#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Promise by Robert Crais (An Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Novel) #CrimeFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting The Promise, an audiobook released in 2015, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Luke Daniels. 

My Review

Meryl Lawrence hires PI Elvis Cole to find missing chemical engineer Amy Breslyn, who has supposedly embezzled a large amount of money from Woodson Energy Solutions, the company she works for. They manufacture fuels for the Department of Defense, which gives their work a classified status.

Arriving at the address he was given as a starting point, Elvis finds himself in the middle of a police operation. Elvis and Scott initially cross paths briefly as Scott is in pursuit of a fugitive who is eventually found brutally murdered at the address Elvis was given by Meryl. Scott and the police also find a large supply of explosives in the house. Elvis was sworn to secrecy by Meryl, and feels obliged to keep his word. He is caught up in the action and, unable to fully explain why he was there and enquiring about the house in question, Elvis becomes ‘someone of interest’ to the police. 

The killer, Mr Rollins, concerned he could be identified by Scott, targets him and Maggie. This gives Scott and Elvis the opportunity to work together, as their cases connect and indicate a potential terrorist threat. Elvis realises he is being manipulated, but for what purpose and by whom, he has yet to determine.

Four days earlier, Amy Breslyn had taken a leave of absence without explanation and with no advance warning. She did so by email. Meryl and her bosses tried to reach Amy, but their calls and texts were not returned. A day later, Meryl went to Amy’s home. Amy was gone, but nothing seemed amiss. The following day, Meryl discovered four hundred sixty thousand dollars missing from Amy’s department. Meryl kept this discovery secret. She believed her friend had been coerced, and hoped to handle the situation without involving the authorities. She hired me off the books and without her company’s knowledge. She also refused to give me access to Amy’s office, corporate email, and any information related to Amy Breslyn’s work. Security.

I love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels, and have listened to most of them, especially when narrated by Luke Daniels. The Promise has an added bonus, it’s a dual performance with MacLeod Andrews. It incorporates the heroes from the standalone book ‘Suspect’, LAPD Officer Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, which MacLeod Andrews also narrated. Great job by both.

That said, with Jon Stone also included, bumping up the number of main protagonists, at least one character had to take a back seat and unfortunately that was Joe Pike. I missed the usually great interaction between him and Elvis. The story is told from multiple characters’ perspectives and some scenes are replayed from more than one characters’ point of view which, for me, interrupted the flow slightly.

There’s more insight into Jon Stone’s character, fleshing him out and giving the mercenary a previously rarely seen compassionate quality. The relationship between Scott and Maggie is developed too, with more awareness of the after effects due to the trauma they both suffered and how they both deal with it. 

The pace, storyline and writing are excellent as usual, and I love the characters, but perhaps not all together. Unless it was a longer book so the depth, characterisation and personality of these great protagonists is not lost. 

About the Book

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the number one New York Times bestselling author. 

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice – these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed.

Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis ~ Evocative & Dark 1970s #Fiction @bethklewis #FridayReads

Author: Beth Lewis

Performed by Christopher Ragland

Released: June 2018 on Audible, Published by HarperCollins

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Psychological, 1970s Fiction, Audiobook Review

It all started when we found the body.
Then nothing was ever the same.

The Dry meets Stand by Me and True Detective in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western town and the four kids who uncover it. 

In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder. But they dig too deep and ask too many questions.

And John, Jenny, Gloria and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered…

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Unlawful Greed by Pamela Samuels Young #Audiobook Short Murder/Mystery Story

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This weeks’s choice is a short story which I listened to in audio, narrated by RC Bray and released in February 2015.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by @AlexSokoloff

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting the first book that kicked off The Huntress/FBI series in audiobook format, released in 2014. RC Bray does a fabulous job with the characterisations.

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus ~ #YA Contemporary Fiction @writerkmc #AudiobookReview #FridayReads #Mystery

Author: Karen McManus

Performed by MacLeod Andrews, Kim Mai Guest, Robbie Daymond, Shannon McManus

Released: June 2018 by Penguin Books Ltd

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Audiobook Review

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app

When five students, Simon, Addy, Cooper, Bronwyn and Nate find themselves in detention one Monday afternoon, they have no idea what is about to unfold.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Martian by Andy Weir #Audiobook #SciFi @andyweirauthor

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m going with The Martian in audiobook format. It was released on Audible in March 2014 and RC Bray delivered a fantastic performance. Well worth a listen. I watched the film as well, which stuck to the original story from what I can remember, but I still preferred the audiobook.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos #Audiobook Psychological Thriller @michael_kardos

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting Before He Finds Her. The audiobook was released in November 2015.

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Bum Deal (Jake Lassiter #13) by Paul Levine #Audiobook CourtroomDrama #TuesdayBookBlog @Jake_Lassiter

Author: Paul Levine

Performed by Luke Daniels

Released: June 2018 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Courtroom Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review

Second-string linebacker turned defense lawyer Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There’s just one problem…or maybe three: no evidence, no witness, and no body.

But Lassiter’s used to fighting impossible battles on the gridiron and in court. After all, he’s not totally burned-out—just a little scorched.

Normally in the defense half of the courtroom, Jake Lassiter is persuaded to change sides. State Attorney Raymond Pincher, an old sparring partner of Jake’s, asks him to be a specially appointed prosecutor in case against Dr Clark Calvert, an orthopaedic surgeon who is accused of murdering his wife.

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Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts ~ Powerful & Convincing #ContemporaryFiction #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog @NoraRobertsFans

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by January LaVoy

Released by Brilliance Audio in May 2018

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Romance, Book Review

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

With a storyline that is unfortunately all too relevant, Shelter in Place opens with powerful, harrowing and convincingly described scenes of a mass shooting in a mall.

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Runaway by @authorpetermay ~ Dual TimeLine #HistoricalFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Released: December 2014 on Audible by Quercus

Category: Mystery, Murder, Crime, Historical, Audiobook, Book Review

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. 

Beginning with a murder in 2015, both murderer and victim’s identities initially unknown, it forces three friends to face the events that determined the path their lives would take fifty years ago.

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