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Publisher's Summary

A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?  

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress' murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect's pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can't find it in her heart to refuse the case.  

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she's forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner's take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit… 

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller. 

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!  

©2013 Nancianne Rathbun (P)2017 Nancianne Rathbun

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Enjoy a great Narrator and a great story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Truth Kills to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the Audio edition but the Narrator is easy to listen to and tells a good story.

What other book might you compare Truth Kills to and why?

Some of the great mystery stories of Sherlock Holmes.

Have you listened to any of Kieren Calland Metts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but based on this performance will listen to more.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hard nosed Female Private Dick on the prowl.

Any additional comments?

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

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 12-13-17

Please Please The Next Book In The Series

Angelina Bonaparte (pronounced Bohn-ah-par-tay) is a 50-something fledgling private investigator. Her mission is to uncover deception.

Having faced a cheating ex-husband, she has great sympathy for her client, who hired her to prove her cheating husband was innocent of murdering his mistress. Angelina thinks he’s guilty, but not of murder.

Angie was raised by her father, a traditional Italian-American who just wants her to settle down and have a family, and her aunt, who left the convent to raise Angie when her mother died at a young age. They both have difficulty recognizing she’s an adult. Her life is complicated by the fact her father is viewed as having mob connections.

The dead mistress had a line of people a mile long just waiting to kill her, so Angie has plenty of alternative suspects to throw suspicion on. During the investigation, she meets a hunky but surly cop who, like her father, thinks women don’t belong in dangerous occupations.

I really like the character. Her dating stories ring true, she doesn’t put herself in stupid situations, and there’s some nice romantic tension with the detective, once they get over the stereotypical antipathy towards each other. I really want more in this series.

I was fortunate to be provided a free copy of the book for an unbiased and honest review.

Kieren Calland Metts was fantastic with the delivery of the story.

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Truth Kills

I enjoyed this mystery written by Nanci Rathbun and narrated by Kieran Calland Metts. Both the author and narrator were new to me and I thought they both did a fantastic job. I look forward to listening to more of their works.

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

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Great!

I really enjoyed this fun mystery! I love that the main character was a little older than the usual books I've been reading lately. Well written and great narration! I can't wait to check out more by this author!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Good PI myster

I received this book for free for an honest review. I enjoyed this book Angie has an interesting take on life after divorce. the cops were a little too stereotypical but likeable. I will likely check out the second book in this series

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Enjoyed the story!

Narration and story was good. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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I didn't see that coming!

Nanci Rathbun is an excellent author. Her creative writing in mysteries holds your attention throughout!

Kieren Calland Metts narrated the story well. She knew her characters and her voice was pleasing to listen to.

http://www.audible.com/listener/A19WQ61WWITVN4?ref_=a_lib_tbaft_4

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Really enjoyable mystery novel, great first book

Truth Kills was a really enjoyable listen. In addition to being a fun whodunit book, the author really did a great job with the world building (e.g. dialog unique to the region, locations and street names, etc). What makes me enjoy a mystery novel is the believably of the main character, mostly: could they be a real person? Angelina Bonaparte (not Bonapart!) feels real. From her struggles to find herself as a middle aged divorcee, to taking on a new role as a murder investigator, and trying to find love again.

If you like a good murder mystery, I encourage you to give first time author Nanci Rathbun's Truth Kills a listen.

Narrator has a pleasant reading voice.

Listen's great at 2.5x speed.

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

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A GREAT "WHODONIT" ... DEFINITELY WORTH THE 'READ'

I really enjoyed this audiobook with a great female main character and references to an interesting family background. Kept me interested and always looking forward to listening and trying to figure out who was guilty. Am looking forward to more books in this series.

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

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A good mystery

It has a good plot and story, the detail descriptions of clothing, make up, and superlative details slowed the story down .
With a little more action and description of events , the listener would return quicker to the book.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 10-30-18

I like the plot, but the main character just so-so

I love that our hero in this tale is an independent, older woman. Angie Bonaparte is an independent investigator that often works closely with the local Milwaukee police. However, she’s also got some character flaws that made it difficult for me to like her. She’s really hung up on looks and comparing herself to other women. Angie assumes all women do this and she does so through out the entire book. I would have liked more self-confidence in her character. She trades some petty gossip about her boyfriend and that puts her in Mean Girl territory. I felt it was small of her… but then I liked how things ended there and felt she deserved it. So, yeah, I had a love/hate relationship with Angie. Despite that, I have solid hopes that she will grow as a person and do better in Book 2.

The plot itself is solid and I quite enjoyed this aspect of the story. Anthony Belloni, a mob boss, is the obvious suspect when his dish on the side (Elisa Murano) gets murdered. Angie was hired by Gracie Belloni (Tony’s wife) to look into whether or not Tony was having an affair. After digging around in Tony’s affairs, she believes Anthony was honestly re-prioritizing his life with the imminent birth of his 4th or 5th kid by his wife. Of course the local police assigned to the case are way more skeptical.

I especially liked Ted Wukowski, one of the police detectives assigned to the case. He’s grumpy and not personable but Angie sees there’s something more going on there. It was a joy to see the back and forth between these two.

The story does beat on one particular drum quite often: a woman’s independence. Angie comes from a very traditional Italian family that expects women to be stay at home wives and mothers. Angie, after her divorce, has broken away from that. She went even further by choosing a traditionally male occupation. I like all of this but, even so, sometimes that drum beating was a little too often. Angie has a bit of a chip on her shoulder while also being a bit silly worrying over her personal sex appeal. I would have liked the story a little more if this aspect had been toned down a bit.

The pacing is good with clues, some action, character building, and this budding relationship between Angie and Wukowski. Over all, I look forward to Book 2 and seeing if Angie can gain some self confidence. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Kieren Calland Metts was OK for this book. Her narration needs some polishing all around. She has a decent voice for Angie and her pronunciations are very clear. She is hesitant with any accent so sometimes it came out a bit fumbled or over-accentuated. Her male voices need some masculinity. The pacing is a little slow and the volume sometimes fluctuates a bit. 3/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Bel
  • 10-22-18

Clever PI

Angelina Bonaparte is a tough 50 something private investigator. She is clever, resourceful, and she has connections.

She makes friends easily, but of course, due to her profession, she makes a few enemies along the way, too.

Her first case is a tricky one, because it looks as if the suspect is guilty of the crime he is charged with, plus, at first, it is a conflict of interests, because she was looking into said suspect on behalf of his betrayed wife.

Angie, a betrayed wife (now divorced) herself, is reluctant to accept the case, but in the end, she does, and sets out to find the true killer.



I like Angie. She does a tough job, but at the same time, she doesn’t try to be manlier than a man, but uses her charms and looks, her femininity, and not least her wits and connections to get what she wants.

She is quite obsessed with her clothing and her looks,and describes herself as a ‘hottie’.

I have to say, that nearly put me off, and the detailed descriptions of what she wears for which occasion quite lost me, but I guess it may appeal to some readers.

However, her sense of family, and her being a grandmother and being proud of it got her some bonus points in my book. On the surface, she seems to identify herself through her clothes and her looks, and the sex or lack thereof, but there is more to her than that. She is quite the family gal, though she loves her independency.

Her view of society and how it works is sharp and accurate, and she can be funny.

I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, I was very nearly tempted to look them up.

The case as such, and how she goes about it, are quite convincing, even though there is some luck involved, but I didn’t grudge it.

Kieren Culland Metts does a very good job at narrating the story. She doesn’t sound too young nor too old for the part, but exactly right. Her pronunciation of foreign words is fine, and her character voices are distinct.

This was a good listen, and I’m looking forward to the sequels.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Book Addict
  • 10-19-18

A Gripping Start To A New Series!

Truth Kills in the first book in a new Series
About a 50 something divorced mother and grandmother who is a Private Investigator. We are introduced to Angie when she gets involved in a case where she is trying to find evidence in a murder case. It felt great to follow the mindset of a more mature kickass heroine. We also have a peep into the goings on in the 3rd generation Sicilian community.
We follow Angie’s day to day investigation, and dealing with her over protective Papa. This is a great intro to Angie’s live and attitude to her life, work with romance thrown in. We see how her ability to read people and situation which you only learn from life.
A great start to a new series, as Angie gets more than she bargained for when to discover the truth Angie has to work with a hard nosed cop Ted Wukowski. This gripping book makes this addictive listening as the conclusion to this case brings new opportunities for Angie.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-11-18

There are always the d***ed dishes.

This is a straightforward cosy murder mystery with a (mixed message) female private eye of Scicilian descent. Her father was a respected member of the Family (mafia) and still intimidated his beloved 50 something daughter, mother of three, whose marriage had fallen apart some years before - husband's adultery. Since then, the wife and mother librarian has reinvented herself, dating men much younger than herself, even if she does agonise for ages before taking them to bed, and working as a private investigator looking for the evidences of adultery for other clients to use as they will - usually divorce settlements.
Meet Angelina (Angie) Bonaparte, pronounced not like the French general but with an 'ay' at the end.
The latest client, a women soon to give birth to their fifth child, suspects her husband, Toni, of cheating. She even knows the new mistress's name: Alicia. Then Alicia is found murdered in the apartment Toni has provided - and P.I.Angelina is asked to come to Toni's aid save him from the murder charge now hanging over him. Reluctantly ( and rather fearfully) she agrees to her pregnant client's request.

Narrator, Kristen Calland Mette, has good intonation and a clear delivery which fits the P.I. character within the text. Although there is not much change in timbre with the various character voicings, they are nevertheless individually distinctive.

This was an easy, enjoyable listen despite this reader's personal irritation with the main protagonist, a character not so much flawed as not yet having grown up despite her age. But it is refreshing to have a female P.I. of advanced years taking the lead and the story itself was clearly presented, character by character.

My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of Truth Kills, via Audiobook Boom..