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From the USA Today best-selling author of The Music of Us comes a thrilling and poignant new novel.

Haunted by discovering the body of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual-reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ash?  

Suffering some memory loss due to a violent incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear, she puts her life in danger to draw out the man she suspects of killing Lace, so as to avenge her murder.   

Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect. The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent rescue mission, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames. 

Will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart before it’s too late? Will he catch the murderer?

©2019 Uvi Poznansky (P)2019 Uvi Poznansky

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The hand is invisible

There was a murder. Michael found the body of a lovely young girl, hanging over a rock in the sea, her throat slashed. He told no one. He'd seen her before, the girl in a white dress, in fact he'd been following her. His company was a creator of virtual reality and he decides t h o try to solve the crime by creating all of the instances he'd observed in the area before he found her. His girlfriend and erstwhile business partner was still recovering from a vicious rape of one year ago and she feels personally the attack on the woman.
There is a feeling of unreality which suffices the entire book. Beautifully written, the action swirls past as it in a dream. Sounds and images sparkle as Michael inches forward to the solution whilst trying to protect his dearest friend with whom he is in love, ever mindful that he had failed to protect her before. A stunningly visual and near magical book, perfectly performed by Don Warwick. His delivery is soft, little more than a loud whisper, which captures the strangeness of the atmospheric text. It is also bordering on slow, again matching the textual content, and each protagonist is given clearly differentiated and appropriate voicings: that of girlfriend Ash is especially good. An excellent performance.

I was very fortunate in having been freely gifted by the rights holder, at my reqjest, with a complimentary copy, via F.A.F.Y. Thank you so much. I have not previously read any books by this author but she has now been added to my 'look out for' list. A murder mystery with a difference and one it was a sheer pleasure to read. Recommended.

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fantastic

What a truly fantastic audiobook from Uvi Poznansky I really did enjoy it and always look forward to her books xxxxx

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  • Simone
  • 12-05-19

Decent Story, Absurd Narration

'Virtually Lace' was a decent enough story. Though I do have to say that some of Uvi Poznansky's plot was suspiciously convenient. I can't say more about that without revealing spoilers, so I won't!

My real qualm with this one was Don Warrick's narration. His idea of voicing women was... distressing. His voice for Ash sounded like bad attempt at a sex bot. It was so bizarre and distracting that even if the story had been fabulous, I still couldn't recommend this one.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Jackie T
  • 16-12-20

Superb

Another amazing story about real people and their lives. I m always intrigued by what happens and the outcome. The narrator definitely helped.

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  • B. Roscoe
  • 23-11-20

Michael & Ash’s Story Will Thrill Fans!

Michael & Ash’s Story Will Thrill Fans Of The Ash Suspense Thrillers With A Dash Of Romance Series! As Michael Waits For Ash To Heal, He Finds Himself A Suspect In Yet Another Brutal Attack.


This is book one in a series of interconnected stories by different authors, each delving into the exciting world of virtual reality and high-tech crime solving, highlighting fascinating tools and possibilities within the field in the context of a mystery.

Fans of the author are in for a real treat! Ash’s story is told in the three part Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance series. Here Michael, her boyfriend, gets to tell his own story. It takes place months after the incident that set off the Ash Suspense series.

Michael Morse, high school dropout, is a brilliant software developer. He chose not to pursue hacking, despite his talent. With the help of his girlfriend, he had been working on a startup in his garage until recently. His girlfriend Ash, who is working on her master’s degree at the University of California Irvine, assisted with developing a Virtual Reality model as an industrial designer. They are technically partners. He recently sold the software to a military ops company and remains contractually bound to working with the company to further develop the program. Ash should be as well, but that requires some explanation.

He has not seen her since the incident – the brutal rape that left her hospitalized and in a coma. He had visited her in the hospital, but her mother’s looks and suspicion made him terribly uncomfortable. Michael had developed an aversion to police as a result of the days of questioning he endured after the tragic event occurred. He had found Ash in a pool of blood hanging onto life, and he was the only real suspect. Her mother had never liked him, but with Ash in a coma and him as a suspect, she never let him live it down. The case still has not been solved. Ash has since left the hospital but refuses to answer his calls and texts. He had promised to give her time and wait for her, but her involvement in the project going forward is questionable. Michael feels her absence sorely, as his most inspired work comes when they are together, feeding off of one another’s energy.

The story opens at the end of April on a breezy evening at Laguna Beach. Lonely, Michael heads out to take a walk when at 8:03pm he notices a teenage girl that somehow looks familiar, and in a small way reminds him of Ash. Perhaps it was the distress that he sensed, but his instincts kick in. Something feels wrong, yet he knows he is crazy in his presumption. He follows her and the trail to the beach as he tries to reason with himself.

Along the way he loses sight of the girl, but he crosses paths with a number of others that leave an imprint on his mind. There is a homeless man on a bench. The two divers. The little girl selling sea shells. The three teens rough housing on the sand. And the body that he happens to stumble upon on some rocks. Of course Michael should call the police – but after his recent past he knows that is the last thing he wants to do. He will automatically become suspect number one by doing the right thing, so Michael follows a different path.

Michael goes to his new office and sets about constructing a virtual reality model of the crime scene in the hopes of finding the murderer before the police try to pin it on him. In the process he begins to connect some dots. One involves the name of the victim: Lace.

In the meantime he must deal with company politics. The system will now be used in politics and war instead of gaming. The president of the company, Mr. Armstrong, understands little about technology. Moreover, he has a bad temper and his lack of experience seems to get in the way. Mr. Armstrong assigns his nephew to assist Michael, and it happens to be someone that Michael vaguely knows. Manny Bullock, or Bull, is an artist without the requisite tech skills for the job, but Michael has no choice but work with the odd man.

Michael and Ash have an interesting relationship, and it is nice to see it from Michael’ point of view. Ash is a bit kooky. She is brilliant and independent, and very damaged from her brutal rape and its after effects (read her series for more). Michael is the most patient boyfriend she could ask for. He never pressures her for more when she asks for space to heal. Not to say he is perfect – he gets lost in his virtual reality creations and isn’t the best at keeping track of time. He is a genius, and together they make a great creative pair. Here his guilt for not preventing Ash’s attack drives him to do what he can to help a different victim, but Ash’s reasons for getting involved are different. She grows bold rather than cowering, and wants to see justice done, even if it puts herself at risk. She, too, gets a little lost in her own world at times. They go to battle solving crime with their intellect and the VR world they created. In the end there is a little healing as they find their way back together.

Dr. Michael Foreman, an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, enters the picture, hinting at book two of the series. It appears the two men, experts in their own fields, might be able to help one another.

Two issues merit mention. First, in the Ash Suspense Thrillers series Michael was a college dropout, not a high school dropout. Additionally, Michael is a little slow to make some obvious connections. Perhaps this just highlights his humanity – even the most brilliant of us cannot see what is right in front of our noses. It is also in all likelihood a product of his aversion to the police. He postpones and delays, exposing himself and others to danger, because he must be absolutely certain before coming forward.

Michael and Ash’s story will thrill fans of the Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance series. As Michael waits for Ash to heal, he finds himself a suspect in yet another brutal attack. The story is very well-written and plot-driven. The great attention given to detail makes for a lush and vivid tale that comes to life. The world of virtual reality that Michael creates is fascinating to read about. The characters are nicely developed. The story is written in third person in Michael’s POV. I rate this book 4.5 stars.


As for the Audio: it is very well-performed and consistent with the book.

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  • Catrina P
  • 23-08-20

Virtually Lace

A very interesting concept... using virtual reality technology to help solve a crime. I love how Michael methodically stepped through things and was in a race against time to get to the bottom of things.

Uvi Poznansky drew me into this story from the very beginning. I definitely didn’t want to put it down.

I wasn’t a real fan of the narration. It felt like Don Warrick was detached from the story... I didn’t really feel the characters.

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

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  • Shannon G
  • 15-02-19

An Excellent Listen!!

This is a murder mystery that starts somewhat slowly but then picks up speed. There's plenty of twists and turns to keep the listener hooked until the end. Oh, the end you will not see coming! I love when an author can have me convinced only to turn it upside down! The narration was well done and really helped to bring the story to life. I really enjoyed this and will be recommending this to my friends.

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

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 07-02-19

Virtual Girl, Literal Murder

A virtual reality software developer can't help investigating when he stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman and uses his programming talents to help him solve the murder.
This story is very different from either the King David stories or the Music of Us series I've previously read, and yet, here as well, Poznansky manages to capture that lyrical storytelling magic that keeps you glued to the story long past your bedtime.
Virtually Lace offers a pallet of lovingly portrayed characters including Michael, the developer hero, Lace, the murdered dancer and Ash the beautiful love interest, developer and model.
With convincing detail and her usual impeccable story-telling skills, Poznansky follows Michael's painstaking efforts to determine what happened to Lace, his building of his virtual model and his relationship with the beautiful Ash, herself an assault victim. The story, like Michael's model, starts slowly, with only a few details and then picks up speed and adds details until the reader finds himself hurtling toward an explosive conclusion you will not see coming.
Although Virtually Lace will be a new kind of story for Poznansky fans, it's a thrill ride you will not soon forget.

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  • Joe
  • 11-02-19

Can you Solve a Murder using Virtual Reality Sims?

Virtually Lace-Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, Book 2 written by Uvi Poznansky. The narration is provided by Don Warrick. The total running time is 4 hours and 31 minutes. In that time the listener will join Michael and Ash as Michael is drawn into solving a murder. Using their Virtual Reality Simulation programs Michael sets out to try and solve the murder of a young woman named Lace.

This is another story from the author that holds the listener's attention through the entire audiobook. The combination of the mystery to solve the murder with the use of Virtual Reality and Ash putting herself in harm's way to once she learns about the whole story from Michael makes for some really great listening. The love between Ash and Michael is such a big part of the story and how it was affected by her attack and memory loss due to that violent incident. Ms. Poznansky has crafted a gripping cozy mystery that really has the listener paying close attention through the entire production so as to not miss any details of the story. The use of Virtual Reality in the solving of the crime was an excellent part of the story.

The narration provided by Don Warrick was very good. Mr. Warrick always delivers consistent and high-quality performance. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Uvi Poznansky was the publisher of the audiobook and delivered an excellent audiobook production. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • BookLover5000
  • 10-12-20

An Exciting Virtual Reality Mystery

The plot of this audiobook is really good! I liked how a murder scene was built into a virtual reality program in order to see if it could shed light on the crime. The characters have distinct personalities with quirks.

The narrator had a nice voice; however, I didn't like his performance of the main female characters. He used a falsetto that sounded really weird and too contrived. It was an unwelcome distraction to the story. I would have preferred if it was toned down towards normal, which would have made this audiobook so much better.

The story had an odd sex scene during the epilogue, which wasn't my cup of tea. Otherwise, the story was five star.

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  • Joyce K. Retherford
  • 22-11-20

Gripping Drama!

This is certainly a compelling storyline that uses virtual reality to help solve a crime. I think this should become a movie for TV. It has just the right touch of romance and mystery!.
Thanks Uvi for the Audible code. The Narrator is so talented as well.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 08-09-20

Good

Interesting plot, of using vertual reality to solve a crime, different and interesting. Enjoyed the narration by Don, added to the story. Given audio for my voluntary review