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Cause to Kill Audiobook

Cause to Kill: An Avery Black Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off - only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.

Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached the rank of homicide detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.

Yet even they cannot deny Avery's brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery they turn to. It is Avery's chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.

In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists - culminating in a climax that even Avery could not imagine.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce

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    Shirley 11-17-16
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    "Good mystery"

    I listened to this book. The narrator was excellent. The plot was good and very well written. Characters well developed. Avery, the female former criminal defense lawyer turned detective, is a strong, intelligent, complicated woman. She endures the macho dislike of her fellow officers who blame her for the death of her partner in a previous case. She solves the case in spite how they treat her because she uses her mind and intelligence. I listened non-stop to the entire book beginning to end.
    The author has the ability to make some of the characters so real that they made me dislike them intensely.
    Good book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 02-05-17
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    "Narration"

    The book takes place in Boston but, the characters are all British. Why? Doesn't make sense and was distracting.

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    Erin 12-29-16
    Erin 12-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Accent so off couldn't finish book"

    British accent for story based in Boston - through off being able to listen to the book. Disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Columbus OH USA 12-07-16
    Amazon Customer Columbus OH USA 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "WTF?"

    I would have loved to been a part of the conversation where someone decided it would be a good idea to have a British woman with an array of British dialects narrate this book set at Harvard! I can't begin to tell you how confusing it is to hear a character's accent described as STRONG BOSTON and hear a COCKNEY accent come out! My brain exploded every time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-28-17
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-28-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Serial Killer vs. Flawed Cop"

    Avery Black, high powered attorney, turned homicide detective, is on the trail of a serial killer . . . but she is plagued by her own past, not accepted by the very team she works with . . . and questioning herself at every turn . . . yet she is dogged in her search for the killer, and her instinct as a cop is right on . . . I found it sick that she had to go visit the old man in jail to get "advice" on the case, the very one that caused her fall from grace as an attorney . . . yet in some ways, I understand, given her childhood . . . the narration is very confusing, as the setting is in Boston, yet the narrator is British . . . you just have to ignore that . . . this is a book for women . . . I don't see men getting in to the nuances of the story . . . it could be better without the profanity . . . but realistically, I'm sure that's what goes on in police precincts . . . the resolution was very good . . . harrowing . . . nail-biting good . . .

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    happyjo 08-24-17
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    "Serial killers and a smart detective"

    A lot happened in this murder mystery. I enjoyed reading about the disgraced female detective and how strong she really was.

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    "good story, bad narration"

    The story was good, but I kept getting distracted by the English accent. It really needed an American accent.

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    Maremare13 Washington State 04-19-17
    Maremare13 Washington State 04-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book...but"

    Great book...but, a British accent from the narrator (who did it a wonderful job) was just a crazy choice for a story based in Boston!!! Although that was annoying, the story was good and what an ending!!!

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    Anonymous 04-15-17
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    "Lawyer turns cop but can't leave old case behind"

    Decent read with decent characters. Avery had some redeeming moments but they were so interlaced with "what the hell??" moments that they balanced into something that felt more like 'troubled but lucky.' And the other detectives in book were so oddly characterized that they didn't seem real.

    My biggest issue was the accent of the narrator. I felt like I was listening to a British police procedural even though the entire book was set in the US. Bizarre.

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    Beachcomber 03-05-17
    Beachcomber 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Worst Paced Narration Ever"
    What would have made Cause to Kill better?

    Will have to try and read this instead. The narration is the worst I've ever heard and is so distracting that I had to turn it off after 20 minutes. The reading is poorly paced and almost breathless. I've never hear a narrator yell so much. Like others have noted, using a British narrator for a story that takes place in Boston makes no sense. There's a reference to a character's strong accent and it's completely lost or butchered. I'm glad I only paid a small price to add it to the Kindle version.


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    "Awful narration"

    American setting and story but very, very British narration doesn't work at all. A shame.

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  • lesleyha
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    "Cause to kill"

    I really didn't like the narrator of this book. Had to give up after an hour.

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