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Publisher's Summary

The Swap is a murder mystery involving an innocent abroad and a dangerous case of mistaken identity.
The story begins when Nicole Lewis, a young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple's house. She thinks it's the perfect arrangement. She's always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She'll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a troubleshooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad's assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don't turn out the way Nicole expects.
Within a couple of days, she discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in LA and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn't have. Nicole realizes she's in serious trouble. But she can't get Brad - busy working - or the police to believe her. Somehow it's up to her to extricate herself from the mess the Lowrys have left behind....
©2014 Nancy Boyarsky (P)2015 Nancy Boyarsky
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5 out of 5 stars
By Maggie Magoo on 05-29-15

Well-written mystery

What did you love best about The Swap: A Mystery?

I devoured this page turner and recommend it to mystery lovers who appreciate fine writing paired with a strong female lead character. The writer did a great job of transporting the reader to the UK, from her descriptions of a suburban London neighborhood, to the transit system and the British Museum—and later to Scotland. Jane Oppenheimer's reading is top notch. I don’t agree with the comment posted about the accents. I think she did an excellent job. She even reads the male voices in a believable way.

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5 out of 5 stars
By the opster on 05-20-15

Great Impressions!

The book intrigued me from the start. I especially li liked the focus on details. She made each place vivid, from the old house which appeared to hold vague secrets to the English town and, of course, the characters themselves. As the story progressed I, too, moved forward becoming increasingly alarmed as frightening events took place. The last part of the book with its unceasing violence put me off a bit. It felt excessive. I hungered for more introspection but others may have savored the consistent violence and found it quite palatable. All in all the book kept my attention and I found it to be a good listening experience.

Th narration of the book was superb. I felt that in listening great depth was added to the written word. The narration made me a part of the life and events the writer depicted. As I grew up abroad living in four countries prior to my fifteenth birthday, I've always been attuned to the rhythms found in each language and the disparate accents sometimes found within the same city. The narrator's ear for these often subtle changes was amazing. I know my pleasure was supremely enhanced by the narration for it created a memorable listening experience for me.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 06-04-16

Dreadful accents!

Although the story itself is good, some of the background research is inaccurate and the author has a very dated view of English manners and vocabulary. Jane Oppenheimer's narration is great, until she attempts English, Scottish and Irish accents, which are absolutely cringe worthy. The voice characterisation of Kevin and Chas was so awful that they reminded me of the baddies in Disney's '101 Dalmations'!

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