The Dead of Winter

  • by Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by Catherine Wenglowski
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a deceptively peaceful county, a murderer hides in plain sight.
Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, 23-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder, the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff's badge, and that won't be easy.
Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper's opponent in the recent election, doesn't like her and wants her to fail. She doesn't like him either, but she needs Oren to help catch the killer before another victim is discovered. Too late!
As Piper leads the manhunt, another crisis hits close to home. Her father, the previous sheriff, is fighting for his life, and she is torn between family and duty. Facing personal and professional threats, Piper has to weather a raging storm, keep the sheriff's department from crumbling around her, and reel in a killer during the most brutal winter sleepy Spencer County, Indiana, has ever experienced.


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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, found the book irritating.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Forerunner by Kahlil Gibran

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too nasal and hillbilly.

Did The Dead of Winter inspire you to do anything?

Shut off before the end.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this reviewā€¯.

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- Susan Patterson

The Dead of Winter

The Dead of Winter: A Piper Blackwell Mystery, Book 1
: Jean Rabe

Oh my! I wasn't sure if I would like this murder mystery / suspense thriller, but wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The descriptions of the settings were well done and drew me in. Each of the characters had their own personality, and they sometimes clashed as the new young sheriff tried to lead her department through investigating a serial killer, less than an hour after taking office. We are given plenty of suspects, clues here and there and a red herring or two thrown in to make the listener scratched their head and say "I didn't see that one coming." I enjoyed this book and look forward to more books in this series.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Catherine Wenglowski.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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- April H.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press