Two crime mysteries that I was able to get free audiobooks from the Audible Plus catalogue. Both were in series that I enjoy.
I See You by Mary Burton, Bailey Carr (Narrator)
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the fourth book in the Criminal Profiler series, but you can read this book as a standalone. A disgraced reporter gets an anonymous call about where she can find a body in a storage locker. What she finds is a skull. FBI agent Zoe Spencer recreates faces of murdered victims using skulls and it is determined that it is a young woman who disappeared over a decade ago. Zoe’s case leads her to the victim’s hometown and to homicide detective William Vaughan, Zoe’s on-again, off-again lover. The two begin an investigation only to realize that someone is still out there killing young women, When the victim’s sister and daughter disappear, time is running out to find them alive.
I enjoyed this fast paced crime thriller. Both Spencer and Vaughn are great characters. They each have their strengths and work well together. Neither overshadows the other. I loved how the past and present came together and how Mary Burton dropped clues and added layers to make this story more complex. I was kept guessing throughout this story and did not figure out who the culprit was until near the end. There was some romance which was believable and realistic, considering what was going on in both of their personal lives. There are a couple of steamy scenes, but they were not too graphic and they fit into the plot well. Overall, this was a well written romantic suspense, crime mystery thriller by an author that is quickly becoming one of my favourites in this genre. I did a read/listen through KU and I enjoyed the narration. Bailey Carr did a great job using expression and voices to bring this story to life. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoy crime thrillers with a side of romantic suspense.
Tracking Game (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #5) by Margaret Mizushima, Nancy Wu (Narrator)
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I very much enjoy the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. Margaret Mizushima takes us into the mountains of Timber Creek in Colorado in this installment. If you haven’t read any of the other books, it is okay, each of these can be read as standalones, but you will miss some of the character and relationship building. The story opens with Mattie receiving a call that there’s a van on fire after an explosion. The occupant, Nate Fletcher, did not survive, but it wasn’t the explosion that killed him, he had been shot. Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo sets out to search the area and finds a weapon that has been dropped nearby. As the investigation begins, another body is found. Do these two have a connection or are they looking at two different criminals?
I really enjoy how the author mixes both the personal and professional. Mattie did not know her family and was raised in foster homes, but in this book she is finally going to get together with her grandmother and sister who she has not seen since she was a young girl. As the investigation heats up, that reunion has to be put on hold for awhile. Nate’s family, his wife and her family, the Redman’s seem like they are hiding something, but Mattie is not sure what. When she and Robo come face to face with a predator that should not be in these mountains, they start to put things together. Working with the sheriff’s department and local veterinarian Cole Walker, they track the animal and find themselves in danger in more ways than they expected. I enjoyed the plot of this mystery, it was quite interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and also very realistic. I really like seeing the role Robo plays in these books as he is a main character, not just a sidekick. I was on the edge of my seat as the story played out and I was rushing to the conclusion. Another great K-9 mystery by Margaret Mizushima, that I definitely recommend. Nancy Wu narrates this series and I enjoy her performances. She is the voice of Mattie Cobb and the rest of the characters. She uses her expression and tone to bring suspense and excitement to the stories. I will not hesitate to listen to any further books in this series.