A Perfect Victim

  • by Patricia Dusenbury
  • Narrated by Schatzie Schaefers
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Claire Marshall's world crumbled when her husband died in a fire. Emotionally fragile but determined to move forward, she buys into a small company that restores historic houses in New Orleans. Then, one of her clients is found dead in a burned building. The police suspect her of arson or murder, maybe both. No one believes that her relationship with the late Frank Palmer was strictly business. After all, he spent his last days telling the world they were in love and planning to marry. How can Claire win an argument with a dead man? Some of the mess is her own fault. Finding the charred ruin of Frank's cabin in a remote corner of Louisiana's bayou country revived horrible memories of her husband's death. She suffered a panic attack. Calling the sheriff hours later wasn't good enough. Claire's quest to prove her innocence before the police "prove" her guilt becomes an investigation into Frank's life. Why did he lie about their relationship? Why would someone want to kill him? Finding the answers brings her face to face with the real killer - and with her own worst fears. A Perfect Victim is the first book in a trilogy set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Each book stands alone as a mystery story; together they trace Claire's journey through grief to happiness.

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Really gripping story

I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. Most importantly there were lots of great characters. The author managed to make them pleasantly quirky, where it's always possible to create annoyingly quirky characters. The protagonist, Claire Marshall, is likable despite her flaws and I enjoyed spending time with her as she tried to work out just what the heck was going on.
I loved the New Orleans and Bayou settings; there were lots of great and seemingly authentic details that added to the plot.
The story grabbed me from the start and kept my attention through many points of view and plot twists. There was plenty of humor along the way, as well.
The narrator did a good job of distinguishing the characters and had fun with the various Louisiana accents.
I would definitely read/listen to another book by this author.
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- Malena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2016
  • Publisher: Patricia Dusenbury DBA Dusenbooks