• The Big Keep

  • Lena Dane Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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By: Melissa F. Olson
Narrated by: Erin Spencer
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Former Chicago cop Selena "Lena" Dane has been going through the motions at her private investigation agency for years now. But then Lena learns that she's unexpectedly pregnant just as she takes on a heartbreaking new client: Nate Christianti, a fourteen-year-old boy in search of his biological father, Jason. Jason's disappearance isn't as clear-cut as everyone had thought, and Lena will need to follow his path of destruction halfway across the country to find Nate some answers. Along the way, however, Lena attracts the attention of a killer who's willing to stalk her all the way back to Chicago to make sure she drops Nate's case. To protect the boy, the baby, and herself, Lena must find the killer – or die trying.

©2014 Melissa F. Olson (P)2014 Melissa F. Olson

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A Must For Olson Fans

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Nope, there's no Old World in this series. No vampires, werewolves, or witches.* But I don't think you'll miss them.

At the core of this new series is Lena Dane, an ex-Chicago-PD-turned-PI who is smart, highly competent, and seriously flawed. This is the story of her breaking away from some nasty baggage from the past and moving forward with her life.

The mystery is complex and interesting, the action is well-paced, but it's the characters who shine. Lena, her dad, Nate.... I want to read more about all of them. Soon.

If you enjoy Melissa F Olson's other series', I would highly recommend this one as well.

*One of the characters always smells like blood. A little of the Old World creeping into Lena's world, perhaps????

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A must read or listen to

For anyone who is a Melissa Olson fan, please take the time to read this book. It is a major departure from her paranormal books but is so we'll written that you'll enjoy every twist and turn and the characters are truly relatable.

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Really Cool Idea

I took forever to try this book, since the cover and blurb made it sound like a thriller. It's not! It's a mystery with some action.

I really like that Lena is a badass AND a happily married woman. Usually, female characters can't be both, or a series has to be in the double digits before she can get there.

The mystery is interesting, with excellent twists and really good characters. It feels very genuine and explores some of the gender politics of being a female cop.

I also appreciate that her serial rape case is in the past. It's a huge part of her life, but it's not the current mystery.

I finally listened to this book after Companion Pieces, which ends with the first 3 chapters of book 2. I hope Melissa gets enough new interest to pick this series up again!

The narrator was okay, but only okay. I think a different cover, blurb, and narrator would go a long way toward jump-starting this series.

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Truly touching, one of those that takes you away

Very entralling and well developed characters. Strong female lead who figures out how to balance everything.

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excellent

I was really miffed that the author chose to start a new series instead of writing another one for the series I had come to love and now I have to remove a most excellent pout as once again she has produced a winner

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Totally engaging

Author is totally engaging in the way she expresses internal conflicts and ongoing challenges!
Love the story...

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  • 06-04-15

Very good

great story and excellent characters combined with superb narration makes this a highly recommended book.

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  • Jazztyke
  • 10-22-19

Another great character from Melissa F Olson

Performance: IMO the narrator is hopeless. She reads the book with the cliched 'bored, first person' monologue made popular for PI stories in the 1930s and 40s......and way way out of date for today . The narration is ponderous, boring and the little girlie voice does nothing to 'sell' the character Lena Dane as one to take seriously. She sounds like a vapid teenager.

Writing: When I bought the eBook and actually read the story, rather than listened, I found I enjoyed the story so much more. In either case (Audiobook or eBook) this is another well-rounded character, with a very well written story. I'm very sorry there hasn't been the promised sequel as yet.

Story: Our main character begins - humorously - taking a pregnancy test and finding it's positive. She grapples with her mixed feelings about this joy, throughout the story, but it's done sympathetically, not censoriously which is refreshing.

The main story surrounds Lena's hunt for the biological father of a teenager who has lost his mother and faces the prospect of imminently losing his adoptive father to cancer. Nate's last hope of not going into the foster system is to find his biological father.

Her hunt takes her across country and involves her with some shady characters and personal danger.

Great story, highly recommend.....