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This murder mystery thriller is an absolutely fantastic listen. From diverse, dynamic characters to an off-limits romance, to a well conceived of and written story, this book really has it all. Unpredictable twists abound - I finished this book in a little over one day, I really couldn't put it down. Robin Burcell hits the nail on the head for this genre (not surprising, as she's a former cop, hostage negotiator and forensic artist) and left me hungry for more stories by her. Travis Baldree does of wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, I was very impressed by his narration. I would recommend "The Last Good Place" to anyone who enjoys a mystery/thriller - this truly is an awesome one!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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What did you love best about The Last Good Place?
The book really has the feel of "The Streets of San Francisco" and other good TV police series you can think of:) It has a couple of detectives you get to like from their first appearance, a murder investigation - or two, rather - with a lot of clues and as many misguiding trails, and you have quite a bit of action, too... And it all described so vividly that you really have a feeling of watching a movie, not listening to a book:)
But that's not surprising taking into account the author's experience with the police work:) - it really shows in the best possible way...
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot is very well developed; it moves fast, but still there is time for a few of Kellog's inner monologues that allow us to get to know his character closer - which I personally liked a lot, as it made me relate to him better. I also think it was a good idea to have two murder investigations go on simultaneously, with some elements that intertwined them, as that made the story more gripping and action-packed. And although at some point I realized the who and the why (before the detectives did) it really didn't bother me as the author was able to keep my interest in how they will come up with the solution and how they will approach the murderer:)
What does Travis Baldree bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr Baldree's narration helped me visualise the story. I like his voicing of Al Krug especially; in this interpretation Al has all the qualities a good mentor should have: he is supportive, sometimes a little bit sarcastic, but never overpowering... He's been written this way by Ms Burcell but comes to life excellently in Mr Baldree's interpretation.
I generally liked all the male voices, no problems there; as for female voices, most of their parts were very well done, with only a few (really few) instances where I thought the woman sounded a little strange, but as these instances were few and apart, no star deduction for that:)
Generally, it's a great police procedural by Ms Burcell very well read by Mr Baldree:)
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Come back to the streets of San Francisco... to solve new crimes:)
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Young Casey Kellogg is ambitious. Already a homicide detective at an unprecedented young age, he has studied hard for his lieutenant's badge, passing the examination easily and is scheduled for the interview soon. He will be competing against much more experienced officers so really wants to prove himself by solving a high profile case - like that of the Landmark Strangler. And it seems like luck is favouring him when another victim is found close by the Golden Gate Bridge.
Trudy and Marcie had been neighbours and friends for a long time and often ran together in the morning. But not this day, and now one of them was dead, strangled. She, her husband and the victim's spouse are understandably upset. It looks like the Strangler had struck again and it's just possible that, through this death, the police have caught him. But interviews have to be made, statements taken and, as always, Casey is impressed by the easy technique of his partner and mentor, Al, in gaining the trust and responses from those he speaks with. Unlike Casey, Al is not P.C., seems to act more on instinct and he gets results when more modern technics seem to fail.
This is an entertaining 'partnership' police procedural story: the old timer, easy and instinctive, working with the enthusiastic but still naïve younger man, looking to make a name for himself. And it works. The murder they are first investigating segues into so much more and the book is packed with incidents, investigations, twists and turns. The characterisations are very well done, not only for the two main protagonist but for almost everyone appearing, giving a realistic alive presence throughout. A little joshing between the cops in conversation and very visual in the brief descriptions of places and people, but not a blood and gore focus. Instead it is the living, not the dead, who take centre place.
The book is well narrated by Travis Baldree, his very pleasant-on-the-ear reading perfectly mirroring the text in pace and emotion. The dialogue of the characters is superb, each being given a distinctive and appropriately personalised voice, which further brings them to life for the listener. An example of best pairing of author and narrator.
The time spent listening to this excellent detective mystery passed all too quickly for me and I will most definitely be looking forward to more from author, Robin Burcell, with whom I was previously unfamiliar. My deep thanks, therefore, to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy of The Last Good Place, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was a real pleasure to hear and a book I have no hesitation in recommending to all who enjoy good detective stories where the focus is on character and procedural rather than anatomical dissection. Well worth reading.
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