Review: Burning Ground by D.A. Galloway

About the Audiobook

Author: D.A. Galloway

Narrator: Michael Bauer

Length: 16 hours 59 minutes

Publisher: D.A. Galloway⎮2021

Genre: Historical Fiction; Time Travel

Series: Frontier Time Traveler Series, Book 1

Release date: Aug. 16, 2021

Synopsis: Does time heal all wounds? Or do some last forever?

Pennsylvania, 1971: Graham Davidson is a young man with survivor’s guilt after the death of three siblings.

Estranged from his father and seeking a direction in his life, Graham learns about vision quests from a Crow Indian. He secures seasonal employment in Yellowstone National Park and embarks on a spiritual journey.

Wyoming Territory, 1871: Under a full moon at a sacred thermal area, Graham finds himself in Yellowstone a century earlier – one year before it was established as a national park. He joins the Hayden Expedition, which was commissioned to explore the region.

Although a military escort provides protection for the explorers, the cavalry’s notorious lieutenant threatens Graham. His perilous journey through the future park is marred by a horrific tragedy in a geyser basin, a grizzly bear attack, and an encounter with hostile Blackfeet Indians.

Graham falls in love with Makawee, a beautiful Crow woman who serves as a guide. As the expedition nears its conclusion, Graham is faced with an agonizing decision.

Does he stay in the previous century with the woman he loves or travel back to the future?

If you like the historical time travel adventure of Outlander or enjoyed the movie Dances with Wolves, then you’ll love Burning Ground!

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There are some topics I can never resist: anything related to books (i.e. bookshops, libraries, etc) being one, and time travel being another.

So, when audiobookworm promotions looked for hosts for this tour, I was glad to join.

The premise sounded fascinating, and the book didn’t disappoint.

The book starts slow; the time travel event doesn’t happen until well into the story, but I didn’t mind, because the book drew me in right from the start.

Yellowstone National Park is a fascinating place of which I knew very little when starting the book. Its history is interesting, and I’d really love to visit one day.

We learn a bit about Yellowstone’s past and recent past, its meaning to the Native Americans, and some of the problems that came with the white usurpers.

My impression was, that the book is very well researched. I didn’t look up any of the historic people mentioned, but I never doubted that D.A. Galloway got his facts right. I imagine that Hayden’s 1871 expedition is well documented in text and photos and paintings, but D.A. Galloway weaves an intriguing tale with fascinating characters and vivid descriptions of the trials and tribulations such an expedition would bring, as well as the joyful, stunning moments.

Everything is described so vividly, I felt like I was there. The book makes me want to go and follow the trail this specific expedition took — although I’m not fond of mosquitoes, and the wildlife would scare me.

Michael Bauer did a terrific job as a narrator, I actually ‘heard’ all the different people and was never at a loss as to who said what; all the characters are distinctive. Mr Bauer’s diction was excellent, making it easy for me to understand every word — English is not my first language, so a clear diction is essential for me to enjoy an audio book.

The whole experience was absolutely great, and time flew by — I never even realized the length of the book.

I would recommend this book not only to readers who are interested in history, or geology, but to everybody who wants to enjoy a great story.

About the Author: D.A. Galloway

D.A. Galloway, Author

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania near Gettysburg. After a long career in the paper industry and writing a bestselling nonfiction book, Safety WALK Safety TALK, I decided to follow a once-dormant dream of writing a novel. I enjoy reading about adventurers and explorers, traveling internationally, riding a recumbent tandem bike, and spending time with my grandsons.

Burning Ground was inspired by two memorable summers of my youth.

As a teenager, I worked on a fruit farm in Pennsylvania. It is here I met Redfield, a Crow Indian who lived a simple life but had a profound effect on the way I saw the world and people around me.

As a young man, I spent a summer in Yellowstone National Park in the late 1970’s giving guided tours on Yellowstone Lake. When I was not working, my days were spent exploring all corners of that magnificent land, often in the backcountry. My love for our nation’s first national park is rooted in that wonderful experience. 

I am currently working on the sequel to Burning Ground, titled Fatal Ground.


About the Narrator: Michael Bauer

Micael Bauer, Narrator

I am a professionally trained actor with a BFA in drama from NYU Tisch school of the arts, and an MFA in acting from UCLA. While in grad school I studied voice narration with Scott Brick and Pat Fraley, and I love to bring new works of literature to life. When I’m not reading I enjoy surfing, fencing and coaching kids soccer on the weekends. Dialects I am comfortable portraying include English, Cockney, Scottish, German, Russian, Irish.



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by D.A. Galloway. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Full tour schedule:

Sep. 19th:
Blätterflüstern (Review)
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Guest Post)

Sep. 20th:
Audiobook News (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
BookishKelly2020 (Spotlight)

Sep. 21st:
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Music Playlist)
FYFB Book Blog (Spotlight)

Sep. 22nd:
Sometimes Leelynn Reads (Review, Music Playlist)
Literary Gold (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Sep. 23rd:
Shaez Reads (Spotlight)
A Hippie’s Bookshelf (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Sep. 24th:
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Character Profiles)

Sep. 25th:
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Guest Post)
I’m All About Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Sep. 26th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Guest Post)

Review: Between Ink and Shadows by Melissa Wright

Author: Melissa Wright
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 6 hours and 22 minutes
Series: Between Ink and Shadows, Book 1
Publisher: Melissa Wright
Released: Apr. 25, 2022
Genre: Epic Fantasy; Historical Romance
Author: Melissa Wright
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 6 hours and 22 minutes
Series: Between Ink and Shadows, Book 1
Publisher: Melissa Wright
Released: Apr. 25, 2022
Genre: Epic Fantasy; Historical Romance

Synopsis: Nimona was forced to take on her father’s debts with the Trust — a society whose members wield forbidden magic. The Trust are located underground in the city ruled by a king with no magic of his own.

To pay off her father’s debt, Nimona gets a task that endangers her life. She is pretty much on her own, but still she sets out to do what will hopefully gain her her freedom back.

My thoughts:

I did enjoy the book, not least because it was very well read by Mary Jane Wells.

The world is fascinating, if a bit vague.

I didn’t get a very clear picture of this world, be it underground, or above ground.

There seem to be places outside the city where one could be safe, but even that is not proven.

Our heroine is like any youngster confronted with a similar situation: stubborn, loyal to her friends whom she doesn’t want to endanger, but without whose help she can’t possibly survive.

Along the way she falls for the one person who might be able to help her get rid of that contract, but who is in danger himself.

I liked the characters, and the story, but feel that more could have been described, because I didn’t get a very clear picture of the environs.

That said, it is not about the environs, but about friendship and loyalty, and it kept me listening till the ending. It is a really sweet read that makes you want for more.

About the author: Melissa Wright

Melissa is the author of more than a dozen YA and fantasy novels including The Frey Saga and BETWEEN INK AND SHADOWS. When not writing she can generally be found talking about a book, painting something from a book, or tucked between headphones listening to a book. It’s kind of a theme. She loves reasonable heroines in unreasonable situations, noble–if brooding–heroes, slow burn and sweet kisses, a lot of havoc, and a little magic. Stay updated on works in progress at Instagram or contact her through the web at

About the Narrator: Mary Jane Wells

Mary Jane Wells is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.

I got a review copy of this book for free by audiobookworm promotions

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Tour Schedule

Jun. 14th:
The Book Junkie Reads . . . (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Blätterflüstern (Review)

Jun. 15th:
What’s Beyond Forks (Review)
Caro.Library (Review)
Movies, Shows, n Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 16th:
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 17th:
LilysAdventuresinBookland (Review)
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 18th:
Guilty Indulgence Bookclub (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 19th:
Declarations Of A Fangirl (Review)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jun. 20th:
C.C. Villacorta (Review)
AGirlandHerTablet (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Wonderstruck (Review)

Fräuleinwunder – Stephanie von Wolff


Das Buch fing vielversprechend an, konnte dann meine Erwartung doch nicht erfüllen.

Die Charaktere sind sehr schwarz-weiß gezeichnet und bleiben zweidimensional.
Das bisschen was sie an Entwicklung durchmachen geht von 0 auf 100 in wenigen Sekunden….

Mich fasziniert die Zeit der 1950er Jahre, aber meiner Meinung nach wird diese nur teilweise eingefangen.
Von der Atmosphäre so kurz nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg bekommt man kaum etwas mit, außer, dass mitunter Altnazis erwähnt werden die wieder in hohen Posten sind.
Wir erleben die Anfänge des deutschen Fernsehens und die damaligen räumlichen und technischen Schwierigkeiten mit denen man zu kämpfen hatte, aber für unsere Hauptperson läuft alles glatt.

Eigentlich hat mich auch Hamburg als Setting fasziniert, aber auch hier wurde eine Chance vertan, und es blieb alles an der Oberfläche.
Das Milieu und der Kiez werden sehr verklärt romantisiert, was ich so mal infrage stellen würde.
Die Erwähnung einiger realen Personen war ganz nett, aber ihre Aktionen im Roman konnten mich nicht überzeugen.

Der Schreibstil ist flüssig, so dass sich das Buch trotz seiner Seichtheit zügig weg gelesen hat.

Julia Fischer — Der Salon

Julia Fischer: Der Salon, Bastei Lübbe 25.02.2022

Diese Buch ist großartig! Julia Fischer hat intensiv recherchiert und dabei keine Mühen gescheut — und man merkt es! Das Buch ist absolut stimmig und vermittelt einen großartigen Eindruck von der Zeit kurz bevor es mit dem Wirtschaftswunder so richtig losging.
Die ProtagonistInnen sind junge Leute die den Krieg zwar körperlich unversehrt überlebt haben, aber dennoch haben sie Schaden genommen. Jede/r versucht auf seine/ihre Art damit umzugehen, was mal besser, und mal schlechter gelingt.
Die ganzen Hindernisse, die ein junger, ehrgeiziger Mensch damals zu überwinden hatte werden detailgetreu dargestellt, und besonders junge Frauen hatten es schwer, war die Welt damals doch noch viel mehr Männerdominiert als sie es heutzutage ist.
Hinzu kommen noch die Gegensätze von Großstadt–Land, und Arbeiter — Akademikermilieu, und Spannung ist garantiert.
Ich hatte mir viel von diesem Buch erhofft und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht — im Gegenteil, dieses Buch ist einfach unbeschreiblich! Ich würde diese Lektüre jeder/m empfehlen, die/der auch nur ein bisschen an unserer jüngeren Geschichte interessiert ist!
Das Bild das Frau Fischer malt ist inklusiv und abgerundet.
Ich freue mich schon auf die Fortsetzung!

Rezension zu “Dein böses Herz” von Paul Buderath

Cover-Bild Dein böses Herz
Paul Buderath – Dein böses Herz, 28.05.2021, Lübbe, ISBN 9783751706070, ebook, 4,99 €

Solider Krimi

Inhalt: Komissarin Sandra Rehbein und ihr Team werden mit einer grausamen Mordserie konfrontiert: Männer werden ermordet, und ihnen wird das Herz rausgerissen. Was für einen Zusammenhang gibt es zwischen den Männern, und wird es weitere Opfer geben? Ein Wettlauf mit der Zeit beginnt….

Mit ‘Dein böses Herz’ hat Paul Buderath einen soliden Krimi mit glaubwürdigen Charakteren vorgelegt.

Der Spannungsbogen ist gut und wird aufrechterhalten, die Charaktere sind nicht abgehoben sondern sehr realistisch dargestellt.

Wir bekommen Einblicke in die Abgründe der Seele des Täters, und menschliche Schwächen werden genauso aufgezeigt wie deren Stärken.

Der Stil ist angenehm, sodass sich das Buch flüssig liest.
Es ist auch nicht ausschweifend, sondern eher kurz und knapp, was durchaus für das Buch spricht.

Alles in Allem gute Unterhaltung für einen Sonntagnachmittag.

Review: Athena’s Choice (audio) by Adam Boostrom

Adam Boostrom: Athena’s Choice; Audible Audio; 7h29m; Narrator: Alex Ford

It’s been decades since I read feminist literature like, e.g., ‘Egalia’s Daughters’ by Gerd Brantenberg. I haven’t thought of the premise of a matriarchal society for a very long time, so this book came as quite a surprise.
Where in the books I read back then women and men only had switched roles, so to say, Adam Boostrom is taking it one step further: men don’t exist any more on earth. The whole population is female, and they are doing well.
However, some females want to bring back males, because they have fond memories, because they’re curious, or because they don’t feel complete without a male counterpart.
A renowned scientist is tasked with creating a genome that is resistant to the virus which killed all males five decades ago.
The catch is: somebody stole the genome before its completion.

Enter our heroine: young Athena Vosh.
She is somehow connected to the theft, and gets summoned before the AI who knows everything, and who is responsible for the well-being of the population — alas, the AI isn’t allowed to make decisions regarding life or death, which is why she needs somebody who is allowed to do this.

Athena agrees to help finding the thief, hoping she’ll at last find a purpose in life, and maybe even excel.

But things don’t quite turn out the way Athena had hoped. She makes acquaintances, and her dreams lead her in a direction I wasn’t sure was beneficial for ‘womanity’ — would she open Pandora’s box?

The characters are well formed out, and the world is fascinating and vividly described. I loved the occasional advertisements throughout the book, as well as the description of all the technical achievements this future holds.
I’m not sure I’d want any of that — well, maybe the massage thing — and I certainly don’t know what choice I’d make were I in Athena’s shoes.
From where I stand now, the choice would be simple, because I have two sons and a grandson (and I had a brother), but if I had grown up without ever knowing any males…

This books combines various subjects: a coming of age story, a utopia, a bit of dystopia, and a future which still seems like science fiction now, but is looming around the corner, what with all the scientific and technological advances humanity has made.
There are enough twists to keep you listening (or reading), and the outcome is totally unexpected.

It gives food for thought, and will certainly stay with me for some time to come.

The narrator does an excellent job, and I especially enjoyed the way she narrated the advertisements. Her enunciation was very good, so that even I, as a non-native speaker, had absolutely no trouble understanding every word.

I received a complimentary copy and I chose to willingly post an honest review.

Review: Treasure, built of Sand (audio) by S.W. Hubbard

S.W. Hubbard: Treasure, built of Sand (Palmyrton Estate Mystery Series #6); Narrator: Janelle Tedesco; audible audio: 7h35min; 23 Aug. 2019


Another Man’s Treasure are hired to sell the contents of a beach house of a very rich family. Audrey is surprised, because the owners haven’t died, and don’t intend to move, and there are no antiques to sell.

Still, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if it comes with a weekend spent in splendid surroundings.

However, where Audrey is, trouble isn’t far–she is like a magnet for mysteries.

So she ends up solving the death of a youth, and taking care of quite a lot of other problems along the way.

My Thoughts:

There are few mystery series I thoroughly enjoy and haven’t found fault with so far, and the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery series is one of them.

Although it has been a while since last I was in Palmyrton (virtually, of course), I immediately reconnected with Audrey and her crew, and with the latest addition of her husband and his large family.

Like in the previous books, all the characters are very believable, as are their trials and tribulations.

The book is rich in small details (like the aftermath of a huge storm), which adds to its authenticity.

The problems not related to the actual sale are of a kind most people have some knowledge about, but only those concerned really think about–at least I had never given it any thought.

The twists and turns the story takes are great, and in the end, it all somehow interlocks, showing Audrey where she definitely doesn’t want to go.

I was very happy that Janelle Tedesco found the time in her tight schedule to narrate this audio book. As usual, she did a fantastic job! Her character voices are very easy to differentiate, you always know exactly who is talking. As the cast of characters is large, this is no mean feat, especially since she manages to give all known characters the voices the listener is used to from the previous books.

The combination of S.W. Hubbard’s brilliant writing and Janelle Tedesco’s fantastic narration is something nobody should miss out on!

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Rezension: Hanna Caspian – Gut Greifenau – Nachtfeuer

Hanna Caspian: Nachtfeuer (Gut Greifenau 2), Knaur TB, 560 S., ebook, €9,99


Die Familie Auwitz-Aarhayn und ihre Bediensteten durchleben die Zeit des ersten Weltkrieges. Aufgrund ihrer Lage geht es ihnen noch vergleichsweise gut, wenngleich sich auch auf dem Gut die Lebensmittelknappheit bemerkbar macht.

Nikolaus ist im Krieg, Konstantin ist mit einer Verletzung und einer Kriegsneurose auf das Gut zurückgekehrt, Alexander ist aus der Schule zurück, und für Katharina hat sich nichts verändert. Ihre Mutter hält nach wie vor an ihren Heiratsplänen für sie fest.

Einige der Bediensteten wurden eingezogen, die anderen wursteln mehr oder weniger unverändert vor sich hin.

Mit Fortschreiten des Krieges wird die Situation für alle immer bedrohlicher, es gibt aber auch Lichtblicke.

Meine Meinung

Mit ‘Nachtfeuer’ hat Hanna Caspian eine gelungene Fortsetzung der Gut Greifenau-Saga geschrieben.

Die Charaktere entwickeln sich weiter — einige so, wie man es erwartet, andere können überraschen.

Es gelingt Hanna Caspian die Figuren so plastisch darzustellen, dass man mit fiebert.

Man freut sich mit Albert und Wiebke, ist empört und abgestoßen von Feodora, Anastasia, und einigen anderen, empfindet durchaus ein bisschen Schadenfreude für Adolphis, und hofft und bangt besonders für Konstantin und Katharina.

Im Vordergrund steht die Familie mit ihren Bediensteten, aber auch einige Dorfbewohner mischen mehr oder minder kräftig mit.

Alle haben so ihre kleinen oder großen Geheimnisse, und der Krieg ist nicht gerade zuträglich.

Überhaupt ist der erste Weltkrieg sehr gut in die Geschichte eingewoben: er wirkt sich natürlich auf die Geschicke aller aus, steht aber nicht im Vordergrund.

Durch diese Verquickung von Krieg und Familienschicksale bekommt man einen sehr guten Eindruck von den Umwälzungen, die der erste Weltkrieg für das gesamte Land mit sich bringt.

Ich würde den Roman daher nicht unbedingt als historischen Roman einordnen, er ist aber durch den historischen Kontext besonders interessant und vermittelt einen sehr guten Eindruck davon, wie es den Deutschen während des Krieges so gegangen ist.

Das Buch endet mit einem ‘Cliffhanger’, aber da der dritte Band inzwischen vorliegt, kann ich es verzeihen. Ich freue mich schon auf den Abschluss der Trilogie, denn ich muss unbedingt wissen, wie es mit Konstantin und Katharina weitergeht. Können sie dem Schicksal entkommen, das andere für sie vorgesehen haben?

Wer gerne Familiengeschichten liest und auch historisch interessiert ist, dem kann ich diese Trilogie nur ans Herz legen.

Der Schreibstil ist flüssig, und das Buch liest sich so weg, man merkt gar nicht, dass es über 500 Seiten sind.

Und jetzt habe ich eine Verabredung mit der Morgenröte…

Ich möchte mich bei Knaur für das Leseexemplar bedanken, sowie bei Literaturschock und Hanna Caspian für die Lese- und Diskussionsrunde.

Rezension:Andreas Brandhorst – Ewiges Leben

Andreas Brandhorst: Ewiges Leben, Piper Verlag, ebook, 704 S., €14,99


Die Firma Futuria, gegründet mit der hehren Idee das Leben für die Menschheit zu verbessern, Krankheiten auszumerzen, und letztendlich den Menschen zur Unsterblichkeit zu verhelfen, hat sich im Laufe der Jahre weiterentwickelt, und die Ziele haben sich geändert. Dies ist allerdings nicht offensichtlich, offiziell wird weiterhin daran gearbeitet, die ursprünglichen Ziele zu verwirklichen.

Die Journalistin Sophia wird von Futuria engagiert um anlässlich des 20jährigen Firmenjubiläums ein Firmenporträt zu erstellen.

Bei einer Feier kommt es zu einem Zwischenfall, und Sophia und ihr Kollege Borris untersuchen die Hintergründe.

Plötzlich finden sie sich in einem Sumpf aus Intrigen wieder.

Derweil sind Futurias Gegner auch nicht untätig, und alles läuft auf einen großen Showdown hinaus dessen Gewinner nicht feststeht.

Meine Meinung

Mit ‘Ewiges Leben’ ist Andreas Brandhorst ein großartiger, brandaktueller Thriller gelungen, der es wieder mal schafft heiße Eisen anzupacken und zum Nachdenken anzuregen, ohne dabei zu moralisieren.

Der Spannungsbogen wird konstant aufrechterhalten — was bei über 700 Seiten eine großartige Leistung ist.

Das Buch liest sich einfach so weg, man merkt die Länge überhaupt nicht, denn die Szenen und Protagonisten wechseln ständig, wobei alle quasi aufeinander zulaufen.

Sympathien und Antipathien die man im Laufe des Buches entwickelt muss man überdenken, denn es ist nicht alles so, wie es scheint.

Technische oder wissenschaftliche Kenntnisse braucht man nicht, um das Buch zu verstehen. Alles wird so erklärt, dass man jederzeit im Bilde ist.

Interessanterweise hat die Wirklichkeit die Fiktion in einigen Bereichen schon eingeholt, was doch irgendwie erschreckend ist.

Natürlich ist uns allen bewusst, dass die schöne neue Welt auch Schattenseiten hat, aber im Allgemeinen verdrängt man das. Im Buch werden wir mit den Schattenseiten konfrontiert und müssen uns damit auseinandersetzen.

Es ist ein tolles Buch, großartig recherchiert, sehr flüssig geschrieben, und absolut empfehlenswert.

Übrigens ist die Hörbuchvariante, gelesen von Richard Barenberg, auch sehr zu empfehlen. Richard Barenberg liest die Geschichte großartig. Leider ist die Kapiteleinteilung des Hörbuches absolut willkürlich, so dass man nicht ohne weiteres zwischen Buch und Hörbuch hin- und herspringen kann.

Vielen Dank an und Piper Verlag für das Rezensionsexemplar.

Review: Nanci Rathbun – Honor Kills (audio)

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.
As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.
But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.
Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.
Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

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I was excited when I got the chance to listen to the third volume in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series.
I had listened to, and loved, the first two volumes, and so my expectations for this volume were high enough.

I wasn’t disappointed. Angelina is her usual self, very stylish, very diplomatic, and very clever, and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter aren’t missing, either.

This time, she has to face her beloved dad’s past — something she has gotten used to blanking out — only now, she needs his help, and there are consequences.
The case starts out easy enough, but when Angie and Bobby (who she has taken on as an assistant in her agency) dig deeper, a lot of dirt is dug up in the process, endangering people Angie cares about.
In fact, things take a turn to the worse after a fairly short time, and Angie is out of her depths — which is when she makes use of her father’s connections.
Afterwards, she needs to ask herself if he has betrayed her….
The consequences of her research are dire, not just for her client, but for herself and somebody she loves, too.

I really liked this turn of events, and it is not the first time I wonder how the author did her research — or maybe it is all common knowledge and I’m the only ignorant person?
Anyway, the story is plausible, and it rings true, and that’s good enough for me.

Kieren Calland Metts’s narration was enjoyable, she does the different characters well, and the pronunciation of foreign words sounds fine to me, too.
A great series, and I look forward to the next instalment.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.