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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013

New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

©2011 Carol O'Connell (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"[A] rich, character-driven series." (Library Journal)

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Could not get into this at all

Looked forward to reading this and sampling this series but simply could not get engrossed in story or characters.

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Terrific narration!

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

She brought the characters to life. I think I've read all the Mallory books, and I hesitated about downloading this one because I was getting tired of the repeating elements of the stories--Mallory's personality and relationships. Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read the book, it all felt fresh and often very funny. She was perfect!

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  • sherri
  • Kirkland, WA, United States
  • 07-07-12

Perfect combo

I don't think narrator Barbara Rosenblat has ever put a word wrong. She's perfect for the dryly sardonic tone of this novel. When the writing is good and the characters well drawn, it simply doesn't matter whether the events are believable or not. The reader believes.

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Don't understand this author's lack of fame!

What did you love best about The Chalk Girl?

The story itself is a masterpiece. Carol O'Connell is so very talented that it boggles my mind that she is not as well known as some other authors of the genre. The performance was pitch perfect as well. I love, love, love Mallory and all the "supporting" characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Most definitely.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This is her best performance yet.

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  • Chris
  • Mount Dora, FL, United States
  • 06-08-12

Like O'Connell, love Rosenblat.

More times than not I select books by my favorite authors. But for me, the narrator makes or break the listening experience. Ms Rosenblat is one of my favorites. Her performance brings all the characters to life. The story line is wonderfully O'Connell - quirky, compassionate, humorous and yet deadly serious. Won't give away the plot. Suffice it to say, an enjoyable listen.

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Keep them coming!!

If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

Mesmerizing, Intriguing and Provoking

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was revealed a little with each prelude to chapters, however you could not stop listening because you want to see what Mallory does next.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Ms. Rosenblat utilizes different inflections to voice each character. It is so easy to follow her work in listening to the narrative. She does an amazing job in everything she performs.

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

When I realized that the readings were the voice of the child that had been killed.

Any additional comments?

Mallory is one of my favorite characters. I only hope the author continues this series. I look forward to a future with more adventures. I am also going back to listen to the series from beginning to end. The stories are so good that you often miss things in only one listen.

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Got a love/hate relationship with this series

I have to read every book because I keep waiting for the happy ending tied with a big red bow. Ain't gonna happen, but the journey is a wild ride. With this one, start from the first book. It's worth it.

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  • Julia
  • berkeley, CA, United States
  • 04-07-12

Carol O'Connell is always brilliant

If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

I love her characters, especially Mallory. I also loved the Chalk Girl and her rats. I don't notice O'Connell's writing, which means I am enjoying it quite a lot. She's one of my favorite mystery writers.

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  • Doris
  • Sulphur Springs, TX, United States
  • 04-05-12

O'Connell at her best...Again!

If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

Excellent!
Compelling
Exciting

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing. Mallory shows a little of her well hidden emotions in this story line yet maintains the tough girl exterior to all but Butler and of course Cocoa.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

Cocoa

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

Laughter

Any additional comments?

O'Connell is my favorite author, and I haven't found an unsatisfactory book in anything she has written.The Mallory Series is great and so are her other works.

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  • Valerie
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 03-06-12

This story keeps you guessing!

I enjoyed this mystery that constantly keeps you guessing until the end. While I sometimes find the present action, past reflection, and back to the present sometimes distracting, it is a tried and true writing style that keeps drawing you forward. This is my second favorite Mallory story. The first is Find Me. And I love Barbara Rosenblat's narration. I wish all of the Mallory books were in her voice. It suits the Kathy Mallory character very well. Worth the read.