Blues in the Night : Molly Blume

  • by Rochelle Krich
  • Narrated by Deanna Hurst
  • Series: Molly Blume
  • 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An unidentified woman in a nightgown is the victim of a hit-and-run accident on Mulholland Drive that leaves her unconscious and seriously injured. The image of the young woman stumbling along a dark, winding road is one true-crime writer Molly Blume cannot shake. It draws her to a bedside in intensive care, where, before dying, the victim whispers three names: Robbie, Max, and Nina. It's not a smoking gun, but it is sufficient enough to reinforce Molly's gut instinct that there are sinister circumstances behind the assault on Lenore Saunders. With fearless conviction, Molly asks questions that nobody - including Lenore's mom, her ex-husband, her shrink, or even Molly's LAPD buddy, Detective Connors - wants to answer. Nevertheless, the astute Molly discovers Lenore lived a fractured life, so different from Molly's own secure and loving Orthodox Jewish background. And as a chilling picture of the unfortunate woman begins to take shape, the menace of murders past and present stirs and quickens.

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Heroine is a dummy

There are just too many instances when our "heroine" blindly chooses unsupported trails down which to drag the reader for true crime fiction buffs, who know a dead end when they see one, to put up with. I, for one, figured this one out early on, having slogged through cliched rants--no, kvetching--about her ex-husband, endless descriptions of the streets of Hollywood and LA (I guess to let us know she's familiar with the area), and way more than you would ever want to know about what she and this one or that might be wearing. Don't bother.
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- S. Horn

A little different, but not in a good way...

This mystery introduced me to freelance reporter Molly Blume, a woman with absolutely no compunction about lying to get her way, yet who is also a heavily-observant Jew who wails endlessly about her commitment to orthodoxy. If you have never heard of Judaism, her unrelenting expalnation of every detail and ritual of orthodox life in the 5700s MIGHT seem interesting, but I doubt it. Without the loose lips and complete unprofessionalism of every cop, doctor and nurse in the field, Molly couldn't investigate her way out of a paper bag, so it's pretty irritating that she supposedly charms the truth out of everyone but the listener.
***
The narrator has a little bit of a whine in her voice and lays the Jewish accents on pretty thick for a story that takes place in Los Angeles. The recording strikes me as 2nd rate, with a slight echo and hiss that cause some words to be difficult to interpret, but nothing that would encourage me to roll back and give it another listen.
***
This might pass muster with women who don't pay close attention to mystery novels, or people desperate for an author who wallows in her Jewish heritage, but most mystery fans will find it lightweight and annoying; at least I did.
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- Wild Wise Woman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio