Ten years ago Frank Lester, a Chicago homicide detective, thought he had rid himself forever of the Mud People Killer who'd kidnapped and murdered six people. Frank had shot him as he'd fled through a snowy night; had killed him, he believed, though a body was never found.
But the killer wasn't dead. He'd only been waiting to take his revenge on Frank and those he cares about now...10 years later. Frank retired early and is living back in his hometown of Spookie when the killer resurfaces to take up where he left off. Kidnapping more innocents and tormenting Frank and the people he cares about.
Unless Frank and his artist girlfriend, Abigail Sutton, can find and stop him before he kills more people and perhaps both of them.
©2014 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2014 Kathryn Meyer Griffith
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This book starts in the past.A kidnapper is leaving 'mud people' sculptures in mailboxes or on windowsills of victims houses after he kidnaps them.Frank,a detective at the time,finally shoots the man but they never fins his or any other bodies.10 years later,it starts again.I liked this story.Abby Elvidge did a wonderful job narrating.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com"
"Another great small town mystery"
The second Spooky Town Mystery audiobook, once again featuring Abby and Frank as the main protagonists, brings a serial killer to terrorize the inhabitants of small town Spooky. Ten years earlier Frank, as a Chicago cop, had shot a murder, but the guy escaped and no more was heard from him until disappearances, following the same modus operandi, began in Spooky. This old adversary of Frank's puts Abby and all the inhabitants of Spooky in danger. This is an enjoyable and entertaining mystery story that has depth, suspense and really appealing characters. The main storyline moved forward at a good pace and kept you wondering what would happen next. The authors choice of victims and the effects their disappearance had on their families was realistic and created sympathy in the readers. The secondary and back storylines added interest and depth to the book, making you even more invested in the characters. It is nice to see Abby moving forward emotionally and I look forward to seeing her and Franks relationship develop. I found the narration a little old fashioned and slow, with Abby's voice sounding more like an old lady as opposed to the middle aged woman she is supposed to be. I did however find that her voice fit Myrtle very well, bringing her quirkiness and character to life. Even though I did not find the narration fit some of the characters, her voices did grow on me and I did not find it distracted me from the storyline. This is an enjoyable, warm and entertaining mystery that keeps your attention and leaves you wanting to continued to follow the lives of the compelling characters of Spooky. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review
"Another Spooky Mystery."
Great Murder Mystery.
I don't have a favourite one because I enjoyed them all. Abigail is a competent heroine, she is a normal woman and has her insecurities but will do what she can when needed. Frank was even better. He is so kind and nice and a great match for Abigail. Both are equally good and both bring something special to the book.
Abby was a good narrator. It was easy to listen to her and she made a great Abigail, though I do think she could of added a little more to the other characters.
Yes. Like book 1, I wanted to keep reading to see what happens.
All Things Slip Away was a great second book. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading book 1 so you can get a feel for the characters. Kathryn Meyers Griffith is such a good story teller and invests so much into her characters. She does the same here and creates a really good murder/ mystery that will keep you reading.
"Spookie and engaging"
All Things Slip Away is another great small town mystery. This story began ten years before when Chicago Homicide Detective Frank Lester and his partner Sam Cato pursued a serial kidnapper and murderer – The Mud People Killer -- who claimed six victims. The killer seemed to have had a personal vendetta against Frank who finally shot him one night during a foot chase. Problem was the body was never found, so there was no proof that the killer was dead.
Guess what? He wasn’t!
He was just waiting. Waiting for the right time to strike again. Waiting for Frank. And strike he did!! Yup. He waited for Frank to retire in his hometown, Spookie, and BAM! He picked up where he had left off ten years ago.
Wow. You have to read this nail-biting story filled with great characters that you will simply love.
An excellent read!
*I received this free audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.*
"Another good read"
Well written and pleasant to listen to. I'm about to buy the third book. I plan to look at other titles written by this author.
I liked this book so much that I found myself dragging my feet towards the conclusion because I didn't want it to end. This book was just about perfect and the narrator was wonderful. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a clean, heart felt but exciting mystery. I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.
"Norman Rockwell meets Norman Bates"
People who enjoy Hallmark movies -- wholesome stories with no sex or swearing, fairy tale endings, with the odd serial killer thrown in for good measure. This book didn't seem to know whether it wanted to be a wholesome cozy mystery or a John Sandford thriller, and it did neither well.
I'm not sure.
She was much better than the book's first narrator, who seemed either bored or depressed. Elvidge was good at varying the characters' voices so I could tell who was speaking. Sometimes she sounded as if she were reading a children's book, but for the most part I thought she did a good job.
Disappointment. I find it hard to believe nobody owned a cell phone or bothered to install an alarm system in this crime-ridden little town. Apparently, nobody has sex, either. And the premise of a serial killer disappearing for 10 years and tracking down the cop who injured him is quite implausible. Also, it was really strange that this quaint, Hallmark-like cozy mystery centered on a serial killer. This book wasn't sure what genre it wanted to be.
Overall, the chapters in which the serial killer was the narrator were pretty much like every other thriller you've read with a serial killer. I don't like smut, gore, or really graphic sex scenes, but this series is much too wholesome to be credible. And the writing is cliched. I won't be buying any more books in this series.
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