roles, especially her mountain mate! I loved her.
I’ve already suggested it to friends and family. My oldest granddaughter began reading Paty’s books after I introduced her to the Halsey family. She was 13 at the time. She’s 19 now and still an avid reader.
INS went from 1933 until 2003. Some people know of the change, others may not. To some, they use INS because it’s comfortable says my friend from Laos who has to check in once a year. I don’t think it will matter to most people as most people recognize both names.
Paty’s books are always page turners and this is no exception.
I am curious as to how she chose her leading lady’s name. Maybe I’ll learn the answer to that in the future.
I don’t feel the need to rewrite the book as other reviewers have covered that. I just wanted to give my opinion.