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A Dead Certainty

By: John Holt
Narrated by: Miguel Rodriguez
Series: Jack Daniels P.I. Novella, Book 2
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Summary

I'm not a gambling man. I mean, life's one big gamble, ain't it? The odds are stacked against you; you just can't win. You know there are some people who will do anything to make sure that they win, even if it means eliminating anyone or anything that stands in their way. They only bet on a sure thing...a Dead Certainty.

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Excellent !

Well written short detective story.
Excellent Performance .
A beautiful reminder of Hollywood style detective story with the jazz background.
Only wish it was longer but beside that there is no negative that I can find with this creation.
Recommended !!

Got this audiobook for free for reviewing.

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A good read

I enjoyed this short book I think it ended too soon but it was good

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A Dead Certainty review

Ok story, I started off liking the book but the main guy is just a little boring and seems a bit thick really , a good book just not grat 4 out of 5

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Great little story

A much better story than the first in the series, Candy Man, and thankfully a different, much better narrator. An entertaining read with a well thought out plot and good characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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Interesting!

P. I. procedural with Jack Daniels investigating a race horse's death. His thoughts are presented in an interesting way, even with a little singing! At times it was difficult to distinguish between the characters as spoken by the narrator, but overall it was a good story and a good reading!

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A Dead Certainty

This was a very good book.A suspicious death of a race horse has Jack in the stables looking at all the oddities happening there. Miguel Rodriguez was a really good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Another great mystery!

John Holt gives us yet another great mystery! This one is all about a horse! I loved following along and trying to put the clues together myself! Definately gets a great reccomendation from me with how well John Holt and Miguel Rodriguez brought this story to life!

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Jack Daniels is a likable guy.

What's not to like about Jack Daniels. He's got a witty, carefree attitude, and gets the job done. He's a private eye with an amusing attitude. Miguel Rodriguez does a fabulous job of giving his character life. This is a promising series by a talented writer. Thanks, John Holt for the opportunity to review for you.

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Jack Daniels and Horses

Gambling has never been my thing but mysteries certainly are, so I really liked this short story. Jack Daniels is becoming one of my favorite fictional private investigators and for this book, he did what he does best - solve the mystery and entertained his readers/listeners.

John Holt is a gifted author and I am always looking forward to listening to his books. Miguel Rodriguez gave life to the characters pretty well.

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A stable murder.

I wouldn't say I'm a huge horse racing fan. Don't get me wrong I like horses just not a betting girl. But I found myself invested in this plot. I wanted to know who done it and why. The author and narrator have a way of sucking you in and making you feel like you're helping with this case. As a sort of sidekick almost. Really enjoying this series so far.

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  • cosmitron
  • 13-03-18

Mystery Express

What made the experience of listening to A Dead Certainty the most enjoyable?

It was quick and easy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The one and only Jack Daniels.

What does Miguel Rodriguez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His easy going not giving a s..... attitude fits the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it was a mystery running on the express lane,,,,,, quick,easy and fun.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Dee
  • 19-03-18

Meh

This was a short listen but I'm not sure it was time well-spent. I like the Jack Daniels character but not in this incarnation. The mystery was a bit of a yawn.

The narrator was okay. I mean, I didn't hate him. I prefer the narrator in book one though.

This listen was just 'meh.'

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  • Jan M
  • 15-03-18

Can't Beat Death

This is the second book by John Holt that I have listened to, and this one is very enjoyable. I thought the narration was fitting, and the performance easy to listen to. I loved how the author was able to incorporate some very classic quotes into the book as well. The setting with a stable for the background of this book was original as well. I loved how Jack Daniels was making his bets, as who killed the horse and caused the other incidents. Then again, Jack is not a betting man. Only thing you are certain on is death and taxes. The chapter titles were spot on with the story. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • ODed01
  • 15-03-18

Nicely done.

Well written short detective story.
Excellent Performance .
A beautiful reminder of Hollywood style detective story with the jazz background.
Only wish it was longer but beside that there is no negative that I can find with this creation.
Recommended !!

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  • Gail
  • 26-02-20

Worth a read

John Holt writes good old fashion detective stories.

Jack Daniels is a detective. I really like his character. Hired to look into a horse’s death. Jack does what Jack does best.

There is no corse Language in it, or sex scenes. Although there is some violence it does not go into great details.

Narrator Miguel Rodriguez does a good job. The story is told in the first person. But Miguel brings the characters alive with their own individual voices.

I really enjoyed this short story. With it‘s characters and a good story line, I feel it is worth a read.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • Jennifer Hawkins
  • 31-12-19

Nice Follow Up

This is a nice follow up in the series. A nice short listen, and the narration was much better than the first story.

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  • Janalyn
  • 27-12-19

I love this PI!

I love this book! The beginning of the book is like a one-man show that I thoroughly enjoyed when he is telling us about the jazz musicians he likes and just getting to know you session. Then the big guy comes in wanting him to help find out what happened to his precious $200,000 horse. This book is so good it has humor, mystery I just loved it is a short humorous read that I thoroughly enjoyed. You can read it in one setting which I did

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  • Kim
  • 28-07-19

Short Story

The storyline was short so don't expect a full length book of 10+ hours. It was not as fleshed out as I would have liked to have seen, maybe because it is shorter.

Miguel did a fairly good job with narration. I liked his speaking to us and singing a few bars of a tune here and there. But his characters were not as clearly defined as to who was who with just the sound of his voice and inflections. The size of the book may have something to do with this. Wasn't bad. Just wasn't as fully in depth as I was expecting.

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  • Rayc
  • 24-06-19

Grabs you and keeps you

A Dead Certainty.. My first Jack Daniels read, and it is a very pleasant surprise. Jack is a likeable character just like his namesake.
Great novella and at 2 hours just the right balance of detail.
I will be reading more in the series.
Another great book from John Holt, no sex, bad language or violence in his books.
Miguel Rodriguez's narration is excellent - clear and concise and easy to listen too
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • N.W.Wisniewski
  • 21-06-19

Nice

I have never really listened to any detective type stories before this one. I enjoyed the story and the narration. The ending was somewhat predictable but it is well worth the listen.