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Summary

A shocking revelation. A long-buried secret. An old mystery reappears....

Verity Hawkes' new life as Leafy Hollow's resident landscaper and part-time sleuth is just about perfect. She has a new love interest, a new home - even a new pet. The last thing she needs is a reminder of her troubled past. 

So, when her estranged father shows up with a plea for help, her first instinct is to throw the cad out. Until he reveals scandalous new details that threaten to tarnish the memory of her deceased, and beloved, mother.

To solve the decades-old cold case, Verity must confront a surly detective, a bungling helper, and a lethal paper shredder. But when the trail leads to murder, she soon becomes the prime suspect. To clear her name, Verity must solve the most baffling mystery she’s ever faced - one from her own life.

The Grave Truth is the sixth installment in a series of charmingly funny cozy mysteries. If you like picturesque Canadian villages, endearingly weird characters, and high-stakes whodunnits, then you'll love Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow series.

Buy The Grave Truth today to dig up a long-buried mystery!

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Another great book from Rickie Blair

Fast becoming a favourite author of mine, Rickie Blair has done it again; she has served up another excellent story in the Leafy Hollow Series. I really do recommend you read them, or better still, listen to them, because Petrea Burchard brings the story to life in a way that only an excellent narrator can do.

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"She knows. I told her."

Twenty years ago, when Verify was just a chi!d, her father left not to be heard from again, and, for the next ten years, she was brought up by her mother alone. Then ten years ago, she died, too. Now Verify has recently moved into Rose Cottage, gifted to her complete with all of it's contents, in sleepy Leafy Hollow close to her aunt. She is working as a gardener and, occasionally, as sleuth with a couple of friends, and is romantically engaged with Jeff, a policeman.
Then one day, completely unexpectedly, after a 20 year absence, her father, Frank, appears in the village: he's there to recover something that he says that C!aire, Verity's mother, left for him. But what it is and where to find it be doesn't seem to know.

This is a totally pleasurable, easy read cozy mystety, well written, with fun characters and a rather strange plot line. The dialogue is comfortable and an underlying stream of gentle amusement runs through it. The narration by Patrea Burchard is excellent, with good pacing and phrasing, her use of cadence weaving a pleasant sound tapestry and holding the reader's interest throughout. She also gives individual voicing to each of the protagonists but is especially believable in the role of Verify herself, who is recounting the story in the first person. A good performance.

The Grave Truth is the sixth in the Sleepy Hollow Mysteries series and, although not great literature, was an enjoyable eight hours of listening. Not being acquainted with the earlier books didn't matter as everything pertinent was there for the reader. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Recommended for anyone who likes to read cozy mysteries: I'm going to go back now to find out more about the other leafy Hollow inhabitants, starting with book one, From Garden to Grave.

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Dig up a chair, sit back and enjoy a good book

I loved this book but then again I have loved the whole series, so much that I have got my mum hooked on it too. I liked the mystery but it is the characters that steal the show for me, they are so much fun and find themselves in some funny situations. This continues from where the last book finished and we find out what Verity fathers wants, you don't have to have read or listened to the previous book but you are missing out on another excellent story, so why not start at the beginning of the series work your way through if you haven't already, I promise you are in for a chuckle if you do. I enjoyed learning more about Verity parents and adds more depth to what are already great characters. I can't wait for the next book and hope there are lots more to come.
Verity rushes to her friends cafe to find her long lost father standing there as though he had never been away. Adeline doesn't trust him and for good reason, Verity is doesn't know why he is back and why he would be meeting with hee mother lawyer. The man himself isn't really talking only saying he is back for his inheritance and it could be a matter of life and death. Verity with the help of her friends try to piece the clues together as to why he is in town. Following up on a clue found in the attic of her aunts home Verity starts to retrace her mother's moments only to stumble over a scandal, a long ago disappearance and a fresh body. The body she is accused of killing, no body who knows her believes she is capable of murder, except the police and at times likes these they are the only people who matter. Could he mother really be capable of having an affair or her father of murder? These are the questions Verity will have to answer if she stands any chance of digging up the past and finding answers.
I liked the narrator and I am glad the author has stuck with her though the whole series, as she brings a little something to each book.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Loved it

I loved this book. Great series. I highly recommend this book.
Amazing characters and great storyline.
The narration is pretty good too.
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  • Kathleen Kendler
  • 10-10-21

Do you really know why someone leaves?

The Grave Truth is the sixth installment of this charming series. It’s kind of Get Smart meets Andy Griffin. I love the weird characters and the silliness of Chaos.
After a 20 year absence Verity’s biological father shows up claiming that her mother left him something. This leads to a very interesting mystery, many revelations, and Verity reassessing her feeling towards her father.

I enjoyed the audio and the narrator really sells the story.

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  • John
  • 13-09-21

A cute cozy mystery

The Grave Truth is a cute cozy mystery in the Leafy Hollow Series about Verity’s father, archeology, and some shady characters. I really enjoy this series.

The audiobook narrator does a great job bringing the series to life with vibrant reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Shawna
  • 17-12-20

Great!

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

As good as the others in the series! This is the first one I have listened to as an audiobook but have read others by this author. I enjoyed it as much as I did the ebook format. Very good mystery series. The narrator was great and nailed the voices well. The characters are well rounded and relatable for the most part. The world is built wonderfully and the author is able to spin a great tale which keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 28-11-20

Great Cozy Mystery!

This is the sixth book in The Leafy Hollow Mysteries Series, a great cozy mystery. Verity's adventures continue in this installment. She is strong, independent, and smart. The supporting characters are great, and they have an important part in this story. Jeff, Verity's boyfriend, is handsome. I like his protectiveness. The storyline is well written, captivating, funny, filled with twists and turns. The mystery unfolds at a great pace. This is a great addition to the Series. Now I need more! Petrea Burchard did a fantastic job with the narration. I enjoyed it. If you like cozy mysteries, this series is definitely for you. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-20

Highly Recommend This Cozy Mystery

Verity Hawkes’ father unexpectedly shows up in Leafy Hollow, claiming there’s something hidden in Rose Cottage that Verity’s mother wanted him to have. Why has he traveled from Australia now? What is the mysterious object he won’t tell Verity about? And why hasn’t he had any contact with Verity since she was 8 years old?

Since her father won’t answer any questions, Verity undertakes an investigation on her own. She learns that her now deceased mother, as a graduate student, assisted on an archeological dig that’s somehow related to the mysterious item hidden in Rose Cottage. There’s something fishy about the conflicting answers she gets when she asks questions about the dig and professor who was in charge of it, leading Verity deeper still into her investigation.

Having listened to a couple of audiobooks recently with poor narration, I really want to thank the narrator. The story itself combined with the narration make the Leafy Hollows series very enjoyable to listen to. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 13-11-20

Pretty Good

This is the first book i have read in this series. I most definitely go back and read the first 5. Verity Hawke, is the town landscaper. Her estranged father comes looking for something he claims her mother left for him. She is very cautious of him and his motives. However, when she starts to investigate, it leads to muirder, past and present.

This book kept me entertained throughout the story. Love the story and the characters. I was gifted this book in exchange for a?an honest review.

The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 12-11-20

Quite a pleasant listen...

It's 3.5 rounded up to 4 for the story...
It's my first book in the series and my first by Rickie Blair so I didn't know what to expect, and I have to say it was quite a pleasant listen and a series I would probably go back to.

The plot was OK; there were some twists and turns I liked, there were some mysteries to solve and some secrets to unravel... It wasn't very fast, but it also didn't feel too slow most of the time. Some situations felt a bit artificial, some behaviours illogical or irrational at this or that particular moment but as a whole, the case got a plausible conclusion so I can overlook the few inconsistencies...:)
The main character is... well, I got irritated with her quite a few times in the first half of the book, I warmed up to her in the second but I still think she is too insipid... I can't tell you if I liked her or not - she left me indifferent, really, and what is worse, it's been a few days since I finished the book and I can't remember much about her other than the fact that her boyfriend is a police officer... I just wish she had a stronger personality to make a longer-lasting impression on me...

The narration by Ms Burchard, however, is excellent. She does a great job with the voices, the pace of her reading is right, the emotions ring true. It definitely rises my overall rating for this particular cozy mystery:)

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

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  • Cheryl
  • 10-11-20

Great read

I received a free code for this audio.
Great story, had me hooked from the start. Lots of clues along the way, but i was still kept guessing to the end.

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  • Raelyn Houston
  • 27-10-20

As Good as the Previous Books

This book did not disappoint me. It was definitely just as good as the previous books in the series. I love the narrator, and I love how the books flow from one to the next. I’m thrilled to see Verity’s father is back in her life and curious as to what the next book will be like and if he will be included in her shenanigans. Hopefully, the next book comes out on Audible soon! I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom at my request.

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  • grammatoni
  • 26-10-20

The Grave Truth

Verity is settling into a relationship with the police detective, Jeff. Then her long lost father appears demanding the momento her mother left him. Verity is not happy about his reappearance and when her aunt finds out a volcano had nothing on her attitude. Now Verity unwittingly becomes embroiled in a 20 year old mystery and murder. She must use all her wits to gather clues and survive not only physically but also emotionally.
Peters Burchard is a fantastic narrator who brings Verity to life!!
Fantastic audio and story.