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Publisher's Summary

New Orleans novice detective, Brenda Shapira, investigates murders committed by a vengeful killer, only to discover that the killer has been dead for 100 years. As she unravels this ancient mystery steeped in New Orleans history and the Yellow Fever epidemic, Brenda realizes that she may be his next victim.

©2014 Cynthia Lott (P)2015 ListenUp Production, LLC

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Unusual and Enthralling Ghost Story

Would you listen to The Feathers: Southern Spectral Series Book 1 again? Why?

I would listen to The Feathers again for the atmosphere. I enjoyed the New Orleans setting and the time setting, late 1970's. That is an unusual setting when there were no cell phones or internet browsers to help the investigation along. They actually needed to go to libraries to do research. I remember it well!

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

The suspense kept building thoughout to a finish that was entirely unexpected. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Which character – as performed by Courtney Patterson – was your favorite?

I think it would have to be Brenda- very dogged and willing to admit the possibility of supernatual.

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

I was moved by the accounts of the murder victims. That was a nice stylistic twist that helped them become more human- not just a series of victims.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Feathers

I really liked this book! Detective Brenda Shapira is brought in on a gruesome murder of a prodigy,the first os many.At each scene a number of feathers are left.Brenda finds that there will be 5 murders.The grudge dates back 100 years.How cam a crime so old affect the present?Read it and find out! Courtney Patterson does a fine job narrating this book.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review

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Great story+suspense+ending and fun period details

If you could sum up The Feathers: Southern Spectral Series Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

engrossing
raw
suspenseful

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

Yes! An abundance of raw details really let my mind draw a picture of what was happening. I felt as if I was there observing every scene. The motive for the crimes was craftily kept until later in the story which left me perplexed until the unexpected ending.

What about Courtney Patterson’s performance did you like?

The reader did a great job with all the accents and dialects so I could easily distinguish the characters. It was a very diverse cast and this was no easy task.

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

Towards the end, when it was revealed what happened to the antagonist way back - I found myself feeling sorry for him, yet struggling with my feelings if his actions were righteous and justified.

Any additional comments?

I listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work. I found myself running a little late for work, or sitting in the driveway parked at home -- because I couldn't turn off this story! I'm looking forward to the next books in the series.

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The Feathers: Southern Spectral book 1 review

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's entertaining and an interesting book.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing.

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

A unique voice to the writing.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I received this to give an unbiased review.

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Feathers

Very much enjoyed this book. It gives a different side to death. I also would like to believe our loved ones stay close ,after they pass on.

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Good storyline

Loved the story and the way out transitioned out. This will definitely keep you listening.

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Mysterious, Wicked & Intriguing

Brenda is an amateur detective, set out to find out who killed the murder victim she found in the historic garden district. As her research progresses it's leading her to Thomas Carpenter who died in 1878....

It's engaging and intriguing all in one. You will most definitely want to read this one to the end.

Looking forward to more from this author.

I was voluntarily provided this free review audio copy of this book.

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  • Robin
  • San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 11-19-15

Farfetched.

Well written, intriguing but different than I expected. Mysterious serial killer may have been dead for 100 years. I had a hard time because I thought the heroine was whiney, my momma died, my daddy died, nobody loves me now. The plot didn't quite jell and that kept the rating to 3 stars. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad.

I was given this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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Imaginative, fun listen

New Orleans murder mystery with a super natural element. Can't wait for Cynthia Lott's sequel, The Irises on audio!