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This is a straightforward cosy murder mystery with a (mixed message) female private eye of Scicilian descent. Her father was a respected member of the Family (mafia) and still intimidated his beloved 50 something daughter, mother of three, whose marriage had fallen apart some years before - husband's adultery. Since then, the wife and mother librarian has reinvented herself, dating men much younger than herself, even if she does agonise for ages before taking them to bed, and working as a private investigator looking for the evidences of adultery for other clients to use as they will - usually divorce settlements.
Meet Angelina (Angie) Bonaparte, pronounced not like the French general but with an 'ay' at the end.
The latest client, a women soon to give birth to their fifth child, suspects her husband, Toni, of cheating. She even knows the new mistress's name: Alicia. Then Alicia is found murdered in the apartment Toni has provided - and P.I.Angelina is asked to come to Toni's aid save him from the murder charge now hanging over him. Reluctantly ( and rather fearfully) she agrees to her pregnant client's request.
Narrator, Kristen Calland Mette, has good intonation and a clear delivery which fits the P.I. character within the text. Although there is not much change in timbre with the various character voicings, they are nevertheless individually distinctive.
This was an easy, enjoyable listen despite this reader's personal irritation with the main protagonist, a character not so much flawed as not yet having grown up despite her age. But it is refreshing to have a female P.I. of advanced years taking the lead and the story itself was clearly presented, character by character.
My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of Truth Kills, via Audiobook Boom..
Would you consider the audio edition of Truth Kills to be better than the print version?
Have only listened to the Audio edition but the Narrator is easy to listen to and tells a good story.
What other book might you compare Truth Kills to and why?
Some of the great mystery stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Have you listened to any of Kieren Calland Metts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but based on this performance will listen to more.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Hard nosed Female Private Dick on the prowl.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
Angelina Bonaparte (pronounced Bohn-ah-par-tay) is a 50-something fledgling private investigator. Her mission is to uncover deception.
Having faced a cheating ex-husband, she has great sympathy for her client, who hired her to prove her cheating husband was innocent of murdering his mistress. Angelina thinks he’s guilty, but not of murder.
Angie was raised by her father, a traditional Italian-American who just wants her to settle down and have a family, and her aunt, who left the convent to raise Angie when her mother died at a young age. They both have difficulty recognizing she’s an adult. Her life is complicated by the fact her father is viewed as having mob connections.
The dead mistress had a line of people a mile long just waiting to kill her, so Angie has plenty of alternative suspects to throw suspicion on. During the investigation, she meets a hunky but surly cop who, like her father, thinks women don’t belong in dangerous occupations.
I really like the character. Her dating stories ring true, she doesn’t put herself in stupid situations, and there’s some nice romantic tension with the detective, once they get over the stereotypical antipathy towards each other. I really want more in this series.
I was fortunate to be provided a free copy of the book for an unbiased and honest review.
Kieren Calland Metts was fantastic with the delivery of the story.
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