Easy Innocence

The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Beth Richmond
Series: Georgia Davis, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada price tags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford.

©2013 Libby FIscher Hellmann (P)2016 Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Corruption, Greed, and Prostitution …

… in affluent, upper-class suburbia! Yeah, “Easy Innocence” gets a bit gritty … and disturbing. Talk about innocence — I must be a complete ingenue! I had no idea that some of this stuff was going on … I mean, really — voluntary, organized, upper-class teenage prostitution and pandering? Golly … when I think about my teen years … well, let us just say that things must have changed since then. However, I have listened to enough of Ms Hellmann’s audiobooks now to know that she ALWAYS knows whereof she speaks. So I am taking her word for it. The plot of “Easy Innocence” goes well beyond the teen vice angle, though. Newly-minted P.I. Georgia Davis — recently dismissed from the Chicago Police Department for thinking outside the box — is investigating an — allegedly — “Open-and-Shut” murder case, when she stumbles upon some dodgy real-estate shenanigans that lead her into more dodgy political shenanigans that … guess what? … come around full-circle, tying right back into her murder investigation. As always, Ms Hellmann writes well, creating believable characters and plot complexities that will keep you riveted. Narrator Beth Richmond has a perfectly gorgeous voice, and acting chops, to boot! She has the repertoire of voices, accents, and timing to bring this audiobook to life. I recommend “Easy Innocence” to all mystery/thriller enthusiasts.

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Great Book!

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This is a great book; this is the first book in the Georgia Davis PI series written by Libby Fischer Hellmann and narrated by Beth Richmond. When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer.

The narrator Beth Richmond did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.

If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

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Easy Innocence The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1 So many books, I re-read this book in less than a day! It is that good! I was given a book by the author, not this book, and after I discovered there was a prequel to the series I decided to read it first. I'm glad I did. This book slides right in. I'm a character reader, I get into the characters, their story, who/what they are. The author does a great job of developing Georgia quickly & thoroughly. The significant characters in her writing are developed similarly along the way. This book is in all senses of the word, a thriller. That’s it, no more spoilers from me though I can see more about this character in the future. Outstanding read! I’ve read more than thirty works from author Libby Fischer Hellmann all are well-written & enjoyable I always look forward to the next book from her. Read his books and get into a good author and some amazing characters & stories as I have. Narrator Beth Richmond’s voice was perfect for this book and added greatly to the listening enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Nothing easy about this very good mystery

I really enjoyed this book, there is so much going on it keeps you hooked until the end. I will definitely be looking in to getingt the rest in the series, as I really liked it. I liked the main character and think she is a good strong character, kind, caring, tough when needed and intelligent. She actually worked out what was going on and who was responsible unlike some heroines who only put it together when facing a gun, there is also what I think will be a love interest but she isn't on of those girls that need a man.. Great start to a series.
Georgia is asked to prove the police have arrested the wrong man for a brutal murder, by the sister of the accused and she was recommended to her by one of the policemen who arrested him. The murder is set up to look like some rich kids went to far with a hazing game and one of there own died. As Georgia digs deeper she discovers it is a lot more serious than that and talking to the rich kids leads her to there rich fathers, who have there own secrets to hid. Then a school drop out is killed, are the two related? Georgia seems to think so and tries befriending the girls to get closer to the truth. Georgia is obviously on the right track when they try to set her apartment on fire but as she is following several leads, Which lead has someone nervous?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with the number of voice she needed to do, to make this book so interesting.

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Better than I was expecting

It wasn’t what I expected – it was better! I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong – and I love that about this murder mystery. The story surprised me and held my attention all the way through. I thought the story was going this direction, and it was actually headed this other direction.

Our main character Georgia is so easy to like. She’s a real person with a past, mistakes and victories, foibles, and her own sense of justice. I like that she’s willing to bend or break the rules when she feels it’s right. Her way of handling the prostitutes was great – she treated them like real people instead of passing judgement on them.

Toss in some undercover work, a few attempted murders, and some underage teens crying, then Georgia has her hands full. I do wish we had one more scene with the wrongly accused and his sister just to wrap things up in a neat bow. But that’s my only little quibble with the story. Very entertaining book. 4.75/5 stars.

The Narration: Beth Richmond has a great voice for Georgia, very believable. She captured all of Georgia’s emotions throughout the story. Richmond could use a little more voice variation as I sometimes had trouble keeping the various teen females separate. Richmond’s pacing was a bit slow but with Audible’s app I was able to speed the book up a touch just so the speech sounded normal to me. There were no technical issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

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

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Easy Innocence

Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? Hellmann has a compelling novel, one that will reel readers into the first installment and have them longing to jump into the next one by the end of it.

Georgia Davis, a former police officer suspended from the force, has taken up a new gig as a PI. She’s been hired to investigate the murder of a school girl from Chicago’s North Shore. When everything is nice and tidy, cleaned up really well and an innocent man is handed to the DA with a bow, that is Davis’ first clue that something smells fishy, like a cover up. Knowing that she won’t have the same privileges as a cop, she makes due with obtaining the information in various ways. For starters, talking to all of the girl’s friends and the families of those friends–making some enemies along the way. Once the snooping starts, things start spiraling down pretty quickly and she is able to find some loose lips. She knows that she is on to something big when someone tries to make a hit on her, but that won’t stop her from finding the truth. Can Georgia find the killer in time before an innocent man is sent to jail for life?

Hellmann has a great story, filled with animosity, determination, greed, and power. The characters are well-developed and the pace is steady with the exception of the first few chapters. Some of the characters appear to falter in personality, which is a tad contradictory. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Richmond’s voice relay was entertaining. Her narration is clear; however, she provides limited vocal differentiation between characters. This shouldn’t hinder the enjoyment of the novel though. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story to be a good fit for you. Easy Innocence is shrouded in secrets and crimes of passion encompassing both adults and children; therefore, it is advised for an audience over the age of 18.

A copy of this 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 Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann.

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A view of the shadier side of suburbia.

Hellmann delves into the shady side of suburbia in Easy Innocence. This murder mystery weaves multiple complex plots in one large explosive ending. The characters are well defined and portrayed nicely by narrator, Beth Richmond.

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Great debut

This story is a little confusing in the beginning, but stick with it. It's worth it. Timing is a bit vague through much of the story and it's unclear who
some of the characters are at first, but it's all clear by the end. Georgia Davis is a great character. She's likable and realistic. She's not perfect,
but her flaws aren't just stupid contrivances -- they are a result of inexperience and believably poor judgement. Neither is she superhuman. It's also
refreshing that prostitution isn't presented in its stereotypical form.

Beth Richmond delivers an excellent performance. She's an appropriate match to voice Georgia, and her other character voices are distinct and equally well
done.

This is an exciting series debut and I look forward to more in this series.

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

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The story is full of layers

Would you listen to Easy Innocence again? Why?

Yes. I was very, very impressed, both the with the story itself, and with the quality narration performance. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. In fact, I almost always do immersive reading since I love to sometimes skip ahead of the narrator, so I had both versions of this book. It was awesome!!

What did you like best about this story?

Old family money, old family relationships, and old family power become intertwined in what Georgia suspects may be a massive coverup at all levels of legal, judicial, community leadership, and law enforcement in the town. As the investigation unfolds, it may be that this young man was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Georgia peals back each layer, going from murder, to teenage prostitution, to possible mob connections, and finally to illegal land development and government fraud. As the story unfolds, it becomes more and more obvious that Georgia is in very deep and even in fear of her life.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of the characters were wonderfully developed, the story was exciting and kept my interest from beginning to end. The story was so excellently written and performed, I purchased additional stories in this series with the same performer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each moment when the next level of the story was uncovered and took you down the road until the next layer was exposed. Incredible complexity.

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This is an extremely talented author and I have not been disappointed with any of her stories. The narration is superb.

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A fan of Libby Fischer Hellmann for a long time

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I've been a fan of Libby Fischer Hellmann for a long time but, although the print version of this book first came out in 2008, I had never read it or the following three books in the series. That wasn't because I didn't want to read it but I had focused on the author's other works with the idea of getting to this "one of these days". That day finally came when Ms. Hellmann offered a chance to listen to a re-do of the audiobook; I love audiobooks so I leaped at the opportunity.

From the standpoint of the story, the initial investigation into the teen's murder eventually develops into three seemingly separate storylines but whether they are related is something Georgia will have to determine. In fact, she isn't aware that one of these threads exists or, perhaps more accurately, she doesn't understand all the parts; this is one of those instances when the reader knows more than the protagonist does but, deviously, Ms. Hellmann sees to it that we don't know what we don't know. Very nicely...and wickedly...done, Ms. Hellmann ;-)

Georgia is a very likeable woman and an intelligent P.I. with a leg up from her police background. She doesn't have a lot of people in her life but those who surround her are good people who care what happens to her. There's nothing sleazy about Georgia and she approaches her tasks with a sense of honor and a desire to cause as little harm as possible. That's important because a lot of people could be very hurt by the results of her investigation, beginning with the ring of teenaged hookers and their oblivious families, not to mention their own airheaded ignorance of the dark side of their business venture. When Georgia learns of a possible fraudulent land development scheme, tying it to the prostitution ring ramps up the danger level to new highs including attempts on her own life.

In the first third or so of the book, I thought things dragged a little and the narrator's performance added to that feeling because of her somewhat deliberate and slow pace. In fact, at one point, I turned up the speed on my iPod just to see what it would sound like and, although Ms. Richmond sounded quite a lot like she inhaled helium, I could still understand her clearly. That indicates to me that her pace really was a little too slow BUT....

....everything changed once certain things started happening and Ms. Richmond grabbed and held my attention. Certainly a lot of that is because Ms. Hellmann's story began to come to life but it's also because Ms. Richmond really is quite a good narrator, especially with her varying voices. When all is said and done, I'm now wanting to continue with the series and with Beth Richmond's narration.

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  • Mindy H
  • 03-31-20

Very entertaining.

An entertaining easy to follow story. Perfect for listening while doing chores! Great story and smooth flowing narration. Well done!

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  • Carol B
  • 01-25-20

Good read/listen/good narration

This story is about a high school girl that has been bludgeoned to death and Georgia has been asked to look into it by the accused sister as the accused is a bit on the simple side, and the police, as usual, are sure they have their man. Georgia used to be a cop now a P I and starts to look into this case. These schoolgirls are from the upper-class of society and as Georgia works back the layers she finds out that these girls know how to exploit their wealth and charm, perhaps that's a good idea but can be dangerous A good listen and not as gory as you would think, the narration is superb, this is the 1st in the P I Georgia Davis and already on No. 2.

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  • jhanami
  • 12-17-19

Proper private detective murder mystery adventure!

I greatly enjoyed the excellent narration by Beth Richmond.
This was my first foray into the Georgia Davis series by Libby Fischer Hellmann and I thought it was a really strong start to the series, with a likable, capable heroine, a nicely layered plot, believable and mature characters and a case that quickly got more and more sinister. Recommended for anyone who like me enjoys a proper private detective murder mystery adventure!

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  • TerryHeth
  • 12-04-19

Fab

What a story. Who do you believe, what do you believe, is everything you see the truth. Twisting tales, conflicting.
This story was testing and gripping.
Looking forward to number 2!
Well worth a read or listen.

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  • Aggie
  • 11-15-19

Great read

Loved it, great story that will keep you interested throughout. Can't wait to read the rest in the serie. Enjoyed the narrating by Beth Richmond.

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  • Lindsay
  • 11-13-19

Can’t wait to for the next book

Ooh I love this murder investigation and my introduction to Georgia Davies. Georgia is hired to find evidence that a mental ill patient is not the murderer of school girl. As she delves into the secrets of Sara Long’s life she starts to discover a world of lies, crime and prostitution that stretches far and wide and finds her life is also at risk as things start to take a dangerous turn.

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  • Book Monitor
  • 11-07-19

A good detective story.

Georgia is a PI, having been suspended from the police service. She is a bit gung-ho, doesn't always play by the rules and sometimes does things she shouldn't. Personally she is still mourning the loss of the one!- her ex Matt despite it now being quite a while since they split up.
All of these traits play their part in this first in the series.
Georgia is hired to help a man accused of the murder of a teenage girl who goes to the right school and knows influential people. There are a lot of challenges, not least his being a sex offender with mental health issues and so much evidence pointing his way it seems very unlikely anyone else could have done it as well as an unseemly rush to get this through the justice system.
As Georgia picks at the threads of what happened the plot thickens and the reader/listener is pulled into the story that involves exposing a darker side to the apparently successful lives of the people of North Shore.
The audio performance was very good. The story was gripping, although I felt that there were some aspects that felt a bit too contrived these were not enough to irritate.
I recommend this to lovers of detective fiction.

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  • Ali
  • 09-26-16

A Thoroughly Good Listen

Loved this book. The characters were believable and the story line gripping. Looking forward to the next one.

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