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The Dead of Winter Audiobook

The Dead of Winter: A Piper Blackwell Mystery, Book 1

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In a deceptively peaceful county, a murderer hides in plain sight.

Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, 23-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder, the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff's badge, and that won't be easy.

Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper's opponent in the recent election, doesn't like her and wants her to fail. She doesn't like him either, but she needs Oren to help catch the killer before another victim is discovered. Too late!

As Piper leads the manhunt, another crisis hits close to home. Her father, the previous sheriff, is fighting for his life, and she is torn between family and duty. Facing personal and professional threats, Piper has to weather a raging storm, keep the sheriff's department from crumbling around her, and reel in a killer during the most brutal winter sleepy Spencer County, Indiana, has ever experienced.

©2016 Jean Rabe (P)2017 Todd Barselow / Auspicious Apparatus Press

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    Kelly watley 05-25-17 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..

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    "Gritty and Intense!!!"

    This was a great, intense story. There was so much depth, intrigue, mystery not to mention colorful characters . It was almost a story with in a story. How it all came together was brilliant. The story is so descriptive and intetesting. You keep reading forgetting about time or anything else. Can't wait for the next book!!!!!.
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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-24-17
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-24-17

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "Enjoyable Whodunit That Kept Me Guessing"

    I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, which takes place in a male dominated police station in a hick town, but I did. The redneck vibe balanced out with the protagonist Piper, who was a strong and educated female who could stand on her own two feet. It was hard to imagine a 23-year-old sheriff but the story did a great job working through the dynamics within the department. It made me wonder, wow would I feel if I suddenly had a boss with no work experience now telling me what to do. I think the author got it right and I found Piper intriguing although she didn't seem totally convinced that she even wanted the job as sheriff.

    I really enjoyed learning about all the suspects and trying to figure out the killer. I guess Piper decides to stick around as sheriff with this book being the first in the series. I definitely will look out for the next in the series.

    I recommend this book if you like strong women, complex characters, serial killers, and a good mystery.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.








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    No, found the book irritating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Forerunner by Kahlil Gibran


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    Too nasal and hillbilly.


    Did The Dead of Winter inspire you to do anything?

    Shut off before the end.


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    April H. Kansas 05-17-17
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    The Dead of Winter: A Piper Blackwell Mystery, Book 1
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    Oh my! I wasn't sure if I would like this murder mystery / suspense thriller, but wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The descriptions of the settings were well done and drew me in. Each of the characters had their own personality, and they sometimes clashed as the new young sheriff tried to lead her department through investigating a serial killer, less than an hour after taking office. We are given plenty of suspects, clues here and there and a red herring or two thrown in to make the listener scratched their head and say "I didn't see that one coming." I enjoyed this book and look forward to more books in this series.




    The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Catherine Wenglowski.



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    Jeff Morse 04-23-17
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    "too short, it was. very entertaining story ."

    i think Piper will become one of my all time favorites. cant wait for more.

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