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Stone Cold

Rebecca Watson Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kendra Murray
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Detective Rebecca Watson is tracking a vicious serial killer in Eugene Falls, Florida. As a distraction, she's dragged back into court for the retrial of a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend five years earlier. His defense attorney will use any means to get his client freed, including uncovering old wounds from Watson's past.

As the case takes a few hard turns, nothing can prepare her for the world she's about to encounter, the past that haunts her, and the truth behind the serial killer's motive.

©2018 James Glass (P)2019 James Glass

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For good men to do nothing...

Detective Rebecca Watson is in court, giving evidence in the retrial of a man who, five years previously, had been convicted of brutally killing his girlfriend. It was a case which brought back sad memories as her partner had died at that time, but she was unprepared for her troubled childhood to also come unexpectedly to haunt her. Meanwhile, the mutilated bodies of several men had been found in the area: looks like there is a serial killer at large

Told from the point of view of Rebecca herself, the reader has immediate knowledge of her thoughts and fears, as well as of the action. Her past, her relationship to her mother and her aunts, her sexual insecurities are all slowly revealed as the story unfolds:: she is both very human And yet frustratingly annoying: a bit too raw to be real. Little effort is made by the author to breath personality into the other protagonists but all feel substantial in their own right with the exception of the serial killer himself. Although central to much of the story, and obviously closely investigated by e number of the other characters he manages to remain shadowy. Narration by Kendra Murray is very good, further bringing life to both Rebecca and the other cast members, all of their voices well differentiated and her reading both well paced, clear and intoned. A good performance which is partially ruined by poor editting, especially in the latter half of the book, with sentences badly spliced together with slightly different speeds or sound levels, severed words and in particular some strange mechanical rumbling which preceded many of the chapters. Was this supposed to form part of a soundtrack? No idea; but whatever it was, it was a mistake.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced,, and intriguing in it's switch between courtroom and field work, so my deep thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Stone Cold, via Audiobook Boom. It could have lost the gratuitous sex scene without any damage at all to the story (along with the sniffing of cologne scents of which she must have been aware for months before - save this stuff for later in the series) and some of the court scenes seemed just too contrived, but it carried me along in a wave of pleasurable listening so that I would recommend it to all who enjoy feisty yet vulnerable female detectives keeping the world safe from the bad guys.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

Looking forward to more!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! It was unpredictable and the main character was engaging and realistic. The narrator was consistent, making the characters come alive. What fun! I look forward to more adventures with Rebecca ( and Sam).

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 25-08-19

A cold case mystery

This audio is a real mystery lovers listen. It’s full of suspense, and will keep you on your earplugs till the end . Love how the author throws in a curve ball with a murder case that people thought were solved . On top of that our heroine Rebecca Watson gets called back to that case when she’s tracking a serial killer There are a few surprises and lots , lots of turns involving Rebecca herself , a surprise about her mother and the case itself

The performance of Kendra is great. She did all the emotions and tones of the audio great

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 18-06-19

Retrial Mystery

No spoilers here... but I do want to start out with my morality rating, due more to the content of story than anything I would say this in a movie would be PG13-R- backstories are rough with sexual assault and murder. I think it's a great book for the YA to adult readers. It's more geared towards those who enjoy the police investigations and courtroom scenes. It's long enough that you can't finish it in one sitting, and there are places that I could naturally stop it and not feel the need to stay up all night to finish it.... which for me was nice. The narrator does a great job and was fun to listen to.

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

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  • Darc
  • 18-06-19

Retrial

This the first book in a new series created by James Glass about Eugene Falls Florida detective Rebecca Watson. Watson is a veteran from the Afghanistan struggle turned cop, recently divorced by her cheating husband and is currently in search of a serial killer. She is partnered with a hunky somewhat younger Tony Francisco and has managed for the last 3 years to keep the partnership professional. Rebecca has some personal baggage from her past; her father was murdered when she was quite young and the case was never solved, and she stabbed her step father, while he raped her when she was 12, after she told her mother and she failed to protect her. Needless to say she has a strained and tumultuous relationship with her. So, that sets the stage and characters for the story. Rebecca, in the midst of her investigation of the serial killer case, is called in to testify for the prosecution as an expert witness in a retrial of a man that she put away for murder 5 years ago. This man is granted a mistrial on a technicality and her mother turns up in court as the fiancé of the defendant. This was not a nail biter but it was reasonably good. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 11-06-19

Well-written!

I enjoyed the twists and turns. The great detective work and courtroom drama held my attention throughout.

Kendra Murray did an excellent job narrating and bringing the characters to life.

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

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 08-06-19

this book was given to me at my request for review

couldn't stop listening to this book enjoyed the suspense of the murders and the detective and her dog

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  • Lilydawn
  • 06-06-19

Backstory is tough

A very good police procedural with a main character whose edges are tooth enough for the cynical world of a homicide police detective. there ate enough peripheral characters that give this book most depth than most straight up murder mysteries. The backstory is a bit rough and I prefer to not give spoilers.---so suffice to say sexual assault.
The murder mystery at the core of the story is well written.

The Narrator did a very good job between a lot of dialogue and variety of characters.

There were some disconcerting sounds at the beginning of some chapters that would shock me especially if I was using headphones. I said "what the heck?" more than once. I will definitely rear other books in this series.

*** I was given a copy of this audiobook in lieu of giving an honest review ***

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  • Katie
  • 06-06-19

An interesting police procedural................

Stone Cold is an interesting police procedural featuring Detective Rebecca Watson, a homicide detective in a small town in Florida. The book starts with Rebecca testifying in the retrial of a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend. At the same time, Rebecca and her partner, Francisco, are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder that is quickly followed by multiple murders by the same killer. Both while she is testifying and while she is investigating, Rebecca has flashbacks to the many difficult times in her background, and this helped me to understand her personality better. She seemed very tough and pessimistic, but her history of abandonment and betrayal could do that to anybody, let alone a woman investigating homicides all day long. Although I struggled throughout the book with her personality, I could understand her point of view, and I could see that it made her a great police detective. Luckily, the introspection was overshadowed by the intriguing cases and some tense, action-packed scenes. Overall, I would recommend this book for any fans of intricate detective stories who enjoy a touch of romance, self discovery and family drama. I would like to see what the author has in mind for Rebecca in the future, so hopefully the series will continue on Audible soon.

I enjoyed Kendra Murray's narration. I did not care for the backgrounds noise at the beginning of some chapters, and some parts sounded hollow. However, that is more a production issue than the fault of the narrator. I thought she portrayed Rebecca's personality well, and I especially enjoyed her voices for The Aunties. I would listen to another of Murray's narrations in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • April H.
  • 24-05-19

Dysfunctional Family

Stone Cold Rebecca Watson Series, Book 1
: James Glass

This book has an interesting plot, but I feel the dialogue and actions of the defense attorney is unrealistic. I would try the next book in the series.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Kendra Murray. I did not care for the excessive noises at the beginning of some chapters.



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

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 24-05-19

Too contrived

Everything about this story seems stereotypically contrived, from the courtroom drama to the gratuitous romance. It's all totally unrealistic. And Kendra Murray's melodramatic performance doesn't help. Plus, an over abundance of clicks, pops and other background noise, especially at the beginning of some of the chapters, makes the production seem quite unprofessional.

Artificial stories like this just seem silly to me.

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