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 The truth will set you free...if it doesn’t kill you first.

Angelina Bonaparte is a force to be reckoned with. When her husband cheats on her after 25 years of marriage, she reinvents herself - trading the life of a suburban housewife for a toned body, designer duds, a cherry-red Miata, and a new career as a private investigator. Now a 50-something hottie with a kickass approach to snooping and a knack for disguise, she takes no prisoners.

When hugely pregnant Gracie Belloni hires Angie to track down the recipient of the lingerie, furs, and jewelry her husband, Tony, has been buying for someone that’s not her, it doesn’t take long for Angie to determine he’s guilty of adultery. Then the body of Tony Belloni’s mistress, Elisa, turns up in Tony’s apartment building, riddled with bullets and stab wounds, and Gracie begs Angie to work with his attorney to help prove his innocence.

As Angie searches for justice and truth in an unjust world, her investigation turns up some of her own demons along with clues as to who killed Elisa. And working with the hunky but oppositional Milwaukee police detective assigned to the case has Angie wondering if, despite their initial antagonism, they might be on the same team after all.

Set in the metropolitan yet small town atmosphere of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Truth Kills, with its cast of relatable but flawed characters, blends humor, action, romance, and suspense into one delightful murder mystery.

©2013 Nancianne Rathbun (P)2017 Nancianne Rathbun

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  • 12-13-17

Please Please The Next Book In The Series

Angelina Bonaparte (pronounced Bohn-ah-par-tay) is a 50-something fledgling private investigator. Her mission is to uncover deception.

Having faced a cheating ex-husband, she has great sympathy for her client, who hired her to prove her cheating husband was innocent of murdering his mistress. Angelina thinks he’s guilty, but not of murder.

Angie was raised by her father, a traditional Italian-American who just wants her to settle down and have a family, and her aunt, who left the convent to raise Angie when her mother died at a young age. They both have difficulty recognizing she’s an adult. Her life is complicated by the fact her father is viewed as having mob connections.

The dead mistress had a line of people a mile long just waiting to kill her, so Angie has plenty of alternative suspects to throw suspicion on. During the investigation, she meets a hunky but surly cop who, like her father, thinks women don’t belong in dangerous occupations.

I really like the character. Her dating stories ring true, she doesn’t put herself in stupid situations, and there’s some nice romantic tension with the detective, once they get over the stereotypical antipathy towards each other. I really want more in this series.

I was fortunate to be provided a free copy of the book for an unbiased and honest review.

Kieren Calland Metts was fantastic with the delivery of the story.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Truth Kills

I enjoyed this mystery written by Nanci Rathbun and narrated by Kieran Calland Metts. Both the author and narrator were new to me and I thought they both did a fantastic job. I look forward to listening to more of their works.

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great!

I really enjoyed this fun mystery! I love that the main character was a little older than the usual books I've been reading lately. Well written and great narration! I can't wait to check out more by this author!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Good PI myster

I received this book for free for an honest review. I enjoyed this book Angie has an interesting take on life after divorce. the cops were a little too stereotypical but likeable. I will likely check out the second book in this series

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Enjoyed the story!

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

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I didn't see that coming!

Nanci Rathbun is an excellent author. Her creative writing in mysteries holds your attention throughout!

Kieren Calland Metts narrated the story well. She knew her characters and her voice was pleasing to listen to.

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Really enjoyable mystery novel, great first book

Truth Kills was a really enjoyable listen. In addition to being a fun whodunit book, the author really did a great job with the world building (e.g. dialog unique to the region, locations and street names, etc). What makes me enjoy a mystery novel is the believably of the main character, mostly: could they be a real person? Angelina Bonaparte (not Bonapart!) feels real. From her struggles to find herself as a middle aged divorcee, to taking on a new role as a murder investigator, and trying to find love again.

If you like a good murder mystery, I encourage you to give first time author Nanci Rathbun's Truth Kills a listen.

Narrator has a pleasant reading voice.

Listen's great at 2.5x speed.

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

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Fun with interesting female detective!

What did you love best about Truth Kills?

It was a fun, quirky, and complex mystery.

What did you like best about this story?

This is hard to answer because there were many things I liked. The highly relateable main character is a middle-aged strong female private investigator, Her Italian background and family were quite prominent in the story and added to the warmth, complications and fun. The reader is given detailed imagery and minute observations of the potential suspects in order to have you as a participant in gathering clues and analyzing the suspects potential guilt.

In addition, I enjoyed the detail of what measures an investigator needs to take in order to protect themselves and what strategy to use in interegation. I also really enjoyed the quotations which opened each chapter.

I look forward to continuing the series

What does Kieren Calland Metts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked her authentic sounding Wisconsin accent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This reminds me of a mixture of Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade with a modern twist

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and voluntarily leave this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Strong plot

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

Yes, it has a strong plot with loads of action and mystery and interesting characters.

What other book might you compare Truth Kills to and why?

Murder she wrote and the puzzle lady mysteries, strong women and good plot lines with interesting main and minor characters

What about Kieren Calland Metts’s performance did you like?

I love how smooth it was and how she switched between all the male and female voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I got a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not your average private detective!

If you could sum up Truth Kills in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, evenly paced, and well written

Would you recommend Truth Kills to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to friends who like cozy mysteries with not your typical heroine: 50-ish, a mother, and grandmother. She's divorced but has come into her own with a new career and outlook.

What does Kieren Calland Metts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each character had their own distinct voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book while I was taking daily walks.

Any additional comments?

An issue I had with this book was the amount of navel-gazing. The main characters wax philosophical about women's issues, relationships and sex, religion and faith, and divorce. It gave me insight into the main character, but I don't feel that it moved the story forward. (I found myself zoning out through some of these sections.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review via audiobook boom

1 of 1 people found this review helpful