In Shattered, the first book in the original mystery series and stunning fiction debut with which Valerie Davisson lets us crave for more, Logan McKenna loses her husband, her illusions, the company they built together, her music, and now, probably her job. But that won't stop her from digging into a murder investigation that keeps Southern California's tight-knit artist community on its toes and law enforcement cluelessly guessing.
At loose ends, and running out of money after buying a fixer upper on the coast, she decides to help out her best friend from high school, Thomas, a Native American artist, and his wife Lisa at their booth at the Otter Arts Festival, in the idyllic coastal town of Jasper, where she and her police officer brother Rick grew up. When one of the talented, young artists is found gruesomely murdered at the festival, Logan is faced with the reality that her best friend not only lied to her, but may be guilty of murder. It's up to her to find out what really happened that night, before the murderer kills again.
If you enjoy listening to Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon, James Patterson's Murder Club, J. A. Jance's Joanna Brady, or more general: a mystery novel with a strong female character, you will quickly fall in love with Valerie Davisson's Logan McKenna - guaranteed!
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By Tim Dearing on 24-08-16
A good story, worth a listen
I received this free copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
A lovely well written story which i enjoyed although it was a little slow in places the characters were well structured and draw you in.
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By Elaine M. on 01-08-16
Intriguing & Compelling Mystery!
Shattered has a really good plot and story line that is very intriguing with some added drama. The art show & scenery are extremely well depicted and descriptive in a way that makes one feel as if they are there. You are able to picture everything in your minds' eye. The story itself is very well written and I was kept engaged always wanting more and wanting to what would happen next. The characters are well defined and developed with excellent relationship development between characters. The author writes the characters in such a way that enables you to develop a relationship with each. The story builds from page one and is fast paced, never leaving the reader/listener the opportunity to lose interest. It grabs your attention and maintains it until the very end. This book is definitely a page turner as I was unable to stop listening and completed the story in one day. I enjoyed this book and am excited to listen to book two.
The narrator, Leona Woodworth, did an excellent job narrating this book. She has excellent pace, voice inflection and timing. She applies the appropriate amount of emotion when required and portrays the characters brilliantly. Her narration grasps your attention from the beginning and holds it until the very end.
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By Carrie on 10-10-16
Interesting Setting for Cozy Mystery
I'm going to do my best to write this without spoilers because many of the reviews have spoilers and it's hard to get a good sense of a book before you read it if you can't read the review. 🙂
What I had the hardest time with was understanding what type of book this was supposed to be. In the end, I think it seems like a cozy mystery, but that was not what I thought going in. Adjusting my expectations was helpful.
I struggled with some of the language. It was published in 2014, so the use of the term Indian rather than First Nations or other accepted terms was kind of startling.
The narrator did well overall. Sometimes the point of view changed between 2 different female characters, and I think it would have been helpful if she had changed the voices a little bit more to make those POV changes a little more clear.
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