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The Marinski Affair

Kendall, Book 2
By: John Holt
Narrated by: Kolyn Marshall
Series: Kendall, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

The Marinski Affair began as a dull, mundane case involving a missing husband. Okay, so he was a rich missing husband, but he was nonetheless, still only a missing husband. The case soon developed into one involving robbery, kidnapping, blackmail, and murder. But was there really a kidnapping? And exactly who is blackmailing who? Who actually carried out the robbery? Who committed the murders? Who can you trust? Who can you believe? Is anyone actually telling the truth? What have they got to hide? And what connection was there with a jewel theft that occurred four years previously?

All is not as it seems. Tom Kendall, private detective, had the task of solving the mystery. He was usually pretty good at solving puzzles, but this one was different, somehow. It wasn’t that he didn’t have any of the pieces. Oh no, he wasn’t short of clues. It was just that none of the pieces seemed to fit together.

Although a standalone novel, it is also the second in a series featuring Tom Kendall, private detective.

©2013 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Book 2

Tom Kendall and his sidekick Mollie are both very good characters, and I found that this book was very easy to read and very hard to put down. If you like stories that keep you guessing, letting you think you know the answer until you realize you were being led up a blind alley, then this is the book for you.

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love it love it

brilliantly read. story got better and better I want to become a crime detective. thank you John xx

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Murder

I loved listening to this book. The narrator is really good. He comes across as a Columbo clueless at times and rambles on but always gets his man !! I loved this story and trying to figure out which trails were true or false. would reccomend this book to all!

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Brilliant book

Brilliant book really enjoyable can't wait to read the rest of the series, loved it

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The Mariski Affair

The story is good.The repetition in each sentence is mindnumbing.It could be this guy wants to be like Columbo,but he fails.Did I mention the repetition?One half of the book could be cut if they edited out te repetition. Kolyn Marshall was good narrator.Then there is the repetition. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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a great story that keeps you guessing, its one of those books you want to listen to in one go, defiantly one of holts better books

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Great storyline

Enjoyed listening to the audio book the narrater was great too can’t wait for next book

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The Marinski Affair

Another nice listen with Detective Kendall. He makes himself sound so clueless at times and rambles on but always gets his results in the end. Can’t wait to see what he does next!

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a kidnapping case that turned into a murder case

I loved this book! there were so many clues to put together! It was more like 3 cases they were trying to solve all at once! I loved the story and trying to figure out which trails were false leads and who was telling the truth! Definately a fun read! I would reccomend this book to all!

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Molly, I could kiss you.

Tom Kendall is not quite the usual private eye of most novels. Oh, he's come up through the usual route, ten years a New York cop then nearly as long working for himself. But now he and his business partner fun secretary, Molly, have moved to Miami and just opened a new office. He could be fitter, needs to lose a bit of weight, but he really loves his chocolate biscuits. He doesn't need the money, he works because he wants to do so. He's good at asking questions, just not so fast at putting together the answers, whilst Molly, for all she is devoted to her celebrity magazines, often sees the bigger picture without even realizing it. With Kendall and Molly, John Holt has created a really good character couple : Kendall asks the questions, doggedly determined and distrustful of all coincidence, whilst Molly makes the coffee and listens to his meandering summation of where his investigation has taken him so far. This is not a fast paced thriller but a delicious and meticulous piecing together of the puzzle, starting with an heiress whose husband has gone missing, believed kidnapped. Murder, robbery, lies and deceipt, and much downloading of rain along the way. Great fun. Narrator Kolyn Marshall makes an excellent Kendall, a slightly growly but sardonic tone capturing perfectly his personality. Voicing of the other characters is slight but easily sufficient, from the policeman friend Delaney through to Molly, although his Irish accent for a young woman named Mary really does need considerable work. There are also occasional editing glitches, mostly very slight, but including the final book credits briefly bursting into the final chapter. Overall, though, his was a good performance. I love these detective stories by John Holt. Completely character led, the reader can solve the mystery before the P.I. But that's all part of the enjoyment: the quirky personality of Kendall and our eavesdropping on his conversations with everyone he can connect to his case as well as those with marvellous Molly. Although the second in the series, these Kendall books can be read in any order and are recommended to anyone who wants more than mere action in their sleuthing stories

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  • cosmitron
  • 12-04-18

Mystery with an Identity crisis.

Would you try another book from John Holt and/or Kolyn Marshall?

Yes................. they have talent but this book did not work for me,It was slow and the main character is a confusing mix of British and American.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plot twists showed promise but the characters lacked depth they did not seem real to me.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He did the best he could with the material he had.

Could you see The Marinski Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This is not a vehicle for any type of production without improvements that have already been
mentioned.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • ldybkpr
  • 10-07-18

A nice thriller

A good detective story. Didn't read/listen to the first book but this book can stand alone. The story makes you feel like you are right there in the story. There are twists. A good read/listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
  • 15-05-18

Not what I expected

I have not read/listened to book one but I did not feel I was missing anything. This is a mystery book but we are told who don it, which I don't mind if the book is OK. I found that the detective went around in circles at times and kept repeating things. I found it dragged and I ending up putting the book down a few times. The story was not bad but the book needs editing. I liked the narrator, I thought he suited the book and he voiced all the characters.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 27-09-20

loved it!

i highly recommend this book! it is so much fun just trying to solve the mystery and figure out who did it!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 06-09-20

loads of twists and coverups

It always irks me that people don't have time for questions. but if it were their friend or relative would they have the time for questions??? Ignorant and selfish. Duplicities uncovered. Kendall is getting more competent and less of a bumbler. I enjoyed it. especially recap at the end. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job with voices and expressions.

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  • Jennifer Hawkins
  • 09-03-20

Really Want to Like This

The story is good, I like the premise and love a good detective story. It does move a little slow in parts. The main thing killing me with this book is the dialogue. It is killing me. It is like this is written for a high school English class by someone who doesn't know how to write dialogue. I prefer a realistic dialogue between characters, This is stilted, and there is way too much descriptive language within the conversations between characters.

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  • Gail
  • 20-02-20

old fashion detective story.

John Holt open up a world of an old fashion detective story. There is no corse Language in it, or sex scenes. Although there is some violence it does not go into great details. And because of this I feel that this story could be read by young adults as well. So if you don’t like books with guts and gore in it. This book could be for you. This is John second book I have read and I have enjoyed it them both. Narrator Kolyn Marshall does a good job bringing the characters alive with their own individual voices. There is a couple of glitches but John is working to get them fix. And they don’t take way from the story at all. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • cora
  • 11-02-20

Find work

I love the In-N-Out detective work, Internet detective who thinks things out when people think he’s talking to himself, much like me. I would recommend this book to everyone. Great story done by a great narrator I look forward to more.

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  • richard joesten
  • 05-12-19

The Marinski Affair

This is a fantastic mystery with lots of twists and turns that had me guessing the whole time. I love mysteries because its like putting together a puzzle as you listen. The Author an Narrator have done a fantastic job at bringing the story and the characters yo fruition. I am loving the series and definitely recommend this read. Shauna Joesten

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-09-19

The Gum Shoe Detective

If you love the gum shoe detectives of old, then you will enjoy this book. I admit that I tended to run out of patience with them on a rare occasion. And this being one of those times. There was a great deal of "perhap(s)" (one after another) and "maybe(s)" were the same, as possibilities were considered and discarded by the Detective as he worked through what he knew or suspected. All in all, it was a good book. Especially for the Columbo era days. In fact, it would have made a great Columbo episode. Kolyn Marshall did a good job keeping characters apart and easily identifiable. And he did have a number of them to work with in the story.