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I suppose living in a small town in Alaska, where everyone is supposed to know everything about everyone, and there are only two single men about her age (and one of them is the only cop) thus restricting marriage choice potential, might make any art gallery owner begin to doubt her attractiveness, especially one who is a bit gun toting Calamity Jane in the Winter months and a trusting, fainting flower when the tourist cruise ships discharge customers in the summer.
When local girl Caribou King's best friend from college arrives unexpectedly during the cruise ship tourist season, she offers friend Taylor a place to stay and a job on the till of her obviously thriving art gallery, a position she had held before when married to the local rising art success, Johnnie. Sadly, he and Taylor only had two years of married bliss before the value of his art work rose, following his tragic death, mauled by a bear, almost exactly one year prior to her unexpected return to the town. Unexpected and, apparently unwelcome, as evidenced by the silence which fell over the restaurant owned and run by Caribou's pregnant sister and super chef brother-in-!law. That reception could be down to the town's resident drunk, Johnnie's father, vocally accusing her of his son's murder, Of course, this cold reception doesn't stop Taylor from apparently trying to seduce the only two prospective (from Caribou's point of view) love interests available, something she had also been prone to do back in their student days.
Then a headless, handless body is reported as being found and one of the residents goes missing, soon to be followed by the disappearance of the deceased artist's father. Mysterious feet are seen near Caribou's home and she, when not conducting business in her gallery, spends most of her time eating, panicking, fainting ignoring advice to be careful and having nightmares.
Nothing, or rather no one, is as they seem.
But the whole is such a convoluted muddle, it was more like a tangled ball of string than a satisfying mystery. And in the end this reader remained unconvinced that there had been a true crime committed at anyway - or were there many, with the accused actually being no more guilty than everybody else? Apart from Caribou, of course. Ah, well. Even the delectable tones of narrator, Michelle Babb, who as always performed the reading with impeccable pace, and individual voicings of the characters, and with as much understanding as was possible, failed to make this book a worthwhile listen.
Unless, of course, the reader takes the whole thing as an elaborate joke perpetrated by the author on her audience. Read like that, it actually is quite fun.
What did you like most about The Deadly Art of Deception?
The red herring the author throw in. She kept taken us to who the murderer might be. Each time she surprised me and I would think no way it couldn't be!
Michelle Babb gave the story suspense, mystery and made the characters more 3D. I read the book as well as listened to the audio and I found the audio is a lot better. In the book I would get confused in who was saying what but when I listened to it I knew who was talking. The narrator gave each character there distinct personality.
I didn't like the main character to begin with because I found that she let people treat her more of a doormat but after about 50% of the story she changed due to certain circumstance in the book. I really liked her more after she stood up for herself.
The book has mystery, hint of romance, suspense and humor. This is an audio book that I listened to in one sitting.
I would recommend this book and this narrator. Looking forward to book two!
Any additional comments?
I was given this free review copy audio book and have voluntarily left this review.
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I enjoy listening to this fabulous cozy mystery! Not only does it portray life in a small community that has embraced the tourism industry perfectly, but it is also filled with plenty of intrigue, twists, turns to keep you guessing right up to the very end.
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What a wonderful book! I loved the twists and turns this book had. Some of them I never saw coming. There were so many suspenseful and suspicious moments. I loved how the author included the saying that said the truth can be told in a moment while a lie takes time. The narrator was able to add so many emotions to this book and I loved her performance. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. This is a standalone listen and the beginning of a series.
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