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Behind her back, they call her "The Black Widow".

Daphne McNeil has been widowed four times in 10 years. Each time, her husbands have left her considerable sums of money. She finds that she must use these inheritances to support her beloved charities. The money does not go far enough, and with increasing financial pressures, she becomes desperate.

When Steve Johnson, a forensic scientist, discovers human remains in an isolated lake near Daphne’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, he unwittingly puts himself in danger.

He begins to suspect the beautiful widow is not as innocent as she seems. Will he become her next victim?

©2017 Linda Weich (P)2020 Wordtrails

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Great narrator - shame about the story!

There's a famous historical character called Bess of Hardwick. She was married and widowed four times and each time married a richer man. Not bad for someone from the 1600s. Our heroine has similar good fortune as her husbands pop their clogs one after another. Unfortunately, the characters lack depth and the story lacked the kind of excitement that I would expect from this genre. I quite liked the fact that Steve was a geocacher as I've done a bit of that myself. But apart from that I found the story uninspiring and just too far-fetched. The narrator however was excellent! Bill Nevitt always brings such energy and fun to his audiobooks and he is a joy to listen to. His voices for the characters were spot on and I gave his performance 5 stars.

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Different

The widow of the story starts off taking over her fathers business then the money starts to dry up. The husbands though don’t dry up & the money from them is very inviting. Trouble follows her about big time. The book was good, different but a bit far fetched at times Narrator was good , kept tempo & voices going throughout.

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Interesting idea, great narration

Daphne McNeil has been widowed four times, earning her the nickname Black Widow in the local town. She runs a rehab facility for the wealthy and seems to have the knack of finding husbands through her clientele. Her father established the facility and Daphne is determined to keep it afloat. She also has a very strong need to help orphans in Africa, she pays for an orphanage to be built but the constant demands for money had me screaming “scam” at the daft woman in my loudest voice! Daphne constantly needs money for her philanthropic ventures and her husbands become a good source of income, all leaving her a substantial inheritance. When Steve Johnson comes into her life Daphne he becomes her new project but has her luck finally run out? Excellent narration by Bill Nevitt.

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You do not know how much this means to me.

Daphne was an attractive, flirtatious woman who used her charms to attract rich males to finance the orphanages she had built in Africa. She married and murdered them, usually slowly and with little intelligence. Her story, told in conjunction with that of Steve, a geocacher, tells of her exploits. The writing is flat, no character development and the who!e is reminiscent of a poor man's version of the superb cinematic comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets - but without the !aughter. Even the narration by Bill Nevitt cannot lift this book above the mediocre, although the basic idea , rewritten, could make an amusing film. Playback was set at 1.25 as it otherwise felt too slow. My thanks to the rights holder of Widow's Luck, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It was a very light, slightly irritating story, given the foolish main protagonist, and not one I would recommend

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What a tangled web we weave

I enjoyed this book but oh boy what happened? The story just ended, I guess it is up to the listener to make up there own mind how the story unfolds. The story is told by two of the characters and it isn't until near the end that the two worlds collide. There is no sex scenes or violence, even though the black widow weaves her magic and it was interesting how she carries out her plans and gets away with it but I just wish some of the questions got answered. Daphne is a very clever woman unfortunately she can't pick the right husband as four husbands have died all in the space of ten years. The one good thing about being a widow is that each time the men in her life dies they leave her with money, money that she can use to fund orphanages in Africa. She also runs a drug treatment centre in her father's name and this is where she meets Steve not because he is looking for treatment but because he is looking for a bed to spend the night. Steve travel around the country as a forensic mobile until, traveling to where the police needs him to investigate with his ex drug dog companion. But is it really a good idea for the black widow to let a man who likes solving mysteries into her home and even her bed or will the spider become the hunted? I like Bill Nevitt as the narrator because he does a good job with the story, giving each character a voice that can be heard in the unusual story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The narration is excellent.

It's an accepted fact that the best book can be ruined by poor narration. Unfortunately, the opposite isn't true. A not great book cannot be redeemed by superb narration. I wouldn't have finished this if it hadn't been for the magnificent performance by Bill Nevitt. But even his limitless talent couldn't work a miracle on this weird, unfathomable story. A widow, a drug rehab facility, African orphans, orgies, were just a few threads that never seemed to connect. I think the whole story around Africa was silly and unnecessary. Was the author trying to get us to believe that at heart, Daphne was a good person? I'm sorry, for the story, a gave a star for having the bravery to put pen to paper and another star for making it into an audio book. The narrator gets 5 stars for his superb performance under extremely trying circumstances. I'll definitely keep my eye out for anything narrated by Mr Nevitt. I can't say the same for the author. Sorry - not for me. .

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  • BigTymer2047
  • 04-03-20

Underwhelming

I wanted to find something decent to say about this read but if I am being completely honest, I couldn't. I really struggled to get through this one. The title of the review says everything. The story was predictable and uninteresting. The pace was entirely too fast. You never got the chance to get into a character before they were removed from the story so it's hard to feel much about it when they weren't there. The narration didn't help matters. The upwards inflection in his tone at the end of almost every sentence was very grating and the different voices were pooly done. Overall, glad to be done with this one. I can see avoiding this author and narrator as much as possible. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 08-07-20

Good premise but poor execution

The premise of this story was good, but the execution just wasn’t there. For me, this story didn’t have much suspense or intrigue, was somewhat disjointed and not very realistic or believable. I struggled to finish this book and it was only the good narration that kept me going.

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  • Deedra
  • 01-05-20

Widow's Luck

I enjoyed this one! Daphne is left a business by her father.To feed her wanderlust she leaves it in the hands of a man who does not take care of it.With careful marraiges she funds most of her endeavors.Sadly ,a lot of people die in her world. Bill Nevitt was a good narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Margaret
  • 26-03-20

Entertaining story

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. This was not really a who-done-it. We get obvious information along the way. It’s more a story of why and how, not who. The mystery is more about when this person will be figured out. This is the eighth book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Bill Nevitt ) and I would listen to another. I enjoy his narrations. He uses accents to define characters when needed and imparts personalities. His cadence is not quite like a naturally spoken conversation, but is unique to his style and I like it. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 22-03-20

Great narration, little else

Widow's Luck, my first read/listen from author Lin Weich. Wandering and disjointed, the promise of the book was there, but undelivered. Even Bill Nevitt’s narration, as always, excellent and couldn't save the book, in fact, it was his excellence in narration that attracted me to the book and an author I was unfamiliar with and made the 7-hour 50-minute mystery/suspense bearable. I don't see me reading this author again.. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Clau
  • 13-03-20

Not very realistic...

Not very realistic, which I could have get over if there were any suspense or intrigue, but alas! there wasn't any :( I liked the premise of the story, but its execution was truly lacking. It's hard to believe that this woman would find four rich, smart and handsome men who were dying (quite literally!) to marry her and leave her all their money. But that ALL of them (except the first one) become monsters as soon as the honeymoon ended is a stretch I'm not willing to do. And I really don't understand why the author chooses to do that. Were we supposed to feel pity for her? Because, yeah, no. Fat chance of that happening. No matter how horrid your husband is, once you kill them all on cold blood I'm out of sympathy :P Steve is a nice character, but once he too seems to fall under Daphne's spell all my respect for his intelligence went down the pipes. But at least the chapters about him were a bit more interesting. The only redeeming feature of this story is Bill Nevitt's narration. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have finished this story if the narration hadn't been so good.

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  • Suzan
  • 13-03-20

Widow's Luck

I had such a had time finishing this book. The narrator Bill Nevitt is the only reason I was able to finish the book. Bill does a wonderful job of narrating this book but the book is so boring. The characters were so one dimensional and just boring. I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 12-03-20

She’s a black widow

4 star review for Widows Luck The story of Daphne, a woman with good intentions to help orphans in Africa becomes desperate for money. The story follows Daphne over several year’s and several wealthy husbands until she meets Steve a Forensic Scientist. I would have rated five stars but the end seems rushed as it does end abruptly. Bill Nevitt Media gives a 5 star performance moving in and out of characters seemlessly. He brings the story to life with so much emotion.

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  • Rayc
  • 12-03-20

A Black Widow.

Widow's Luck. I would have given this 5 stars, only the ending was rushed and the author could've tied it up better. Still very good entertainment. The narration is good. and easy to listen too. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 05-03-20

Eh...

I had several issues with this story. There was the constant jumping forward in time and not knowing how old Daphne was. Like Daphne is marrying all these different men while Steve is growing up. The story starts off with Daphne, an adult. The next chapter goes to Steve’s POV, a child! There was never any reference to Daphne’s age other than her being “young” at times. How old was she? Given she was already an adult and married while Steve was a little boy in elementary school, there was never any reference to her being a good deal older than him. Nothing. I wasn’t a fan of the dialogue in this story either. It was robotic and often unnatural sounding. Don’t be afraid to use contractions. For example, most people would say I’m going to the store as opposed to I AM going the store. There were some poorly written sentences as well. For example, “Shaking his head, he tried to clear the lowly thoughts invading his head.” Why use “head” that second time? I think the biggest issue involved the idea of Daphne meeting, marrying, and gaining from three wealthy men. The meeting part made sense because of where Daphne worked. The fact the men were so eager to marry her AND leave all their money to her? No. The husbands who were so sweet and charming prior to marrying only to do a 180? Definitely not. I’ve listened to several books by this narrator. Overall, I think he does a good job. Could he be better? One suggestion: tone down on the use of inflection at the end of sentences. I’ve noticed this quite a bit with the stories he narrates. There were many instances when I was left wondering why he inflected the last syllable of the sentence. Also, if you’re going to attempt to do accents, practice, practice, practice. When I first heard his African accent, I thought he was doing a poorly-sounding Indian accent. Questions/Comments: Speaking of the timeline again, there was the part when Steve and his father are camping. They’re fishing. Suddenly his father breathes his last breath… and Steve is still doing his camping thing. There was no mention of it being months/years down the line. It was like his father died and Steve didn’t care as he went back to camping while his father’s body rotted. When Daphne is introduced to Bryon Smith, it said she recognized him as one of her clients. Um… given they were meeting at the Morris House… Why did Daphne believe Benjamin for so long? That whole scenario annoyed me. He had multiple wives, they only ever had sex, and she in her delusional mind believed they were meant to be or something. Yet, with him calling and asking for thousands of dollars every few weeks, she thought nothing about him scamming until her manager suggested it? It was hard to believe she was smart enough to get away with murdering her husbands for so long. There was a repeated scene which I’m not sure how it was missed, why it was included twice. James had asked Daphne how well she knew Benjamin: “I would trust him with my life.” Then not too long later, James again asked how well she knew him; she gave the same response. I found it questionable that after Steve told Amanda about his idea of the mobile forensic van, Amanda seemed to be right on board. Yet, they had gone years with old equipment, understaffed. And that never changed. After spending a little bit of time with Amanda in the office, Steve believed she was lonely, that was why she was less than stellar in the office. But after spending more time with her, going out to eat, and chatting, Steve felt “Amanda was BEGINNING to sound lonely.” Um… The idea of Steve having a dog sidekick was cute but not likely in his occupation. Having a dog in a lab (of any kind), wouldn’t that be a big no-no? Labs are supposed to be clean. That wouldn’t be the case with dog (hair) and slobbering. I found it strange that after Daphne’s last husband (I think) died only a partial autopsy would have been performed. Given they had no clue why he’d been sick and weren’t 100 percent sure if he’d killed himself… There was the part when Steve and cop crew were trying to take down the drug dealers. George, the cop, got shot and died. Steve ended up laying George on his back. Why would he have been holding him though? It wasn’t like George died on his stomach and Steve rolled him over. Steve decides he needs a vacation. Why in the world did he take the forensic van? How would that have even been allowed? Does he live in the van? Why? What happened to his house? Another questionable area of the story involved the fact Steve was clueless after finding three bodies (all Daphne’s husbands) and never thinking she was involved. Don’t tell me it’s because he was so in love with her. I also found it strange that Daphne never acted differently the majority of the time. The special needs kid (forgot his name) was freaking out but she was… nothing. For a good while, there was never any inner dialogue of about her being worried that Steve would find out what she’d done. Oh yeah! That’s because she believed there wasn’t anything to connect her to the bodies. Again, um… They were her husbands that all died! I’m not sure how different Canada is to the US when it comes to investigating a case and finding out it leads to someone the person is on friendly terms with (sleeping with), but Steve still being involved as he was while investigating Daphne wasn’t believable. I was given a free audiobook code in exchange for an honest review.