Dead Air by Mary Kennedy
Narrator: Kim McKean
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Date Read: September 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
The first in an original new series.
When a psychologist hits Florida's airwaves, there's no telling who she's reaching...
...and there's no telling who wants to reach back.
Maggie left her Manhattan practice for sunny Cypress Grove, Florida. where she hosts a talk radio show on WYME, parceling out psychological wisdom between interviews with guests, commercial readings and turns on the news floor. All the local lunatics appear to love her show.
Well, maybe not all of them. She receives threats on her phone lines while interviewing New Age guru Sanjay Gingii. When he turns up dead, Maggie's roommate Lark comes under suspicion by an annoying--and gorgeous--detective. Maggie not only has to prove Lark's innocence, she must find out who's made more than one attempt on her life.
Publisher: Audible, Signet
Series: A Talk Radio Mystery #1
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Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: 3.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Dead Air had a fun, quirky case but the characters just didn’t grab me. They had potential though!
Story Thoughts: Dead Air was the beginning of a new cozy mystery series. I liked Mary Kennedy’s writing voice and she wrote an overall super fun mystery. The only thing I really had a hard time with was the main characters. I had a hard time warming up to/liking Maggie, the lead character. She was very smart and capable but a bit to offish for me. I did like her mother and roommate though. Towards the end, I even felt that Maggie had potential.
Enough with what I didn’t like, here is what I did like: the mystery. I really enjoyed how quirky the case into the dead New Age guru got. It was fun to go from trailer parks to searching the glades. Some of the side characters (suspects) were completely fun and had me giggling. They gave the case personality and oomph! I am probably going to give book 2 a whirl at some point because the series has serious potential.
Narrated By Kim McKean / Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Kim McKean did a decent job with the narration and I warmed up to her more towards the end of the story. I just don’t think her style really fit the main character that well. I would be interested to listen to her read another type of novel (maybe straight fiction/contemporary romance). She had a very pleasant voice and cadence but with cozies you need to have a bit more larger than life personality (voice) to do them properly.
Final Thoughts: Cute cozy that had a solid mystery.
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