Murder on Alcatraz

A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Volume 4
Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a serial killer strikes in the City, Peyton confronts an adversary who is always one step ahead of her. And as the body count rises, Peyton faces a future where her one constant, her partner, may be taken away from her. For eight years, Peyton and Marco have been an unstoppable team; however, one ill-fated trip to Alcatraz may change that relationship forever.

©2013 ML Hamilton (P)2014 ML Hamilton

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IM CHECKING EVERYDAY for #5

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What other book might you compare Murder on Alcatraz to and why?

Any edge of your seat thriller. But the psychological games between the main character's via the police shrink are riveting as well.

Any additional comments?

You're hanging from the cliff on two points on this one. I can't wait to find out what happens to Peyton and Marco.

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Really loved it. Can't wait for next one.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The plot keeps you interested the whole time and this book tells the background story of Marco and Peyton's partnership.

What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

How she brings the book to life. She makes you laugh, she makes you frown, she makes you gasp. No matter how much I get into a story, I never react that way when I am reading it in print.

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

Yes, yes, yes.

Any additional comments?

Definitely give this series a chance. You'll be rewarded. Each book gets better and better. The characters have more dimension, the stories become more complex and the narrator is fantastic. Can't wait for the audio version of the next book in the series. I was sad it was over.

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An Awesome Tale

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it very interesting and enjoyable. I really enjoy this series. Macro is put on leave after he shoots a suspect to save Peyton. But the suspect was actually a hostage and a serial killer used Macro as his weapon to kill him. One event turns Peyton's and Macro's lives upside down as they try to trap this serial killer. The suspense and fast plot will keep you listening and looking forward to the next book.

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Another interesting meeting with Peyton...

This is the fourth part of the series and - which I liked a lot - it has some awesome surprises waiting for you. The biggest one is that this time, although it starts with a murder, it's not so much about the murder itself as about the relationship between Peyton and Marco...

But first things first... The book starts with a shooting going wrong, and there are some serious consequences, the biggest one - Marco is temporarily on leave and Peyton hasn't got her partner to back her up. What's even worse, both of them have to undergo a psychological evaluation... And this is where the story gets really interesting, engaging and unputdownable... and a bit irritating, thanks to the psychologist whom you are willing to kill after his first two meetings with Marco and Peyton:) (but probably all psychiatrists/psychologists are like him, judging from books and films I've seen so far:)) Peyton's and Marco's daily visits to the shrink allow us to find out more about how their partnership was developing over the 8 years they've worked together. We get the insight into their beginnings as homicide detectives, their first cases together, we get to know why Marco is so protective of Peyton... I loved that part of the story.

The criminal plot is also exciting. It starts with a murder in Alcatraz which at first seems to be a random crime, but then turns out to be a part of a series of murders that were already mentioned in earlier instalments of Peyton's adventures. So now we finally have Peyton working against a serial killer - and she cannot count on Marco's help... Will she manage without him? Will she be able to overcome the feeling of guilt and concentrate on her job? And how will the other cops, Abe and Jake fill in the gap Marco's absence has left? These are the questions that the book answers for you...
The pace of the story is quite fast, even with the visits to the psychologist which serve as a kind of intervals in between the action scenes. The new character, the psychologist who is to evaluate Marco and Peyton, is fantastically drawn - he's unnerving, irritating, self-assured, arrogant in his feeling of superiority... I hated him as a person, but loved as a literary character:)

As for the narration, I found it really good, though this time I liked it a little less than some other in the same series. Ms Hazen is without a doubt a talented narrator,but sometimes, as I have already mentioned a few times, not all of her "male voices" are to my taste... This was the case here. Generally, though, it's a satisfying interpretation of the book, with the right pace and good acting skills at work.

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Murder on Alcatraz

Having been involved in a police related shooting, the team is not at full strength as Peyton and Marco are to undergo mandatory evaluations. Peyton is still on the job, but Marco’s future as an Inspector is uncertain. All the while, there’s a serial killer on the loose. M. L. Hamilton has chosen an interesting way to provide us with the history of how Peyton and Marco formed the relationship they have. Hearing about how they became partners and their earlier cases really makes these characters real. What can I say... Kelley Hazen nailed it again. I was so caught up in the story and her performance, that I lost track of time. I love how she maintains each of the characters unique voices and personalities across all the books in the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 09-24-20

Peyton/Marco Dynamics.... Fantastic!

Listeners committed to the Peyton Brooks series will enjoy this book. It is a little different from previous books in that the focus is split between the mystery and the relationship between the characters. Listeners may already be familiar with the dynamics of the Peyton- Marco relationship but this book takes that knowledge to the next level. This story is a carefully orchestrated history of the relationship. Instead of writing a prequel to the series, ML Hamilton stages the perfect way to progress the series forward while visiting scenes from the past. The Cleanup Crew strikes again. This time the murder takes place on Alcatraz and the murderer almost gets caught. Almost, but not quite. In the process, Peyton nearly gets shot and Marco shoots the murderer's intended target. What happens when police officers are in a shootout? They have to visit with a psychiatrist, much to the disgust of Peyton and Marco. In the process the audience learns about their relationship from the beginning. Meanwhile the homicide team learn more and more about the Cleanup Crew as they get closer to unraveling and understanding his killing patterns. I loved this book, which is not surprising. This series is absolutely fantastic. Kudos to ML Hamilton for creating this series and kudos to Kelley Hazen for performing the book with such flair! This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.