Maestro: a great or distinguished figure in any sphere.
Grim Reaper: the personification of death.
Combine these two and place them in the small mountain town of Cold Hollow. Sit back and watch the mayhem unfold as sinister dealings are in the air again. There are new arrivals, job placements, and housing to arrange, but with Mayor Myrna Bradbury busy with wedding planning and her fiancé's family arriving in town, will she be able to keep up with the machinations? When a young girl goes missing, Myrna begins to strategize again, only to be stopped by "The Maestro".
Heads on a pike, inventive uses for nail files, garrotes, and twisted nursery rhymes all play a part in book three of the tooth-rattling Cold Hollow series.
©2016 Emilie J. Howard (P)2016 Emilie J. Howard
How have I missed this marvellous Cold Hollow series up until now? My heartfelt thanks to the publisher, author or narrator who sent me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Without this I might still be unfamiliar with the outrageous, colourful and somewhat sinister characters inhabiting this otherwise ordinary little town.
Cold Hollow seems idyllic set in glorious countryside and boasting a bountiful bakery and excellent food. A wedding is soon to take place, uniting two families, one of which is from outside of the town so they book into the hotel for a two week stay. They are not an ordinary family. But then, neither is that of the bride to be. Both sides have secrets which will have to be told.
There is another newcomer to Cold Hollow, also - a drifter looking for work, or so he says, a man who smiles a lot, a stalker. And then there is a funeral..The story is so unexpected, with total normality cheek by jowl with simple acts of violence. There are nursery rhymes like you've never heard them before, and old fashioned values right beside evil intentions. Ms. Howard has created inhabitants and visitors who are so bizarrely real yet colourful enough to have stepped from a comic book. The dialogue is sometimes surreal in content yet expressed in so natural a way it feels authentic and true, giving the speaker even more credibility. I wouldn't want these people as friends but in my head they have become a sort of extended family.
The narrator, J Scott Bennet takes it all in his stride. His pace matches exactly the feel of the book: never too fast or emotional but always calmly carrying the story ever onwards. His voice has a pleasant lulling quality to it and, without overacting, he clearly differentiates each character in the dialogue.And he adds just that touch of creepiness which underlies the whole story.
This is the third in the Cold Hollow series. It doesn't matter - it is completely stand alone. But I, for one, will now seek out the earlier books. I really want to get to know the town, and it's inhabitants, better. From a distance, of course ...
Here's me thinking that this series couldn't get more twisted, but the author proves me wrong with this edition of the Cold Hollow Series. The Mayor is days away from her wedding when her fiances family come to town. This family is quite....... unique! On top of that, there is a new man in town as well, a man whom the Mayor is suspicious of. She doesn't want anything to disrupt her wedding, and her new "family" will make sure of it.
As I said, this series is dark, but The Maestro takes it to a new level of darkness! All I'll say is Delilah!!! God she is one sick twisted woman!! There isn't much else I can say about this as I definitely don't want to spoil anything as it's better experienced first hand. What I will say is that this series is so good!! It's dark, twisted but oh so gripping! Filled with suspense, mystery, and characters you can't help but enjoy, this series is a must read.
J. Scott Bennett was as awesome as always!! He just knows hows to tell a story and how to grip you from the get go. He has plenty of tones and cadences that bring the book alive!
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
"This series does not disappoint"
This was another great book in the Cold Hollow series. It is filled with suspense, mystery, and very dark humor. I liked the new character introduced, Delilah - she was really creepy and disturbing - especially the pleasure she gets from mutilating herself (filing her teeth into points with her metal nail file, etc.). The whole series of books is really engrossing. I finished each of them in one sitting. If you like suspense/horror or are intrigued by creepy little towns, this is a book for you. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by J. Scott Bennett. He makes the book come alive. I enjoy the voices he gives to each of the characters and his overall performance. I highly recommend this book after reading the previous books in the series.
The people of Cold Hollow, Vermont, are recovering from the traumas of the previous books and gearing up for the wedding of mayor Myrna Bradbury and Dr. Tom Gillette. Tom's family comes from North Carolina for the wedding, and a serial killer moves into town. When Myrna is upset by the disappearance of a teenage girl, Gillette "family values" are invoked to take care of the problem.
The general atmosphere of the book reminds me of the Addams Family, and I think you'll understand why when you read the book. Anyway, I enjoyed this book and the narration was flawless. I'll probably go back and pick up books one and two.
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.)
"A family of serial killers comes to cold hollow"
The 3rd book in an amazing series that will leave you eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the story of an amazing and terrifying town. In this installment a family of serial killers comes to cold hallow and the town will never be the same again. The board will be stymied by the latest moves of the mayor, family secrets will be revealed and new romances will be made. The author and narrator again deliver an amazing product that will entertain and horrify you every step of the way. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
"Love this Series"
I love Cold Hollow and the characters. If you enjoy mystery/suspense and horror I highly recommend this fun series but start with book 1 to really get to know the characters. There is new character(s) with each progressive book. Keep them coming!!! This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Thank you!!
The book is a suspense/horror in a creepy little towns. I listened to the Audible audio book narrated by J. Scott Bennett. He makes the book very interesting to listen to. I enjoy the voices he gives to each of the characters and his overall performance.
Another cold hollow mystery. This series continues with the crazies in a small town. Don't leave your house and don't blink because one of the new towns folks will take your life. And the introduction of Delilah who self destructs herself will not hesitate to use the file she uses to sharpen her teeth on any part of your anatomy. She has also bought a pub. Makes me wonder just what she will be serving? As usual the narrator has done a fantastic read. And the mayor and tom newlyweds are bringing a baby in to the mix. Poor baby.
I received this free of charge from the narrator or author for an honest review.
I found this audiobook to be quite different in tone from the first book. I missed the second installment but it wasn't difficult to fill in what I missed as far as who married who and so on. This book wasn't as violent (although still lots of it) and thankfully was much easier to follow. It was also almost downright cheerful. I found it much more pleasing than the first book although I liked that one, too. Interesting to the point of being riveting. One can't help but compare it to Dexter. I stopped watching that show because it disturbed me I was cheering on a serial killer (and he killed a dog in his fictional youth - not acceptable!). I have not had the same depth of moral angst with this series because it focuses more on second chances and improving and acceptance.
Narration was good in both books. Good voices for each character.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Hang on for a Great Ride!"
I do not know why I have never heard of Emilie before this. She has now been added to my list for authors to watch. I truly enjoyed this book a lot. I got this book before I read the first 2 and it did not matter one bit. The storyline picked up right at the beginning as if it was a stand alone novel. I can't wait to get my hands on the first 2 and see what I have missed. I am sure they have a lot to do with the development of Delilah, a fantastic woman with a little macabre side to her.
A wedding, a few killings and a few happily ever afters fill this book. It is written as if this stuff happens normally all the time, but you know damn well it doesn't. But you just decide they all got their just rewards, so you just read on. No guilt what so ever.
Not going to give anything away, so you are just going to have to get this fantastic book and find out what is going to be done to the tavern in town at the end.
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"Twisted and entertaining"
Mystery, suspense and horror combined into a dark, twisted, engaging and interesting story.
I didn't realize this was the 3rd book in the series when I started listening. It did not hinder my enjoyment of this book at all. I do need to go back and listen to the first 2 books in the series. It was that good. Both the writing and the story are very entertaining and enjoyable.
What a cast of characters. Dysfunctional on so many levels.
I don't think I will ever stay in a town that starts with Cold anything, and I grew up in a small town where they filmed Children of the Corn.
This is my first book by Emilie J Howard but it won't be my last.
J Scott Bennett gives another outstanding performance with the narration of this book. He has one of those voices you can listen to for hours on end. Great character voices. He just has a way of bringing the characters and stories to life.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
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