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Treasure in Exile

Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)
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A reclusive heiress...a loyal servant...a mansion frozen in time.

After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town.

And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years.

When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?

Audrey's idle curiosity soon turns into a desperate need to know. Because someone wants to profit from the Tate Mansion's secrets. And if others have to die to make that happen, so be it.

Can Audrey outwit a wily con man? Or is she is too smart to live?

Tired of predictable mysteries that you have figured out long before the end? Rejoice! Here is a mystery with a strong female protagonist and plenty of plot twists to keep you challenged. The characters you love - amateur sleuth Audrey, Ty, Sean, and Ethel the shelter dog - are back in another adventure full of antiques, family secrets, and murder. Download now and listen all night!

©2018 S.W. Hubbard (P)2018 S.W. Hubbard

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very enjoyable series

great series! This can stand alone but I think you should listeni to the whole series.

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The best one yet

Audrey Nealon and her team from her estate business Another Man's Treasure take us back to Palmyrton, New Jersey, in Treasures in Exile by S.W. Hubbard. After a year of marriage to her detective husband Sean, who volunteers at the Rosa Parks Community Centre coaching the basketball team, Audrey seeks to help the centre get more funding. In addition to Sean, Audrey's father, a top mathematics professor at Rutgers University, volunteers teaching chess there and met his second wife there, another volunteer at the Parks Centre. Audrey's father has decided to retire from Rutgers and is excited about his idea to create a new class for youth showing them how high level math applies to real life. The problem is that the computer teacher doesn't want to share his computers, and the center can't afford to fix their aging facilities, let alone buy new computers just for Audrey's dad to use in his proposed class. Thus, Audrey talks Sean into going to a high class fundraiser for the center hosted by the rich socialite Loretta Bostwick. But during the night, Loretta comes flying off the balcony, killing her, but since it is evident that she didn't fall by accident, did she jump, or was she pushed?

Then word comes that the rich recluse heiress widow Vereena Tate has died in her 90s (or was it 100s?), followed by her African American maid of the same age a week later. Vereena had a tragic life, being a nurse who married a young doctor after a whirlwind courtship during World War II and became widowed, never to marry again, after just two months of marriage. With no living relatives, Vereena shocked the socialite world of Palmyrton by leaving her entire estate to the Rosa Parks Community Centre. They will be able to save their building and also buy the computers Audrey's father needs to start his math club! Even more exciting is the fact that the board is interested in having Audrey handle the estate sale. After some challenges, Audrey gets the job that she will share with Henry, who handles lower- end disposals than Audrey's expertise in art, furniture, and valuable antiques. The exploration into the contents of this house leads to discoveries of hidden secrets about the lives of the top socialites in Palmyrton.

Each time I read a Palmyrton book, I think that book is the best of all four. So once again, this seems to be the best of all. The murder plot is not a major focus of the first half of the book, but the details of exploring the lives of Vereena and Maybelle, along with the other happenings in the book, drew me into the story, effectively preventing me from putting the book down. The conclusion comes with little hints that added up to the solution and seemed noticeable once we saw the actuality but which still came as a shocking surprise to us. The clues gave us plenty of opportunities to guess the answer, but Hubbard is such a good writer that she disguises the solution.

I love and have become invested in the characters in Treasures in Exile. Audrey makes you truly identify with her as your "everywoman." Her employee Ty, a young African American man who is busy making something of his life after spending a year in jail, now becoming an important part of Audrey's business. In addition, in the previous book, This Bitter Treasure, which takes place one or two years prior to the action of this book, Ty decided to take the daunting step of going to college, something unheard of in his lower class family. Now he is doing well in college and even has a scholarship. We also enjoy meeting Audrey's new employee, Donna, who proves to be an eager worker and a friendly person. She shows a secret in her personal life with her husband, so I look forward to seeing more of her history in future books. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book, whether regulars or new people just for this book.

Each book in this series deals with a social issue, and Treasures in Exile addresses the social challenges faced by African Americans during World War II until today. The detailed research put into the book by Hubbard is evident. We also gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles faced by the group that has faced so much discrimination. When the white Audrey just sees a nice class photo, the African Americans see a strong woman teacher who challenged the racist establishment in the 1960s to earn a college degree and become successful enough to teach a multiracial class of 3rd graders. We also see a form of reverse discrimination in the way an African American member of the Rosa Parks Center board doesn't want to hire Audrey because she is white. At first he comes across as just plain racist, but we eventually see that this is his reaction to the discrimination he and others of his race have faced and his desire to try to help rectify this discrimination. It arises out of deep care.

Janelle Tedesco performs the audio version of this book and does a strong job of making this book come alive. She uses effective voices for her characters, and I appreciate that she doesn't try to use stereotypical African African accents for the African American board members. These are educated people who speak with educated diction, so they should not carry the sound of the ghetto that Ty uses. Further, it is nice not to know a person's race until it is eventually revealed in the book's text, so Tedesco makes a solid judgment about her voicing of the characters. She also uses strong expressions to make this book all the more likely and effective.

I really loved the experience of listening to Treasures in Exile. I enjoy a mystery that has a message behind it and not just a good story. Any of the books in this series would be ideal for a book club discussion, with so many interesting themes to talk about. I give this book five stars.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook for free from the author, but that in no way had any influence in the content of my review.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 04-23-18

Wow!!!

I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. The story really was well written. It is both a standalone listen and part of a series. I never saw the twists in this book coming. Kudos to S.W. Hubbard for that!!! The imagery in this book was so good. I loved hearing the family secrets that were revealed. Without giving away spoilers, I can truly say I was surprised with the way the book ended, and totally satisfied.
Jenelle Tedesco did an amazing performance with this book with all of the various characters and their distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Truly a wonderful intriguing wonderful listen

It started out slow but if you give it time it all falls together giving you an interesting twist that you don’t see coming. The author takes you back in time to War World II two young people meet fall in love, get married, one is shipped out to fly planes and the other goes back to her husbands home. Things are not easy for the woman she is way out of her element living in a big house with money she doesn’t know what to do with and a father-in-law who isn’t thrilled having her as a daughter-in-law. This couple has a plan, that is until his plane goes down and life as she knows it changes forever. Move ahead many years the woman is now old and has died but what is the mystery around her life and how is it tied into the death of another young woman who has everything she could ever want.

Ms. Tedesco did a wonderful delightful job of narration giving true emotion that you can feel to the characters. You know what each one is going through and just what they are feeling. I loved how her voices all blended together naturally giving each character their own personality that worked well with the story. I felt each complimented the other why pulling you in giving you a story you couldn’t put down. There are no background noises or any repeats of words it is a very clean, clear audio that held me spellbound. The audio volume is even throughout with no high or low places. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. I loved the emotion Ms. Tedesco puts in her voice never leaving you guessing what each person is feeling from anger to happiness she hits each one right on the mark. She knows how to deliver a great listen that holds your attention and leaves you with wanting more. Her voice is very pleasant pulling you in painting a picture you can see in your mind as each scene unfolds giving you a wonderful compelling listen. I very much look forward to listening to more of her work.

At first, I thought the author was putting too much filler in the story. I kept thinking what does that have to do with this. I have to say it all ties in nicely giving you a shocking story that will stay with you for some time to come. There are many twists, some with a darker side that will leave you thinking what oh my lord, how terrible. As you are taken back in time you feel the pain of people from long ago and how one persons evil will change the lives of so many for many years to come. The author gives you mystery, evil, deaths, and so much more as she twists her words right into your heart. Once she brings on the mystery she had me in the palm of her hand with a story I couldn’t put down. It was so wonderful, unique and intriguing that I have picked it as one of my favorite listens for this year.

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Wonderful Mystery!

Treasure in Exile is the first of the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series I've listened to/read, and loved it! I wasn't left feeling confused by the lack of my reading the prior books in the series, but I'm definitely going to read every book in the series! I truly enjoyed it. Loved the writing, narration. I'm fairly easy to please, I can get into just about any book, but this one, and many others I've read recently, really impressed me. I'm definitely up for listening to more and learning more about the series. I'd definitely recommend it!! :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Well narrated. An engaging mystery.

Treasure in Exile was my first Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery and I really enjoyed it. While the books feature recurring characters, I did not feel lost by not having read the earlier books.

I enjoyed the plotting and pace of the story. I can’t recall ever reading about an estate sale organiser who falls into sleuthing courtesy of the job, but it works. Audrey’s enjoyment of her work comes through the narrative and her desire to solve the mysteries she stumbles across comes from a genuine desire to learn the truth.

The mystery in this book is not one I would ever have guessed the solution to. It was a well woven story and brings insight into past rules of society and how they impact people today.

I enjoyed Janelle Tedesco’s narration. The tone, pacing and emotion were all done extremely well. Each character had their own voice, and I particularly enjoyed the character of Ty. He was a lot of fun even though it’s obvious his life has not been the easiest.

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Great Cozy Mystery!

This book is the 4th in the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series but stands alone and is the only one that I have listened to. Now I need to read the rest of the series! There is a mystery around a rich woman's suspicious death, is it an accident, murder, or suicide? Audrey Nealon runs Another Man's Treasure, an estate sales business. She is hired to sell off the woman's estate and discovers that things just don't add up. She and her crew stumble upon family secrets and now they are in danger themselves. I was immediately drawn into this story and was up until 2:00 am listening! I highly recommend this story.

I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review,

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Lighthearted cozy mystery...

This was just okay to me. Honestly, I think the "mystery widow" Varina's story would've made a better novel. I didn't care for Audrey at all, I found her annoying, shallow and silly. But the story of Varina was interesting and I wish it would've been the primary topic. This is a cozy mystery, which I usually enjoy, but there just wasn't enough depth or mystery in this one for my taste. The narration was well done and held my interest, with each character being voiced in his or her own unique way. Recommend for a light listen on the beach or for road trips and commuting. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

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Secrets run in families...

This is my second meeting with Audrey Nealon and it's even better than the first one. The plot is fast-paced, the characters strong and believable and the background details give the book the depth that makes it feel very realistic.

The main plotline is extremely engaging. Together with Audrey we die to see what's inside the Tate Mansion, the house where the richest widow in town spent the last 70 years of her life without really ever stepping outside the threshold. Together with Audrey we wonder why Mrs Tate and her maid Mabel chose to live such solitary lives and what events from the past triggered a whole bunch of sudden deaths, car-jackings and assaults that happen in the present... The answers that we get reveal a story that is deeply rooted in American history and is both surprising and touching.

The interpretation of the book by Ms Tedesco is very good, with the pace right and no overacting, and it kind of takes the back seat, giving precedence to the book itself (I admit that is a quality I appreciate a lot and look for in audiobooks).

So to sum it up, it's an engaging crime story strongly rooted in American history with a very good narration. Definitely to be recommended to the fans of the genre.


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

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  • Elaine
  • Columbia, MD, United States
  • 05-15-18

Estate sales, murder and mystery

I was attracted to this cozy mystery series initially by the estate sale theme. An original idea that can generate a number of interesting plot lines. This fourth book in the series did not disappoint in that regard. The main characters are genuine and well fleshed out for the reader. And in this most recent book, a new team member is added to the estate sale team - a fun and quirky member who will team up well with the main characters in future books. As always, I enjoyed listening to this story. My only reservation is that as the story progressed, it seemed to drift away from the estate team and followed the history of a family that owned the estate - in a far greater way than in previous books. This is a minor issue. The writing is good, the story lines are interesting and I look forward to reading future books in this series.

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  • Deedra
  • 11-10-18

Treasure in Exile

I enjoyed this one,I wish we had estate sles like this! These are fun books. Audrey goes to extremes to finagle facts out of people.She and her team end up in the middle of some sticky situations. Janelle Tedesco was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Jennifer Rose Bradley
  • 07-16-18

Hidden Secrets And Treasure.

I came into this series on book four. But found the story and characters quite easy to get into. I've never been interested in house clearances very much. This audio book soon changed my mind i felt part of Audrey and her team. Her love of mystery and and unravelling clues is very much like myself. The relationship between Audrey and her team is very heartwarming. I found this story to be a very emotional rollercoaster of a ride. The narrator tells this story brilliantly. I really enjoyed listening to this and have found myself becoming a fan of the series.

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  • Kelly
  • 05-03-18

awesome read

an interesting plot with mystery and fun all the way,
the character are great fun and have so much depth,
with the background of another man's treasure house sales this really is a great read,
highly recommend

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-26-18

Like Black Friday at Walmart's, but with antiques.

Having read, and very much enjoyed, the three earlier Palmyrton Estate Sale stories, when I was offered a complimentary copy of Treasure in Exile, via Goodreads, I accepted with alacrity. And I was not disappointed.

Audrey, now married to a police officer, has a new assistant to help her and Ty with the house sales and with two potentially lucrative clearances in prospect, things were beginning to look up financially. But, of course, things do not go as smoothly as she had hoped when the Tate mansion, former home of the very wealthy and reclusive widow, begins to give up secrets long hidden, and Ty's family's past returns to threaten them as well.

Whilst the mysteries within each story are exciting and suspenseful, the real joy of the Treasure books is in the characters involves. Each, even the minor protagonists, is so well drawn they become real people to like, or not, according to the reader's own subjective view. But every one is very human, with their own foibles, ambitions and prejudices. Even though the book always adhers closely to the plot line, the reader nevertheless cannot help but be drawn into a tentative relationship with the people as well as the mystery.

Enhancing the entire experience, narrator Janelle Tedesco returns again to become Audrey. Her pace and intonation beautifully capture her excitements, fears and general care for her agency and friends. The other protagonists are not ignored either, each being skillfully and separately voiced. Her performance turns an already excellent book into a delight.

Although this is the fourth book in the series, Treasure in Exile, like it's three predecessors, is entirely stand alone. Without graphic violence, sex scenes or swearing, but still packing a considerable punch in the thrills department, it is suitable for everyone. And highly recommended.