Author: Libby Fischer Hellmann
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Series: The Georgia Davis P.I. Series, Book 2
Publisher: The Red Herrings Press
Released: May 25, 2016
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes
Genre: Suspense; Mystery
Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she’s returned, apparently unharmed. Molly’s mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she’s willing to overlook the odd circumstances.
A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris’s car.
An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly’s father hires Private Investigator Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris’s death.
Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman. The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.
Little Molly Messenger was kidnapped and then returned safely. A week later her mother died in a fatal car accident. Georgia is asked to look into both situations, and one of her tactics to get the little girl to talk is to give Molly a bath.
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.
Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 200 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Mystery to Young Adult. Eva can also often be heard on various national TV and radio commercials for products such as Intel, Neulasta, Tide, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Manifest, Younger, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Dark Tower and the upcoming Human Capital. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country and is currently in the Year 2 New York Company of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. More at www.evakaminsky.com.
Books 4 & 5 in the Georgia Davis P.I. Series are available for review from the ADOPT-AN-AUDIOBOOK PROGRAM.
We lived in a peaceful bedroom community twenty miles from Chicago on the North Shore. It’s an affluent suburb in which the biggest tragedy occurred twenty-five years ago when a disturbed young woman went on a school shooting spree that killed one child and wounded several others. In fact, our village is generally so safe that, if you believe the rumors, it was once a haven for Outfit families–their children deserved safe neighborhoods, too, didn’t they? It stayed that way until the village police chief was caught extorting money from local businesses, after which he and the Mob made a speedy exit.
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 second installment along with two main characters, Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman from another hit series. Readers are sure to be entertained with this one.
Georgia Davis, a former police officer suspended from the force, has taken up a new gig as a PI. After the last year with the investigation of a young girl who had been murdered on the Northshore, Georgia is now getting back to a semblance of a life–until Ellie Foreman calls–with another case. Ellie, a video producer from another book series, has been introduced into this second installment and she has been roped into some pretty dicey stuff. A friend of a friend’s daughter has been kidnapped and the woman won’t go to the police for fear of never seeing her daughter again. So, Georgia rides on up to see the woman and sure enough, nothing is ever as it appears. When the girl is brought back to the house and some hefty amounts of money get moved in and out of the bank that this woman works for, Ellie suspects that something else is going on. Not really knowing what she is up against until the body count starts racking up, Georgia and Ellie find that they are in some serious trouble after an attempt on Georgia’s life. They are in it now until the very end; what cards to they have on the table to find out the truth and keep each other alive long enough to relay the information to the police.
Hellmann has a great story, filled with animosity, determination, greed, and power. The characters are well-developed, but the pace is very slow. This installment introduces another main character from a different book series which is great; however, this book goes back and forth in first person, which is a bit odd. This series is called the Georgia Davis Series, not the Georgia and Ellie Series; therefore, it was expected the introduction and the story would focus on Georgia, but have Ellie as a background character or supporting cast. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Kaminsky’s voice relay was entertaining. Her narration is clear and the character differentiation livens the slow pace up quite a bit. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story to be a good fit for you.
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 Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann.
Georgia travels to Arizona in this complicated case where she meets a sexy mercenary who she thinks might do her harm. They go to a secluded cabin in the mountains where Georgia questions him about someone who may be tied to the murder of Molly’s mother.
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