Jasmine

A Lt. Kate Gazzara Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Angel Clark
Series: A Lt. Kate Gazzara Novel, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Disappointing

Jasmine had the potential to be a really good book. But, the main character Kate is not a very likable character. The case that was being investigated was very interesting. Listening to the audio version Angel Clark didn't do a good job with many of the characters voices. I will definitely read another book by Blair Howard. But, it probably won't be the audio version or the same main character.

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A Homicide Detective's First Case

After her partner quits to go into a private detective practice, Detective Kate Gazzara is handed her first case when the body of a young woman is found in a cement pipe.
This one's a good police procedures novel - a bit graphic for some tastes as it provides details about the state of the several days old body and autopsy procedures but the painstaking procedures needed to conduct interviews and collect evidence is well documented and it is only in the last chapters that the reader begins to suspect the identity of the killer.
Well written.

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Love Blair Howard!

I have really enjoyed this book! This is the best so fare in the Kate stories. The storyline is excellent. The characters made me scratch my head! The ending was priceless! I just was not thrilled with Angel Clark! Her interpretation of men’s voices was loud and shrill. The rest of the narration however was great,! Would definitely recommend!

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Great new spin off

I enjoy Blair Howard and the Harry Stark novels. It is good to see a story with Kate as the lead character. I have listened to other Kate Gazzara stories and have loved all of them.

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Another great Read

I loved the story. I have listened to all the Harry Starke books & enjoyed a story about Kate for a change. I did not care for the narrator on this one however. Can't wait for the next Kate book. Definite thumbs up.

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This book should be a must read for any book lover who enjoys reading murder/mystery/suspense. It is so well written that it will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to guess who did what to whom. I admit my guess was wrong, but oh well. I would highly recommend this book to others who enjoy a great mystery. I did receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review and I do also review books for Audiobooks Unleashed. Happy reading!

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  • 06-29-20

A fantastic listen

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