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Publisher's Summary

This true story begins on a sunny morning in 2003, just before the Fourth of July, outside of Flint Michigan, when an 80-year-old grandmother has mysteriously disappeared from the face of the Earth. She was my mother.
Three days after she disappeared, the charred remains of her new car were identified, after being completely destroyed by an intentional fire; but she was nowhere to be found.
For the next three months, my family and I searched for her, and this book chronicles that search, and eventually her memorial service, funeral, and the trial of the person who stood accused of killing her. It is an odd and twisting tale about robbery, kidnapping, a lesbian love triangle, attempted murder, and actual murder.
©2015 Daniel L. Murphy (P)2016 Daniel L. Murphy
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Client on 02-17-16

Beautiful story, fabulous narration, 5 stars

Would you listen to Missing Mom: A True Crime, True Family Story again? Why?

I so enjoy Kevin Pierce's performances, I am likely to dust this off and re-listen to it in a few years.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration. Besides that, this is just a beautifully-written book, well told. A wonderful listen, full of rich description and thoughtful reflections on a memorable and bittersweet story. The book is informative, and delivers procedural details without getting mired in them, while also providing enough context to ensure that those persons involved were developed as fully human -- helping the reader to empathize.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

All of them. Pierce is such a pro. Never over-acts. Clearly differentiates the characters. Brilliant delivery. I am such a shameless fan.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue. Full of hope and new beginnings. Such a brave family, and the author in particular was genuinely inspiring. Won't say more to avoid spoilers.

Any additional comments?

I have grown to trust and enjoy Mr. Pierce's true crime productions so much that as soon as he releases one I immediately buy it without even reading the full book description. As an Audible client with hundreds of titles who achieved the "master" level of listening hours long ago, I've sampled many narrators with various levels of talent and lack thereof. Mr. Pierce is my #1 favorite actor of all time, and any author would be *beyond* lucky to sign him.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kara Allbaugh on 02-08-16

Such a sad but great true story

Really enjoyed this book I did the audible in a day I couldn't stop listening. The narrator did a fantastic job telling the story. Unique perspective from the family. I was happy to listen to the court transcripts in which most of the story came out. Worth a read for sure.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By RHSCOT on 03-05-16

Moving and Captivating

Tragic story, well written with fascinating personal insights from the son of Mrs Murphy. Highly recommend.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By maz-999 on 05-24-16

Sad true story

Felt it took a while to get into (nearly gave up as narrator is a bit boring, I found) but glad I didn't.

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