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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever noticed that things aren't always what they seem? Life will always throw you a curved ball when you least expect it. We see only what we expect to see, and sometimes we could be in for a big surprise. And I sure got a surprise I can tell you, in spades. A surprise that lead to blackmail and murder. That's when I really got...Trouble in Mind.

©2015 John Holt (P)2017 John Holt

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Good novella!

This was a short, fast pace and funny story. Jack Daniels stroke again with this new investigation. This was the third novella in the Jack Daniels P.I. Series. I like the author's black humour. The narration was great.

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good!

I really enjoyed this novella! The story was interesting and had a bit of humor with really good narration.

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Entertaining

Fun, quick listen. I liked the Film Noir style set in the present day. The narrator had a perfect dry, deadpan style for the private detective telling the story.

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Good book

Would you consider the audio edition of Trouble in Mind to be better than the print version?

I did t read the printed version but definitely enjoyed the audio book.

Any additional comments?

I am glad that I got this audiobook it was quite enjoyable. Will be looking for more from this author.

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I Felt Once Again in Chandler's World

Would you consider the audio edition of Trouble in Mind to be better than the print version?

John Holt has captured perfectly all the elements that made the Raymond Chandler Phillip Marlowe novels so captivating. The same mood, dialogue, and storylines, which always kept me coming back for more of Chandler's stories. Peter Borys narration of "Trouble in Mind" also intensified this feeling of being once again in Chandler's world. His voice and world-weary delivery of lines were perfect for what one would expect of the hard-boiled genre. But, the performance would be nothing without the great lines to deliver, and John Holt's story provides them - like a brick through a plate glass window. Overall a great story delivered by an excellent performer. If you love the hard-boiled detective genre like I do, this one is for you! "Here's looking at you kid."

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The storyline was excellent. It kept me guessing, edging me on to see what would happen next. I was no longer in 2018, but back at a time when Argosy and The Black Mask published such wonderful stories.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the dialogue. A hard-boiled detective isn't a true PI in that genre if he doesn't have the snappy lines, wit, and a world-weary outlook on life. This was demonstrated throughout, as John Holt presented it in scene after scene of this gripping tale. It's therefore hard to pick my favorite. It was all wonderful, from the beginning at his office to its conclusion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The mood. It was nostalgic. It prevailed throughout the story. I felt like I was once again reading Chandler or Hammett. John Holt captured it perfectly. If I was to pick a moment it would be the introduction of the wronged wife. At that moment I knew as a reader that I was now solidly in Chandler's world.

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  • DK
  • 02-19-18

Fast Moving, Action-Packed I Didn't Want It to End

This is the 1st book that I have listened to written by John Holt. It is pretty impressive. A fast-moving, action-packed story that I did not want to end.

This "whodunit" keeps Jack Daniels and his sources one half of a step behind the perpetrator until the very end. I loved it!

Peter Borys is perfect in portraying Jack Daniels. His performance with the other characters is very good as well. His performance of female characters is believable – a tough feat for a guy with such a deep and growly manly voice. 4 stars

*I was given this book in exchange for posting my unbiased review. I will say that if I have an opportunity to listen to more of the books in this series, I would jump at the chance. That is rarely the case when I am reviewing books written by a 'new to me' authors.

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Didn't Keep my Attention

I'm new to the Jack Daniels, PI series and this is the first novella I've listened to. To be honest, I listened to this book three different times because I lost track of what was happening.

The central mystery was lost on me because it was nested inside a supposed infidelity case. At the beginning, a mysterious woman walks in and wants to know if her husband is cheating. Then it turns into a murder mystery? In a story this short, you have to keep everything tight.

The author drops in comments from the main character as though he's telling this over a drink at a bar. I found it distracting.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Loose lips sink ships

I gave up on it twice. I finally made it to the end the third time and wish I hadn't wasted the time. It's a poorly written "who done it" with an implausible storyline that is only pulled off because the main character is a loose lipped detective, another implausibility. It's full of one liners that come off as silly and trite rather than humorous. The narration was just okay, not great....but then again, maybe I should say it was great considering the material. Regardless, this one was a let down and I won't be following the rest of the series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Mediocre.

What would have made Trouble in Mind better?

This book follows a "detective story" formula through n through. There's nothing new in this book and it fails to hold my attention. There's cardboard characters, cliched sequences, cheesy / poor dialogues.. the works. The only positive aspect of this book being - it is short and doesn't waste too much of your time.

What aspect of Peter Borys’s performance would you have changed?

The narration is alright and nothing much to complain about. One aspect that would've made it better is - a little more voice affliction to convey different emotions of the different passages.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 02-06-18

Quick

I was gifted this audio book with the understanding I would leave an honest review. This author is new to me but I did like the short story. It was a quick listen which can be a good thing sometimes. Jack Daniels finds himself investigating a murder and blackmail in this story so whats not to like. I would listen to more by this author. I thought Peter Borys does a really good job of narrating this quick book.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 09-14-18

Where is my complete ending ?

As usual John Holt writing is beautiful but this book disappointed me a little because its ending was not completed like it does on the other books of his beautiful books.
Performance by Peter Borys is as good as usually.

Recommended !!!



My honest review even so that I got this audiobook for free.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-13-18

No-one looking like her really walked.

Having recently listened to the audiobook of The Candy Man, John Holt's first Jack Daniels ( "like the whiskey") novella, this reader was hungry for more. This is book three - there does not appear to be a book 2. Like the first in the series, this is the slightly rambling recollection, told in first person conversation mode, of Daniels himself, talking about a recent case when he was hired, by a beautiful woman, of course, to get the dirty on her very wealthy, shipping magnate husband to use as evidence in a lucrative divorce. Except, as it turns out, he wasn't.
Short, but very densely packed with character and atmosphere, the narrator has an even more important role to play than in many books, this reader was initially disappointed that a different voice would this time become Jack Daniels as Joe Voegler in book one had been superb. But Peter Borys did it well, very well. The perfect voice for a noire P.I., his smooth talking voice hit just the right pace and intonation.
This book is one for anyone looking for a well written and performed, quick but satisfying story and for all who enjoy the shady world of the P.I. Recommended.