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Dante Gallati was a man who ran his circus with an iron-fist and showed a soft side to a select few. He had his secrets that no one knew about and he could change his mind in a matter of seconds.
One night, he changed the theme of his circus right in the middle of a tour. He promised that it would be the show that everyone would remember. After that, he told them good night and said that he would talk more about Cirque Macabre.
That was the last time anyone saw him alive.
It isn't long before pieces of Dante Gallati are found and the circus performers realize a killer is walking among them. Cryptic notes with Shakespeare's quotes are sent to them and the circus starts to go into a panic. In the middle of it all are the nine people Dante trusted the most: trapeze artists Spencer and Rosalie, acrobats Lisa and Nick, tightrope walker Tracey, bareback rider Alana, Jonny the world's most cynical clown, Harry the lion tamer, and daredevil Andrew.
Dante saved them once upon a time and they swear to keep his legacy alive. But as they keep digging deeper into the murder mystery, they soon realize that Dante wasn't as honest as he appeared to be. He had many secrets and he surrounded himself with lies. He made plenty of people angry and one in particular was angry enough to kill.
Now it's up to Dante's trusted nine to find that killer before one of them ends up as the next victim.
©2013 Cithara Susan Patra (P)2016 Cithara Susan Patra
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3 out of 5 stars
By Reg on 06-06-17

The Show Went On...

...and on. This seemed like a much longer book than it was. And I listened to it on 1.5 speed! For me, it was the narration that made it difficult to listen to. Zachary Liebenstein's female voices were wanting, his male voices were OK, and his narration style left much to desire. He was definitely 'reading' the material rather than telling the story. He also called Henry the Fifth Henry V (as in the letter) or Henry Five throughout the book (and it was used a lot) and mispronounced words throughout which was very distracting. At one point, he leaned away from the microphone while recording and coughed.

It seemed like a great premise for a book. A single-minded, strong-willed circus owner announces the transformation of the show to his 'favorite' performers just before disappearing. Soon after, bits of him begin to be found and seeming to point the finger at different performers. I just didn't love how the story unfolded. Too much was kept back for too long and it took too long for discoveries to be made and secrets to be revealed. I usually like longer books over shorter ones but this book could have done with some editing and the ending definitely could have given more details heading into the second installment in the series. Would I listen to the second book? Yes, to see if Patra develops the story more fully and matures as a writer. I usually enjoy the author's work and would give this another shot.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany on 07-26-16

Middle of the road

Would you try another book from CS Patra and/or Zachary Liebenstein?


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Not bad. Middle of the road mystery. Narration was average. I received this audiobook for free from the author for my unbiased review.

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