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By:  Bill Hopkins

Narrated by: Jim Tedder

Published by: Deadly Writes Publishing

Time: 9 hours 36 minutes



Courting Murder is one of those novels that just drops you into the action.  My favorite type of story. With a fast paced storyline and many twists and turns, keeping up can be difficult. This book reminded me of an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Small town setting with all the trappings of a small town and that touch of humor that can only come from a small town.

Judge Carew is out to take photos of some mushrooms in a local park when he discovers two decomposing bodies in the brush near a river. He calls the local law and because he is who he is, a very curious individual, he does a fairly good job of inserting himself into the investigation. He’s the unpaid unofficial photographer because he just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and happens to have a camera. That dubious title last right up until the bodies go missing after a torrential downpour sends those in attendance to run for cover.

After he’s kicked to the side and out of the investigation, Judge Carew enlists the help of another local busybody to do their own investigation. A busy body with less than stellar morals.

This was a good book with more than a few twists and turns. Just when I thought I knew where it was going, I’m thrown another sideways jolt. definitely one you need to pay attention to.

What didn’t I like about this book? I’ll say it again, you all know I don’t want to know the “bad guy’s” point of view. Though this killer is a little more bumbling idiot and offers humor instead of psychopath, I’d still rather not be there.

As a debut novel, I’ll address the writing just a little. Although the writing is strong, there were a couple of places where I felt the scene played out too long. Repeated information that just got in the way of my enjoyment. A couple of times two characters wanted to argue and should have been cut short. My opinion is there were too many characters and a few too many turns. I know this isn’t my usual comment, but in this instance, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of both.

Would I recommend this book? yes, with the notation that this is a busy story. Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? (I can’t believe I’m saying this.) Too many characters, too many subplots.  Bad guy’s POV. And I’ll say here what I always say when there’s a book I don’t absolutely love, this is MY opinion. It’s subjective.

The production of the audio version was great. I enjoyed Jim Tedder’s narration though a couple of spots sounded echoey. That would be more a production issue than anything the narrator did or didn’t do.