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A Trace of Death Audiobook

A Trace of Death: A Keri Locke Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles.

A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother's voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate.

What she finds shocks her. The missing daughter - of a prominent senator - was hiding secrets no one knew. When all evidence points to a runaway, Keri is ordered off the case. And yet, despite pressure from her superiors, from the media, despite all trails going cold, the brilliant and obsessed Keri refuses to let it go. She knows she has but 48 hours if she has any chance of bringing this girl back alive.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A Trace of Death marks the debut of a riveting new series - and a beloved new character - that will leave you listening late into the night.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2017 Blake Pierce

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    Dawn 05-03-17
    Dawn 05-03-17 Member Since 2008
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    Blake Pierce has written a book that is way out there, totally unbelievable to say the least. I can't go into any details without there being spoilers. There was nothing redeeming about this story, except possibly the narration. I did have one problem with the narration, the British accent. Tell me why in the world would a British accent be used in a story that took place in Southern California? Elaine Wise did a nice job with what she had to work with. I do not recommend this book to anyone, unless of course, to see how not to write a mystery/thriller.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-11-17
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-11-17 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Dogged Female Cop in LA with a Giant Heart"

    Once I started listening to this one, I couldn't stop . . . grabbed me from the instant I turned it on . . . yes, the British accent is a tad odd for a story that takes place in LA . . . but not really off putting . . . Keri's instinct for seeing through the BS and getting to what was really going on, made me cheer . . . a combination of good training and being a mom . . . her doggedness throughout the story up to and including getting herself fired, added to the commitment she had to the case . . . for those reviewers who think the book is crazy, I only say, they must not be mothers . . . some of Keri's actions are over the top . . . taking down a pimp . . . seeing her own abducted daughter's face on young girls on the street . . . and going into the house of a killer unaided . . . again, the actions of a desperate and motivated cop . . . and mother . . .excellent and edge-of-the-seat conclusion . . . I was anxious to download the next in the series, but sad to see that, so far, it is not available on audible :( I do hope it will be in the future . . .

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    Teri 04-03-17
    Teri 04-03-17
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the audiobook. The only thing I found distracting was the narrator's English accent....this was supposed to have taken place in LA....not England


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    Jack 03-27-17
    Jack 03-27-17
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    Extremely off putting to hear Los Angeles police with English accents. Reader's occasional screeches actually hurt my ears.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The British accent was off putting throughout."

    when you have characters who are American, and the story is based in America, why in the world would you have a narrator who is British? I enjoy having a narrator have a British accent when the story is based in England. Or, if the heroine is British. But nowhere in the story did you say she was. Did I miss that? it was, for me, off putting, jarring, and needless. It took a lot of the enjoyment out of the story for me.

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    Melina Draffen (Beth Kozine) Southern IL 03-20-17
    Melina Draffen (Beth Kozine) Southern IL 03-20-17 Member Since 2017

    Author of Forgiveness Not Permission by Beth Kozine, I love listening to Crime Novels and fiction

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    "Not fond of English accent"

    I loved storyline and it was very exciting definitely want to read the rest of them. But when you have a cop from LA it would be much better on audible to make sure that you have someone that has a similar accent to what the storyline portrays.

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    Kindle Customer 02-21-17 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    "TRACE OF DEATH"
    What made the experience of listening to A Trace of Death the most enjoyable?

    Following Keri and rooting for her. Knowing she's like a force to be reckoned with and won't give up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises/ clues she kept finding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ashley's decision to "go for it!"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life is what you make it...


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! I love all of his books!

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    Kerstin H San Francisco, USA 03-24-17
    Kerstin H San Francisco, USA 03-24-17 Member Since 2015

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    If you could sum up A Trace of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Suspensful to end


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    I enjoyed listening to this book. Definitely kept me from dozing off during my commute to work

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    B. Westman Maine 05-12-17
    B. Westman Maine 05-12-17 Member Since 2006

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    First of all, this was a rather mediocre story at best. The central character is a female cop who lost a daughter 5 years before to an abductor and never saw her daughter again. We're told the story of the abduction through a series of episodes where the main character "zones out" and remembers the details of her daughter's nightmare. She is often in briefings or in the midst of important interrogations when these zone out periods hit her. It's just stupid.

    The writer lacks the skill to create a complex situation and then extricate the characters from it. If the characters ran into a dead end, somebody suddenly "remembered" another tidbit that shed all new light on the situation. Once, I can swallow. Every time, it becomes old. There was no real creativity in the writing.

    The final blow was the narrator. This was completely the wrong narrator. Perhaps she is a good narrator with the right story, but this wasn't it. There was nothing in the background of ANY of the characters or the location to suggest a British influence or placement, yet the narrator has a very thick British accent with exactly zero attempt at Americanizing it in any way. The story is set in California. The accent made my mind keep trying to place the scenes in London or something. It was a total immersion breaker. Additionally, as the action stepped up, the narrator became increasingly excited, to the point that she was shouting through about 1/3 of the book.

    By chapter 19, I realized I no longer cared about the story. The protagonist, supposedly a police officer, was violent and crass. She bullied and physically intimidated everyone she spoke to. She was touted as an excellent detective, yet she obtained every bit of information through threats and intimidation of the witnesses and/or possible suspects. By the time I grew tired of it, I realized that she was just a mean cop with a bad attitude and no redeeming characteristics. When I reached a scene where she actually assaulted a witness with a blunt object for information she felt he was "holding back", then threw money at him and told him to go to the local walk-in clinic an "be careful not to fall into any more counters", I knew I was done. I was disgusted, didn't like the characters, hated the amateurish writing, and was just plain tired of trying to filter through the narrator's accent to a story set in an American city, with American characters.

    Fortunately, I got this book for very cheap since I already had the Kindle version (which I hadn't read yet) or I'd be looking to return it. Thank goodness I didn't spend one of my valued credits!

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