I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A View to Die For by Richard Houston
Length: 8 hours and 46 minutes
Published by Smashwords Edition Pages: 253
Narrator: Todd McLaren
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The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog.
Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o’clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks where they search for cold-blooded killers, a cache of gold coins buried by Jesse James, and the love of a beautiful nurse.
Here is what I thought
Jake is sort of going through mid-life crisis and dealing with his divorce an the fact that he is running low on cash and needs to sell some more of his articles before things get worse. Then in the middle of the night he gets a call from his mother that his father has had a heart attach and his sister is in jail for murder.
He leaves everything behind and grabs a little money and drives him and his dog Fred to Missouri. On his way there he gets in a car wreck and someone robs him. The police there don’t seem to like him much right off the bat and think he and his sister worked together to kill her husband. He thinks it’s crazy and his sister wants him to help find out who the killer is.
Jake figures it couldn’t hurt to take a few days and see what he can find out and he finds a lot more than he thought he would find. Her husband was into some things and it seems that those people don’t take to kindly to him snooping which leads to some interesting happenings.
I liked Jake okay but I can’t say he would make my list of favorite characters. He seems to be a bit of a womanizer and those types are never high on my list. I think I much preferred his dog Fred, now that is a smart dog. He pretty much helped Jake figure things out by bringing him things he found around the house…lol.
I did like the mystery and thought Jake did a good job of figuring things out even though the police never really did like him much even though they know he didn’t do anything. I would say the one thing I didn’t like was that I thought it was finished and then it went on for a bit more. I sort of lost interest after I thought they had the killer so why keep going, there was others involved but at that point I just thought we were finished…lol.
Overall, I think it’s a decent start to a series and I have the next few in the series so I will be trying them out. I think I am going to like the beer drinking dog the most though…lol.
I have listened to Todd McLaren before and enjoyed him and he does a good job with this one too. He has a good voice for mystery novels.
Audio rating: 4