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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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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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Interesting and Enjoyable Cozy Mystery

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the second book in the Marketville Mystery series. I have not read the first book in the series and felt that this was a stand alone story [no cliffhanger ending]. I did not feel lost or fail to understand the character's motivations as the author kindly provided quick summaries of references to events which likely occurred in the first book to catch you up [or remind you, if it's been a while since reading the first book.]

Here, Callie, fresh from her investigation into her mother's death, decides she has what it takes to open her own investigation company called Past and Present. She assembles a team, including a reference librarian, an antiques dealer and a psychic. She gets her first client to solve a cold case murder and the case hits closer to home than she imagined.

I really liked the character of Callie - she is down-to-earth, likes to cook [recipes included] and is smart. The real enjoyment of the mystery was in studying the past through pictures and momentos. I was fascinated by some of the historical aspects of the story. There are plenty of twists and turns as the case develops plus a little romance which kept my interest throughout.

The narrator did a good job and made it an enjoyable listen.

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Another winner

I really like this series although this book could be read alone. It was a very good story and it was performed well. Just like the first book, it left me wanting more so I cannot wait for the next book.

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Nice follow up to book 1

I found this to be a nice second book in this series. It followed up well to the first book. The characters progressed nicely and the new story was fascinating for me. I like these characters and easily fell into the story. I'm looking forward to the next step in this series. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Another intriguing mystery for Callie to solve....

Past & Present is the second book in the Marketsville Mystery series, and because so many characters and events from the first book flow into this book, I think it is more enjoyable as part of the series rather than as a standalone. After solving the disappearance of her mother, Callie decides to put the investigative skills she learned to good use and opens a business with her best friend and genealogical research expert Chantelle. These two end up gathering quite an eclectic group of people to add in their new venture (including a character from the author's Glass Dolphin series), and they quickly acquire their first client. As they begin investigating the life and death of a young mother presumably murdered by her husband, Callie and her team discover all kinds of intricate puzzles surrounding this woman in the years preceding her murder, and, even more surprisingly, most tie back to Callie's estranged maternal family. I found the wide variety of investigative methods this intrepid team used, especially the use of a psychic specializing in psychometry and researching old passenger ship manifests, intriguing. I listened to the entire book straight through because I just had to see what Callie discovered next, and I was completely taken aback by the ending. If you enjoy a mystery with plenty of twist and turns, and a very likable cast of characters, I highly recommend this book and the series.

Kelli Lindsay's narration is superb. She did not narrate the first book in the series, and I though that might make the transition between books difficult. However, I quickly became used to Lindsay's voice for Callie, and her flawless performance made an already excellent story even more enjoyable as an audiobook. I think the narration contributed as much as the skillful prose to making this such a wise use of an Audible credit.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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fantastic book


This is a good series with well developed characters. Callie and her team help their client find out about her grand mother who died in the 50;s . Her death was murder. However, while researching Callie uncovers a secret that relates to her family. I recommend this book and this series. They are great books and very entertaining.I just love the narrator. She does a fantastic job I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A wonderfully written mystery

What makes this mystery special is that the crime took place in 1956, and Callie has to dig into the past to unearth secrets and uncover the truth. In the mean time there are some unexpected surprises that come to light. This story is well written, meaningful, suspenseful & wonderfully narrated. Every step of this book is captivating, and makes for a really immersive listen. I highly recommend this for mystery lovers.

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What goes around comes around

Another great read by Judy Sheluk and narration by Kelli Lindsay. I actually had to go back to book one and listen to parts of it again because I couldn’t remember who some of the people were in the second book. I love all the past and how she was able to figure out so much stuff. Makes me wonder if she will be moving again since she inherited so much.
I loved this story line. Hoping for more to come.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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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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  • 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.