The Doll Maker : Balzano and Byrne

  • by Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Balzano and Byrne
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children.A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.
Seven days later two more young victims are discovered in an abandoned house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invitation. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano: a delicate porcelain doll.
It's a message. And a threat. With the killers at large, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven more days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from the streets.

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Page Turning Nail Biting Suspense Beginning 2 End

Would you listen to The Doll Maker again? Why?

There are times I have nothing new to listen to and if that were the case, then yes, this is one, I could easily repeat.


Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Scott Brick has made narration into an art! He is one of my favorites. His performance as always was perfect as was his interpretation of the characters.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

SPOILER ALERT: I did feel very sad after the first murder of a young girl when her father was told. After finding out the father committed suicide. Other then that, a rapid pulse while the crimes were being committed and the hope that "that one" would get away.


Any additional comments?

This book was excellent. Fast paced and full of nail biting suspense right from the first paragraph. I have enjoyed all of Richard Montanari's books, but this one more then the last since he has returned to Scott Brick as the narrator. This story is so twisted with familial relationships gone wrong but so very believable. I like the turn the Byrne/Balzano books seem to be taking. At the end we find out that Jessica Balzano will be going to work for the DA while her partner will remain a detective. Can't wait for the next installment. Very Highly Recommended. If this review was helpful please indicate so. I base many of my own purchases on reviews and always leave feedback and let the reviewer know their time writing it is valued. Thank You.

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- shelley

To much cheating.

I love mystery/crime novels where the plot unfolds at a steady pace. What the characters know, the reader knows. This book has way to many "how could they know that moments." . Routinely, I was rewinding book to see if I missed something. There is one scene where the major evil character knows the police will be arriving soon at a house he as at. There is nothing in the story that would let him know that fact. The authors has all these mysterious things going on with no explanation of why they occur. The evil doers are out for revenge for something in the past, so they kill people. The last person they target has nothing to do with anything. The author never explains why. You will be left shaking your head saying, "that's not fair."

Scott Brick as usual is excellent narrator.
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- John S "Avid audible listener for over 10 years."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio