- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 8, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FPRQ4IU
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Board Stiff: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery Audiobook – Unabridged
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The main character, and she is full of moxy to use an older term, Elliott Lisbon, is a young sophisticated, woman who has an itch to investigate petty crimes. On her Island, Elli is charting up hours to qualify as a Private Investigator, with the aid of the local police department. Although she needs over six thousand hours to qualify...Elli finds her hours beginning to accumulate when the Chair of the foundation board is accused of murdering a fellow board member.
Ballantyne Board Chair, Jane Hatting is no favorite of Elli's but it is her job to try and keep her out of jail, in between handling indiscretions by other board members such as non-payment of bills, etc., Elli finds herself running parties, searching homes and offices, and trying to find clues before the police do. Further confusing the issues is the new police Lieutenant, Nick Ransome. Nick holds the cards to the current investigation as well as Elli's heart, as he quickly reminds her.
This book was filled with Blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, investment scams and more. The humor running throughout the tale keeps the book interesting. I found the romantic theme to be fun and not overwhelming.
This was a great read and I look eagerly forward to the next book in the series.
The author is also the publisher, but my initial concern -- from previous experience with that model! -- over writing was completely unfounded. The prose is clean and tight. Characters are well- and consistently-drawn, and there are several of them I'd love to hear from again. With regard to concern over the "R-rated vocabulary," I'll just say that the protagonist has a very realistic vocabulary (imo!) for someone who's stumbling over bodies and being stymied by spoiled rich folk at every turn... they're pretty much the same words I would have used!
I'll definitely look forward to the next book in this series!
Very good read. And I'm discovering that the new Henery Press has the kind of mysteries I love to read.