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This central murder mystery of this book is unexpectedly complex. We follow the plot down one logic path, just to have one or two suddenly spring up. But it all connects well, making sense in the overall story. I did feel the resolution was kind of rushed, because,all of a sudden, the murder is resolved. Then the author launches into lessons about how to be a good christian like suppressing ambition, turning away from revenge, forgiving the worst violations against you, and going to church to get over life's worst tragedies. The main character even kicks out a very personable and helpful liberally minded guy from the rental apartment they own in favor of a christian couple and all is portrayed as being better that way.
Bottom line: I REALLY enjoyed the murder mystery. But after being preached to so heavily at the close of the story, I wanted to throw my iPad across the shop I was working in.
By the way, the narration is typical Mel Foster. I like his reading style. So I enjoyed that aspect.
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The book had a fantastic start. Things were looking very good, then it slowed down to the point where at hour 2, I was considering whether I wanted to continue. It was exactly at hour 3 that I realized "this is a fantastic story, and Roland March is a great character". For someone who loves to listen to mystery and police procedurals, it was refreshing to have a normal person as the detective, not brilliant, not violent, average guy. Roland March makes mistakes which makes him feel so human. The back-story was a very slow build, but in the end, I liked Roland's wife, whom I started off disliking, and I admired Roland, whom I thought at first was somewhat "oafish".
There seem to be lots of complaints about the narrator. I thought that Mel Foster had the perfect voice for Roland and some of the other men, but he does a terrible women's voice. I understand the annoyance, but the story kept me moving forward. I got to where the voices were fine with me.
Glad to see Book 2 in the series is waiting for my next credit. I hope Audible will put Book 3 on an audiobook.
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