Don your deerstalker and pick up your magnifying glass, super sleuths - there’s mischief afoot, and this time it’s deadly! Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock’s A Deadly Little List follows intrepid crime-solver Constable Danutia Dranchuk as she searches for a security guard’s killer. Dranchuk knows his death was no accident...the problem is convincing her superiors. Little does she know, though, just what secrets she’ll uncover in her investigation - secrets that could rock her community to its very core.
Voice actor Erin Moon performs this gripping thriller with aplomb, skillfully manipulating tone and tension with her careful pacing. Moon has a light, malleable voice, which she successfully uses to craft unmistakable personas for each of this audiobook’s intriguing characters.
The body of Joe Bertolucci, security guard for a wealthy and controversial land developer, is found in a deserted cabin on Salt Spring Island. A note and evidence found at the crime scene suggest suicide, but to Constable Danutia Dranchuk things just don't add up. As Dranchuk struggles to convince her RCMP Sergeant to keep the case open, she begins an investigation that will lead her deep into the corruption in the community.
First - I'll say that this is an adequate mystery, not great, but ok. I liked the main character but the supporting characters were weak. The overall story was fine - interesting enough but not brilliant. Unfortunately, what really killed this story for me was truly dreadful narration. I've been able to tolerate a wide range of narrators and get used to voices that are less than ideal. If this narrator had simply read the story it would have been acceptable. However, she tried to do different voices for the characters and her attempts to do so were painfully bad. She tried to use accents that fell far short of authentic. Several of the character voices were like grating fingernails on a chalkboard they were so bad. The story itself would sound fine and then she would switch to one of the phony accents and my irritation would rise immediately. I had to listen to the book in bits and pieces because I couldn't tolerate the narrator for very long. I've listened to a lot of audio books and never found a narrator that I would avoid before now - but I won't listen to anything read by this narrator again!
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