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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books in Motion
- Audible.com Release Date: December 22, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OT9ROG
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Deadly Gamble: Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Charlie Parker and her brother Ron are partners in RJP Investigations. Charlie normally acts as the accountant while Ron does the dirty work but he was out of town at the moment and Stacy was desperate. She had to recover the watch before the next night so Brad wouldn't find out it was missing. As Charlie started to pull the details out of a tight mouthed Stacy, she found that the person who took the watch was a bit more than a thief. Apparently he was also a lover. But after finding out that the watch had been pawned at a local Pawn shop, Charlie was able to retrieve it and return it to Stacy. End of story. End of case. Well, it would have been the end had it not been for a murder that takes Charlie and Stacy deeper into an investigation that will end with Stacy being the main suspect.
I turned page after page looking for hints as to who the murderer really was. I knew who I hoped it would be. I knew who it wouldn't be. I knew who I thought it would be. Turns out that I was wrong all the way around and was in for a total surprise at the end. This book really took me on a thrilling mystery. I loved it and can't wait to read book 2 'Vacations Can Be Murder.'
The dog is extraneous; nothing would have changed without the dog. The dog was not even particularly interesting, even as comic relief- and if Charlie can't spend more time with him, she should rehome him to someone who would not spend most of her time leaving him alone.
The mystery started out interesting... but as it increased in complexity, it also lost more and more of my interest. Which was just as well, as it tuned out, because the ending- while it "solves" the mystery- leaves the 3 main plot threads stubbornly unresolved. And I did not believe for a minute that the first murder victim, in the end, did what he was said to have done- just too alien to his character.
Charlie didn't even run into the hostility from the cops because she was not only meddling in their investigation, but regularly and repeatdly withheld evidence. I do not think real cops would have shrugged that off.
Charlie is rather a cipher. While I like that she is not the common doormat that too many "cozy" protagonists are- I just never got much of a feel for her. I did like, though, that Shelton did not see the need to give her an incipient romance.
It was not a bad read, and it is free for Kindle, so might be worth it if you want some brain candy.
In "Deadly Gamble", her main character is a female nicknamed "Charlie" Parker, is confronted suddenly by Stacy North who had eloped with Charlie's fiance'. Apparently Stacy had a insane moment and found herself in an affair with a low life due to lack of and stingy attention by her husband Brad. The book starts with a stolen Rolex and morphs into the murder of the low life and his wife. Stacy is in the law's cross hairs.
Charlie, regardless of the past, jumps into the fray to help Stacy. It should be noted that although Charlie works for a private investigation firm, she is an accountant. However, she manages to worm her way farther into the case than might be expected. She even gets some cooperation from the police. As expected, she also worms her way into a whole bunch of trouble.
It is at this point that I think the intent of the author wavers. I know she was seeking to keep the readers engaged and give several possibilities, but I nailed the perpertrator right from the get go. Something just pointed in that direction. As I said, it is a good book. Give it a try and see if you feel the same.
The main character is not very smart. Who would go back to a bar where someone slashed your tires while you are looking for a murderer? It's just not something a smart person would do. The main character visits the suspects and witnesses so many times I was wondering if she'd have a restraining order soon. The story also showed the police doing nothing and not minding that a civilian was interfering in a multiple murder situation. Just not that believeable. Not the worst ever, but didn't make me want to read more.