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Note: Even though this is Book 7 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.
With the gruesome murder of the Stillmans, the police of Spencer, Maryland are out in force. Unfortunately, they fail to corral Derrick Stillman before he talks to the press, throwing blame for the murders on former child movie star Lenny Frost. From there, we end up with a group of drunk baseball enthusiasts held hostage while Mac Faraday and his half-brother police chief David O’Callaghan dig into the sordid pasts of all these people, the victims and suspects alike.
This was a delicious murder mystery that brings together failed movie careers, hostage situations, double and triple crossing, and guilt trips. Also, we delve into Mac’s love life a bit as his girlfriend Archie pushes to know why he doesn’t want to take the next step. Meanwhile, Gnarly dog is having girlfriend trouble of his own as he was pimped out, only to return to his regular girlfriend, Molly dog.
My favorite scenes were the old timers at the bar who are nearly oblivious to being held hostage (if only everyone would quiet down so they could enjoy the ball game!) and then when David takes on the female stunt woman Sela Wallace and walks away with some injuries. I also liked the jokes at Gnarly’s expense (lovingly doled out). He did over eat a bit, and it was weird bar food, so of course he would have digestive issues later on.
As a minor quibble, Wanda at the police station is described the exact same way in each book. I think I only noticed this because I have been listening to these books back to back. The sentences are the same, explaining that she’s almost always at the office because her grown kids and their offspring moved back home and she’s avoiding that chaos. With that said, we actually get to know more about her in this book as she has several lines while folks gather at the police station to figure out this tangled mystery.
I liked how we had two alcoholics/addicts in this tale. One has obviously worked hard to clean up his act while the other only enjoys the drama of the cycle (treatment, recovery, falling off the wagon, binges, treatment, etc.). It pulled at the heart strings a bit to see how one was trusted over the other with the resultant consequences.
Over all, it was a good solid mystery with plenty of moving parts and more than one guilty person with more than one motive. I love the way Mac puts challenges in front of his hotel manager, a really good guy who takes his job seriously.
I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours.
The Narration: James C. Lewis was OK with this book. His female voices were good but his range wasn’t that big. Often, I had to listen closely to keep track of who was talking unless it was a character with a distinct accent. The narrators keep changing for this series and I think that’s part of it. I had gotten used to Mike Algers and previously Dan Lawson did an incredible job on one of the books. Book 1 was narrated by a woman, Janean Jorgenson. As a stand alone, I would say this is a decent narration.
If you could sum up Twelve to Murder in three words, what would they be?
Who was your favorite character and why?
I read Lauren Carr for Mac Faraday
Have you listened to any of James C. Lewis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
yes. This one could have been better.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book is good .
Any additional comments?
Reviewing a thriller is a trick, more so if it is brimful of suspense. A reviewer need to tell the prospective readers about the book and must take care of not to make the review a spoiler. Lauren Carr has put me in a similar situation with her thriller Twelve to Murder.
The basic storyline goes like this. Former Childstar Lenny Frost is alleged of twin murders. The twist happens when the alleged person takes innocent bystanders hostage in a pub and demands Mac Faraday to find the real killer. Mac Faraday is in action with David Callaghan, his half brother.
As usual, authoress has portrayed her excellent narrative talent. How ever complicated the storyline is, finally everything falls into place like a rubik's cube. Adding on to the thrill, time doesn't have the mercy on them. This crisp, cliffhanger is endearing. However the audible narration didn't appeal to me much. May be because I was in a mood to read? I don't know.
This review is in return of a free book from the iREAD Book Tours