Off You Go ~ A Novella

  • Off You GoAudiobook Review
  • Author: Boo Walker
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Published by Boo Walker, released June 2014 on Audible
  • Category: Crime, Mystery
  • four-half-stars

In Charleston, SC, a young woman has jumped off the Cooper River Bridge. She left a suicide note in her abandoned car. There were witnesses. But her mother doesn’t buy it and hires Dewey Moses, the vegetable farmer and sometime private investigator to find out the truth. Dewey finds out quickly that sometimes it’s best to leave things alone.

Dewey Moses is a recovering alcoholic and a man with a knack for growing vegetables, particularly black heirloom tomatoes called Cherokee Purples, which he called ‘maters just as his grandfather had. He is approached by Faye Callahan at the farmer’s market where he sells his produce, because she’d heard he was good at ‘getting to the bottom of things.’ Faye’s daughter, Gina, had jumped from the Cooper River Bridge several days ago, leaving a suicide note in her abandoned car. Faye can’t understand why Gina would take her own life at a time when she was happy and in love. Dewey agrees to help.

The police inevitably ruled Gina’s death as a suicide very quickly, given her track record, but as Dewey delves into Gina’s life questions are raised and the answers take him in an unexpected and dangerous direction. 

“If you had something you want to hide,” he said, “you don’t throw it in your own trash. You find somewhere else to put it. Maybe….just maybe,” he asked Gina, “you had the same thought. Did you?” He crossed over into the neighbor’s yard. The dumpster was in the driveway. A couple of workers were on the other side of the house and couldn’t see him. He put his hands on the edge of the dumpster and hoisted himself up so he could see inside.

Dewey’s a warm and engaging personality, full of charm and I liked him immediately. His sister’s untimely death had sent him off the rails and into a three-year affair with the bottle. He and his wife parted ways and he misses her and his two girls desperately and longs see them. He’s been sober for almost a year and, with a now healthy lifestyle, is hopeful of re-uniting with his family. He’s relaxed and easy-going and, as well as growing vegetables, loves playing music and supplements his income with private investigation work. 

Although this is a novella, at just over 2 hours listening time or 71 pages, the story isn’t rushed. The plot develops steadily and unexpectedly and I followed it through the twists not knowing what the outcome would be. It’s very enjoyable and well written with authentic, believable characters and dialogue.

I loved the inclusion of TA Reddick from Lowcountry Punch and hope there will be more books with these two terrific characters. Another great performance by RC Bray, a consistently excellent narrator.

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About the author

Boo WalkerBoo Walker spent his College of Charleston years and a few after in Nashville as a banjoist and songwriter for the avant-garde punchgrass band, The Biscuit Boys. Some hand problems knocked him out of the game, and he stumbled into a position with a short term equity trading firm based out of Charleston, South Carolina. To feed his ravenous muse, he began writing his first novel, Lowcountry Punch. Around that time, what started as a passion in wine became an infatuation.

After six years of the Wall Street thing, Boo decided it was time to end his sedentary, computer-driven lifestyle. He grew out a handlebar mustache and moved clear across the country into a double-wide trailer situated on 5 acres of Malbec vines just down the road from Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain in Washington State. The Hedges family took him in and taught him the art of farming and the old world philosophies of wine. He now lives with his amazing wife and son, eight chickens, three dogs, a flock of sheep, and a few banjos on a gentleman’s farm off the Yakima River on Red Mountain.

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