Deadmistress : Susan Lombardi

  • by Carole B. Shmurak
  • Narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Series: Susan Lombardi
  • 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets about the school's faculty and students. And soon it becomes clear that John is not the only one with a motive for murder.

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This is a very interesting mytery novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadmistress to be better than the print version?

This was a really interesting quick listen little mystery. It felt like it wasn't the first book in the series. It kept my interest from beginning to end.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel. I can honestly say she does a great job keeping the energy of the character and makes the story move. She has a great feel for Susan, with a nice pace and tone throughout the book.


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- med c

A quick, fun mystery

What did you love best about Deadmistress?

While being vague to avoid spoilers, I would say the way the confession of the killer was got. It was quite novel and actual fit well with the setting of the story.

The books itself reminded me so many of your mystery novels or shows - Miss Marple, Murder She Wrote, etc., mixed in with a boarding school movie/book - like Dead Poets Society etc.

The mystery itself was good, although not edge-of-your-seat engaging but it was something different.


Would you be willing to try another book from Carole B. Shmurak? Why or why not?

I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it. I'm not going to rush out and get book 2 in the series but I might pick it up eventually.


What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed it, for the most part. She does a variety of accents throughout the book (including a brooklyn accent and something I would describe as Fargo-esque) as well as giving each individual character a different voice. A very good range and very consistent. Certainly helped engage the story.

One minor thing I disliked was the occasional sound effect. At one point the book reads "she took a sip of her drink" and Barbara added in a taking a sip sound effect. I know some people like htis sort of stuff but I generally don't. So one small mark against an otherwise really well done narration.


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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2014
  • Publisher: Carole B. Shmurak