Creative writing professor Alison Bergeron makes her fifth beguiling appearance in the novel Third Degree, and in the first minutes of this mystery audiobook she does so in an old bathing suit. On her way to meet her NYPD-detective boyfriend, Alison stumbles upon a murder, and the plot gathers relentless momentum from there, swimwear and all.
Gayle Hendrix brings her extensive voiceover experience to prose that moves comfortably between romantic matters and questions of police procedure. A first-person narrator must be likable, and Hendrix's performance makes a witty and winning character even more effervescent.
On her way to meet her boyfriend’s parents, college professor Alison Bergeron stops by a coffee shop to steel her resolve.
It’s a big event. Not only is it the first time she’s met NYPD detective Bobby Crawford’s entire family, but it’s coming on the heels of a wedding proposal that she has left unanswered so far. Then, as she steps into the shop, a brawl breaks out that ends in the death of Carter Wilmott, a merciless and loathed local blogger. The case couldn’t be any simpler, and Alison witnessed the whole thing, but when Wilmott’s car explodes in the aftermath, what looked to be a crime of passion becomes something far more complicated and maybe even premeditated.
With Alison and Bobby involved in the case and with each other, listeners are in for a treat. Third Degree, the latest in Maggie Barbieri’s charming mystery series, is one heated mystery with plenty of steamy romance and cunning villains who are about to get burned.