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Publisher's Summary

In depression era Key West, Ernest "Papa" Hemingway becomes embroiled in a plot that involves illegal gambling and smuggling refugees when he finds himself the suspect in the murder of a Cuban prostitute. Working with the mysterious former Scotland Yard inspector, Emmet MacWain, they delve into the dark side of this sunny paradise and find the answers that may help save hundreds of innocent lives as well as their own.

©2008 BluewaterPress, LLC (P)2013 Patrick Kendrick

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Papa's Problem

What was one of the most memorable moments of Papa's Problem?

The author has done a good job of mixing history, world events, greed, intrigue into a fast-moving murder mystery centering it around the famous author Ernest (Papa) Hemingway. The action is amazing throughout. There is great interplay with Hemingway, his wife Pauline, the Sheriff, and a Scotsman, Emmet MacWain, newly retired inspector from Scotland Yard and now living in Key West. Into this mix are the many Cubans living there and also many Jews fleeing from Germany. Enjoyable audiobook

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Key West's Most Famous Resident

Would you consider the audio edition of Papa's Problem to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print / E book edition. But I was impressed with Tim Campbell's voice acting on the Audible edition. Excellent character representations, exceptional accents and he nails dialects. Great pace, great voice for listening to. His work added a lot to my enjoyment and to the success of the project. To be truthful, he was much better at bringing the story to life than my own imagination may have been able to do by reading it in print.

What other book might you compare Papa's Problem to and why?

I like Historical Fiction. I found a lot of what I enjoy in the Max Allan Collins' Matt Heller series in this book. Emmett MacWain is a fantastic Protagonist. And Hemingway, his entourage, the people of the Florida Keys, the sub story of the Jews immigrating to Cuba and Cubans coming to America... extremely interesting. Add the murders and skullduggery.

Which scene was your favorite?

MacWain ... "introducing" himself to Papa! lol

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was enmeshed with the characters, the setting and the whole story!

Any additional comments?

This is a good un! It had the components that kept me involved until the end.

Thank you for the opportunity to review it!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part.

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Excellent Story and superb voice acting!

Would you consider the audio edition of Papa's Problem to be better than the print version?

No. Both versions are great! I prefer the Audio as that is how I do my "Reading".

What was one of the most memorable moments of Papa's Problem?

One of the best moments is when the Calvary shows up to save the day!

What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

Tim Campbell's narration is not just reading. He is a great voice actor. Each character is given a distinct voice and it helps to develop each of them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh at a few parts!

Any additional comments?

This is an outstanding book. There are some clever plot twists and it is engaging the entire time. It is obviously well researched and takes you back in time to pre WWII Key West. The characters are superbly developed and completely believable. Supporting characters are developed enough to be "people" without distracting from the main story and characters. This is an outstanding read if you like mystery and detective style books and stories. Patrick did an amazing job! So much so that I am going to Key West to hunt down some of these spot at the end of this month.

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Interesting Background For This Story

I received this audioiobook for free and am freely offering my unbiased review. Loved the background of all the characters involved. Thought story moved a little slowly at times but, overall enjoyed it very much..

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Who dune it mystery set in tropics

I enjoyed this book for several reasons. One the narrator was fantastic! I love when a person can bring a story to life for me. Second it is set in my own back yard of the Florida keys. While some of the story was a little too graphic for me. The over all story and mystery was really good. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the author story to life! Lots of things in it to keep you wondering and thinking. I had just finished the book on the doomed ship that left Germany full of over 900 fleeing Jews hoping to escape hitler's concentration camps . Only to be turned away by Cuba and later the USA . So this book was not so far out there with its plot and story line. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Illegal Activities..

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This book is filled with Suspense and Interesting well written characters which made it very very

difficult to put down.

The mystery in the story line kept me guessing until the very end.

I don't want to give anything away, so, I will just say that this book is a Good Read and

addition to anyone who enjoys a Mystery.


Tim Campbell did well with the narration as usual.

Note:
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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A Great Read with a Historical Twist

Hemmingway, Miami Mobsters and a Pre-Revolutionary Cuba all add twists and turns to this well told story. If you worship Hemmingway you might be disappointed. But , if you appreciate him as a Great Writer but the weaknesses of a man, you will enjoy the story as a retired detective from Scotland Yard reluctantly works his way through all of the challenges that are before him.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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A little disappointed....

Would you try another book from Patrick Kendrick and/or Tim Campbell?

The story fell apart for me. I wanted it to lift me up and keep going but it just didn't. The characters were good and the narration was okay, but I wished the story would follow.

What three words best describe Tim Campbell’s performance?

A good solid effort

Any additional comments?

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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Papa's Problem

Would you listen to Papa's Problem again? Why?

No. I don't care to read books twice. I already know how it ends

What did you like best about this story?

The caricatures and the place went very well together.

What does Tim Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was quite good at bring the caricatures to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It's what I would call an easy read.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Hemingway's Key West

Well done historical fiction / murder mystery. Several authors have used this era as a back drop for their novels and Patrick Kendrick's take is an authentic and satisfying representation of the genre. I found the protagonist to be laudable and the portrayal of a down in his cups Hemingway believable. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher but had I stumbled over this book on my own, certainly would have bought a copy. Thanks