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Scar Tissue

The Cole and Callahan Thriller Series
Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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Ashley Lambert jumped 18 stories to her death. It's a clear-cut suicide. And Ashley’s parents want to know why their flawless daughter would take her life. They’ve hired the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan to find the answers. When the investigation leads to performance enhancing drugs and blackmail, Ashley’s coaches, peers and even her parents come into question. The disturbing truth is testimony to the lines that are crossed, and risks taken…in the name of love. 

Meanwhile, when Britt sees the bruising on her neighbor’s arm she can’t let it go, and is working overtime to bring to light the violent behavior next door. The neighbor, Rhea McKenzie, has a secret. Bruises aren’t the only thing she’s hiding. When an off-hand comment discloses a connection to Ashley Lambert, the two cases become entwined, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Britt is sucked into an alliance with Rhea and forced to make decisions that challenge her ethics, threaten her relationship and in the end, may cost her everything.

©2018 Patricia Hale (P)2018 Intrigue Publishing, LLC

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Great dual mystery with a great PI team

Note: While this is Book 3 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone novel.

It was fun! I enjoyed this mystery, coupled with another mystery. Britt and Griff had their hands full unwinding the two! The tale is told through Britt’s eyes and so we get to follow her around while she snoops on the neighbors and pokes into college athletics. She and Griff are finally moving in together, having bought a house out in the country. It’s a big change for both of them, as well as Griff’s teen daughter. So plenty for Britt to get used to.

I liked the mystery of the neighbors a little more than the mystery of the college suicide. Both were well laid out though. Rhea and Mike have an awkward relationship, though so do Greg and Dawn (?). Mike is a cop, an abusive husband, and an annoying neighbor. Greg is a controlling husband and parent and can’t believe that his gifted, talented, college daughter would ever commit suicide. So while Griff puts most of his energy into running down all the available info on Ashley (the suicide), Britt attempts to make friends with Rhea and get to the bottom of her woe.

There were a few things that stood out as small plot holes. Britt and Griff are PIs and no strangers to danger. So once Britt gets threatened, why doesn’t she go armed, especially when she goes running literally into danger later on? I also felt that the cops would have looked harder at Rhea later on in the story… but maybe not everyone on the force liked Mike and how he treated his wife (but that’s never brought up one way or the other). Just a few things like that, but over all they didn’t damage my enjoyment of the book.

I especially liked how Britt questions a few things in her personal life – how much to tell Griff (since he is basically lawful good); moving in together; living in the country; possibly crowding Griff’s teen daughter, etc. I think these were nice touches to round out Britt’s character and they were done in such a way as to enhance her character instead of making her wishy-washy.

Pacing was great, I was never bored. Definitely a solid 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Lili Dubuque gave a great performance. She was the perfect Britt. I also loved her voices for the guys, sounding masculine. Her voice for the college snot Mitzi was spot on as well. Pacing was good and there were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions, which you get whether you want them or not.