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Summary

Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.

Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets - and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise - arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.

©2015 Erik Therme (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Wonderfully weird

Wow! This was a wonderfully weird tale. Plenty of atmosphere, loads of sibling rivalry, family secrets and quirky characters. I loved the fact that brother and sister had a 'normal' sibling relationship. They bickered, they argued, but when push came to shove they had each other's backs. The confusion around the inheritance and the bizarre treasure hunt were completely absorbing. But the denouement, when it came, BLEW MY SOCKS OFF! I was NOT expecting that! No siree, not at all. What a twist! Really clever. All the players were well drawn, and all were believable. Mostly likeable enough but with proper human flaws. Did I mention that the twist was OMG!!!! Excellently narrated by Christopher Lane, I can hand on heart recommend this book. You can thank me later!

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first ever review

Forgive me, this is my first ever review posted. I received this audible version as part of my on line book club very kindly from the author himself. Im not sure I would have picked the book as this was not an author I knew and actually thought it would be a British book (shows how little I know) however being an avid reader I gave it a go. I was hooked after the first few minutes after the initial American voice gave me a shock! The story line kept me listening, the many twists and turns, I decided I both loved and disliked Andy and his sister who both excited and frustrated me in equal measure. I found that I wanted to know about the puzzle almost as much as Andy, I dont want to give the story away but would readily purchase a sequel. anyone who wants a listen that is quick paced with a good story line twists and turns along the way that will keep you guessing until the last word, then this is the book for you.

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A great fast-paced puzzler

I really enjoyed this, fast-paced, treasure hunt story. There was a real sense of frustration and running out of time. I love a good puzzle and they did keep me guessing on the whole, though some of the easier ones were a little drawn out. The townspeople were odd, to say the least, and all had their foibles. The main characters Andy and Kate were more likeable than not but felt Andy should have been portrayed as less of a douche, as I rooted for him less by the end of the book than I should.
Good audio, though some of the word puzzles could have been read out to make them clearer (or would that have given the game away). I did not have the text to compare to.
Overall a cracking mystery, a gripping read and a satisfying conclusion.

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  • anne
  • Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 01-07-18

Excellent twists!

An excellent listen with such well drawn characters that I’m still thinking about them and how I liked or disliked them. One of my favourites was actually the bad guy but no more about that! The build up and atmosphere were really thrilling. And although I almost always know where books are going, I really didn’t with this one. The plot became complex and each chapter sent me in different directions. If you like a mystery that baffles and makes you think out of the box this is the one for you. So different from anything I’ve read for a long time and well worth five stars!

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Fast-paced and thrilling

What a gem of a book! Original plot, witty dialogue, memorable, well-rounded and realistic characters, mysteries, secrets - I loved every minute! I listened to it on audio and read it at the same time, finding it difficult to tear myself away from the story, which was fast-paced and truly thrilling. The audio narration was excellent. This book was a real treat for me and I keep recommending it to all my friends.

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Brilliant 5 star audio book

This is the first book I have listened to by the author and narrator, but II hope it won't be the last as I loved it.

The storyline is so original that it kept me hooked throughout and I really enjoyed the way the narrator read the story.

I really enjoyed the puzzle aspect of this story and the treasure hunt feel, which kept me guessing all the way though.

Highly recommended

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Well worth a listen

I enjoyed this story although it is not at all the sort of book I would normally read /listen to. I'm more of a fantasy or sci-fi fan so this was quite a change for me. It kept me guessing and kept me interested to the end. The only thing I found tricky was that I didn't really find I liked any of the female characters at all. As a female listener I like a story to have at least one fully developed female character who I can relate to and find likeable characteristics in. To be fair, I would say this book is written through the eyes of the rather cynical main character and therefore no one described in it is exactly drowning in honey. Perhaps developing one of female characters a bit more would have improved it for me.
All in all I would say I'm probably not the target audience but I still think it was a good book well worth a listen.

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Top notch mystery!

This is the second Erik Therme book I’ve reviewed, and I was again strongly reminded of Stephen King. King has such an amazing skill of creating believable characters whose journey you just want to follow, and I think Therme possesses that same skill.

He takes the reader, and his protagonist, Andy, on a macabre treasure-hunt which starts with a decomposing rat and faces us with tasks in places no sane person would undertake. But Andy is no ordinary person; he’s obsessed by puzzles, and the greatest one he needs to solve is why Craig has left his house, and this trail, to him. But with a deathly threat hanging over him, he has no choice other than to see things out – even when he doesn’t like where they’re heading.

I loved this story! The pace and story were wonderful, and the small town USA feel was perfect. The writing is such that even minor characters are memorable, and with secrets aplenty, you’re never too sure who is going to be important and who isn’t. And as a reader, Therme keeps you as baffled (and as interested) as he does Andy. Oh, and Christopher Lane’s narration is top notch too!

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I loved it!

I have to admit that this is not my type of book but something in the blurb grabbed my attention so I thought I would give it ago and I am so glad that I did.
I loved the narrator I thought he was great for this book and he really bought out the characters and their personality. Of course it does help that the characters are well written, in that they acted like normal people so it felt more real. The author I believe did really well in writing this story because he had me frustrated sometimes with the characters and I wanted to know where it would all end. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue and a twist that I did not see coming. He really surprised me there.
I would highly recommend this book and I would not mind reading or listening to this authors or narrators other works.

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Very enjoyable !!!

The truth I wasn’t sure about this one and for the first 10 minutes I thought that I made a mistake asking to review Morton but after those 10 minutes I truly couldn’t put this book down or take a break.
Erik Therme have managed to surprise me with a beautiful writing and a very enjoyable story full of excellent twists.
Coupled with Christopher Lane narrating created a perfect audiobook.

So yes I full heartedly recommend this audiobook !


Even so that I got this audiobook for free I truly believe that my review was absolutely honest.

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  • shelley
  • 22-06-18

Bizarrely Good!

This psych thriller has a very unique plot. I really enjoyed this debut thriller by Erik Therme.
The publisher's summary sets up the story very well. It's fairly odd and I've never listened to a book quite like it before.
Andy Crowl's cousin commits suicide, leaves Andy his house and sets up a macabre scavenger hunt that Andy has four days to solve because something happens then. What that something is and whether it's good or not Andy has no idea, when things get dangerous he can't stop. Andy loves puzzles and he has to finish. This is full of bizarre clues. It's a really fun book. Little bit of sad ending with superb irony.
Christopher Lane does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Craig A. Hart
  • 06-07-18

Good mystery with great narration

Good mystery by Erik Therme. Some reviewers have complained about the unlikable characters. That sort of thing doesn't bother me, as long as the characters are well-written. And Therme's are. The only objection I have is the untimely demise of a character named Craig!

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 09-08-18

SUPERB CRAZY TWISTY TWISTED BIZARRE THRILLER!

This is awesome! Wow, this story is definitely unique and full of intensity, twists, turns and surprises. It's absolutely fascination, it'll pull you in, eat you up and spit you out. I loved the writing and the narration, I think it's an excellent audiobook all around, and I'd definitely recommend it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deedra
  • 29-07-18

Mortom

LOVED this book!It was a really good old fashioned thriller.Family dynamics between siblings play a big role in this book.When Craig dies,he leaves a trail to follow.It's a deadly game.Christopher Lane was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 20-07-18

Mortom

I really liked Mortom. It started slow and kept me guessing about exactly what was going on, but that was good for me. I was able to guess more of the finer points but that didn't take anything away from the story. Some of the familial interactions were kind of ridiculous and grating. But the twists and turns were enough to offset that. I thought the narration was perfect for this book as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 18-07-18

Riveting!

Twists and turns held my attention throughout! Amazing how greed drives people!

A must listen to audiobook!

Christopher Lane did an excellent job of narrating

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

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  • Steve F.
  • 17-07-18

Great story!

We listened to this story on a road trip. It got our attention right away and made the driving time go by quickly! Loved it!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 14-07-18

extraordinaire

this book was absolutely amazing it was great and interesting and it suffocated you and it took you to new levels and I loved it I love it so very much I think I will send you this book again and again I need to understand everything again it was so good and so well-written I just adore this type of writing it was fantastic and the narrator did an amazing and wonderful job this is what I am expecting from books and this booking specific was much much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Jacqueline Hicks
  • 10-07-18

Interesting Story.

I am familiar with Christopher Lane as a narrator and immediately liked him on another book. So when I saw this book was available with him as the narrator, I jumped on it.

I am new to Erik Therme's books and I like this story. It has a way of irritating you in a good way to want to know what's going on. The story is a good mystery.

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

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