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It was late Friday evening when they discovered the body. The girl had been in the concrete pipe for more than a week. The daytime temperatures were hitting 120 degrees. It was the stench that drew the kids to her. Who was she? Who put her there? Who...killed her? It’s Kate Gazzara's first case, a mind-bending riddle, and as if that wasn’t enough, she has a new partner to cope with. 

Check out this gripping, fast-paced thriller, the first in the new Harry Starke spin-off series featuring street-smart Lieutenant Kate Gazzara and a cast of fascinating characters, including the man himself, Harry Starke, and several other old friends. Grab your copy now.

©2017 Blair Howard (P)2018 Blair Howard

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Good Story...Not So Good Narrator

I have listened to all 13 Harry Starke books & had some idea of what I was looking forward to. The story was pretty good, but I did not like the narrator...her female voices were rather whiney & Harry just sounded sleazy. The story had all the twists & turns I expected, but the narrator made it painful to listen...I would recommend this book in print form so not to be distracted.
I will definitely read the next book in this series instead of using the audio version

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Enjoyed the linkage from Harry to Kate

Looking forward to the series. Well done narration, and fun story to follow. Easy listening enjoyment

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Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
Summary:
Kate Gazzara’s a character in the Harry Starke books. I’ve only listened to the omnibus for 10-12 of those. This story takes place long before the one I experienced thus far. I like it better than the original series.

This covers Kate taking on her first official case as the lead detective.

Additional Comments:
• I find it amusing that it’s the Lt. Kate Gazzara series, but she’s a sergeant in this book.
• There’s a dead kid in a pipe. The murder mystery isn’t all that complicated, but I think that’s pretty realistic. Sadly, the people most likely to murder somebody are relatives and family friends. It’s a very rare breed of killer who offs a complete stranger.
• A dead kid in a pipe is a public relations disaster waiting to happen.
• 5 days is a heck of a turnaround time for a murder case. You probably wouldn’t get the results for some tests back in that timeframe.
• A few voices sounded like angry rodents, but the voice for the main character fit well.
• Content warning: some cursing, though not as much as in the Harry Starke series. Some talk of sex. Like the other series, nothing is described just comes up fairly regularly.
• Kate was kind of lead around, which might not be too crazy if she were indeed new to this, but at this point, she’s supposedly been on the job like 7 years.
• Her move to put her dumb partner in line would probably get her in a heck of a lot of trouble.
• Tracy’s kind of a lump but her reaction to him helping/not helping is way over the top.

Conclusion:
Better than the Harry Starke books. Still crude, but has potential.
*I got the book on a free code site. I understand I do not have a set-in-stone obligation to share my thoughts but have freely chosen to do so anyway.

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A hard cop investigates the murder of a teen

Jasmine tells the story of Kate Gazzara’s first case without Harry Starke as her partner, and it’s a great story. However, Kate is not a very nice person. Her treatment of her new partner, in spite of his reputation, which may be well deserved, includes a blatant act of sexual harassment as well as her being just plain old mean and rude. Whether or not he’s a dick, it doesn’t excuse her actions. She never gives him a chance. And he’s not the only one she’s mean to. There is also a tragic event towards the end of the book that could have and should have been prevented if Kate had been more on top of things.

The narrator gives Kate a soft Southern accent which seems contrary to her harsh character but is actually somewhat fitting when you think about it. I had gotten so used to the voice from the Harry Starke books, that it took some getting used to. She does a nice job with the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Loved this story!

I loved this story with Kate as the main detective working on a murder case. Narration was great as each character came to life with unique voices.

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Excellent!

Very good storyline with an easy flow. Well written and imaginative. I loved Jasmine. A tough, go get her perp at all cost type of detective. But also has a soft side.

Angel Clark does an exceptional job narrating. I loved the voices she used for all the characters. Each was perfect and easy to follow.

I'm looking forward to more from both the author and narrator, they are quite talented.

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first in a series connected to another series

I enjoyed the book and intend to read at least the next in the series.
This is the first book I have read/listened to by this author and the story was good however there were comments/thoughts by main character that clearly are references to future / other books that for me added nothing to narrative except to break it up and distract .

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Kate's first case has her wondering

Kate Gazzara has her first case since her partner Harry Starke has left the Chattanooga police department. She can't believe who the chief makes her new partner, and boy Kate let's her new partner know she won't put up with any crap. A young girl has been found and Kate has to find her killer. This book takes us through what happens in an investigation and how they go about trying to find the guilty party. If you have read any books in the awesome Harry Starke series, you will know that Kate is/was his girlfriend. So we have some appearances of Harry as he attempts to help Kate in more ways than one. A really great start to this new series. Angel Clark does a good job with the story but she did stumble a couple of times. Not to be critical but I have listened to other books in this series and I have to say I enjoyed the voice of I think it was Renee Maxwell better as she can make herself sound pretty sexy in the right spots.
I received a free code from the publisher to listen to this book on Audible.com. This review is totally my own honest opinion.

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Not my favorite

Disclaimer: I received a free audiobook version of this book.

One thing, I'll note, is that there were times what the narrator said didn’t quite match up to what I was reading in the kindle version of the book.

For example, “....I told Doc I’d see him in the morning and left.” from the audiobook VS “...I told Doc I’d see him in the morning, and then I too left the site.” (p.7) in the kindle version. The changes were minor, but as I was reading along it got a bit annoying. I can’t verify if the paperback version is different, but both the kindle and paperback were published in September 2017 and I don’t see any disclaimer saying the kindle version was reworked. So, I don’t know why there are these differences.

The main character isn’t very likable. For example, Katie grabbed her new partner by the testicles because he referred to her by “Katie” instead of “Sergeant”. She had the gall, after that clearly unprofessional behavior, to call him out on not acting professionally (he was being unprofessional admittedly). Honestly, I’m pretty critical of police procedurals that show cops acting badly as if that is a good thing. For goodness’ sake, after this scene the whole room of cops applauded her behavior.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the progression of the investigation. At times, it felt like the story was an advertisement for the other series this author writes, with our main lead talking about how amazing Harry was.

The narration was okay. Although, there were some voices that grated on my ears (but frankly voices are super subjective and I’ve liked voices others have found annoying and vice-versa so that doesn’t really hold much weight).

I’m pretty glad I didn’t spend money on this audiobook. It was not for me.

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A New Character's Perspective is Born

I liked hearing the story of Lt. Kate Gazzara and how she gets her start. Things are not easy for her in the male-dominated world of law enforcement but she does not lose focus on the case in spite of it all. The narrator does a good job of subtly doing various character voices without trying to take over the story with her vocal performance. That is not always easy to do.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-13-21

"She was a good girl."

I have long enjoyed the Harry Starks books by Blaire Howard, so was familiar with Kate Gazzara, his partner who remained in the police force after he had left. So it is interesting to read about her, how she felt about the changes relationship and her cases after she made lead detective when he was gone. The book starts with a missing person case and the unpleasant discovery of a body in a pipe, and it proves to be a tough call for Kate as she tries to untangle truth and lies on this her first case as lead. Fortunately, she still had Harry to offer advice - if she was prepared to ask for it.

An enjoyable murder myystery, but without the sheer panache of the Harry Starks books. But it's early days yet. Narration was by Angel Clark and she gave a fine performance with pleasing timbre, clearly enunciated and with individual character voicings. The story is told, first person, from Kate's point of view so it is important that the reader chosen is a perfect fit. For me, she wasn't the Late I had pictured in my head from the Harry Starke stories, but, again, early days.

My thanks to Audio books Unleashed from whom, at my request, I received a freely gifted complimentary copy of Jasmine

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  • clive
  • 06-29-20

A fantastic listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and would definitely recommend listening to it. the narration was excellent.