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On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She's ruled out as a suspect, but now it's up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene is just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever, but just as determined to discover the truth.

Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle's visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.

Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?

©2015 Patrica Jager (P)2017 Patricia Jager

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Very Good

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really liked this book. I loved the wealth of Native American knowledge and I loved the mystery. I had to keep listening to discover more. Shandra was a very good protagonist and I enjoyed discovering more about her through the novel.

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Murder amid art in a Native American setting

In Paty Jager's Double Duplicity, Shandra Higheagle is dealing with preparations for Huckleberry Mountains Resort's big art festival when she gets a call from Paula, owner of an art gallery, to visit her. Upon dropping by, Shandra finds Paula in a pile of blood, the victim of a particularly violent killing. Before she can call 911, the local police arrive and arrest Shandra, assuming she committed the crime. But once Detective Ryan Greer shows up, he realizes that Shandra couldn't have committed the crime because she has no blood splatter, he has to look for the true killer. The case seems to be tied to the suspicious overdose death of Joyce Carter, the sister of Shandra's best friend, Naomi.

Ryan finds himself drawn to Shandra and her Indian heritage that she grew up separated from, though her grandmother once told her that Shandra has inherited her second sight. Now Shandra has been having dreams sent from her grandmother that help to direct her and Ryan toward solving the crime.

I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked exploring the culture of the region and of Shandra's Indian heritage. The plot had some really interesting points to it with some creative twists. I enjoyed the way the romance between Ryan and Shandra does not limit itself to pure physical attraction but instead spends significant time in getting to know each other and with Ryan's helping Shandra open up to who she truly is and discover fuller potential in herself.

One detail that I did not like was the description of a Latino character, Juan, as an "illegal," which is a very derogatory term, as if that is who a person is instead of what the person's immigration status is. Granted, this description was given by character and does not necessarily represent the author's opinion, but it is a sympathetic character who uses this term, and I do not think this term was necessary at all for the context. In addition, the characters, including the detective, talk about the INS, an agency abolished in 2003, 12 years before the publication of this novel in 2015.

This book has a strong narrator in Ann M. Thompson, who makes us get lost in the book instead of think about the narrator herself. Thompson does a good job of making the different characters become realistic and the book all the more fun to enjoy.

I really appreciated the listening experience of Double Duplicity. Jager does a good job of writing and turning the book into something enjoyable to listen to. I give the book four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way influenced my review.

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An Entertaining Beginning to a Series

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Shandra Higheagle literally comes across a dead body accidentally and things begin to happen with meteoric speed for this small town. Actually, the name Huckleberry Mountain Resort is a bit misleading because while "Huckleberry" implies very rural and homespun, this is a ski resort with tourists and money to spare, not to mention multiple art galleries, and the upcoming art show is a premier happening. It's in Detective Ryan Greer's best interest to solve this murder quickly and he's not averse to a little assistance.

Shandra and Ryan are both intelligent, attractive people and the almost instantaneous spark between them is perhaps not surprising. It's more apparent at first to Ryan than to Shandra but, once she gets it, she's not entirely above using her "influence" to get away with a bit of investigating on the side. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't always make the brightest decisions and can be accused of a tiny bit of TSTL behavior. Never mind, I still like her and I also like Ryan, especially because he gives credence to the visions Shandra has apparently inherited from her Nez Perce grandmother.

A fair amount of comic relief comes from the very young and very untried police officer, Blane. As so often happens with someone new to any position of authority, poor Blane is overeager and way out of his element with Shandra who can pretty much put him in his place, especially when he's determined to treat her as a suspect. Blane is a likeable overgrown kid and his enthusiasm helps make up for a lot. The other secondary character who got my attention (in a good way) is Shandra's hired ranch hand, Lil, who you might say is the female version of the crusty oldtimer.

Ann M. Thompson is a good narrator, giving warm, earthy tones to Shandra and handling other voices with noticeable differences from one character to the next. In particular, I immediately picked up on Blane's immaturity and brashness just from Ms. Thompson's interpretation.

Double Duplicity is the first of eight books in the series but, so far, only this one and the second are in audiobook format. That will not stop me from continuing on with this entertaining series but I do hope more audio editions will become available before too long. Not only do I like Ms. Jager's stories but I also enjoy Ms. Thompson's narration and that's a pleasant combination.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-19-17

Needs Some Work

This is a pretty good book. It has a good plot and likable characters. However the pacing was a bit clumsy. Some parts of the story, such as the brother marrying the ex girlfriend, deserved a little bit more elaboration. I hope the next book in this serious is a bit more fleshed out.

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Love at first murder

I received a free book in exchange for an honest review. I did not guess the murderer. Good read, love how Shandra and Ryan meet. Officer Blaine is a hoot. The narrator did a good job, I did think that Shandra's voice would be huskier. The story is captivating and keeps your interest. The grandmother Ella helps Shandra by giving her clues. It is fun trying to guess what they mean. I would recommend this book to all who love a good modern mystery.

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I'll read this one, I can't take the narration...

...long enough to finish the first chapter. I want to enjoy this book, but the disjointed, oddly emphatic reading is simply too annoying to let me settle into the story.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

I loved every minute of this story! What seemed to be a slow start to some, felt like a normal introduction to the people and places and how they all connected, to me. If anything at all, I felt it all went by too quickly! I hope some of these characters show up again, and I hope some of them have larger roles, especially her mountain mate! I loved her.
I’ve already suggested it to friends and family. My oldest granddaughter began reading Paty’s books after I introduced her to the Halsey family. She was 13 at the time. She’s 19 now and still an avid reader.
INS went from 1933 until 2003. Some people know of the change, others may not. To some, they use INS because it’s comfortable says my friend from Laos who has to check in once a year. I don’t think it will matter to most people as most people recognize both names.
Paty’s books are always page turners and this is no exception.
I am curious as to how she chose her leading lady’s name. Maybe I’ll learn the answer to that in the future.
I don’t feel the need to rewrite the book as other reviewers have covered that. I just wanted to give my opinion.