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Lady's Slipper: When Past and Present Evils Intertwine

Abby Foulkes Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Carrie Goodwiler
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Caileigh Watson was two when she witnessed her mother's murder in the woods. She longs to remember her mother, but struggles with memory problems. Twenty years on, the man who was imprisoned for the crime is up for release. And then a new witness appears, whose testimony could throw out the original conviction. When Caileigh and the witness go missing, DS Abby Foulkes is pulled into a hunt for the truth in a case which threatens to engulf her.

©2015 Alison Gray (P)2016 Alison Gray

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Everywhere I look I see trees.

Twenty years ago, Albert Croft was found guilty of a murder he always claimed he did not commit and had spent the intervening time in prison. His brother finally managed to arrange for an appeal hearing on a technical evidence query. Then a witness, a woman Albert always claimed had been with him when the murdered woman's screams were heard but thought to be a figment of Albert's immagination, came forward to give supporting evidence. An indigent person, she was placed under police protection as death threats had been made, but just before the retrial, she again went missing. So, too, did the daughter of the murdered woman who, when aged only two, had been found by her mother's body. Abby Faulks now has two people to find. And fast.

The book is written mostly in the third person from Abby's point of view, with good atmospheric description. Better than the preceding story, it still suffers from a rather wishy washy lead protagonist whose character does not seem fully formed despite the scenes of family life and her internal dialogues. However, the story is intriguing.
Fortunately, the narration for this second book is by Carrie Goodwood, with a pleasant, if rather youthful, voice, clear cut pronunciation and an excellent interpretation of the text. Her voicing of the characters is also distinctively differentiated.

My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of Lady's Slipper, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. An interesting police procedural. This series is improving all the time and I look forward to book three

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  • cosmitron
  • 28-05-18

The Series maintains its momentum.

In the second book of this series the high standard of the first book continues,

The mystery is well advanced in the investigation phase with the story advancing with well established characters and a good
story.

The Narrator does a good job and helps to advance the story.


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

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  • kelly lauffenburger
  • 29-06-18

Loved this Series

I loved this series! Full of twist and turns in the plot. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 17-06-18

Wonderful !!

I couldn't put this book down. Page after page kept me wanting to read more and more....A wonderfully written book that is a definite must read!!! I can't wait for more from Allison Gray.!

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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  • Darc
  • 17-06-18

Cold Case

This is the 2nd book in the series , which I found much more enjoyable than the first in the series. DS Abby Foulkes gets assigned to a case where a new witness appears. The witness could possibly clear a man who has been imprisoned for 20 years on a murder charge. The witness disappears , files go missing, and twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing until the end. My favorite of the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • BOOKJUNKEE
  • 16-06-18

very good

really loved it an old cold case with a plot twist intertwining with new case loved the atmosphere of the book was chilling and dark !

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 13-06-18

Past secrets take their toll on everyone...

It's a kind of crime story that takes you on a wild ride - it grasps you and doesn't let go...
Twenty years ago a man was imprisoned for a hineous murder; now a new witness appears and her testimony may prove the convict's innocence - but then she vanishes into thin air... When DS Abby Foulkes gets assigned to the case, she discovers there is more to it that meets the eye, more than she could ever have expected... There are files missing, people vanishing, and more murders committed... And she is in the middle of all this, with more suspects than she'd like...

The plot is really fast paced, with so many twists and red herrings that should defenitely satisfy every crime/mystery novel buff:) I also like the dual narration - the book is mostly written in 3rd person, but there are short chapters where Caileigh Watson talks to us herself, with the effect of the whole story being so much more dynamic. And the fact that Abby struggles with her own emotions and inner demons while trying to solve the case gives her character a kind of soundness which makes her so much more real for me.

The narration by Ms Goodwiler is very good, but at times maybe a little too fast, with the effect of some parts of the story kind of blurring for the listener... But when you get used to the pace, it stops bothering you at all. Also, if you look for narrators who give every character in a book a different voice, then she's not one of those - which is not at all a bad thing; I like the way she just reads the story to you, concentrating on the plot and emotions rather than voice differentiation...

So generally, it's a very good crime novel with a rather fast, but good narration. A must for all genre fans.

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

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  • Jan M
  • 10-06-18

Great British Mystery!

I really enjoyed this book by Alison Gray. This is the second in a series and a standalone listen. I loved the twists this book had, the imagery was so good. The narrator (Carrie Goodwiler) did a great job with her performance. Her character with the cold was so realistic! Without giving away spoilers, I complement the author for the ending. I loved how the killer was revealed. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 09-06-18

Wow! I couldn't put it down!

I really enjoyed the first one in the series and this one was better. It grabbed me and I had a hard time putting it down. My only complaint is that this one has a very bloody tale to tell. So as a caution if you have a hard time with details in bloody crime scenes then you may want to avoid this one... if that isn't a problem for you then this was a fast and intriguing read. I stayed up until 1:30 am to finish this one because toward the end it was simply too hard to stop. I'm now ready to start the third one. The narrator also did a wonderful job.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author and publisher in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookboom com

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  • BookLover
  • 07-06-18

Great Mystery

I really enjoyed listening to this book, however, I felt that since it really did not have anything to do with Book 1, and only in Chapter 1, does it really reference the first book, that this could be listened to as a stand alone. This whole book, could create its own series and could branch over in several directions.

The narrator spoke really fast and really did not do any character voices, which made it very challenging to determine who was actually speaking, the narrator, Abby, Tanya, Caileigh, etc but all in all, she did a good job

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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  • Rhonda
  • 05-06-18

Book 2 in the Abby Foulkes Mysteries

Good second book. Interesting case and good narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.