When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have caught the killer, and that he's someone she knows. Rebecca's a by-the-book detective, and she's always done her job according to the rules, without hesitation, until Richie Amalfi comes back into her life.
Richie knows his way around everything and everyone in his city. When people say they "know a guy who knows a guy," Richie's the guy they're talking about. He can usually help people out of tight situations, but suddenly finds he can't get himself out of hot water when he's accused of murder.
Richie's on the run, and he runs straight to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence. From the nightclubs of North Beach to the scenic heights of Twin Peaks, dangers lurk and more deaths happen. As Rebecca discovers there's a lot more to Richie than she thought, and a lot more to like than she imagined, she soon fears not only for her life, but also her heart.
©2014 Joanne Pence (P)2016 Joanne Pence
Rebecca Mayfield is one of those sticklers for the rules, by the book type cop - until a charming murder suspect turns up on her doorstep, declaring his innocence and asking for her help. Does she turn him in? No, she invites him in (to her house), falls asleep - and wakes up handcuffed to him. So, police procedural it is not. Good fun, most definitely. Lots of banter between Inspector Mayfield and her cheeky suspect, Ritchie. A host of colourful characters and a decent mystery.
Kristi Burns' narration was a pleasure to hear, well paced and with perfect intonation.She became the voice of headstrong, but slightly confused, Rebecca Mayfield and, although not able to give a believable male resonance, still carried the illusion during conversation.
This is a good listen, easy on the ear, lighthearted in approach, all wrapped up in a decent murder mystery. If you are looking for gritty reality, this is not the book for you. But for well written amusing situations, Italian food and a little gentle flirtation, this is great.
My thanks to the right's holder for the gift this book, via Audiobook Boom. It was very enjoyable, a good start to a new series
Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)
The narration was very good and totally on the money. I don't normally go for this type of story.. but I may just have to listen to the next book to makeup my mind. 🙂😉
"Good story with rushed narration"
Use to drive me crazy when you get the long pauses between the end of one chapter and the start of another. This narration had the opposite issue- barely a breathe between 2 scenes and you do a mental hiccup before you realize that the story has moved on. Otherwise - enjoyable.
"Lots of flirty fun and mystery"
I had tons of fun listening to the audiobook. The narrator was great and the characters personalties perfectly revealed as the mystery devoloped. I can't wait for the audiobook version of the rest of this series.
"Great new series"
I really enjoyed O'Clock Hustle, I think I've found a great new series. The characters were well developed and believable. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, then you won't want to miss this one.
Yes, always wondered how Richie was going to get out of being accused of murder when there were witnesses.
No I haven't.
I thought it was great when Homicide Inspector Rebecca and RichieAmalfie were handcuffed together.
We need to read the second book in the series to find out if Rebecca and Richie ever become a couple.
I received this audio book for free for an honest review.
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Rebecca Mayfield series written by Joanne Pence and narrated by Kristi Burns. When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have caught the killer, and that he's someone she knows. Rebecca's a by-the-book detective, and she's always done her job according to the rules, without hesitation, until Richie Amalfi comes back into her life. Richie knows his way around everything and everyone in his city. When people say they "know a guy who knows a guy," Richie's the guy they're talking about. He can usually help people out of tight situations, but suddenly finds he can't get himself out of hot water when he's accused of murder. Richie's on the run, and he runs straight to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence.
The narrator Kristi Burns did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
"I loved the Excitement and Intrigue"
Extremely Awesome Read lol
There wasn't just one moment it was all the moments when Rebecca and Richie "got into it" as you could say with their banter back and forth.
Kristi did an amazing job and was wonderful in how well she brought the entire story to life.
There wasn't just one moment in the story I was laughing along off and on reading the whole book and there were times that I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.
Kristi did an amazing job with her narrative. I love listening to the quirky dialogue between Rebecca and Richie. This was a great mystery and wonderful overall story. There apparently was a book before this one that I haven't read but now I have to find it and read it, but in saying that I didn't need to read the previous book to completely enjoy this story.
"Love cozy mysteries"
Yes, I laughed a couple of times!
The thing I love about cozy mysteries is you just take it all in stride without too much examination. I enjoyed the story and the forbidden romance aspect...good girl attracted to bad boy...and I did like the ending. However, if I look too closely at the plot, there is no way a homicide detective would do this!!! At least be a little more believable.
"Perfect for a commute!"
I am an Audiobook junkie, but only for mysteries. I am really enjoying this audiobook so far. I drive 30 minutes to/from work so I listen in chunks. The story is perfect for this! I can listen and then let it go when I get to work. I don't mean that it doesn't hold my interest - it is, but it is listener friendly, mom-friendly, text.
My favorite character is Richie. He's clever and, in my mind, very sexy!
Rebecca's character is my vocal choice. I prefer an audio narrator female voice to be in the lower vocal range rather than giggle-girl high. I have stopped listening to books that have higher, bouncy, squeaky or childlike voices. Kristi Burns' voice for Rebecca is comforting and soothing, just like a person in charge should have!
Was there a moment that moved me? No, not yet, but I have another hour left to "read". Perhaps there will be one yet?
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.
"A Fun, Quick Read"
I really liked the characters. Not just Richie and Rebecca, but the background folks too. I also loved that, while this isn't a hardcore crime or suspense novel, it wasn't overly 'cozy' either. It was funny without being campy and cute without being cutesy. No gore but plenty of drama and intrigue. I shy away from the darker stuff during the fall and winter months, so this story was perfect.
The handcuffs. I'll leave it at that.
I think I did listen to it in no more than two, so I'd have to say yes.
If you like Evanvich's Fox and O'Hara series, you'll probably enjoy this one, too. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher but I really enjoyed this novel and will be continuing the series on my own dime. Richie and Rebecca may be my new favorite odd-couple duo.
"Entertaining and Enjoyable"
This was just a light, fun, entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. This is one of the better cozy mystery's that I have listened to. The story is constantly moving forward and something is always happening. There are plenty of suspects, but the story keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and turns. This is a really good start to a series.
Great characters. You can feel the chemistry between Rebecca and Richie. Rebecca definitely has an unconventional way of conducting a murder investigation. She skates the edges of proper police procedure, but it works for her.
Kristi Burns did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice . Easy to listen to for hours. Good character voices. Both male and female characters. Clearly spoken. Smooth even delivery. Very enjoyable
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
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