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Summary

Retired homicide detective Linda Sikorsky and her wife Kirsten McClellan head to Maine from their home in the New Jersey woods for a weekend of rest, relaxation and rewrites as Kirsten finishes drafting her first novel. Bad weather alters their plans, forcing them to stop for the night at the Cliff's Edge, a roadside motel known for secrecy and indiscretion. Something murderous goes bump in the night, sending the women on a search for justice when a young reporter's body is found violated and dumped on a back road. A road Linda must now go down, no matter where it takes her, or what it reveals.

©2016 Mark McNease (P)2017 Mark McNease

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Awesome

Another fantastic book. I highly recommend this book. Amazing characters and great storyline. The narrator is amazing.
❤️😍❤️

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"an unfortunate history of run-ins with murderers"

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Linda (always known as Detective Linda by her friends, Kyle and Danny) and her wanna-be author wife, Kirsten, are forced by a major storm to take overnight shelter in a somewhat seedy small town hotel whilst en route to an holiday of hotel luxury.. Awake in the night, Linda hears muffled noises from the room next door followed by the sound of a car leaving. Intrigued that anyone would be driving away at that time of morning, she notices that the Golden(ish) car which had been parked next to theirs is missing, later to be found abandoned with the body of a young female journalist nearbye. Detective Linda's ex-police mental radar goes into overdrive as she drags her reluctant partner on a trail of discovery and danger rather than the relaxed holiday she had been anticipating.

More of a standard mystery thriller than the Pride series books (how I miss the lovely Danny and Kyle), Mark McNease has written an intriguing crime story peopled with colourful characters. Linda always has been a great personality and it is good to be able to get to know both her and her new wife better through this book and experience the closeness of the couple despite their obvious differences. His characters are always real people, not cyphers on a page. Like absent friends rather than imaginary ones.

The narration by Daniela Acitelli is good, clear and well paced (although I had to increase the audio speed to 1.25 for it to be comfortable to hear as I found her reading, at the regular speed, too long drawn out). She also voices the characters well, giving them even greater credibility. Overall, a good performance.
This was an enjoyable listen and I can recommend it to all mystery lovers and, if you are still unfamiliar with the companion Pride series, suggest you treat yourself to the pleasure of discovering new friends in those titles, also.

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  • Simone
  • 28-03-17

10/10 Mystery!

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The thing I loved most about 'Last Room at the Cliff's Edge' was that this book was filled with female characters who range from flighty and silly to sinister and badass. So many stories are sorely lacking in female characters that have depth and actual human characteristics. As far as diversity in gender goes, this book is fantastic.

The story itself was also a great listen. From interpersonal strife between wives to a full fledge murder mystery, this tale has a little bit of everything! This is a tight and interesting murder mystery that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good thriller! Mark McNease spins this tale with expertise and Daniela Acitelli delivers a fabulous performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Moonzfool
  • 19-04-18

No Romance NOT Sizzling Just Mystery

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was in the romance category and is not. This is a mystery & it is okay as one.

Would you recommend Last Room at the Cliff's Edge to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I would not. It is lacking in character depth. I did not know what the 2 main characters felt or thought. The story did not draw me in.

How could the performance have been better?

I did not like the voice of some of her characters..... some were very similar.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I don’t know.

Any additional comments?

Not worth a credit.

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  • Jan
  • 29-01-17

Excellent story and narrator!

What starts out as a road trip to get away and have some time together while Kristen works on her first mystery novel turns into the real thing when a storm strands them overnight. You can take the detective out of law enforcement, but you can't take law enforcement out of Detective Linda. Very engrossing, yet not overlong.
Ms Acitelli gives an excellent audio interpretation!
Don't miss this one!

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 02-05-21

I REALLY like the way this author writes mystery!

Once again, this author takes a refreshing approach to writing a mystery. What a privilege to listen to an F/F romance mystery courtesy of Mark McNease! Competently narrated by Daniela Acitelli, 'Last Room at the Cliff's Edge' is different from other mysteries I've read. In this book, Mark tells us 'who done it' right from the word 'Go!' Then readers treated with the excitement of seeing how Linda Sikorsky, retired homicide detective, solves it! He gives us a villain who's horrifically creepy as he plans his murders. The writer is also so horrendously clever in creating a mystery and a protagonist one can't help but admire and applaud! This was just so bleeping BRILLIANT! There is just SO VERY MUCH going on that can't be mentioned without spoiling the story! Dang, what an awesome listen! Thanks for the good time, Mr. McNease!

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  • R. Robinson
  • 14-11-20

Never take the last room at Cliff's Edge

On the way to a writer's retreat with her wife Kristen, retired detective Linda Sikorsky is forced by a storm to stop at a seedy wayside motel in Maine. When things go bump in the night, Linda can't help reverting to her old detecting habits. She learns of the murder of a reporter for a small local paper and uncovers old secrets that have been festering for years. This satisfying mystery ends with Linda and Kristin finally making it to the retreat and all is well, but they have a wild ride getting there.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 12-11-20

Good narration & story

Detective Linda and Kristen taking time away, when they got caught in a storm. The ingriendents are all here for a good mystery. A storm spending a night in a cliff hotel and mayhem, resulting in a body. The creepy part was Linda going down that road. Good narration by Daniela brought the character of Linda and what she is like. Given audio for my voluntary review

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  • Sherilyn
  • 22-12-18

Good story and plot!

The narrator was awful! Unfortunately, I won’t be bothered to listen to the next book in the series. The narrator’s patronizing, pathetic and whiney is like nails on a chalk board. Too bad. I enjoy a good lesbian mystery.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 07-08-18

Once A Cop. Always A Cop.

On the way to a writers retreat with her aspiring author wife, they stumble across a murder. Linda must solve the case and Kristin goes along to observe techniques for her murder mystery. Old cases surface and Maine is not as family friendly as it seems. Good performance.

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  • yulanda jordan
  • 07-07-18

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I enjoyed the story line, the performance is one that you really have to be on top of not to miss anything.

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  • Jeanne B.
  • 06-03-17

Story & Writing, Fine -- Narrator, not so much

Would you try another book from Mark McNease and/or Daniela Acitelli?

Maybe read the author, but not the narrator.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I couldn't get to the end.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniela Acitelli?

Almost anyone.

Did Last Room at the Cliff's Edge inspire you to do anything?

Yes, stop listening, start reading, instead.

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The narrator has a very odd rhythm to her reading. She tends to draw out a word here and there in a way that does not fit the narrative or the dialogue. She also gets the emphasis on the wrong word. It gets annoying. Example: (Not verbatim) I knoooowww he is the one, instead of the correct interpretation putting the emphasis on "he."