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Ancestral Secrets: Book 3 in the Adept Solutions Series of Special Investigations for the Magickally Challenged: An Urban Fantasy Novella

Narrated by: Apryl Renee West
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Blackmail, double dealing and dubious secret organizations. Solving one problem one is doable for the Adept Solutions crew, but dealing with all three will be a challenge.   

Someone is blackmailing three of the most powerful citizens in Tropolis: the mayor, a master vampire, and a ruthless crime boss, and all three have hired the private detective agency to find the perpetrator.  

Unfortunately JB's investigative team are not at full strength. Jason is in thrall to Zhanna, the faerie, Nikki's worried about her new husband cheating on her, and JB's father is dying. He's also distracted by his new relationship with Gemma, the fourth member of the group. Added to the mix, two secret organizations, with conflicting agendas, have surfaced in the city. Can the team put their personal difficulties aside, track down the blackmailer, and outwit their rivals before their clients' secrets are revealed?  

If you like cozy mysteries interwoven with entertaining doses of magic and humor, then you’ll love Teagan Kearney’s urban fantasy novella, Ancestral Secrets, book 3 in the Adept Solutions series.

©2018 Teagan Kearney (P)2018 Teagan Kearney

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Another strong episode in the series

Before commenting on the book itself, what is going on with the horribly unwieldy title as it seems like some other fields have been randomly slapped into it unlike the first two in the series and all three books should be tagged as part of the same series so new readers can more easily find the others since they are all well worth a read or listen.

Now that is out of the way, this 3rd book in the series continues the development of the varied cast and their world as they deal with new problems and incidents that expand the scope of that world with new organisations being introduced that you suspect will have an even greater impact in future books.

In the previous book I found that the narrator had seemingly got more comfortable with the cast and added more to that book than the first one, so it might have been slightly worrying that there was a change in narrator with this one. However this was not an issue with this new narrator seeming comfortable with the cast right from the outset and managing to enhance the book quite nicely.

Overall, another quick and enjoyable episode in this series with a length and tone that would make it being well suited to being heard in a single sitting.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Margaret
  • 27-12-18

Love the fairy

This is the third book I’ve read/listened to by this author. All have been in this series. I’m getting into each one more than the last. The interplay between the main characters is entertaining. These stories are each a complete tale since the team has a different job to do in each book. If you’re looking for relaxing P.I. story then this is it.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Elizabeth Lagelee ) and I would listen to another. She does the character voices well and brings out the lighthearted, jovial side of the story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • TU
  • 26-12-18

What a difference a narrator can make

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

What a difference a narrator can make. This was another installment in what has been a solid urban fantasy, PI series. The narration, though, is more engaging and dynamic to listen to. All in all, this made for a great listening experience and 4 hours of entertainment.

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  • Brian
  • 26-12-18

Pleasant Mystery in a Living Urban Fantasy World

I've always had a soft spot for urban fantasy, but generally along the lines of a Dresden Files/Daniel Faust perspective with the protagonist perpetually needling the fantastic around them. This book was a pleasant change of pace into a cozy mystery where the characters exist within a well thought out world and work cases within their niche while interacting with the rest of their fantastical ecosystem as well as the normal world.

This particular case was definitely interesting as important people from across the spectrum of fantasy creatures were involved in a ransom case, which left the diverse members of the PI-esque firm opportunities to do what they do best, and in some cases overstep bounds and improve as a group.

The author also manages to include details about the lives of her characters outside the work place, with familial and romantic relationships but not focusing on those to the detriment of the story. It definitely feels like a well thought out universe to which I could easily return in the future.

Narration was pleasant as well, the narrator doing a good job of presenting the different characters and unique traits of their particular kind.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily posted this honest review. Thank you!

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  • Shannon G
  • 20-12-18

Love It!!!

Once again Teagan Kearney takes us on an awesome adventure full of twists, fun and a bit of romance! I love this series! The characters are well developed, the plot well written and the narration is spot on! The narration for this book is the best yet. Apryl Renee West does an excellent job all around with this story! I'm hoping that JB and his crew will return in another book to take us on more adventures! If you haven't checked out this series then you are truly missing out!

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  • Mandy Buffington
  • 07-12-18

Another awesome book

I received a free copy from the author at my request opinions are my own. I am still totally in love with this series. JB and his team are back again despite some major changes going on in his team. Jason is dealing with a strong connection to the fairy that ascend him. Nikki is thinking her husband is already cheating. But, there’s a lot at stake when the team gets multiple cases leading to one group that’s blackmailing some of the biggest citizens and it’s up to JB and them to find out who before the whole city might suffer some bad experiences. Great story as always.

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  • Believer50
  • 01-12-18

Another Hit

This story was given to me via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This is a continuation of a series that captured my attention from the first book. The narrator added so much to the story. All of the characters were vital to the story and it would not have been complete without each one. So glad that Jason will get the help he needs. Grandpa was something else.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 08-10-19

Super quick listen or read

Book e seemed to be a much quicker story then the first two. It’s been a few months since I reviewed them. I really enjoy this world Teagan has created. I’d like to see more about our main characters.
JB and his crew all seem pretty damn cool. Very good at their jobs and all supernatural. Can humans and their kind coexist in harmony. Maybe.... one day.

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  • B. Lane
  • 15-07-19

The Series is improving, but still unfocused

Kearney returns with the third book in this series. The story was a little better than the previous two, but it was still a little unfocused between the characters personal problems which seemed to take precedence over the actual case/mystery.

This time, three of Tropolis' most powerful citizens, the mayor, a vampire and a crime boss, are being blackmailed, and have hired JB to find the perpetrator. The members of JB's agency, including himself, all have personal issues going on - a possible cheating husband, JB's father is dying plus he is in a new relationship with Gemma which is distracting him, and Jason is in thrall to Zhanna. I'd really like to see the mysteries themselves take precedence over the characters personal issues, as well as having the mysteries be a little deeper and the main focus of the story.

Kearney got a new narrator for this one, and she is a great improvement over the previous one. She kept my attention and made the story more enjoyable. It's too bad the first two can't be re-recorded with her, but that is expensive and probably not justifiable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • alias11
  • 09-07-19

More please

I so enjoy this series, and the mix of different creatures and different skills. The humor and repartee are wonderful, and the mysteries and investigations are fun. I hope the author has more in the works

The narration is fantastic, and perfectly matches the characters attitudes and emotions.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 17-06-19

JB's adventures continue...:)

This is the third book in the series and it's as entertaining as the previous two. It also has the same strengths and weaknesses as the other books in the series. On the one hand, the plot is fast-paced and logical, the characters are likeable and the banter between them quite funny; on the other hand, the case is solved almost too easily, without bigger obstacles and red herrings on the way. But there are also new players in the game and the background is better developed, focusing more on the magical-normal tension which so far has not been so obvious and not a big part of the world building.

Narration by Ms West is really good, though you can easily speed it up a bit without loosing much from her performance. She does voices well and the characters' personalities come out nicely in her interpretation.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.