The Katherine Pride Gallery is the center of high art and low death in Pride and Perilous, book two of the Pride Trilogy and the second of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries. Kyle, an amateur photographer, is about to have his first exhibit at the gallery, located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. As time ticks away, bodies begin to fall, and Kyle realizes somebody wants this gallery closed forever.
Join the chase as Kyle and his life partner Danny Durban reunite with Detective Linda Sikorsky from the New Hope, PA, police force. They met while solving the murders at Pride Lodge, and Linda has come to town for Kyle's opening, only to find herself joining forces with him again to capture a killer...before he captures them.
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What a pleasure to meet up again with Kyle and his six year long partner, Danny. Life for this couple is pretty hectic at the moment: Kyle is best man at his friend's wedding, he has his frst photographic exhibition coming up in a few days and their friend Inspector Linda is coming to stay. Meanwhile, Margaret's Passion, the restaurant where Danny works, is under threat. Then an artist acquaintance is murdered. Time for Kyle to investigate ...
The joy of these books goes well beyond the story, though it is a good one: a psychological thriller with the killer's own point of view interspersed between the chapters on Danny and Kyle. No, the greater pleasure lies with the characters themselves, a comfortable older couple with their everyday hopes, fears and friendships, so well portrayed that they become real people. And this fully three dimensional roundedness is enhanced by K.C.Kelly's reading. His voice is gentle but clear, pleasant on the ear and conveys emotion without hysterics. He is the perfect narrator for this excellent series.
Each of the Pride novels is a stand alone and this is no exception. But beware, they are addictive. My deep thanks to the rights holder, from whom I received a complementary review copy of Pride and Perilous, via Audiobook Boom, for reuniting me with this delightful couple. It's like meeting old friends.
"Interesting characters and a suspenseful plot"
This second book in the Kyle Callahan series takes many of the characters of the first book and fleshes them out to make them people you care about. Add to that mix a serial killer pursued by a mature gay couple living in Manhattan, and you have an atypical murder mystery that takes you away from your daily troubles to live in the LGBT senior culture of New York. The narrator has latched to the personalities of the characters and does a great job.
"Strong Mystery, Great Characters, Enthralling"
Love the narration of this story which hooked me right away
Oh yes, through the characters and unexpected twists and turns
theatre of the mind
want more of this writer, ordering another soon!
"Liked this one even more"
It was great to see the characters back in New York City, where Kyle and Danny live. And to see Detective Linda continue on, becoming somewhat of a partner in crime with Kyle. The killer gave me chills and I liked the back and forth between the killer's POV and Kyle's.
Yes. This is more of a why-done-it than a whodunit. I knew who the killer was but had no idea until the end what he was doing it.
Really good narration, easy to listen to, and spot-on with characterizations.
Split it up over a weekend but couldn't wait to get back to it.
"Not my 'cup of tea'"
I was given this book for free and am giving this review freely and honestly. Found both the reader and the content to be a little blasse so had a hard time staying interested .... but did read it to the end.
Good story that builds to an exciting crescendo. Enjoyed it.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I like how the author structured this story. You know who the killer is from the very beginning. The story is all about the why. And what a why.
Kyle's and Linda's involvement was a fun ride. They never go into a situation with guns blazing but the step-by-step behind the scenes progress is the fodder for this mystery series.
This listen is well worth your time.
"Art, Manhattan, and Murder!"
Very well crafted. Threads braided together: thoughts and actions of the killer, recognition of patterns in the deaths, investigation and projected probable increase in body count, impending personally stressful intrusions, happiness for a good friend. It was a captivating story, and I found that I needed to read it compulsively despite my strong aversion to serial killers, a real nail biter.
I have the audio edition, and K.C. Kelly really nailed the character differentiation and thread of suspense.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review upon my request from the publisher, narrator, or author courtesy of AudiobookB00m.
"What I've Come to Expect in This Great Series"
Foremost, it has to be Kyle, Danny and Linda! If you've followed the Pride series or even if this is your first exposure to Mark McNease's work, you can't help but actually care about them. The "just down to earth everyday people" represented... Gay or Straight, the audience will empathize positively with them. Add in the well thought out storyline, and mystery... ! They don't wear rumpled raincoats saying "Eh, just one more question..." or jump in to open top Ferraris in Hawaii. No gimmicks.
The killer is identified early. The gist of this story is in catching the perp before he kills again.
K.C. is the voice performer for all of the Pride audio editions that I've listened to. So, yes, I have listened to other performances. In my opinion, his work is integral to how good this series on audio is. This one is great, as have been all of the ones I've heard.
It entertained as intended.
I am a fan of McNease's writing and Kelly's voice rendition. The characters happen to be Gay, and this series presents them well. In loving, caring relationships, for example. Above that, it's just a damn good listen!
Thanks for the opportunity to listen to and review your work!
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Thanks again, Mr. McNease!
"Pride and perilous - I enjoyed this book"
Firstly, I was gifted this book by the author in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. I have all of Mark's books in ebook format but I am now buying the series in audio format as well.
The story is engaging and I really enjoyed the narration. I picked up on so much which I missed when I was reading.
I can't recommend audio-books highly enough and this is a great series to add to your collection.
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