- The Cross Kisses Back
- Narrated by: Lorna Raver
- Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-29-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Maddy Sprowls’ well-ordered world gets turned upside down when the paper hires twenty-four-year-old Aubrey McGinty for its police beat. Aubrey loses no time in questioning the conviction of Sissy James for the murder of televangelist Buddy Wing. It’s true that Sissy had quickly confessed - live on television - to poisoning the famous preacher, and the evidence does seem overwhelming. But the ambitious young reporter doesn’t believe Sissy is guilty. Aubrey enlists the help of Morgue Mama to dig into the morgue’s files. Their search for the truth soon becomes harrowing - and dangerous - as they uncover enough suspects to fill a church with those who do the devil’s work
C. R. Corwin is a former newspaper reporter living in Akron, Ohio.
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By Beth McKenzie on 10-15-13
Fun and engaged all the way to the twisted end
I chose this book first because I was intrigued by the narrator's voice, second because I liked the description of it being a classic cozy. That means there is no graphic sex or gory violence; just a little murder over there where nobody describes it to you to kick off the reason to tell a story about people. I also hoped that the setting would give a little different spin on the stereotypical Aunt Jane or Mrs. Fletcher finding out who-dun-it.
The bonus is that I really enjoyed the story. It takes place in a journalistic setting with reporters, librarians, editors and all the people who make up a newspaper staff. The death being investigated by a rookie crime beat reporter, Aubrey McGintey, is that of a famous televangelist who was poisoned on camera in the middle of his sermon while the cameras were rolling. The new kid doesn't think the right person is in prison and seeks to secure the release of the confessed killer. To do this she solicits the aid of the paper's librarian, Dolly Madison Sprowls, who is mostly known as Maddy to her friends, but nicknamed Morgue Momma by co-workers behind her back because of her job in the paper's morgue storage of old stories and her sour disposition,
While I don't think that I have to guess the end of the story to enjoy a book, I don't like it to totally surprise me either. I debated with myself over whether there was enough information throughout the story to be able to figure out the ending before the twist totally floored me. I don't think there is, but maybe I was just so caught up in the people and their stories that I missed the evidence that was being collected.
I'll pay more attention when I listen to it again.
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By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 02-09-15
whodunit with a surprise conclusion
Any additional comments?
lorna raver performed this story excellently, no one could have done it better bringing dolly (morgue mama) to life.
a very good crime story set in a newspaper office it follows Aubrey as she tries to find the killer of a tele evangelist.
good characterisation and plot line.