Orchid Beach : Holly Barker

  • by Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by Debra Monk
  • Series: Holly Barker
  • 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Major Holly Barker, the army brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of 37 as the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad, she makes the move to civilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the surface of this sleepy, well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Tracking down the killers won't be easy for Holly who finds herself alone, with no clues to go on, and surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts. An unexpected source, Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty, becomes her inseparable companion and protector. But the closer she gets to unraveling the mystery of Orchid Beach, the nearer Holly comes to danger darker and more deadly than any she could have ever anticipated.


What the Critics Say

"Definitely more rewarding in the listen than in the read.' (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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This was my first Stuart Wood and I really enjoyed it. It moved along well with mystery, personal interest and some romance. There were some loose ends or characters not followed up but it didn't hurt the overall story. I am looking foward to listening to more of his works.
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- MSEreads "mesreads"

Good Narration, Inane Plotting

I enjoyed the narration but it couldn't really make up for the utter inanity of the plot. Coincidence heaped upon coincidence, joined with complete predictability, and topped off with incoherence. It's like a graphic novel, but without pictures.

For all that, the narration is outstanding.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: HarperAudio