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The Centaur's Last Breath

A Brimstone Witch Mystery, Book 3
Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A centaur is killed by an assassin. Who hired the assassin? And why? The centaur, Selo Cezerus, was a willful and thoughtless creature who caused havoc wherever he went. He made enemies in the centaur community and amongst the residents of Brimstone. 

Cassia Winter, a justice witch, investigates Selo’s murder with help from her cat, Stanley. They are confronted with a long list of suspects. 

Was Selo killed by a jealous family member? 

Or had one of his rivals put an end to his life? 

Another murdered body turns up which forces Cassia and Stanley to go in a new direction. 

With one unexpected twist after another, Cassia despairs of ever finding the killer. 

A puzzling mystery with a twist at the end.

©2017 Gillian Rogerson (P)2019 Gillian Rogerson

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Enjoy the author, narration kills it

I enjoy the Brimstone Mysteries. Cassia as is her usual tries to solve a mystery murder in the magical town with her sidekick cat Stanley, her childhood crush and his nasty jealous girlfriend, however I didn’t realize the narrator was different from the previous story I enjoyed. The accent was terrible and tinny and super distracting. I enjoy the writing but will not listen to any more unless a new narrator takes over. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 03-13-19

Relaxing cozy mystery with magic

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

When I started the audio book, I had to stop and listen to Rebecca. She's a new voice for me. But I found as she narrated it sounded like she was speaking fast. She also doesn't do much of a difference in character or personality when the person speaking changes. As the book went on, I did pick up slight differences but it took me a little to get settled into her pace. I do like that she has the accent that feels to follow through with Cassia and others in Brimstone.

This book starts the next day after solving the case of the vampire death in book two. There are a few things going on in town. There's still dark magic seeping into the town that's agitating the residents and setting them to violent actions. Blythe thinks she knows who's behind the dark magic, but needs Cassia to tend to a new murder and the complaints from the residents of town. Blythe also asks Luca to help, which brings about another problem for Cassia. Astrid, Luca's girlfriend.

Cassia still doubts her magic. She thinks she'll make a mistake and that mistake will hurt someone. This is something she needs to work on, and starts with small steps. Cassia is growing with each case and contact with people. She's doing her best to not get mad and react, she knows this won't help things. Cassia does a great job of keeping calm.

Cassia does appear to be fair in her questioning for the case. She asks about everything and not jump to conclusions. I like this as she feels to be a true Justice Witch in this fashion, and a fair person. Although, there is more going on in town as people feel to be irritable and it might be impacting Stanley and Cassia.

I have my eye on Astrid though. There is something up with her and I wonder if it has to do with the dark magic seeping into the town or if there's more to her. I do enjoy Luca and him spending time with Cassia. He seems so kindhearted.

This is a relaxing mystery with paranormal twist as it's in a magic city. I kept track of the clues and what Cassia learns along the way and it feels to work out in the end. If you looked at the audiobook length, it's just shy of 5 hours. This book is written in a fashion that the story moves forward with each scene. There is no wasted time here. I love this, no wasted words.

I've enjoyed visiting Brimstone, and look forward to doing so in the future.

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Welcome to the fantastical world of Brimstone.....

The Centaur's Last Breath is the third book in the series, but I thought the author gave enough background that I didn't have trouble getting right into the story. This book features Cassia, a witch living in a magical town called Brimstone. Cassia is a Justice Witch (a.k.a. police detective) for the town, and she is tasked with finding the murderer of one of the town's centaur's. The author has an amazing imagination, filling this town with varied magical creatures, including talking animals, living garden gnomes, shape shifters, dragons disguised as cats, ogres and witches. I loved how the entire town of seemingly incompatible creatures lived in relative harmony. Cassia is joined in her adventures by her cat familiar Stanley, and he is even more charming, and definitely more sneaky, than Cassia herself. I was surprised by the guilty party and motive for the murder, and I enjoyed watching Cassia get to the solution, so I would recommend this book for all fans of cozy mysteries.

Rebecca McKernan's narration is excellent. She has a beautiful, crisp British accent and her delivery is flawless. She doesn't differentiate overly between characters, but her performance is so smooth that I felt like she was reading me a fairy tale story. I would definitely listen to another of McKernan's narrations and/or another book in this fun series.

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

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Murder in Brimstone

Cassia and Stanley investigate the sudden death of a centaur and discover a multitude of wrongs in Brimstone in this cozy mystery with a touch of magic.
With cats and gnomes, dragons and centaurs and a host of mysteries to unravel how could you not love this one?

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the part of great series

another cozy and very good book I enjoy this series very much and this book wasn't an exception it was very good and very enjoyable the narrator was great as always and overall it was a great story
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Trouble in Brimstone...

Cassia is on the case again... one of the Centaurs has been murdered and there are so many suspects to consider.

April Fernsby has written another great cozy mystery. The stand alone murder mystery is solved within the book, but there’s also a great overarching storyline that continues from book to book. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Rebecca McKernan has delivered a wonderful performance. I would not hesitate to listen to more of her narrations.

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

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I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There is a good combination of murder, mystery, suspense and humor. The nardoes a really great job with each character. This was a story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. Looking forward to more from this author and narrator.

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Fun and exciting story

My first experience with Cassia Winter was a fun and exciting one. I loved the setting and the characters. The gnomes feud was an especially fun side story. I also loved the flying kitten story but it did often feel as though it took away from the main story line more than it should have. Overall, I thought it was a great story. I would love to read the others in the series.

Rebecca McKernan did an excellent job with the narration. Her characters were distinct and the pacing was perfect.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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A Paranormal Murder Mystery

I’ve always been a fan of witch stories and murder mysteries, and as it turns out, when the two combine, it creates pure magic. In this enchanted mystery, we follow the path of Justice witch Cassia as she tries to figure out who the murderer is after a healthy Centaur is found dead of supposed heart failure.

This one will keep you guessing because each character was created with their own set of motives that made me think that just about every one was guilty at some point in the story. Each character is written to display both good traits and bad, and to me, that made them all the more real whether it was their greed or jealousy or something else entirely that contributed to the story. When the truth was finally revealed, I couldn’t believe who the killer actually was, and the ending left me wanting to read more.

This is the first book in this series and by this author that I’ve come across, but after this, I want to read the rest of the series to see what other adventures are in store for Cassia.

The audiobook includes some smooth narration that worked well for the characters in the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

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Loved the witchy aspect

Overall the story was good but seemed to lack something. I'm not sure what it was but it didn't fully draw me into the story. The narrator did a great job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.