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The Murder Book

By: Lissa Marie Redmond
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
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Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in the hospital certain of two things: she was stabbed and left for dead...and the person who did it was a cop.

After being brutally stabbed at her desk late one night, Lauren Riley works her way backwards through the haze to piece together who attacked her and why. A mysterious phone message forces her to enlist the help of a retired lieutenant to track down a witness who is desperate not to be found. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department’s hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect. 

Packed with suspense and featuring a detective who “relentlessly - and with morbid humor - gets the job done” (Booklist), The Murder Book continues a series praised by Kirkus Reviews as “an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller.”

©2020 Lissa Marie Redmond (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Great Addition To The Series

Detective Lauren Riley is working late when she is stabbed from behind and beaten. Lucky to have survived, the only thing she knows is the person who attacked her was a cop. A police officer is never truly off duty and as Lauren recovers she also tries to investigate who tried to kill her and why. Things seem to be hinged on a cold case, but which one? With the Murder Book gone, Lauren calls on her old lieutenant for help. Unfortunately, he's not the only person from her past who's returned. In finding her attacker will she be able to see justice served, or will she become a victim once again?

I really enjoyed this second ride out with Detective Riley. The mystery is an intricate puzzle that leads to an exciting caper culminating in a pulse pounding chase over an iconic Buffalo roadway in the dead of winter! The addition of Watson was a great move and I enjoyed watching Lauren's devotion to the little guy. He is much better, and infinitely healthier, to be around than the males she usually picks!

As a former police officer myself, I really appreciated the on point depiction of the cops, including attitudes, relationships, and, most of all, humor. I especially love the camaraderie between Lauren and Reese as well as Lauren and her old lieutenant, which comes across so naturally. The community of police is a special world that only those in it can truly understand, but Lissa Marie Redmond shares it in a way that readers can glimpse what it's like and, for a moment, be a part of it.

THE MURDER BOOK is a gritty police procedural that takes an unflinching look into the world of cops. But, ultimately, this book is about love and family; what you will do to protect those you love as well as what lengths you'll go to prove your love.

Emily Sutton-Smith was amazing with the delivery of the story

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How old is the author?

I like the series, but I'm confused on how old she thinks 39 is? Like 68 year olds are acting like their life is over and the author frames a 39 year old detective as ready for retirement. She's in the prime of her life haha. Also, body type descriptions are so off putting, anyone who is Laura is basically obese. Maybe next series the author will be a bit more in tune with anyone over 25 haha.

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The title is misleading

To me, the story wasnt well put together and lacked enough suspense for my liking. There never really seemed to be any sort of climax and just ended flat.

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  • 07-12-22

Great Listen!

Missed the first volume in this series, but the author brought readers up to speed very quickly as to what occurred in the first book. Personally, don’t think I missed anything by not reading the first one, but will eventually circle back and read the first one some day.

The story moved along at a nice pace, and I found myself finding ways to listen because I really wanted to hear who “dunnit” and why.

Great showdown toward the end. I found myself sitting in the car to hear how that played out.

Definitely going to listen to or read the next two books in this series. Will try some of the authors other novels as well.

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The Murder Book

Loved this story, unfortunately I didn't read book 1& 2 in order, but will definitely relisten to them in order and will carry on with the series. A really interesting story, with excellent characters! The narration is really good.

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Very Good Listen! Love the series!

Great story with believable and likable characters.
Fast paced, with very good narration by Emily Sutton-Smith.

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So many characters populate this book it is hard to remember who does what as one renters the story as it rolls along. We are set for a sequel.

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  • 10-24-21

Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable and captivating story and performance, loved the characters and the pace highly recommend

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  • ann's Kindel
  • 11-29-21

Really good

Really enjoyed this book narrator s were good kept me interested to the end. Thank you

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  • Fee
  • 01-12-22

Easy listen

I’m writing the same for all four books as I read them one after the other but didn’t review immediately which is my usual practice. And I can’t actually recall them in detail!

They were just easy listens. Not taxing. Slightly unbelievable but I read all four so that says something. The narrator is a favourite of mine which is what drew me to the author.

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  • Mrs Sarah J Heppner
  • 04-19-22

boring narration ....

decent storyline with a few unexpected twists but narration was sooooo slow and deadly dull that I found it hard to keep focused on the story and my mind kept wandering off!

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  • heather izzard
  • 12-08-21

Very good

Great narration on a very well written book. Would read this author again.
Recommended

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  • Eric Maggs
  • 11-28-22

exciting listening

enjoyed the story and the narration. the camaraderie and care between colleagues well presented.

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  • JillyBeee
  • 07-27-22

Ruined by monotonous narration

Brilliant storyline, but was this narrated by a computer?
Stuck with it as I didn't know about refunds.

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  • Bookworm
  • 04-17-22

Better than expected

This was on the audible included catalogue which can sometimes be dodgy to say the least. The characters were likeable, the story kept my interest throughout. Have had the second in the series (also audible included) and have just used a credit for the third.

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  • Scaryh
  • 02-21-22

brilliant new find

loved it, great story, well read, kept me hooked right through the book. will definitely look for more books from this author!