Desolation Row : Austin Starr Mysteries

  • by Kay Kendall
  • Narrated by Tatiana Gomberg
  • Series: Austin Starr Mysteries
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1968. The Cold War is hot, the Vietnam War is raging, and the women's movement is beating a far-distant drum. When Austin Starr's husband decides to protest the war by emigrating from Texas to Canada, she goes along, with the biblical dictate of "whither-thou-goest I will go," ringing in her ears.
No activist herself, Austin is homesick, drowning in culture shock, and now, her husband has been accused of murdering a fellow draft resister, the black-sheep son of a U.S. Senator. Alone and ill-equipped to negotiate in a foreign country, she is befriended by Larissa Klimenko, the daughter of Austin's Russian history professor.
The Mounties aren't supposed to harass draft-age boys but the truth is very different, especially when political pressure is applied by both the victim's father and the Canadian prime minister's office. They may have a reputation for always getting their man, but Austin is convinced this time they have the wrong one.
Once courted by the CIA, and a lover of mystery and espionage novels, Austin launches her own investigation into the murder. When ominous letters warning her to stop her sleuthing turn into death threats, Austin must find the real killer or risk losing everything. Her love - and her life - are on the line.


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Fluffy story read by a 21st century valley girl

This story is predictable and light, with a good dose of Canada bashing. Mostly, I cringed every time I had the earbuds in. Thanks to the bubbly reading, young women are all light-headed dingbats and foreign accents are indigestible.
I'm surprised at the high marks this book and narrator have received. I can only say this: make sure you listen to the sample reading before you buy.
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- Erica Aitken

chick fic

Wish there was a "chick fic" heading on some of the books I've bought. I knew I was in trouble in the first chapter. The heroine inched along a wall in the dark, hunting for a light switch, and fell over a body - as in actually falling and landing on the bloody body. How can you fall so heavily when you're inching along? Writing was mediocre, plot was unbelievable, the heroine clueless. Don't remember the narrator, so she must not have been bad. Actually, after two weeks, I barely remember the book at all.
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- Sammie "-sam"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2013
  • Publisher: Kay Kendall