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Death Sung Softly

The Sam Prichard Series Volume 2
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Sam Prichard, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Meet retired cop, Sam Prichard. Sam opens his practice as a private investigator, and gets his first real case almost instantly: Find Barry Wallace, a local rock singer who was on the verge of making it big, and vanished suddenly! When Barry's body turns up minus his head and hands, the case becomes ominous, and now he has to find a killer, instead! The evidence comes together, and leads to the discovery of the missing body parts on the estate of a well-known talent agent, who stood to gain a lot of wealth if Barry had only agreed to sign the contract he had arranged, and the man is arrested for murder. But Sam gets a bigger surprise when that same man hires him to prove his innocence, and Sam follows a convoluted trail of clues to discover who really killed Barry, and wanted to frame the agent for the crime! Meanwhile, Sam has blundered into taking a job as the new lead singer for Barry's band, and may be on the edge of a whole new career for himself! Come along for the ride, and you'll get to hear Sam Prichard sing his heart out!

©2015 David Archer (P)2015 David Archer

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Cringeworthy

I quite liked the first book, but good grief, this one.... We are so constantly told how wonderful Sam is, it seems like some sort of wish fulfillment. He is given almost constant ego massage, rapturous uncritical applause and an "Aw, shucks, I'm not THAT good" (while we are obviously expected to believe he is). It swamped the story, for me. The musical interludes jarred. The main female character is so cringeingly dependent on Sam, it made me grit my teeth. She is much smarter than him (not difficult), highly experienced and skilled in IT, and comes up with almost all the answers, yet is portrayed as helpless, hopeless, pathetically unable to find a job or home and simply as appreciative audience to his unlikely talent as a musician. Her role is cook and cleaner, when not coming up with the answers he needs - this is appreciated to the extent that she is told she can decorate the house, if she wants. Wow. She and her daughter are beautiful (of course), compliant, loving and undemanding, grateful for any crumbs offered. "Hey, we've just made $100,000 dollars, I don't really need the money but you can maybe get a new dress." I don't expect reality in a story like this, but the characterisations bash you over the head so much it hurts.

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  • Wayne
  • 16-01-16

Very light and entertaining mystery!

Death Sung Softly is Book 2 in the Sam Prichard series. At 5 hours in length these books are short, too short for the price in my opinion. Although they are mysteries, this book is more about relationships. Character development is superb. This audiobook contains some complete and original high quality songs which is unusual, but adds to interest. The Kindle version of the novels in this series sell for $2.99 rather than more than the cost of a Audible credit, so I'll likely continue the series on Kindle.

The series is about an ex-police detective whom was shot on the job and forced to take disability. He becomes a private detective. He was single but is now engaged to his much younger computer expert who has a 4 year old daughter. The ex-detective is also a musician. The narration of the audiobook is simply outstanding.

My one complaint is that the audiobooks in the series are overpriced by about $6. The price is $14 or one credit.

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  • Andrea Mammes
  • 07-07-16

David Archer leading us into the future through Audible

Wow, what a novel idea to include some beautiful songs sung by a gifted artist in the narrative. Excellent combination of investigative work and a warm romance... worth listening to.

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  • shireen c. mason
  • 22-11-19

music<br />

if the narrator was the one who was singing, he was not half bad. i usually do not like when they put music in because it is usually really dark and it disrupts the flow of the story being told. but this time it was put in at just the right places and it fit the storyline.

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  • Geraldine Amidon
  • 10-11-19

😃 Smile and enjoy.


I really enjoyed this book. The characters did a great job. I believe that anybody who read this book
will say the same thing. The mystery was great 👍. I don't want to ruin this book for anybody.
This is also a fast reading 📚. Gamidon

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  • dr Frank
  • 04-11-19

Better than the previous |

This is better than the previous and the victim is a singer - Bringing Sam to the forefront of going back in his earlier years when he sang - There are a few songs mixed into the narrative which proved 'good' and added some dimension to the book.

It is an easy listen - I get these types when I don't need to think nor focus too much on the storyline.
Overall, a good listen but the plot is simple to follow with a few obvious antagonists and the actual killer is obvious before revealed.

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  • seasand
  • 17-09-19

Songs

Loved the addition of the songs. Did David write them or have help? Hope he did.

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  • Steve Manke
  • 27-10-18

A novel approach to audio

I listened to the audio version of the book. Since the plot involves a detective investigating the disappearance of a band's lead singer, it's no shock that there are references to the music played by the band. It's a little unconventional to actually have the songs appear in the audiobook. Given the audio is geared for voice rather than music, the quality of the music isn't all that amazing. But credit to the audio production team for their unconventional approach when it came to including what I can only guess to be original tunes in the book. I was a little surprised when there was no postscript explaining the source of the music.

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  • Jodsta64
  • 28-08-18

Another great book in the series

A great 'Who done it' that keeps you guessing to the end. Read beautifully and realistically as I listened to the recording on 3 long road trips here in Australia.
I loved the lyrics, but ONE song was hard to hear, understand and was painfull to listen to..... I hope that will keep new readers intrigued as the rest were great!

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  • howard
  • 12-07-18

hate romance in action/thriller books

I stay away from female writers mostly because of the romance always added, so when Archer added romance and singing to bk I was disappointed, the timing of the romance was not believable anyway, should have happened faster or not at all

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  • Shelley Cash
  • 28-11-17

Disappointed

It was a good story but too much was spent in the music. If I wanted to listen to music, I'd listen to the radio or a CD. The book is only 5+ hrs and to waste much of it on songs irritates me.