Get Busy Dying

Roy Ballard Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
Series: Roy Ballard, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks Boz Gentry died in a fiery traffic accident, but Roy Ballard and Mia Madison aren't convinced. As legal videographers, it's their job to provide evidence of insurance fraud - and the more they dig into the Gentry case, the more they realize this might be the most elaborate scheme they've ever encountered. Of course, when millions of dollars are at stake, con men will take drastic steps to protect their scam - including arson, assault, or even murder. Can Roy and Mia unravel the conspiracy before the criminals get desperate enough to kill?

Edgar Award finalist Ben Rehder's novels have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream.

©2014 Ben Rehder (P)2014 Ben Rehder

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Light, witty, and fun suspense mystery!

Roy Ballard and Mia Madison are licensed insurance fraud photographers in Austin, Texas. This novel is rather unusual because they are neither police or private investigators. Most of their cases are suspected injury fraud cases. Yet, they always seem to run into other cases that are more complicated and dangerous. Get Busy Dying in book 2 in author Ben Rehder's four novel Roy Ballard series. I have already reviewed book 3 of the series and have just finished listening to book 1. Johnny Peppers' narration is excellent.

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twisted greed

What an eye opener to possible money fraud schemes, and a look at those willing to commit crimes for ill gotten gains. I liked following along and their thinking out loud and reasoningthings out for possible people and situations. Intriguing. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job with voices and expressions.

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Even better

I greatly enjoyed the first in the Roy Ballard series, but Get Busy Dying hooked me even harder. The range of already-good protagonists begin to take on little quirks that help define them even further, and I feel like Rehder settles into a more firm tone overall. The plot is great too, with a simple insurance fraud scheme billowing out into a pretty great series of smoke shows. The side characters, particularly some of the people sucked into the antagonist’s scheme, are also well fleshed out, even when only given a few moments to shine. One note - I listened to this on Audibl, and was almost turned off by the heavy-handedness of the first chapter’s voicework. Once the actor settled into the protagonist’s point of view, he was fantastic. But that chapter was somewhat jarring. Apart from that, this was a superb mystery, well plotted and full of great characters. Looking forward to jumping into the third.

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Captures Central Texas Perfectly!

This is my second Roy Ballard listen, but it won't be the last. Having been a Texan all my life, and a Central Texan for the last 40 years, I am delighted with the author's observations that I know to be true but wouldn't have thought to comment on. (Still smiling trying to picture a Texas motel without a swimming pool.) The characters are real and likeable; I particularly enjoy the ongoing relationship between Roy and Mia, the promise of Hannah's development as a character, and Roy's spiritual doppelganger Detective Rueles. I ennjoyed the techie stuff and the clever wordplay. Narrator is very clear and his voice draws a great picture of Roy Ballard. Only minor quibble is in a couple of pronunciations. I have no idea how to pronounce, say, Wilkes-Barre, but. I would ask before trying it. Wish the same have been true of New Braunfels - it hurt to hear the accent on the "fels". And then there was the word chilaquiles. But very minor quibbles in a delightful listen about how much trouble a Texas viideographer can get into (and how much fun he can have) doing fraud investigations. Great story, great listen, ready to start my next one already. Fun!

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Another great story by Ben Rehder!

I enjoyed this Roy Ballard tale. very good characters and the plot moved quickly.

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GET BUSY DYING

Great listen. I do enjoy a good mystery and this one had a few twists and turns.

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Meh. Not very funy and certainly not exciting.

This is the first book I've read by Ben Rehder, but I was impressed by the high ratings. I love humorous mysteries, but I didn't find this story particularly exciting or funny. The prose is sound and the dialog realistic but it was pretty clear from the outset where things were headed. For those who like mysteries with a touch of romance, the personal connection between Roy and Mia is minimal in this book but promises to blossom in future. The denouement was slapstick.

Johnny Peppers does a credible job of narration, with a kind of Texas drawl.

I don't know why this series is rated so highly; I won't be rushing out to read more.

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  • Deirdre
  • 09-14-20

Get Busy Listening!!

As soon as I finished book 1, I started book 2. Great story with many twists. I didn't guess outcomes at any stages. Don't you love that in a book!. Loving the Roy and Mia chemistry. Great listen and story.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-12-20

Love it!

Only the 2nd book in the Roy Ballard series and already it feels like I'm getting together with old friends. Roy and Mia are sublime. Their one liners, clever quips and sharp wit keeps the books flowing along. The fact that in addition you get an interesting murder/fraud mystery to unravel feels like an added bonus I had no right to expect. Listening to Get Busy Dying is like going out for a drink with your best and funniest friends. The evening whisks past and is over far too soon but the high you get from thinking about the great time you had lasts for days and days. I feel so lucky to have discovered this series. These books are the gift you didn't know you wanted but now you've got it you have no idea how you managed before. Ben Rehder's writing is razor sharp and Johnny Peppers performance is exquisite and award winning. All in all an absolute joy and in case I've been too subtle, yes, I recommend it!

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  • sue ward
  • 07-27-20

Get busy dying

Roy Ballard and Mia make a great team, they have great dialogue and chemistry which makes for an interesting relationship. Good job with the Narrator, he portrays Roy Ballard exactly as I imagine him to be. What I like about these stories are that the cases they take on end up going off in different tangents so there’s plenty to keep you invested in the story trying to work out how it all fits together, they may start as insurance fraud but Roy and Mia can’t hold back their investigative skills which leads to amusing interactions with the lead detective.

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  • James
  • 07-23-20

This is turning into a great series.

Great plot and the character's are very engaging. looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • D M Reynolds
  • 07-18-20

Intricate mystery

There are too many crimes to count, never mind the criminals! Of course there are bystanders too. This second installment of Roy Ballard mysteries lives up to it predecessor and stands on its own as a complete novel (if you missed the first book, no worries!) Really enjoying this interesting take on investigation without being a cop or a PI! I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a review.