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Past & Present

A Marketville Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Kelli Lindsay
Series: A Marketville Mystery, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what's next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?  

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations. 

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone - least of all Callie - could have predicted. 

©2018 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2019 Judy Penz Sheluk

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Book 2

I really enjoyed Past and Present. Having listened to the audio bbok the earlier Marketville Mystery books, It does a good job of advancing the characters and bringing the reader into the community.

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Cozy mystery that reveals more than expected

Callie Barnstable, after solving the mystery of her mother’s murder, has decided to settle down in Marketville. She and her friend Chantelle join together to open a private investigation/genealogy service. Their first customer asks them to delve into her history, specifically that of her grandmother and mother. This inquiry brings Callie into contact with her own, heretofore, estranged great grandmother, who holds information important to the case. Callie will find that some things fall closer to home than anticipated, and while some of her discoveries are unpleasant, others prove much more palatable. Throw in a little romance with her hot former neighbor, and Callie has a busy agenda. Slowly, methodically, and with the help of a psychometrist, an object reader, who holds and analyzes vibes from objects presently or previously owned by various people, Callie works through the mysteries that appear.

I really liked Callie and her supporting cast. This is the first book in this series that I’ve read, and I thought it positively lovely and well done. The author provided all the information I needed for the book make sense, even without having read the first in the series. The writing is excellent as is the narration. I had no complaints on either, which made enjoying the book that much easier. The narrator voices the characters in clear and distinct ways, and she brings life to much of the book that is internal thought, where Callie remembers what happened in the first book or thinks about how she can go about learning more about the case. I will say that the vocalized footnotes in the middle of the book’s narration were a bit jarring. I’d have rather they be read at the end of the chapter or the book with perhaps a bit more information that was included in this version.

I listened to this book while packing and cleaning my kid’s apartment at school, and the book made those mundane and boring tasks whiz by. It’s definitely an enjoyable book to listen to; although, on more than one occasion there’s a touch of sadness necessarily brought into the story.

If I have one small complaint about the book, it’s the cover. While the story does involve people traveling by steamship in the 1950s, the story primarily takes place in the here and now. The cover gives the false impression that the story is far more historical than it is. This is a contemporary story that takes place in Canada with some flashbacks to what happened in the 1950s after the people involved arrived. Once they’ve arrived, the story is firmly set in Canada. Just a small thing, but covers influence readers’ choices.

A delightful book in all ways.

I received this audiobook for free from the author. I thank her for her generosity, but it had no effect upon my review. All opinions expressed in this review reflect my true and honest opinions about audiobook to which I listened.

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Past secrets unfold present mysteries

Callie settles down in Marketville and starts a private investigation business with her friend Chantelle. Her first client requests them to investigate what happened to her grandmother. The investigation reveals some enticing connections between her client, her grandmother, and Callie's family.


The characters are developed well from the first novel in the Marketville series Skeletons in the Attic. I loved the strategic construction of each clue in the story to unravel the ultimate secret. The ending was definitely surprising!


Overall, i really liked this story. Family drama, mystery and finding out the truth and connections between old family secrets was very well portrayed.


Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Past & Present

I am really going to enjoy Callie's new business. The story line is fantastic and so open for more books! I also love that you get to visit with all your favorite characters and some cross over characters. I hope the series continues with that tradition. I enjoyed how we got to see more into Callie's family and their past. I loved grandma and am curious how her impact on Callie will influence her future. I have a funny love/hate relationship with this book. I love all the information about the past and how detailed Judy Penz Sheluk is with it, but I hate how lost I get in the information sometimes. The narration is so easy to listen to and pulls you right in.

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  • Angela
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS United States
  • 06-13-19

Book 2 just as great as Book 1

Please listen to Book 1 first, Skeletons in the Attic, before this book. The way they flow together is great. There is enough information given in the second book to let it stand on it's own but is better as the series. The characters are so well written you can't help but stay up late and keep listening to find out what they are going to find out next and who did what in the past.

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

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Second in Series excellent

Calamity is really coming into her own as she starts a business and her friends rally around. This mystery was very well woven with a number of surprises. I really enjoyed this book and it’s layers of mystery.

I really forward to book 3 as we were left with a cliffhanger. The mystery in this book is resolved but another one is around the corner.

The Narrator does a great job with so many characters. I like her transitions between a number of characters speaking together.

***I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review

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  • Dee
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  • 05-20-19

A great book two

This book picks up about a year after book one leaves off. I actually think if you don't listen to the first book that you may miss some things. For example: The real reason behind Callie's relationship with her grandparents. Corbin (gramps) is spewing some serious hate but you need book one to get the best feel for why.

In this book, Callie is researching another mystery from the past. She teams up with a lot of her partners from book one and together, they seek answers. In their quest, as a listener, you get a wonderful glimpse of Canadian history. I liked that.

I liked the relationship between Callie and Royce in book one. He was basically relegated to a footnote in this book. That's too bad.

The narrator continues to be impressive. Much of this book takes place inside Callie's mind. That's a difficult ask but Lindsay manages.

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Excellend second installment!

Callie and Chantelle begin their own detective agency called Past and Present. They enlist a few friends including Misty Rivers, a librarian, and a friend who owns an antique shop. Soon the team have their first client and Callie is not anywhere prepared for what her investigation reveals. As she investigates the life of a young woman from the past it reveals more about her than she ever could have dreamed. The story definitely keeps you guessing. The narration was fantastic, despite being different than the first book. Fair warning, you will be anxiously awaiting the 3rd book.... Love this series, please write faster! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Callie comes back to solve another mystery...

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable returns in the second book in the Marketville Mystery series, and again she has to go deep back into the past to solve another fascinating mystery... And again, it turns out to be something that reveals the past of her own family to her...

I like mysteries in which the detective undertakes an investigation that goes years back in the past, for two reasons mainly: one, we get to know a lot about the life of people in the past in general, the way they lived, the technology they used, sometimes the historical or political backgrounds - it's like rediscovering history that we theoretically know everything about, but which only becomes kind of live and real through the investigation; and two, it's fascinating to follow the detective who in such cases is almost like an archaeologist who has to draw conclusions from traces and evidence that are almost non-existent, or depend on the almost forgotten, fogged memories of witnesses... It's always intriguing in a mystery book and makes for an engaging reading (listening in this case:)).

"Past & Present" is exactly this kind of story. It's engaging, both intellectually (the mystery of the murdre itself) and emotionally (Callie's personal involvement in the case is very well done). It's also fast-paced, with a nice touch of romance (a hint only, but still it was there:)) and family drama in the mix. I like Callie as a character, and her friends are as likeable as she is. All the characters are very well drawn, sometimes a sentence or two in a dialogue is enough to show their personality to the reader/listener and make us take to them or quite the contrary... Generally it's a great sequel to part one - better even, as this time I did not feel disappointed with the solution and the ending at all:)

Narration by Ms Lindsay is very good. I like the sound of her voice and the pace of her reading. She doesn't do much of voice differentiation and yet I had no problem following any conversations at all. She also reads in that inobtrusive way that doesn't detract you from the story itself. A great narrator.

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

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Investigation into the past

This is book two in the series. I read the first book but I would recommend reading them all in order. There is enough information given in the second book to let it stand on it's own but is better as the series. I don't want to give anything away so I will keep this short. This mystery was a ton of fun with the investigation into the past that in turn leads to the present and how each member of the team had different strengths to help in the hunt. It was a fairly clean cozy mystery, although it does allude to people sleeping together it doesn't go into detail but at the same time I do think it is more on a high school age group and up level read. The narrator does a fantastic job and is great fun to listen to.

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

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  • Jan M
  • 04-25-19

Fascinating Listen!

Judy Penz Sheluk has written a wonderful story meshing past and present, into one incredible mystery. I love how she tied in characters from her other books to add to the depth of this story. This book is most definitely a standalone listen, but has tie-ins to other stories. I really enjoyed how she gave clues to this mystery, and the characters were brought to life by the wonderful narration by Kelli Lindsay. The imagery in this book was so well done. I loved how antiques were used bring the characters together. The book has some very unexpected twists which I really enjoyed. I loved how authentic some of the details seemed in this book. The research that went into the fictional ship, the setting of the story (Canada) were all so well done. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is classified as a cozy mystery, but is so much more. There is humor, a great plot, and some endearing characters. The ending was perfect. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-21-19

Finally at peace.

When Calamity inherited a house in Marketville, it came with strings attatched: she had to move into it and attempt to solve an old family mystery. Now, just over a year later, she has decided to stay on in the small town, though not in the same house. She and her best friend have gone into business together, not as private eyes but as researchers into past mysteries. She has several other contacts in her 'team' including the fortune teller, Misty, her antique shop owner friend at the Glass Dolphin and the now retired local librarian. A website is designed and soon they have their first client, a woman wanting th know more about her long deceased grandmother who had 'come to a bad end' when her own mother was just three. Their investigation brings some close to home surprises.

Judy Lenz Sheluk's cozy mysteries are pure delight. written in the first person from Calamity's perspective, the characters are well drawn, and it's nice to remeet them, like finding an old friend. The stories feel humerous, light and fluffy, but there are hidden hurts there, too, and the mysteries are intriguing. Like all good who-dun-its? the reader can follow the clues and try to find the solution before the end reveal (not too hard to do, but great fun anyway).
The narrator of Past and Present, Kelli Lindsay, was perfect, her warm voice almost purring at times. Her inflection was good, the reading clear and she individually gave voice to each character. The whole story burst into life under her bubbly narration.

These books, despite crossovers, are completely stand alone, though the more read the better the reader gets to know the protagonists, or course. In an introduction to this book, the author tells the reader that, whilst this is a completely fictional story, it is based on fact. Interesting. And it looks like the next in the series will be curious, too. I'm looking forward to it.
Recommended for those who prefer their mystery thriller with a little less fighting action and more fighting spirit.

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  • bluepits73
  • 07-28-19

Past and Present

Could be listened as a standalone but I recommend to start with book 1. I think it really will make way more sense if you start with book 1 because there are some events that occur and character interactions the author builds upon. Callie delves into another mystery that interestingly ties back to her. It was fascinating to see how the author weaves the past into the present and connects it to Callie. Great somewhat fast paced storyline with characters that are well developed and likeable.

Great performance from the narrator. I'm not a fan of narrator changes for series, especially when it involves the same characters as previous books, but she does just as good a job and plays the characters well.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Layla
  • 06-26-19

Past and Present

I have to admit that I liked the first book more then I did this one. I did find it slow going to begin with but once things started moving it got more interesting.

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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

Great storyline

Wanted more love the story line a bit. Short for me but I wanted more

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  • Deedra
  • 06-07-19

Past & Present

This was a really good read.This picks up where book one leaves off.Callie has started a new business and her first client leads her to more family drama.Kelli Lindsay was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Wayne
  • 05-29-19

Brilliantly Written and Performed

Both me and my Partner loved this book. Well written, the story keeps you hooked so you don't want to stop listening. Well performed by the Narrator, done at the right place for this story. Cannot wait listen book 2 which doing next! Highly recommended!

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 05-09-19

Where The Past Becomes The Present

I rather like our central character, especially when treated to her inner voice, which can be quite amusing. A simple mystery begins to develop into an intriguing tale that moves along at a decent pace. The characters along the way are great with lovely dialogue. The final twist is wonderful. The narrator does a great job of bringing extra enjoyment to the listening experience.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 05-05-19

Interesting investigation into the past

This is a sequel to Skeletons in the Attic. It could be also read as a standalone, but the many references to the first book will this one more pleasurable if we are familiar with the story. Callie, Calamity, has gained some experience investigating the past, and decides to create an agency, along with her friend Chantelle, specialized to investigate past events. Their first client wants to find who killed her grandmother in 1956, when her own mother was still a child.

This was a different and creative cozy mystery, in which the murder has happened several decades ago, and the only means of investigation are old articles and the memory of several people. Callie will discover that the mystery is closer to her than what she thought at first, and that omissions are not lies but their goal might be the same: protecting someone who cannot forgive themself.

I greatly enjoyed the story, with all its twists and turns, and I found the way of investigating the past quite interesting. I think there are many real references to how it can be done in Canada, so I believe Judy Penz Sheluk spent a great amount of time researching this.

There was a small paranormal aspect added to the story. I have to say that this was the part I liked the least. I don’t mind that when paranormal situations are added just for effect, but I believe they should not have any real value in an investigation.

This book is narrated by a different person than book one. Kelli Lindsay’s style is similar to her predecessor, and although there are a couple of noticeable audio edits, the overall audio production has a higher quality. Lindsay did a great job bringing the characters to life by transmitting their emotions, and keeping their voices and styles consistent and different enough to make dialogs easy to follow.

Another beautifully written cozy mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk, I am already looking forward to the next one.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.