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Stylite: Mystery

By: Tag Gregory,Lily Marie
Narrated by: William Pierre
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Publisher's Summary

A curious art history student disturbs a lonely recluse holed up in an historic building in downtown Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle". Together, they investigate the mystery behind the building and in the process unearth evidence of a long-dead, illicit love affair. Will that ancient romance help kindle a modern one for our history sleuths at the same time? 

It's a Mystery, History, Romance.

©2018 Tag Gregory & Lily Marie (P)2021 Tag Gregory & Lily Marie

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An interesting historical mystery

This was an interesting, historical mystery mm romance.

The storyline was compelling and the characters were likeable and entertaining.

The narration was enjoyable as well.

Looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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A Wonderful Start

This is the first book in The Stylite Chronicles Series. A wonderful book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters engrossing. The characters were developed and thought out. Tristan and Brandon are the MC’s of this book. I loved this story and can’t wait for the next. The narration was good and not monotone. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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Triangle mystery and hermits

An amazing journey begins with an art student studying an old triangle building he thinks is vacant. Then he meets the buildings owner.
This story was so sympathetic to OCD and agoraphobic sufferers. Very spot on descriptions of some of the manifestations of the illness.
A wonderful tale of two people finding each other and discovering a mystery right behind the walls of the building.
Terrific character development and excellent storyline pacing will keep you invested in the tale.
I can’t wait for the next one in the series!

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Wonderful Story

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Storyline: a very interesting mm mystery novel. The writing style was direct and fresh with a very intriguing plot. I am still not sure if I have totally warmed up to the MCs, but they have completely fascinated me.

Tristan is an art history student that is normally pretty self-centered. He has a best friend, named Darla, that tends to keep him grounded. Tristan is fascinated by a Flatiron building in Pittsburgh that he thinks is abandoned. Passing his favorite building for the hundredth time, he playfully kicks the door, and it pops open. His exploration of the building is quite disastrous as it turns out, it is not abandoned. Tristan finds a grumpy, scary-looking man with an unkempt beard that really wants him out of his building. Tristan either has nerves of steel, or is the most stubborn individual on the planet, as he continues to visit both the odd man, and the architectural dream he lives in. The isolated Brandon, starts to slowly enjoy these encounters.

Along the way, I learned this recluse has many issues he has to learn to live with. I felt at first it was odd that Tristan was starting to have some romantic feelings towards Brandon, but with time, I understood the attraction. Tristan is a fixer and poor Brandon feels broken.

The story blends an inkling of an unlikely romantic attraction, history regarding this amazing triangular building, and a mystery of a possible illicit love affair from years before. The story is a cliffhanger that ends abruptly. An interesting story, that is part of a trilogy, that begs you to continue reading to see where all these loose ends tie.

Audio: I found the book to be very interesting but the narration was somewhat lackluster. I couldn’t tell the difference between Tristan’s voice and his female friend, Darla. They sounded identical and this took away from the listening experience. Mr. Pierre did maintain a steady voice but it did not readily pull me into this unique story. He did change his voice into a deeper tone for Brandon which really improved the production. I would recommend this if you prefer audiobooks to reading. Happy listening!

 

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Scary super slow burn

I loved the atmosphere created by these authors and the narrator... It was creepy in the exact places it needed to be!
The slow burn is super slow and the book ends in a cliffhanger. You really want to have the next book asap, it is that intriguing (and just as the name says... Mysterious!)

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A Promising Start to an Intriguing 3-Part Mystery

William Pierre’s near perfect narration vividly brings to life the full cast of characters that Tag Gregory and Lily Marie have created for their Stylite Chronicles 3-volume series.

‘Stylite: Mystery’, the first of the three installments, introduces Tristan, a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburg. Tristan is fascinated by Pittsburg’s old Triangle Building on Liberty St at Seventh Ave, constructed in the 1880s, that has long since been abandoned and fallen into disrepair.

With the encouragement of his roommate, Darla, Tristan decides to make the Triangle Building the subject of his undergraduate thesis. He spends hours every day sketching the building from every imaginable angle.

He and Darla are shocked to discover the likeness of a haunted, bearded older man in the window of one of his drawings. Tristan has no recollection of actually having seen the man, but he must have been there for Tristan to have captured his likeness in the sketch.

On his next visit, Tristan confirms that the man does indeed exist. Eventually, after breaking into the building only to be confronted by a hissing, feral cat, the two men actually do meet. Together Tristan and the reclusive figure he names ‘Eggy’ discover and begin to unravel the mysteries of this historic old building.

Hidden rooms, sliding walls, abandoned staircases, secret love letters hidden behind framed drawings, and a long forgotten basement are just the start of their adventure.

As others have noted, this volume is just the beginning - it is not a complete stand alone story.

This audiobook was provided by IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for my honest review. I’m really looking forward to parts two and three of this mystery/romance series to find out how everything is resolved.

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A Few Issues

I can't wait for the next book. A nice mystery of past love and the budding relationship of a new one. This is the first time hearing this narrator and I think he did a decent job,but there was a issue with the editing and production was off.

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First piece of a slow burn serial

This was an unusual story featuring an annoying brat of a college art student, an OCD, agoraphobic hermit, and a mysterious old building. Unfortunately, this is only one third of the overall story, so this ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. There was no actual romance here, just some getting-to-know-you pieces and flickers of interest. What seemed to be more compelling was the history of the building, the people involved with it, and the hidden secrets Tristan discovered. I’ll admit, it was difficult to get invested with the story, but it did pick up once more came to light about the building, so I want to know more about the history.

The narrator was new to me and was only okay in my opinion. The audio production could have benefited from better editing though.

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Fantastic listen!

This was sooo freakin good! Tristan is a student who trespasses because of a fascination with a building. Brandon lives in the building and has severe agoraphobia. They get to know each other over time. Tristan decides they’re going to be boyfriends. Poor Brandon didn’t stand a chance. The only thing I didn’t like was how it ended on a cliffhanger! Otherwise it was fantastic. The narrator, William Pierre was new to me. I thought he did a good job with distinguishing the voices.

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Interesting listen.

There is a mystery here, but unfortunately it doesn't get solved in this listen. The OCD and agoraphobia that the one character has, doesn't leave much fo different venues, but it is interesting to see the interactions if the two main characters.

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  • 05-21-21

Interesting story

This story had plenty of interesting elements to it, and likable characters. I found the type of house very fascinating. The story moved at a decent pace, flowing easily. I enjoyed that, despite having romantic elements, it wasn’t the center of the story.

This was the first time I’ve heard anything by this narrator. While I see potential, there is room for improvement of sound quality. His voice was fine, it was the other stuff it picked up that wasn’t. I would be interested in listening to his work again, as well as read something else from the author.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 05-15-21

Unexpectedly Enthralling

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. New authors to me, a narrator I haven’t heard before, and a genre I don’t usually pick (mystery). I’m so glad I took a chance on this one!

Tristan is an art student who loves architecture. He’s obsessed with the Triangle Building where he often hangs out just to sketch it. That image is very vivid to me, and although it was on the cover of the ebook, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t on the cover of the audio book. All that being said, I have an image of New York’s flat iron triangle building and that style has always intrigued me. Does so for Tristan as well. Only one day, as he’s reviewing his sketch, he realizes he’s sketched a face in one of the windows.

Believing the building to be abandoned, he’s quite surprised. The curiosity gets the better of him and he figures out how to break in. Now, I never condone illegal behavior, but of course I was curious what he’d find. An OCD agoraphobic who hasn’t left the building for a very long time. Tristan slowly gets to know the man, returning again and again. Although he nicknames the man Eggbert, he does eventually find out his name.

And as they grow closer, this odd pair, they begin exploring the building, discovering all her secrets. And she has some doozies.

This book ends on a mini-cliffhanger – there is way more to come. Rest assured, I’ll be snatching up the next book. I want to see what’s hiding in the building, I want to watch the budding relationship between the two men, and I want to know if Eggbert will ever overcome his psychological issues. I’m rooting for him. That Tristan is so understanding speaks volumes, and I like where this is going – but I suspect there’ll be a few bumps along the way.

A quick word about William Pierre. New to me, but really enjoyable. He very much suited the narration of the college student. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 05-13-21

Great romance and mystery

If you are a fan of insta love romances and are looking for that here, this is definitely not the book for you at this time. It is apparently going to take the full three book series for our two main characters to get their HEA. That won't bother me in the least, however, if the authors can keep writing such an interesting historical mystery combined with the attraction building between Tristan and Brandon. The architectural details are intriguing and the documents detailing the past love tied in nicely with the current story. William Pierre is a new narrator for me and he was amazing here. His voice made me want to listen to more and all the characters came fully to life. I hope we get the rest of this series in both ebook and audio soon with Pierre as the narrator/performer.

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  • alias11
  • 05-12-21

Intriguing start

This is an intriguing start to what I hope will be a fascinating historical mystery. We don't get much into the mystery in this first book. This one is more about the characters and their description and development. The slow pace of the relationship and therefore the story made it more realistic, considering the mystery man's agoraphobia and OCD. It was still interesting, and I couldn't help celebrating every little step Tristan got him to make. This is not a standalone read or listen because it doesn't have a conclusion. There is no big cliffhanger, either. It just ends, and I assume it will pick back up in book 2, based on the sample chapter at the end of this book.

The narration is pretty good. There was some loud background noise occasionally, but it wasn't too distracting. The narrator's tone and pacing perfectly suited the story and characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • KBR
  • 05-10-21

Good, but slow, start

This was a good listen. The story itself is a slow start to whatever is to come and doesn't off a clear resolution. Not sure if I’ll continue the series or not; maybe ill wait until it's finished in audible. There were a few kinks in the overall production, but they can be overlooked. The narrator was decent - I did speed up a little. Overall, a good story that I expect will only get better as the audios are released.

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  • XG
  • 05-08-21

A mystery!

I discovered Tag Gregory and Lily Marie books last year so I was curious about this book and decided to hear it. I enjoyed the book so much because the wonderful characters with some quirks well managed by the authors, a captivating mystery and a slow burn romance. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but this one was discrete and with little angst, so I got hooked with the series and now I am looking to read book 2. The narration was interesting, with a great performance of Mr Pierre, very enjoyable because his nice voice and acting. An amazing audiobook!

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 05-04-21

Wow

This one was a tease it’s full of mystery and suspense and I’m definitely needing the next one in the series. This was a really well paced and intense book that kept every scrap of my attention until the end bravo.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 05-03-21

A mystery that needs to be solved but not yet.

A mystery that needs to be solved but not yet

An art student is fascinated with a triangular historic building, but there seems to a someone living in the building, but it's derelict. Who could be living there?

It's a good story, which develops as the art student and the recluse starts researching the past and history of the building. However, you don't get a happy ending. In fact, you don't get an ending. It's a to be continued series.

In some places within the audio, there was a lot of interference noise which could be off-putting, but during the main narration, it was very clear. This is one of the few narrators that I had to hardly speed up. Listened at 1.10 speed on audible.


Stylite: Mystery
The Stylite Chronicles, Book One
By: Tag Gregory, Lily Marie
Narrated by: William Pierre
Series: The Stylite Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins

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