When the mayor of Cold Hollow and her husband are kidnapped and held for ransom, two families join forces to rescue them. Will they survive a treacherous hike to the mountain range caves in the midst of a nor'easter? Delilah returns in this installment and her dark side is teetering on the edge. What will happen to the Gillette's and their extended family? Will the unknown enemy lurking in town be the Maestro's downfall, or will he emerge victorious and hold his family within his grasp in time for the holidays? Find out about the tug of war in Book Four of the Cold Hollow Mystery series today.
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By Norma Miles on 04-03-17
"You only torture the ones you love ..."
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What a pleasure to return to Cold Hollow and the outrageous, colourful and somewhat sinister characters inhabiting this otherwise ordinary little town. Set in glorious countryside, there will soon be a triumvirate of eating places, Sophia's bakery, Carla's Fine Quisine and the Cold Hollow Tavern. So, if this is your first visit - well, you are in for a treat but be prepared for surprises. Loyalties here can run pretty deep.
There is another newcomer to Cold Hollow, also - a parolee who just loves the destructive beauty of fires. He'll obviously fit right in. From Deadly Delilah to Adam the Apple, Ms. Howard has created inhabitants and visitors who are so bizarrely real yet colourful enough to have stepped from a comic book. Quirky stories, too. This time, Myrna the mayor and her husband are kidnapped and held hostage in the mountains. Will the extended family be able to rescue them?
The dialogue is sometimes surreal in content yet expressed in so natural a way it feels authentic and true, giving the speaker even more credibility. I wouldn't want these people as friends but in my head they have become a sort of extended family. The narrator, J Scott Bennet takes it all in his stride. His pace matches exactly the feel of the book: never too fast or emotional but always calmly carrying the story ever onwards. His voice has a pleasant lulling quality to it and, without overacting, he clearly differentiates each character in the dialogue.And he adds just that touch of creepiness which underlies the whole story.
I have loved every book in this series. Each is standalone although part of the pleasure is revisiting the characters to find out just what is happening now ( think 'The Archers', gone mad, on steroids). My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Vengeance, via Audiobook Boom. These stories, and the folks who populate them, are addictive and it looks like there will be another book coming soon. I had better start packing my suitcase for another trip to the far from sleepy Cold Hollow.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 24-02-17
Delilah is back!!!
I have loved every book in this series so far and have eagerly awaited this. While this was just as twisting and twisted as the other 3, I felt like something was missing and I still can't figure out what!!
Plot wise, this sees the mayor and her husband being kidnapped and held for ransom, so of course her in laws have to step in and rescue them, with the help of some mafia men as well. Will they prevail before it's too late and can they figure out who the mastermind is? The plot was just as twisting and dark as previous ones, but I also felt like it was missing the same magic that the previous ones had. Everything seemed to come too easy and I just didn't connect with this as much as I did the others. Saying that, there is still a lot of twists and turns and surprises in it, that will keep you guessing till the end!!
The characters were all as well written and developed as ever. Delilah is back and as twisted as ever. She is allowed to unleash her inner evil a little more in this one and boy is she..... odd ;)
In all, this was a great read, just not as enchanting as the last few!! Going by the ending, you just know that there is more bad things to come to the "good" folk of Cold Hollow, and I for one, say bring it on!!
J. Scott Bennett is definitely becoming a favourite narrator of mine! I'm not long after finishing one of his middle grade books and then, to come into this one and see how he can change into such sick and twisted characters perfectly, was amazing!! He truly knows how to preform and bring each character alive. I highly recommend you try at least one of his books!!!
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By Lori on 08-03-17
Great addition to the series
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Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable. This is how a Suspense/Thriller should be. So many shorter Suspense/Thriller stories lose their way and are disappointing in the end. That does not happen here. This is an on the edge of your seat, hang on for the ride story just like the previous installments. The whole series is creative and original with a unique, twisted and crazy cast of characters.
Mystery, suspense, humor and horror once again combined into a dark, twisted, engaging and interesting story.
Warning: Never underestimate or cross the Gillette family.
Things don't stay calm in Cold Hollow for very long. The game is on. Myrna and Tom have been taken. The question is by whom and why? When two of their own go missing they will stop at nothing to get them back and serve up their own type of justice. Maurice, Adam and Delilah are back in town to help rescue Myrna and Tom. The bad guys are now the good guys in this situation at least. It's an interesting twist to now have the murderer's, thieves and the mafia the good guys?
Delilah. Oh Delilah, you just have to experience her to understand.
J Scott Bennett once again does a fantastic job with the narration. His voice brings the characters to life the minute the story starts. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Great character voices. Perfect match of narrator and story. Very enjoyable.
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