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Sawmill Springs

Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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Homicide detective Mandi Murphy had seen enough bloodshed on the streets of Houston to last a lifetime. After a botched drug bust left a friend dead, she wanted out of the city. Peaceful little Sawmill Springs seemed like the perfect spot to start over. Six weeks on patrol proved the town to be as quiet and serene as she'd imagined.

When things soured between FBI agent Kayla Dixon and her lover, she was ready for a change from the fast-paced life she was living. Her father, the police chief in Sawmill Springs, offered her a job, and she decided a change of pace was just what she needed. Her wish for slow and peaceful didn't materialize, however, as mere hours after she started her first shift, a prominent citizen was gunned down.

The two women are thrust together to solve the murder and return Sawmill Springs to the sleepy small town the residents expect. As the investigation grows, so does their attraction. There's just one problem - Murphy thinks Kayla is straight. Kayla admits to a failed marriage when she was 18, and an ambiguous affair with another FBI agent convinces Murphy to steer clear of her. Kayla's innocent flirting is met with skepticism and doubt...and temptation. Another murder not only strengthens their bond as partners but has them fighting to escape the clutches of a murderer. No longer able to ignore the budding attraction between them, they must decide if they are willing to start over...this time, together.

©2017 Gerri Hill (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Great listen

Good story, believable characters. Loved the flirting between Murphy and Kayla :-) some funny one-liners too. Took a little while to get into the story but one of my favourite narrators so would definitely recommend.

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I own a fair few Gerri Hill books/audiobooks but just couldn’t get into this one. The narration was good but as I listened I found myself not really caring what happened. It’s not a terrible storyline, it’s just not great. There are better police-themed lesfics out there.

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loved it.

loved it. The narrator brought it to life. Read the book first. Great characters and storyline. Highly recommend this product.

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another great story by Hil!

And a brilliant performance by Zanzarella, she's now on my list of great narrators to follow!

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fab book

from chapter 29 onwards the narrator refers to both female characters as "He" but other then that really enjoyed listening

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  • Kalyn Maywren
  • 02-08-17

Decent story, occasionally cringeworthy, fine narr

-Story was fairly well-written
-had some cringe-y cliched moments
-had a sex scene that came out of the left field
-characters were not Mary Sues (hooray)


- narrator had a pleasant voice
- disliked voice she used for Murphy, but wasn't terrible to listen to, just not what I envisioned
- seemed to relish all the scenes
- sometimes was a little slow to read, but probably because was narrating dialogue with heavy southern drawl.

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  • DB
  • 06-07-17

Kind of unbelievable

Would you listen to Sawmill Springs again? Why?

Good characters, well performed, 4/5th of the way through it just got unbelievable. It's a cop drama and most of the book flows well but...spoiler alert!!!...I just can't imagine letting my father go alone to deal with a homicidal maniac, even if it is his brother. And I can't imagine, with my father's life in danger, that I Could, never mind would, wake a few hours later sleeping next to my pending lover and choose to have sex rather than check on my father. It just got sloppy towards the end. Yes, her father is the chief of police. Yes, her father is a strong character but really? Not a snowballs chance in hell I'd let him go on his own.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gerri Hill? Why or why not?

I usually love Gerri Hill's books. She typically has me laughing out loud and thoroughly enjoying the ride.

Which character – as performed by Nicol Zanzarella – was your favorite?

Murphy is done well but the Chief of Police is brilliant; a great character brought to life in full color in Nicol Zanzarella's performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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  • zenabuff
  • 06-07-17

Best book Gerri Hill has written Yet!

Sawmill Springs is the of two woman with. Strong photo ice or FBI background s each trying to escape to small town living, because of things like failed relationship to other officers on their team or stuff like that.
Then the unthinkable happens in Sawmill Springs, a murder! And the two most experienced officers get put on the case. Our young transfer from Dallas homicide and the daughter of the sheriff and also an ex FBI agent. And the only two female gay officers on staff.
As murders and mysteries progress so does there attraction and flirting. Just one problem; Dallas believes the chief's daughter is straight and therefore untouchable, still the attraction wins out, to spike the background of a deadly killer on the loose. It comes down to trust and good police work in this very exciting mystery/ romance novel that is the best one yet, from Gerri Hill: Who also brought us high caliber books like Hunter+s Way, Target, Devil's Highway just to name a few.

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  • Heather Dodge
  • 05-07-17

Another great listen!

I do love Gerri Hill's books! Nicol Zanzarella is a fantastic narrator. The story is great. I love the confusion created by the characters' assumptions of each other's motives and self labels. It's easy to relate to her characters. And, Nicol Zanzarella's narration brings out the subtle dry humor. Bravo!!!

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  • AZ Desert Gal
  • 12-01-19

Predictable on the romance, but still a good story

The author relies too much on repeating gimmicks such as one character misunderstanding the other character's situation. For example, the tired ole, "Gee,
I thought you were straight cuz you were divorced." Nonetheless, a pretty good tale of crime and romance.

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  • Helen
  • 09-07-18

Fair read

I like Geri Hill and her writing. Although this was just another formula book with lesbians in a different location, tuff Texas. I thought the narrator's interpretation of Murphy was as a stereotypical butch, with a low voice and attitude; of course she's attracted to the pretty little blond. Unfortunately, most of Texas would never be as accepting of a lesbian couple living in a small town.

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  • Margaret
  • 03-12-17

Excellent audio.

I really enjoyed Sawmill Springs. Enough law enforcement to be interesting with the brewing romance to add the spice. Nicol Zanzarella does an excellent job with the narration.

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  • J.K.R.
  • 10-07-17

Great experience...

This story was funny, sexy and narrated perfectly. I always like to read the books and then listen to the audiobook afterwards, on both accounts this was a great choice for me indeed.

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  • justin
  • 10-07-17

wonderful

great book, great story loved evetything about it. funny, hot and kept my attention. only one major complaint...its over.

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  • WoodPhoenix
  • 14-01-20

I'll read it more than once

I love Gerri Hill's work and this book is no exception. The dialogue is realistic - I felt like I was eavesdropping on real people. I didn't give it five stars because I couldn't get around the small-town-cop-equals-stupid formula. I realize murders aren't something smaller towns deal with regularly, but it doesn't mean their cops are as clueless as some are depicted in this story. I worked for a large police department (Austin, Tx) and we frequently worked with smaller departments around the state without finding this level of incompetency. This didn't stop me from loving this tale, however.

If you are a fan of lesbian romance you will not be disappointed, folks. The narration was pretty darn good, too!