• Deadly Nightshade

  • Deadly Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Victor J. Banis
  • Narrated by: Roy Wells
  • Series: Deadly Mystery, Book 1
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-20-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Victor J. Banis
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (26 ratings)

Regular price: $17.99

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Publisher's Summary

The first in a new mystery series from the legendary author of The Man from C.A.M.P. and Longhorns, Victor J. Banis.
Straight cop, gay cop, and a woman who "isn't real". Tom and Stanley are on the trail of a drag queen serial killer, and along the way, they find themselves engaged in a more intimate pursuit, trying to resolve another mystery: their unexpected attraction to one another.
©2009 Victor J. Banis (P)2012 Victor J. Banis
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2 out of 5 stars
By Elaine on 06-20-13

Great start to a series ruined by narrator:(

I didn't mind that much that the narrator sounded like a 3-pack-a-day cowboy but that he didn't bother to change his pitch so that the two MCs sound different, was a big negative. This, because Stanley, the gay cop is, obviously, gentler, "as queer as a three-dollar bill" as Tom, the straight cop describes and the complete opposite of the gruff, surly Tom.

As if that weren't bad enough, several lines were omitted, in at least two places, entire paragraphs! Where my MLR Press ebook inserts "transgender", the audiobook omits it. Several times.

To top it all, somewhere in chapter 3, I could hear a dog barking in the background. I thought it was coming from my tv but it was the news - and on mute - so I listened carefully and it was from the audiobook. It had obviously been recorded in a private house - somehow I had the impression that Audible.com had soundproof rooms or at least as good as.

I got a refund for this one and checked out Book 2 (Deadly Wrong) just to see if I had to return that, too, but Guy Veryzer sounds like a much better narrator. We'll see. At these prices, I expect a professional job and because this is a wonderful series by Banis. It deserves better attention by Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 10-27-13

Great Story, Lousy Reader

If you could sum up Deadly Nightshade in three words, what would they be?

Good detective story, no surprise characters so follow the clues to the end.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Wells?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

Narrator smacks his lips and mispronounces words; very distracting.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Patty-London on 08-17-14

The Narrator killed this story!

Is there anything you would change about this book?


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The murder/mystery aspect of the story was good-the twist at the end was a surprises.I just wanted to shake Tom for being so stubborn about his growing attraction to Stanley. I think he should have accepted that he might be bisexual by the end of the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The choice/voice of narrator was TOTALLY inappropriate for this story. The main part of the story involved several interactions with Transgender and Tran-sexual individuals in Drag clubs. Stanley is depicted a being a camp,out and proud guy man-Mr Wells sounds like a hard smoking cowboy!

Do you think Deadly Nightshade needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, the end was clearly written to facilitate another story. Stanley and Tom have unresolved issues .

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert Head on 03-16-16


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator was totally wrong for this production: I found his voice and narration very off putting. All in all a disappointing product

Would you recommend Deadly Nightshade to your friends? Why or why not?

No, for the above reasons

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice was too old and ponderous; he sounded like a jaded cop from a seventies crime show. This production called for a lighter, more whimsical approach.

Did Deadly Nightshade inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening to it

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