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When Carol calls a number she finds in a matchbook, the man promises to answer the mystery of her daughter's death. But he's playing a dangerous game - one she must survive if she's to unravel the truth.

Armed with a fierce wit and determination not even her own shortcomings can derail, Carol faces impossible odds to solve a murder that unraveled her life - her daughter's murder. It's hard enough solving a murder, but throw in homelessness and an obsessed maniac, and it's almost impossible. Almost.

Set on the streets of San Antonio, Matchbook is filled with colorful characters, deep-seated hope, and more than one laugh-out-loud scene. It's a compelling and suspenseful listen that will keep you riveted until the very end.

©2015 Desiree Prosapio (P)2016 Desiree Prosapio

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NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

I was wondering where the author was going with this story when the main character is a homeless drunk and the characters you meet along the way are homeless drunks and drug addicts. By the end of the book I love them all! Everyone of them has a story as to why they are on the streets doing what they do. MUCH LIKE REAL LIFE! The journey the reader takes with Carol keeps you on your toes questioning this character off and on just like the police do. This book has it all... sadness, mystery and humor.

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher or narrator."

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Adventure and intrigue from the beginning!!

awesome.. amazing and much more.. great narration believable characters, you will be hooked and on the edge of your seat..

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."

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Good , crazy, and fast paced.

I do not believe I will ever look at a homeless women the same way again.
A nice fast paced book. Sad, yet funny at times.
Its funny how one small thing, a book of matches, can change your life.


I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..

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Twists and turns

Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was taken around a different corner. Engrossing.

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One of those good books you can't stop listening.

What did you love best about Matchbook?

The narrator.

What other book might you compare Matchbook to and why?

Since I don't usually listen to this type of story, I rate this as high as any of the true crime stories I do listen to.

What does Becket Royce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characters personalities. Becket Royce is awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I listened to it in less then 2 days (and I worked 8 hours).

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A great book that will grab you from the start!

I REALLY liked this book. It grabbed me from the start and I was hooked the entire time. It was the perfect balance of being entertaining, thought provoking, suspenseful and poignant all wrapped into one great story.

I received the Audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review and it was a pleasure to listen to this story. The book is narrated by Becket Royce and she does a fabulous job. Her voice totally fits the personality of Carol and since the book is in first person (Carol’s voice) the audio is a true enhancement to the story.

All in all I totally recommend this book. If you are considering reading it, do! You won’t be disappointed!

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A Fantastic Read

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I was immediately drawn into this book. The voice of Carol is amusing, clever, sometimes biting and totally unique.

Sometimes you pick up a book and it turns out to be a ride that you won't soon forget. This tale is a mystery for the ages- the characters are so alive they're singing and while I almost always guess the outcomes I wasn't able to anticipate how this one would end. A fantastic read. Would recommend 10/10.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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A powerful look into murder amid the homeless

In <strong>Matchbook</strong> by Desireé Prosapio, while in the homeless shelter one night, Carol Lassiter goes through her take of donations to find a matchbook in her bag with a telephone number on it. On a drunken lark, Carol tries calling the number, only to have the voice on the other end call her by name and say he has information on Ella, the daughter whose death three years earlier ultimately led to Carol's letting her alcoholism take over and lead her to become homeless. But it takes a lot of inner strength for Carol to take the steps she needs in order to get her life in shape enough to follow the truth and keep from being put in danger.

The plot of this book takes us on a trip through the world of the homeless and the search for the truth of Ella's death. In the midst of this, Carol has to stay safe from some unknown danger as she travels the journey to the truth as well as inner healing. The story shifts smoothly between the present and memories from Carol's past as we get to know her and what has led her to the place where she has ended up. This book does a lot to make us connect with the life of a homeless woman and empathize with the inner pain that led her to become a drunken homeless lady. We see the loyalty of the friends who live on the streets and support each other as well as the inhumanity that the homeless experience as the rest of the world sees them as invisible and faceless.

<strong>Matchbook</strong> is grittier than books I am used to listening to, but I appreciated the way the book makes us connect with people we often pass by without giving consideration to. The book contains periodic bad language, which I don't like listening to in books, but they are appropriate here to show the true nature of the people who live on the streets. I also found the group of Christians trying to save Carol to present a powerful message about the way well- meaning people who truly care about helping those not ready for help. While we sense that most of the Christians just care about racking up numbers, Carol's former co-worker acts out of genuine concern for Carol, something that Carol recognizes when she states that she does have one friend. However, this friend doesn't know how to approach Carol when the homeless woman isn't ready to be saved. It serves as a message to us about the way that we try to help others who aren't ready to help.

The audio edition of this book is narrated by Becket Royce. She uses a smooth delivery with mild expression that suits the perspective of a woman who has been medicating herself into a stupor. She seems bland at times, and at first I didn't connect with that, since I am used to animated performances of cozy mysteries, but she suited the role of Carol effectively. In addition, I like the voices for the other characters used by Royce, especially that of Maurice, Carol's flamboyantly gay, cross- dressing friend. Maurice uses different voices depending upon his mood, and Royce does a good job of making us recognize them all as Maurice while shifting between his falsetto and his deepest male voice. Despite my initial misgivings about the narration, I came to appreciate Royce's effective performance.

I was impressed by the quality of <strong>Matchbook</strong>, a book that challenges our perceptions of the invisible homeless. It has a wild adventure in trying to find out the truth behind Ella's death and in Carol's search to find herself and inner healing. I give this book four stars.

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I got this book for free through AudaVoxx, but that had no influence on the content of the review.

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This book could easily be made into a movie!

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Matchbook is an original, intriguing, and suspenseful mystery that immediately sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until I had listened to the entire story in two days. Written by Desireé Prosapio, the story revolves around Carol who is a homeless drunk three years after her teenaged daughter's alleged suicide. The main premise of the book is the mystery behind the death of Carol's daughter and Carol's intense need to uncover the truth. There are several twists and turns along the way that I didn't expect and I didn't guess who was the "bad guy" until it was revealed at the very end.

What makes this story stand out from other books of this genre are the great secondary characters. Most of them are very charismatic and full of personality. Similar to Carol's story of why she is homeless, many of the secondary characters are homeless because they choose to be [Carol is homeless because she lost her good paying job and her house after becoming obsessed with proving her daughter did not kill herself, including hiring private investigators who did little more than take her money]. What I liked most though is how the homeless became a little family themselves looking out for each other.

Becket Royce narrated this audiobook and she did a wonderful job. She had great intonation and pace, keeping the story suspenseful throughout. Beckett's style is very natural with smooth overtones and subtle character nuances for each of the characters. In fact, Becket's outstanding narration kept me listening into the wee hours of the morning. Brava!

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Matchbook

Carol is a homeless drunk.She gets a matchbook in her panhandle box and calls the number inside.She is connected with a man that has answers to her past.As several more notes come in we get to know her story and meet her social circle.Sometimes fun and always suspenseful, it is a good read.Becket Royce is a fabulous narrator.I was given this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.