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Gideon Lowry, private detective with little to do, and part time bar pianist playing mostly Gershwin and Cole Porter, has lived his whole life in Key West. He used to know pretty well everyone there. But over the years it has been changing, becoming more of a tourist destination and the developers are intent on transforming it even more. His home and office just happen to be right in the middle of the proposed rebuilding to a fancy mall and he, together with his neighbouring run down grocery store are among the last to hold out against purchase. The changes have brought prosperity to some: his long time friend Gabby has transformed her little cafe into a trendy, expensive restaurant, too pricey now for him to eat at.
Then his neighbour's shop is burned down. And Gabby is about to get married...
This is the fourth in the wonderful Gideon Lowry series, each one a complete stand alone book. The pace, like that of old Key West itself, might be gentle but the story itself is packed full - of character, atmosphere and underlying tensions. Superbly written, each book is a timeless gem, a peek through the eyes of a long time inhabitant at the unwelcome changes destroying the life he has known. And then there is the mystery, too. Excellence personified.
As with the previous three stories, Blue Moon is narrated by David Wood, a perfect pairing with the text. He becomes Gideon, the reading executed at just the right pace, intonation and expression following each nuance - and the other characters are also voiced individually. Book and narrator in harmony.
Listening to these stories, and Blue Moon in particular, is sheer pleasure. I requested, and was given with no strings attached, a complimentary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I have loved each book in this series and cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone enjoying good writing, real person characterisation, a sense of time and place and a good detective story without reliance on too much physical violence or confrontation - all read by a fine narrator.
Blue Moon is Book 4 in the Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries Series and can be enjoyed as a standalone. Gideon is asked to investigate an ex-lover's fiance and is disturbed by what he turns up. On another front, he has seen the writing on the wall for years as "progress" heralds in a new era for the residents of Key West and Duvall Street. Will he continue the fight against the developers aimed at razing his street or remain steadfast in his opposition?
I have listened to all of the audiobooks in this great series and am a little sad that this is the last. It's almost like saying goodbye to an old friend. As with the other books, this was a great mystery but had a definite melancholic feel to it. I've enjoyed the series tremendously and have also liked getting to know Gideon, warts and all. David A. Wood's narration was exceptional and was one of the highlights for me. Blue Moon was a terrific listening experience and I would recommend it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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Blue Moon: Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries, book 4 by John Leslie was just great. Pretty bummed that this is the final book in the series, because I really enjoy these and know that when I start one, I'm going to enjoy the story. Gideon and his friends are likable characters and the books are always well thought out and well written. This isn't a fast paced, action thriller/mystery, but a well paced, stroll through the Keys, filled with mystery and some shady characters to boot. Gideon is a good friend and these books always seem to revolve around his helping friends that have gotten caught up somehow in shady business or shady people. I don't want to give the story away, but I definitely recommend checking this book out if the summary sounds good to you. Yes, the story is a bit predictable, but great, nonetheless.
David Wood did a great job narration and is a perfect fit to voice Gideon. He also does a wonderful job with the secondary characters as well. His accents and cadence make you feel like you're right there in the story. I'll happily listen to an audiobook narrated by him any day. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.