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Guilt by Association

Hazard and Somerset, Book 4
Narrated by: Tristan James
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Everything in Emery Hazard’s life is finally going well: His boyfriend, Nico, is crazy about him; he has a loyal partner at work; and he has successfully closed a series of difficult murders. By all accounts, he should be happy. What he can’t figure out, then, is why he’s so damn miserable.  

After a fight with Nico, Hazard needs work to take his mind off his relationship. And someone in town is happy to oblige by murdering the sheriff. The job won’t be easy; the sheriff had enemies, lots of them, and narrowing down the list of suspects will be difficult. Difficult, but routine.  

The arrival of a special prosecutor, however, throws the case into turmoil, and Hazard and Somers find themselves sidelined. With an agenda of his own, the prosecutor forces the case toward his favorite suspect, while Hazard and Somers scramble to find the real killer. As the people they care about are drawn into the chaos, Hazard and Somers have to fight to keep what they love - and to keep each other. To find the killer, they will have to reveal what each has kept buried for years: their feelings for each other.  

And for Hazard, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than murder.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Gregory Ashe

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Finally!

An excellent series with very clever mysteries solved by our intrepid duo. It could end with this book, and I would be happy, but I hope it will not and that it goes on for at least as many more as have already been written. There were very entertaining “Tele novella” aspects, wonderfully quirky characters, and a good deal of cracking wise. There were also moments of sheer terror and sadly, all to common human hatred, hubris, greed, and stupidity. I had a very few minor editing quibbles, but nothing of import.
Mr James was the perfect narrator for this series, giving each character a distinctive voice almost to the point of sounding like a cast of actors rather than just one person. His personifications of the two main characters were spot on and really helped the listener to form perfect mental images of them. As a listener of many audio books, this is apparently not an easy task and more than one story has been ruined because of it. Happily, that is not the case here. I highly recommend this series, and suggest that one starts with the first book and moves all the way through the series. That may sound like a lot, but with Tristan James’ narration, it is a pleasure. Kudos all round.

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  • White River Junction
  • 01-07-19

binge listening every book in the series

can't get enough of Somers and Hazard! I've binged listened each book and can't wait for the next one to come out.

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The best series I have ever read

This series by Gregory Ashe is possibly the best. From the storyline to the characters to the love story that goes along with everything. And guilt by association just adds on to the amazement that is the hazard and somerset mystery. This series isn’t all released on audible yet so after reading all of them you’ll be dying for the next book to be released. 100% would recommend.

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Best series ever!

Audible has this series hard to find. Don’t miss out on the best narration and story line. Gregory Ashe made my new year with this fourth book!! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Mayhem and Injustice

It just seems like no one can get a break, and everything is going wrong. A whole lotta wrong somehow makes a whole lotta right.

Great story telling. I wish I could make it last longer.

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ehh****spoiler****

the things John Henry did to hazard have never really been resolved, he seriously tortured him as a boy and lied about him, and none of that has really been made up in my mind, feeling guilty doesn't cut it, and than by the end of the book john henry is still a coward, Hazard is once again the one with the courage to finally get them together, frankly john henry kinda makes me angry from the beginning hes always been a selfish coward, oh and the last love scene is absolutely unbelievable any gay man will tell you a straight guys first foray into that world is not gonna be begin with do me right now.

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Hazzard & Summers finally together

love this series, hard waiting for Summers and Hazzard to admit to their love for each other

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Excelente!

Absolutely the best narration, the best story. Tristan James owns these characters. Fabulous listening experience

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Good match of narrator and story

Hazard and Somerset are a couple of broken Alpha males who have pined after each other for ages. This is book 4 in the series, and it's different in a number of ways. The mystery is more complicated, but steps to the side a bit, taking H and S out of direct line of fire (sort of). It's like the slight deceleration before accelerating out of a turn.

I don't love this narrator. He has a way of speaking that occasionally veers over into Christopher Walken territory, only a little deeper. He has a limited range of female voices. However, here in book 4, something clicks into place. This story has something the others don't, which is more and longer stretches of witty banter between the two main characters. Hazard, whose angst is only exceeded by his rage, has settled into town, his job, and his partnership with Somerset enough to relax and let fly a dry, sharp humor. Paired with Somerset's teasing and sometimes juvenile humor, it brings light into their relationship that wasn't there before. And the narrator nails it.

I really like this series, and the reading of this one worked well.

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People in Missouri have a southern drawl?

as someone who grew up in mid-Missouri and who's worked all over the United States, I can attest to how inaccurately the portrayal of accents are performed.

Also, everyone is an open bigot, which is lazy writing. I like the series overall because it tries, but this isn't a real representation of Missourians at all, except through the optics of someone from St Louis who has no idea what people outside the large cities are actually like.

A little more research would go a long way.

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  • Mary
  • 12-22-18

Worth the wait!

I really enjoy this series and Gregory Ashe has created a solid series of police procedural murder mysteries.

What has kept me coming back for more is the relationship between Hazard and Somerset. The characters are messed up and flawed, yet their investigative powers compliment one another. The messy childhood history they share adds another element to their friendship... but wow, the unresolved sexual tension between them is as taut as a bow string and I'm like a bee to honey for these guys.

I think the author overplayed things a bit in this book- there is only so much 'will they' tension I can stand, and the off /on teasing started to grate. But, I persevered and got the ending I've been waiting for. Now I can't wait for the next book to find out how things unfold.

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  • Loulou
  • 03-01-19

Great reading

I'm enjoying this series. Tristan James has a great voice, and makes enough distinction between Hazard and Somers for you to know who's speaking - it's sometimes a little difficult to tell when they're thinking rather than speaking aloud, but I'm not sure how he would get round that, to be honest. I have read the books, so this is not a review of the stories (obviously I liked them enough to listen to them too) - a solid performance, and I'll be listening to the next one when it's available.

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  • WallE
  • 01-17-19

How many secrets can a person have?

As ever Gregory Ashe manages to balance a good crime thriller with the complicated relationship of Hazard and Somerset. A must read for those who have read the previous three books. The story gets richer an richer against the backdrop of a claustrophobic home town. Tristan James is as excellent as ever; his narration catches both the darkness and the odd moments of humour. Roll on book 5

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  • Faraday94
  • 01-01-19

For the discerning listener!

An excellent mystery, beautifully written and superbly narrated. I have to admit to a definite bias towards Hazard and Somerset. I enjoy the twists and turns in their relationship as the crime is being solved. I can’t recommend this series enough.