Hush Money

Hush Money Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Series: Hush Money Mystery Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The mayor is smart, funny, and loved by all. Except for the person who leaves him in a pool of his own blood....

Madison is booming with dreamers and drifters, visionaries and entrepreneurs. Among them is Sydney Richardson, the daughter of a cop who died on these streets and now the proud, stressed-out owner of Hush Money, one of the city's top new restaurants. Like everyone else in town, Sydney is shocked when Madison's popular mayor - a crusty, charismatic man of the people - is shot to death in his own home.

But the news hits especially close to home for Sydney because one of her own stands accused of the brutal crime. Sydney's the one person that Wanda Fields, a quiet, hardworking waitress and single mother, can think to call after her arrest. Now she might be Wanda's only hope. As Sydney gets wrapped up in the case, she runs up against powerful people with secrets to hide-and a mayor who wasn't the person everyone thought he was.

After Wanda divulges a bombshell of her own, Sydney's sure the real killer is still out there, hiding among Madison's elite, perhaps even dining in her beloved restaurant... with more than enough motive to kill again.

©2017 T. E. Woods (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Veteran crime writer and clinical psychologist T. E. Woods serves up a rich cast of characters, myriad motives, and a complex plot, making Hush Money deeply satisfying." (Eve Karlin, author of City of Liars and Thieves)

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T E Woods sure know how to write 'em!

This is an excellent stand alone by T. E. Woods. This is the same author who writes "The Justice Series " whose protagonist is Lydia Corriger aka the Fixer.
I don't know why but I was expecting another series along that same line. This book is nothing like The Justice Series.
This is an excellent book with a completely different type of protagonist. Some shared personality traits but at the same time very different. This woman is strong willed, loves to talk and is loyal to her friends. She's also a more realistic and believable character. The protagonist Sydney Richardson is the girl next door (who also happens to have quite a bit of money that she came into under unusual circumstances) and is haunted by her beginnings.
Xe Sands does a super job narrating.
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The lady tells great stories!

Clinical psychologist and author T.E. Woods has another winner in Hush Money and another winning series in the Hush Money series. Audio release dates for the second (Bad Girl) and third (Private Lies) books in the Hush Money series have not been announced, but the Kindle release dates are March 13, 2018 and August 14, 2018 respectively.

Hush Money has everything a listener could possibly want and expect in a suspense murder mystery. The plot twist near the end of the novel is magical. Following up on her superb 5 book Justice/Fixer series, she (the author) offers the same high quality listener experience. Narrator Xe Sands is outstanding.

If you like suspense novels, I guarantee you will love books by T.E. Woods. As I said, the lady tells great stories.

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Awesome book!

Initially, I wasn't sure I liked how the narrator changer her voice to depict male and female characters but as the book when on her add voice seasonings definitely had value. The story is also one that keeps your attention and keeps you asking what happens next. I would definitely give this one a try.

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Narrator made it work for me

I bought this book and then the entire series just because of Xe Sans. The story was not bad, not that complicated either. But, it's the narrator I got through the series. Her awesome and realistic performance appealed to me as she did from the first book I read by her, The Ex. And I became a fan. It was worthwhile to spend 3 credits on this trilogy for me because I enjoyed them.

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A really intriguing mystery.

This is a really enjoyable mystery with twists and turns to keep the listener guessing. But there are enough clues to figure out the ending without the plot becoming predictable.
XE Sands’ narration is well done and enhances the story rather than distract. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Well done!

I liked the Fixer series so I thought I would give this a shot. Glad I did! Good story. Interesting characters. Excellent narration.

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Another great reading by Xe Sands!

Great storyline and another great reading by Xe Sands! I find her voice so true and authentic that I forget about everything and I'm totally immersed in the book. I've listened to other Audible books and find myself thinking, "This is a good book, it would be a GREAT book if Xe Sands was the reader. 😁

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I expected better...

The story kept my attention until the end, when I thought I had missed something because it went from who-done-it to you-done-it in a very lack-luster way. The narrator is not for me... all of the characters had the same whiny, “I’m not quite awake yet” voice that almost made me abandon the story in the first chapters.

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Easy Mystery

Figured it out pretty quickly, all the main questions: who, why & how
Overall, an entertaining book though.

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Just ok...

I didn't hate it but I also wasn't completely in love with it. It was just an ok story. Once you figure out the mystery its like ok now I'm ready for it to be over. I would recommend.