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The Botanist

Narrated by: Larry Oblander
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In the heat of the desert, Detective Cody Oliver makes an alarming and inadvertent discovery - a strange garden, adorned with various exotic flowers, is a showy cover for the scores of bodies buried below. Soon, the small town of Mt. Dessicate plunges into chaos as journalists, reporters, and cameramen from across the nation clamor to get a piece of the action.

Along with the media, a mysterious woman appears who may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer, known as the Botanist. If Detective Cody can’t piece together the crime scene, decipher how the woman’s mysterious past is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice, he may lose the people he values most.

©2017 Liesel Hill (P)2019 Liesel Hill

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  • Raya Whitehouse
  • 29-03-20

Epic mystery

This book held me captive from the moment I started to listen till the end. The plot line was great and very detailed. The twists will surprise you in a multitude of ways.

Narrator was great, love the voices he did.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Cynthia Jensen
  • 24-03-20

Wow!

I just finished this and I have to say I was very impressed. The storyline held me captive, the characters were believable, and the man doing the narration did an excellent job!

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  • R. Robinson
  • 19-03-20

A well narrated serial killer tale

I have never read any of Ms Hill's work but I love audiobooks and serial killers so when I was given the chance to get a free copy of this book I jumped at the chance. The title says it is A Small Town Romantic Suspense Thriller with Cute Detectives Serial Killers Murder and Heart Stopping Twists and Turns. Well, there is some romance but not too much. I guess Cody the lead detective was cute, there definitely was a serial killer and there were twists and turns. Mt Dessicate is a small town in the desert in far western Utah near St George, an area I am familiar with so I could relate to it. The book has a fairly strong but not perfect heroine but she is pretty much the only female character of any consequence besides the victims. Driving down a back road in the desert late at night on her way home Alex is stopped by a policeman with a raspy voice. He ends up letting her go but she feels like there is something weird so she stops at the next town's police station to report it. A very young policeman takes the report but doesn't seem too interested. Several years later Alex hears about a serial killer case in the town with a mass grave with blue tulips (hence the title) very near where she was stopped. She returns to the area to remind the police of her report and stays to help the police. The detective in charge is the same officer to whom she made her report so her doesn't just write her off. The police work seemed realistic for a small town that has little crime. There were twists and turns involving some history of the town which gave me an idea of who the killer might be but there was still plenty of suspense and some twists I didn't see coming. The book was wrapped up well and didn't leave the reader hanging. The narrator Larry Oblander did an excellent job. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Ms Hill's work.

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  • Faith Armstead
  • 17-03-20

Engaging story!

I appreciated this layered mystery. There were intriguing twists and turns throughout that were not easy to guess. Although I appreciated the story being told from the third person omniscient point of view, I found that there were many characters introduced unnecessarily without being given rounded story arc. Even so, I enjoyed listening to this book while driving and cleaning. It was a great read.

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  • Lucia
  • 16-03-20

Woah!

* I got a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange
for an honest review*
Wow just wow! This book was beyond amazing! Beware the
story will rob you hours from sleep and maybe, just maybe, will
make you late at some appointment... Ahem...
The plot grabs you from minute one and you'll be thinking
about it even when you are doing other stuff. Be careful don't
get dizzy with the twists, but you are gonna love each and
every one of them!
In awe with the author BRAVO!

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  • Becky
  • 11-03-20

A complex serial killer mystery.

This is a complex serial killer mystery. Multi faceted, off the page gory, likeable, believable characters, a spooky cop, small town law enforcement. A storyline of mystery, family history, a little romance. All so very entertaining!
I listened to an Audible version of this book. The narrator did an excellent job performing. Acting the excitable, scary moments very well. He put alot of feeling into this story.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 04-03-20

Fabulous read

The Botanist: A Small Town Romantic Suspense Thriller with Cute Detectives Serial Killers Murder and Heart-Stopping Twists and Turns, my eleventh read from author L.K. Hill. Takes off like a jet fighter from an aircraft carrier and just gets better from there! Three pseudonyms, 3 different genres. All great, but this book captivates me most. I’ll be reading more from this author no matter what pseudonym she writes under! "Narrator Larry Oblander, narration adds to the reading enjoyment. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Clau
  • 04-03-20

A really good book

A really interesting story, quite captivating, to be honest. Not perfect, no, as sometimes, the way the characters acted was a bit... weird. But nevertheless, I was enthralled from the beginning.

My main complaint is the seemingly necessity of having some romance thrown in the mix, but that is something that, apparently, won't be changing anytime soon :P

I really liked both, Alex and Cody, and the rest of the characters were quite distinctive by themselves. The mystery was well done. I was quite sure about what was going on pretty soon, and I think that was the author's intention, as the clues were there from the very beginning, but the suspense went very strong all the story.

In short, this is an author I will keep reading :)

Larry Oblander did a great job with the narration.

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  • G C
  • 18-02-20

GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it! This book was full of action, drama and suspense! The narration was great and kept me entertained! The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book from this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading more of her books! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lexie S
  • 25-01-20

Suspense

I recieved this as an audiobook free and my review is voluntary. Wow this book was hands down worth the read/listen. I loved the suspense and thrill i definitely recommend the audiobook. The experience is like non other.