Author: Libby Fischer Hellmann
Narrators: Beth Richmond, Derek Shetterly
Series: The Georgia Davis P.I. Series, Book 3
Publisher: The Red Herrings Press
Released: Sep. 20, 2016
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Genre: Suspense; Mystery
A prequel to Libby Fischer Hellman’s Georgia Davis PI series.
There’s an inventive killer at large in Chicago in this dark thriller and police procedural from best-selling crime writer Libby Fischer Hellmann.
When three bodies turn up in rapid succession, all in landfills or waste disposal dumpsters, rookie cop Georgia Davis is drawn into the investigation. Teaming up with her detective boyfriend Matt and his friend, Detective Sergeant John Stone, Georgia must work out who’s responsible for the killings, but there’s little evidence to go on. The case also tests the strength of Georgia’s relationship with Matt – complicating the situation is the daughter of a real estate mogul, who also happens to have her eye on Matt.
Who’s behind these gruesome killings in this normally quiet neighborhood? Why are children developing cancer? And will Georgia’s relationship withstand the demands of this particularly complex investigation?
Find out in ToxiCity.
Georgia, who is still a cop in this prequel, and also living with her lover, Matt Singer, helps protect the crime scene after a teacher at a high school is found in pieces in the school dumpster.
Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.
She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.
Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook.
Libby also hosts Second Sunday Crime, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging crime authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3500 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.
Narrator Beth Richmond has recorded more than 100 audiobooks in the last decade from her studio on the Mendocino coast. Among her favorites are those from Georgia Davis series. “It is a privilege and pleasure to return repeatedly to such a vividly drawn character and world. Ms. Hellman’s books live inside me now, as if they were memories from my own life. What fun!”
Derek’s love for performance began onstage in the 3rd grade as the star of “Captain Hook”. Hooked, he was, and stage acting carried him through high school and into college. In 1988 he earned a BA in Radio/Television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a minor in Theater. For the next 15 years, Derek worked in radio as an on-air talent. But his main interest was in creative production; writing scripts became a forte, and performing the characters, a passion. In 2003, Derek took a leap of faith to devote his career to self-employment in voiceover work. He has never looked back, and continues as a full-time professional voiceover talent, based in Oregon. In addition to audio books, Derek’s voice is on countless corporate narrations, eLearning modules, radio and television commercials and several documentaries. He has met his calling, is in his element behind the mic, and so grateful to be doing what he loves every day. When he’s not narrating, or walking his faithful terrier “Max”, he’s probably on a mountain bike or planning his next travel adventure.
Books 4 & 5 in the Georgia Davis P.I. Series are available for review from the ADOPT-AN-AUDIOBOOK PROGRAM.
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy, watching life seep out of a body. Knowing you were the cause of it. Standing in the motel room, fingers against the carotid, feeling the pulse dwindle to a weak, irregular tremor. Smiling, as his skin became translucent, a bluish tinge to his lips. Not so hard, now, to understand that doctor who helped people die. And sometimes stuck around to watch. Hadn’t someone said at the moment of death, he’d shout at his patients, imploring them to tell him what it was like? The man on the bed wheezed softly. Not long ago, he’d been writhing, clutching his middle. “Call an ambulance,” he’d gasped, the words barely audible. When there was no response, he struggled feebly for the phone.
Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? What type of organization would have all of the right people in their pocket? Hellmann has a lot of action and some adventure in this third installment. Georgia Davis teams up with Detective Sergeant John Stone and her boyfriend Matt in this gripping case.
Matt Sanger gets involved in a homicide case with the victim being a school teacher. Detective Sergeant Stone finds more bodies with the same motive and both are forced to team up in hopes of finding the connection. When leads disappear faster than they can track them down, Georgia lends her assistance when she detects that something isn’t quite right with the little neighborhood as well. People seem to be dying and the only thing that they can catch a break on is that it has to do with the daughter of a real estate hotshot who has her eyes dead set on Matt, especially when she becomes a the target. Striking quickly and with precision, Matt and Georgia have to find the missing pieces of this puzzle quickly or they may lose an innocent woman to this killer.
Hellmann has a great story, filled with heartbreak, secrets, and vendettas. The characters are well-developed, but the pace is very slow. This installment seems to focus more on the boyfriend more than it does Georgia, which is a bit odd. It was expected for the story to focus primarily on Georgia instead of Matt, but it appears that Georgia is the supporting cast in this story. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Hellmann switches it up and has two narrators for this installment. Richmond and Shetterly have the male and female vocal differentiation covered, but since the pace is so slow…it seemed to drag a bit through scenes. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story entertaining to read. This is the third installment within the series; however, it is a back-story of the characters; therefore, it can be read as a standalone without losing any misinterpretation from previous installments.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Toxicity by Libby Fischer Hellmann.
Georgia has Shabbos dinner with Matt at his parents’ apartment. She is considering converting to Judaism.
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