The Deadly Art of Deception

  • by Linda Crowder
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists, Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true.
Of course, she may not be the only liar in town. Taylor's former father-in-law accuses her of killing his son in front of a diner full of people, except he may have had a stronger motive. A handsome boat captain seems to fancy both Cara and Taylor and can't make up his mind between them, or between lying and telling the truth. And the local constable mistrusts everyone, but may have a reason to be mistrusted himself. Will Cara help her old friend Taylor, or will doing so get her into a heap of trouble? When a headless body is discovered in the bay, Cara wonders just who she can trust in this tiny town.


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting story

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns at the end I wasn't sure whom to believe. I thought I had it figured out but kinda missed a few clues. I love how the sisters worked together in the mornings and how important family is. I love how the author inserted Cara's love for books which I totally get since I'm that way myself. You never know whom your true friends will turn out to be.

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As always any book Ms. Babb narrates you can guarantee will be a hit. I don't know what it is about her style I like so much but it really draws me inside the book. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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- Lisa Harris

Enjoyable Cozy

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I appreciate a good cozy mystery and listening to Linda Crowder’s The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery, as read by Michelle Babb, was very enjoyable.  It was one of those books that I was instantly in sync with. It had many twists and turns along the way to its climax and the author had this reader guessing until the end. Cara (full name Caribou—who names their daughter that, by the way?) King is a likable, realistically drawn lead character. Her reactions to the situations and people around her ring true. One thing that I appreciated about the book was that Cara did not repeatedly put herself into dangerous situations.

As is typical in most cozies, there is a limited number of secondary characters, some likable, some not. I liked Cara’s sister Mel and her husband, Bent. Dan and Frank had me unsure, which was part of the intrigue of the novel. I did have a difficult time understanding why Cara put up with her friend Taylor Snow so long. Taylor, Cara’s college friend who had moved up to Alaska, married a now-deceased local artist, is beautiful, narcissistic and has few redeeming qualities. Taylor left Coho Bay after her husband John’s death.  Upon her sudden and unexpected return to Coho Bay, her late husband’s father Jack accuses Taylor of killing Johnny. This seems impossible as Johnny was killed by a bear attack. Jack later disappears under suspicious circumstances. 

The narration by Michelle Babb was reliably good. Cara’s voice, in particular, rang true. Her performance of Taylor was perfectly irritating, just as Taylor was written. 

I recommend this book. The who’s and how’s of this mystery kept the reader guessing and made for a diverting listen. I hope that this is the beginning of a series featuring Cara King and Coho Bay. 

I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own. 


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- Melstamps

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2017
  • Publisher: Linda Crowder