Can a dead body in a chocolate shop revive a battle-fatigued cop? Or will it take the owner of the shop to save him?
Homicide detective Scott Whelan lived for the job - until one day he was caught in the middle of a robbery gone bad. Although some call him a hero, he thinks of himself as a coward and a failure. He exists now in what he calls his "Dark Place". He accepts a new job as a civilian with the Pine Hills Police Department, thinking being close to the job will be better than leaving it completely. But when he finds himself in the middle of the investigation, Scott has to choose where his loyalties lie - with his brotherhood in blue, or his attractive new neighbor, who needs someone on her side. And figure out how to get out of the dark.
Against her parents' wishes, Ashley Eagan has split from her unsupportive fiancé and moved to Pine Hills to start her dream business: Confections by Ashley. Faced with countless construction setbacks, she fears her plans for the perfect grand opening will be ruined. When a dead body turns up in her shop, a delayed opening is the least of her worries. Now, she's afraid she's facing murder charges. Her new neighbor has connections with the police department, but he's sending mixed messages. One minute he's the friendly, handsome neighbor, the next, he's playing cop. Not to mention he's carrying enough baggage for a world-wide cruise. If Ashley's learned anything since leaving home, it's that she's the only one she can count on.
Saving Scott is the third book in Terry Odell's Pine Hills Police series. Meet two new residents, and connect with some familiar faces as Scott and Ashley learn to work together and trust one another. Things heat up hotter than the ovens in Ashley's bakery when Ashley's a suspect in a murder investigation.
©2012 Terry Odell (P)2014 Terry Odell
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This story reveals interesting characters brought to life by the vivid narration of Kelley Hazen. Ms. Hazen gives each character a distinctive voice, and brings the scenes to life as if it is being performed, not merely read. The narration adds a dimension I never would have gotten from reading this book. (This is my first audiobook, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the experience.) Ms. Hazen's narration puts you in the story by tracking emotions perfectly, and by delivering depth to this tale of relationships, murder, and intrigue. The characters, as written, are solid and well developed. The narrator brings them all to life...and a few to death. Excellent and highly recommended.
Love the series… Also, again, loved the narrator. She makes it come alive...
I enjoyed listening to this Romance/Mystery book. The story was original and had some unexpected twists and turns. The small town flavor had a realistic feel. The author captured Scott's feelings of being adrift well with his change of employment. I thought the narrator did a great performance. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
"OK book, horrible narration.."
Unlike most, if I never had another piece of anything chocolate I’d be okay with that. So, for chocolate to be mentioned 94 times in this book was a little much, for me anyway. There was a little too much chocolate and cookies.
This story started off with Scott being injured, from a bank robbery, and having nightmares and needing counseling, to ending up with Scott being injured, from a bank robbery, and having nightmares and needing counseling. He never got any better, not for a second. I don’t even know where the title of the book came from: Saving Scott. No one saved Scott. It was more like Saving Ashley’s chocolate shop. After all, the word bakery was used 132 times. It was really all about Ashley and everything that went wrong while she was in the process of opening her new confection store. It was an okay mystery but I can’t see myself reading anymore from this author. And definitely not listening to any of them since they’re all narrated by Kelley Hazen.
There wasn’t any sexual tension to speak of and one sex scene. There was some swearing and the F-bomb was used 6 times.
As to the narrator: Kelley Hazen is one of the most boring readers I’ve ever listened to. She read soooo slow and without much emotion at all. And her male voices are barely tolerable, Kovak’s voice was just horrible and Brody sounded just like a girl. And her female voices sounded like silly teenagers that are 13 or 14 years old. I would give this narrator the same 2 stars that the other two who just rated the book did BUT I can’t! I can’t do more than 1 star, and that’s being generous. Scott’s voice was so boring and whispery I could hardly stand it when he spoke. And when either Scott or Ashley's "thought" and the words in italics were read it was totally ridiculous, they both sounded like idiots.
"Good detective-type mystery"
I listened to the Audible version of this book. Though it is a third book in a series, I had not read the previous books prior to starting this one. Though I think I would rather have read the previous books first so that I could have more character background, it did not hamper my enjoyment of this book. I never suspected the culprit until the end of the book, and I like mysteries that keep me guessing. I thought the main character, Scott Whelan, was an interesting one. Though the book does talk about what happened to him in the past, I think I would like even more detail, but that may have been covered in previous books. The narrator did a good job voicing multiple characters, but somehow, I think I might have preferred a male narrator. Though there are probably more female characters than male, I like to have the voice match the main character. The main character slot is filled pretty equally by Ashely and Scott, but since the book and series are about Scott, that's who I would prefer the voice to match. Overall, a good book. I would be interested in reading other books from this series and other books by the author. I recommend it for anyone who likes mysteries of a detective or police nature.
"Story similar to books 1 & 2. Performance, great."
Somewhere in the middle.
I would welcome a different story line that didn't have to do with the stores in the same street in Pine Hills. I am curious about the town and what else happens there.
She makes all the difference. She brings a depth and character to the story that I wouldn't be able to if I just read the book. Her performance of the dialogue makes the characters interesting and fun. She brings the story to life and I can see all the action very clearly in my head. She does a wonderful job of keeping the listener interested. This book surely benefits from her rendition.
I wouldn't say extreme, but I do find myself smiling and gasping every now and then.
The audio version definitely makes the story interesting. I honestly don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as I did listening to it.
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