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A new series for Audible with another rather different lead to enjoy. Shaye Archer has a twisted and mysterious past which looks set to unravel through the series like many others we've seen before. Less usual is that she is a young female PI setting up for business on the streets of New Orleans. I quite enjoyed her as a character, she's feisty, intelligent but naturally makes mistakes occasionally too.
After an intriguing prologue which sets a tense scene for the central story the whole thing moves along briskly and the tension builds nicely. A woman is being stalked after killing her ex-husband for reasons she can't fathom. She hires Archer to investigate!
If Archer is let down by anything though it is the rather wooden supporting cast among the minor characters. They seem rather too easily impressed and just a little bit too accommodating in terms of how they interact with the young PI. The final reveal when it comes appears from way out in left field coming perilously close to a Scooby Doo ending - you'll see what I mean!
The narration by Julie McKay at first jarred to these Anglophile ears, strongly accented and with a strange cadence that emphasised a lot of the last syllables in a sentence. However, I think I'm quite adaptable and once I got into the rhythm of it I found it very enjoyable. Those who perhaps are a bit more selective with their narrators might want to listen to the audio sample first.
Refreshingly there are no or at least virtually no swearwords which made a change. I don't mind them but you can indeed write thrillers without cussing it seems. Don't be fooled though, this is a wolf in sheep's clothing because after about half way it does start to cut up rough and the body count rises rapidly.
In summary this is a relatively short, brisk and enjoyable thriller and Archer is an interesting lead. It's not perfect though with the rather easily impressed and wooden minor characters and that touch of Scooby Doo at the end. I think I'm probably intrigued enough by Archer to maybe go further in the series in the future - for those even more enthusiastic there are another three books already available at the time of writing this review!
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I think of cozy mysteries and humor set in Louisiana when Jana DeLeon is mentioned. Malevolent is set in Louisiana, but it is a psychological mystery/thriller rather than a light, fun, and humorous cozy mystery. It is also a solid 5 star novel with excellent narration.
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I really like this new to Audible series. Our heroine is Shea Archer. She can't remember her abusive past but can read about it in the newspaper. She is plagued by nightmares, afraid of the dark and hopes to learn the truth one day. Adopted by her foster mother the second half of her life turned out pretty good. This book is the first in the series and it is EXCELLENT!
Shea is now a private investigator and gets hired for her first job. A woman killed her abusive husband in self defense and now he's stalking her and trying to kill her. This is not a supernatural story. Shea is hired to find out who this man is.
The book is an edge of you seat suspense. Shea is a very believable character with flaws. The book leads you to one suspect and I thought I had it all figured out but the end throws on a totally unexpected twist. My thoughts of easy predictability went right out the window!
I can't say enough about this book. You can purchase this book for FREE on Amazon and then it is only $1.99 on Audible!
Julie McKay does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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