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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

OH, YES, i sure would recommend this audiobook and i have, many times. I have read the hard copy of this wonderful mystery novel, and made sure I ordered a copy to be sure i had one for my hardcopy collection. Since i have all of Tony Piazza's great mysteries, especially Tom Logan , who has become my very favorite PI.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is one of those books/ plots that lures the readers into thinking they have it all figured out.. haha.. not a chance....just when you think you know who did what , where and when, something takes place in the plot line and your suspicions are back to square one. you never get ahead of this talented mystery author, he keeps you guessing to the very end.

What does James Romick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

OH... James Romicks voice brings so , so, much to the experience. As i said earlier i really like the character of Tom Logan. And like most readers i tried to put a voice to him. he was forever changing in my was unsettling to me.. until I first heard James Romick read the opening lines to the story.... I was hooked... there could be no one else, no other voice for my Tom Logan... James has got his voice mannerisms and all those of the supporting characters , down to a fine science, even the accents, which are so difficult to do, but as a seasoned performer , James has the talent and background to create each voice as the reader has imagined it would be.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?



Any additional comments?

WELL, yes, so much to say..this is a must read novel for all mystery lovers.. and for all those, like myself, who long for those wondrous days of Hollywood's Golden Era. The writer gives us every thing we want, with complete and exacting descriptions of people , places and things.. night spots, only frequented by the rich and famous during prohibition. the underworld workings of this highly risky time, when bootleggers and restaurant owners took chances on serving bootlegs whisky. when mobsters hung out with celebrities making for some strange bedfellows...when one of them turns up dead the reader has got to really work hard to even come up with a good guess. this book is so full of twists and turns and a big surprise at the end... well, it's one of those books you never forget. and now to hear it read to me while i just kick back and listen to the melodic voice of James Romick, i can't express enough just how much I have enjoyed this experience. I plan to play it again when the days are cold this winter.. Just me, another grand Tom Logan mystery by Tony Piazza and the soothing voice of James Romick. Can't ask for more than that.. not if you're a true mystery buff.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-15


What made the experience of listening to Anything Short of Murder the most enjoyable?

Having this book read to me was a true joy. I was free to relax, close my eyes and let my imagination take flight. no eye strain, no putting the book down and picking it up and losing the momentum. I was able to hear it read to me, chapter after chapter,by a smooth voice with perfect pronunciation. A lovely treat.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

With every chapter.. with every word... the writer has kept us on our toes keeping up with all the possible motives, characters and all the zigs and zags of a great " who done it", and leaving the reader never able to guess who the murderer was.

Have you listened to any of James Romick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

James Romick's smooth, clear, pronunciation of each word made it so much more enjoyable than my own reading would have. No struggling with reading glasses, no words jumping around the page. It gave me the freedom to relax, close my eyes and use my imagination to match his wonderful narrative.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

oh yes, I didn't want it to end.. I wanted to know how it was all going to wrap up in the end. what was going to happen to all the characters i'd come to know and who the killer was going to turn out to be.

Any additional comments?

I can't praise this book highly enough...and hearing it on Audible was like hearing the plot for the first time. Tony Piazza's book "Anything Short of Murder" was a great read when I read it in hard copy . But to hear it read now, by James Romick, whose voice gives such animation to each character is truly amazing…and having to do an excellent Irish accent for one of the main characters truly shows off his talent, The author of this book, writing in the dialog of the day, makes it so intriguing and entertaining . "Tom Logan", the main character, is a1940s Shamus, or PI, who's the epitome of the classic private eye for most of us He and his fellow characters are brought to life for the reader and now for the listener. Having all this wonderfully descriptive writing of accents, forms, structures and the atmosphere of the day read to me by Mr. Romick's was a true delight,. Instead of me struggling with reading glasses, as i usually do, and straining to see the words while I tried to read. I can honestly say i've never enjoyed a book so much. This has been a new experience for me. Audible makes an already great book even better. Hearing a book read to me really gives my imagination flight and this Audible book has been a fabulous experience. Exceptional writing, story plot, and unbeatable combination. A great book in every way.

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