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Another engaging mystery by Mark McNease, featuring partners Kyle and Danny and their friend Detective Linda. I was fortunate to be gifted a copy of this audio book by the author with no strings attached. Thank you.
Kyle and Danny are planning to soon be married and decide to take a short vacation with Linda, still always known by them as detective Linda, despite her having left the police force and moved into her recently inherited house in the country. A time to renew friendships and better get to know Linda's fiancée, Kirsten. But finding the body of an elderly woman by the roadside is too intriguing for Linda and Kyle not to want to find out what happened, much to the dismay of their respective partners.
This is a delightful investigation into the lives and secrets of those living far from the bright lights of the city. And the book reflects this, with no fierce battle scenes or violent confrontations (well, perhaps a little one), just an intriguing story, excellent writing, good dialogue and hidden depths to be uncovered both in their neighbours' lives and their own. The characters are so well drawn that I feel I know them personally - and want to know them more. So I will definitely be looking out for other books in the series in which they appear.
I really like the underexposed settings, unique characters, and their interesting yet simple relationships in this installment of the Kyle Callahan series. . Death in the Headlights is my third exploration in his collections (check out “Stop The Car” for a good sample of his non-series, short story work). McNease’s narratives present a fresh take on solidly established genres, and this is what’s consistent: While thoroughly enjoying the experience of “story” McNease so well delivers, I find myself wanting more out of his writing, which admittedly veers to the lighter, upbeat side of mystery and murder (sounds weird when put in writing, but these things exist). Even in this less serious light though, a richer engagement is lurking on fringes, in full, inaccessible view. You can practically taste it, which can make for a frustrating read. The potential is clearly there, however, so I will probably keep following this author, provided he finds the better narrators.
The narrator speaks well with, concise articulation and good flow. The issue is she reads this adult book as if it's intended audience is elementary school aged children. I get the impression she is a consummate professional who either inadvertently selected a tone that is completely unsuited this genre or whose forte is locked solid in children’s story book. Either way, in this performance, she did not rise to the task of mastering delicate combination of mature levity and the seriousness matter of murder.
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amateur-sleuth, murder-investigation, no-gratuitous-erotica, relationships, friendship
Read on October 02, 2016
The publisher's blurb is pretty lousy, but the novel is really good. One one hand, it's kind of a romance of a newly engaged retired police detective with issues, and it also tells of growing friendships within a group. The murder and it's convoluted investigation, the dysfunctional family dynamics of the suspects, and the surprising twists comprise the real intent, and is very well done. As a history geek, I was delighted by the brief historical bits inserted as appropriate to several locations.
Daniela Acitelli does very well with the audio performance by clearly differentiating characters and moods.
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