Author: Paty Jager
Narrator: Ann M. Thompson
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes
Series: The Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series, Book 1
Publisher: Patricia Jager
Release date: Feb. 7, 2017
On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene is just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever, but just as determined to discover the truth.
Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.
Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”
Audiobook narrator and voice over artist Ann Thompson continues to work in radio and TV news broadcasting as she has done for the past 25 years. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. A-P has named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology. Once she even rode the “Vomit Comet” to simulate zero gravity in a KC-135. Thompson has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS. She values author partnerships like the one with Paty Jager for the Shandra Higheagle series.
Haunting Corpse, the latest Shandra Higheagle audiobook, is available for review from the ADOPT-AN-AUDIOBOOK PROGRAM.
“What did you do after you found her?” Ryan kept his gaze steady on the woman. It wasn’t a hardship to study her high cheekbones and wide expressive golden eyes. “I backed out of the room and started to dial nine-one-one when I heard the sirens coming, so I walked to the front of the building and officer Blane came in like a cop on some TV show, all guns first and not listening to my side of the circumstances.” Ryan shoved the key into the cuffs and released the lock. When the cuffs were removed from Ms. Higheagle, she rubbed her wrists and glared at Blane. Ryan studied her hands and clothing. He didn’t see any blood or evidence of a weapon. He’d search her more closely once he determined the manner of death.
If you were caught at the scene of a crime at the wrong place and time, how would you defend yourself—you know, if you were innocent? Would you be nervous, angry, confused or all of the above? The law specifies that men and women are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but most of the time—we all know that it works the other way around. Jager has a nice take on the first installment of the Shandra Higheagle Mysteries that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Everyone has a reason to want the victim dead, but who really did it?
Shandra walks in on an art gallery owner who has just been murdered. In her attempt to contact the authorities, an anonymous tip comes through and the police make their way to the gallery before Shandra has the chance to leave the premises. With no way out short of a confession, Shandra is cuffed and brought into the station to be questioned. Only after being cleared and released, does she start to piece together prior events from before entering the art gallery—she immediately jumps on the offense when her friends and other town locals become prime suspects. In an effort to keep her innocent friends out of the spotlight, Shandra starts her own investigation into the death of the art gallery owner. Knowing the woman had several enemies, the suspect pool just seems to get bigger and bigger by the day. When the detective on the case finds out what Shandra is up to, is he going to be willing to allow her to continue her investigation with him or will he arrest her for tampering with evidence? And worse than that, will her rummaging around alert the killer to flee before they can be caught?
Jager has a beautifully written mystery that will leave readers eager to continue the series alongside the main character, Shandra Higheagle. The character development is fantastic and the pace is steady. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Thompson’s narration was a fairly accurate depiction of what I would expect from a radio or television broadcaster or maybe someone retelling a story in a different perspective; there seems to have been a slight lack of emotion and feeling to the story with this type of voice relay. The story was enjoyable nonetheless and easy to follow. If you are a reader of mysteries, you may want to pick up this story and give it a read. Since this is the first installment, readers are able to jump right in.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Double Duplicity by Paty Jager.
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