Madeline Dare

4 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 190 ratings

A Field of Darkness Publisher's Summary

Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

Then Madeline discovers mysterious circumstances linking her favorite cousin to a 20-year-old murder case, and suddenly her roots are a serious matter again: deadly serious. Unwilling to turn her evidence over to the authorities before figuring some things out herself, she will embark on an ill-prepared and harrowing investigation into the real dark side of her world.

©2006 Cornelia Read; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • A Field of Darkness

    • By: Cornelia Read
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Witty and a great mystery.

    • By Kathleen on 05-01-08

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • The Crazy School

    • By: Cornelia Read
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration

    • By Molly on 08-13-10

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • Valley of Ashes

    • By: Cornelia Read
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Madeline Dare trades New York's gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado, when her husband, Dean, lands a promising job. Madeline, now a full-time homemaker and mother to beautiful toddler twin girls, has achieved everything she thought she always wanted, but with her husband constantly on the road, she's fighting a losing battle against the Betty Friedan riptide of suburban/maternal exhaustion, angst, and sheer loneliness. A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bit less mystery, bit sadder; still Dare!

    • By Cynthia on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $22.80