Cameron’s Audiobook Review of A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case

I wish to thank the folks at Partners in Crime Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour and I especially wish to thank Stacy Verdick Case for allowing me to not only review the audio version of this book, but also to host a special Guest Post by her tomorrow (April 29) here on the blog! Purrs and tail waves to all of you as the felines would say.

Publisher: Before the Fall Books

Audible.com Release Date: February 5, 2012

Written by Stacy Verdick Case

Narrated by Justine Huxley

Rated:

Book Synopsis: A Grand Murder is the first book in the Catherine O’Brien mystery series. When a prominent local businessman and friend of the chief of police is murdered on the front steps of his posh Grand Avenue Hill home, Catherine O’Brien a pithy, vertically challenged, St. Paul, Minnesota, homicide detective with a monstrous coffee habit and her partner Louise are given two days to find his killer. They soon discover their victim had a list of people with motives to murder him, including his fashion designer ex-wife, his mistress’s husband, and the chief of police. The only evidence they have to go on is a missing cell phone, a stolen book, the victim’s letter opener, and an ugly pair of Alpaca wool mittens.

Review:

When Stacy asked me to review the audio edition of this book for her virtual book tour I will admit to a bit of hesitancy on accepting the task, mostly because it is really easy for me to zone out while listening to an audiobook. However, upon starting the book, I found myself getting wrapped up in both the storyline and the reader herself. Justine Huxley does a fantastic job of grabbing the listener’s attention, giving each character their own tone in the reading, and is the perfect complement to Stacy’s writing!

I loved the sound of Justine’s voice as she was reading. She gave each character a different voice, whether it was through tone, accent, or pitch, and as a result, there was no mistaking who was speaking during each scene. I particularly loved the voices she used for O’Brien and Mel. These two characters were my favorites out of the mix. Though I will admit to having a soft spot for Gavin and Louise as well. Justine brought Stacy’s characters to life for me in a way that I never could if I was reading the book on my own.

I also really enjoyed Justine’s ability to convey the humor and sarcasm within the story. I’ve always felt that it takes a skilled reader to successfully convey humor in a novel and for me Justine is perfect. There were several moments where I had to go back and replay bits of the audio because I could not stop laughing.

As far as pacing goes, again, Justine does a great job. As I said, I got caught up in the story and could not stop listening. There were times where I found myself muttering under my breath at various characters, and yes, at one point I strung a litany of “Put it together O’Brian” towards the end as she started to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Normally I don’t do this while listening to an audiobook, so the fact that I was talking back to my mp3 playing is a testament to Justine’s skills.

I sincerely hope that when the next O’Brien mystery hits shelves, the folks at Before the Falls Books consider having Justine read for the audio again! There’s no question that I would buy it once it was available. 🐱

To Purchase Audio Copies: Audible, Amazon, Itunes

About the Author:

Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter. Her Catherine O’Brien mystery, A Grand Murder, is available from Before the Fall Books. Her second Catherine O’Brien mystery Murder is a Family Affair, will be released shortly. Stacy is hard at work on her third book in the series.

Connect with Stacy: Website~Twitter~Facebook~Goodreads~Blog


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