It's election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the year-round residents who enjoy their rural way of life and the city dwellers who are moving into mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed-gate community - complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clotheslines.
When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees to the town's residents, David O'Callaghan, the chief of police, decides to make a statement - by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday's German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer!
What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the frontrunner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the canine's past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a stake in this election.
With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang - including old friends from past cases - dive in to clear Gnarly's name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!
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This is the second book in the Mac Faraday series I have listened to and It was just as enjoyable as the last book. From the minute the book started it pulled me in and had my complete attention. I was irritated any time I had to pause the book and couldn't wait to get back to it.
Even though these books are part of a series and have recurring characters that are all connected in some way they can each be listened to as a standalone.
It's an entertaining well written story that flows smoothly, has an interesting plot, is full of intrigue and keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the twists. You are never quite sure who the actual killer is. Just when you think you have it figured out something changes and you have to start all over again. I love a story that you can't figure out in the first couple of chapters.
Great cast of characters. I really enjoy that each book while new and focusing on different characters, the rest of the familiar cast are not left out or ignored. They all have a role or make an appearance. It's like visiting with old friends. Really enjoyed the role Gnarly played in this story.
C.J. McAllister once again does a great job with the narration. Gotta love that deep rough around the edges voice. His voice just pulls you into a story and makes it come to life. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. All of them. Male and female. I really like that he doesn't try to do a high pitched female voice. Just the slight change in cadence is enough. Great job at making Mac sound sick. It's always very enjoyable to listen to him narrate a book.
I was given this free review audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.
- Kelly watley