Publisher: Hachette Audio

Audio: Take Out by Margaret Maron

Posted October 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Audio: Take Out by Margaret MaronTake Out by Margaret Maron
Series: Sigrid Harald #9
Narrator: Courtney Patterson
Published by Hachette Audio Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours, 11 minutes
Source: Library
Amazon | Audio | B&N | Goodreads
four-stars

Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely?

Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks.

 

 

I read the first eight books in the Sigrid Harald series in the late 1990s, when I was still reading primarily mysteries. I’d fallen in love with Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott series and went on to this series. The 8th book was published in 1995, so I was delighted to see a new book this year, more than 20 years later!

Sigrid Harald is a very distinct character which makes her all the more authentic and memorable. She is a police detective in New York City working on homicide cases. I was surprised to find even after all this time I remembered details of her life and the stories. Maron has a real way with characters and plot. This series is a police procedural format.

In Take Out, Sigrid has her work, but also ends up in a personal investigation into her fiance’s death. Her work case is intriguing as she delves into the oddest details to get to the truth. The same perseverance into previously unknown facts unfold into a whole facet of her fiance’s life she didn’t know.

Courtney Patterson did a great job with the narration. She kept me engaged in the story and was easy to understand. She gave the cool reserve to Sigrid’s voice which was perfect.

Take Out was my first time to hear any of the series on audio. I’d love to revisit the entire series by listening on audio. It was highly enjoyable.

 

Listen to a clip here:

 

About Margaret Maron

Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she’s also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger’s Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and of the American Crime writers’ league, and a director on the national board for Mystery Writers of America.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-half-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


Audio: The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller

Audio: The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller

Posted October 7, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

                The Sharon McCone series is a long running mystery series. I have read them all; The Color of Fear is number 32. It began in 1977. The books are set in current day so technology and other aspects have changed along with our world over the years. The mysteries are smart with many, well-defined characters. I loved seeing many of these familiar people from Sharon’s family, friends and co-workers. Their personal lives are a part of the story as well. There is also plenty of suspense. The plot here is very timely with the current events. There are crimes which seem hate-related by a white supremacist group. But they might instead be criminals who were previously prosecuted or put on the run […]


Audio Review: The Fix by David Baldacci

Audio Review: The Fix by David Baldacci

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Amos Decker is walking to the FBI building in Washington DC when he witnesses Walter Dabney, a prominent owner of a government contracting firm, pull out a gun and shoot a woman who was also walking in that vicinity. He then turns the gun on himself. It’s clear that Dabney murdered Anne Berkshire, a substitute school teacher, but what’s not so clear is the why. Since Decker witnessed the event and the case is handed to the FBI, the task force is given the assignment.   Unlike the first two books, the task force is investigating a hot case instead of a cold one. It’s classic police procedural with Decker’s added unique skills. As it progresses, the investigation runs smack into another of […]


Audio Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Audio Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Posted June 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    As Jane Smith’s 25th birthday approaches, she suddenly has a compelling need to find her biological father. Though she’s never questioned the love of her adopted parents, she’s always been acutely aware of how different she looks from them and her adorable twin sisters. She knows her father’s first name and is Greek (thanks to her bio mother), responsible for her height, eyes of separate colors and dark coloring. So, off she goes on a sudden trip to Greece to find him, picking the island of Santorini simply because it “called” to her.   After reading Almost a Bride, I vowed to listen to the rest of the series because I figured it would be outstanding on audio. My instincts were dead on […]


Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted May 16, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 0 Comments

Anne’s Audio Review I was so excited to get this audio, since I had also listened to Deadly Silence.  In between these two audios in the Blood Brothers series , I listened to the entire  Sin Brothers series which is related.  The Sin Brothers came first if you are OCD like me. Karen White narrated both series so I enjoyed the consistency. While the women have different personalities, most of them sounded the same to me. The men had a little more variation. These are professional,  comfortably paced audio books. The overall story arc continues and I’m happy we learn more in each installment. The Blood brothers were rather isolated in childhood, so they are learning more about themselves and their history all the time. This book also has […]


Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted April 7, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

Jennifer’s Thoughts Zanetti’s Blood Brothers series is a spin-off of her Sin Brothers series but don’t worry you can pick up Deadly Silence without reading the former series. There is some cross-over with minor characters and the background of what happened to both set of brothers but new readers won’t be lost and fans of the Sin Brothers will enjoy the connection. Deadly Silence is a sexy, action pack, romantic suspense thrill ride. Ryker and Zara have been having a casual ‘relationship’, the kind where when he’s in town she cooks him dinner and he supplies the desert. Zara has never had a no strings attached kind of affair before and she’s finding it harder and harder to keep it casual with in her heart when […]


Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Posted February 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

             I had no idea what to expect, so The Chemist was an awesome surprise. I loved it from beginning to end. If it were a book, it would be a page turner but since I was listening, I wanted to listen ALL THE TIME. There were so many things to love! It had great characters, SCIENCE, action / adventure, romance, humor and dogs! The problem with listening is not knowing how to spell anyone’s name and not being able to highlight the humorous quotes or make notes in the way I would with an ebook. I think it takes longer, too, since I can read faster but it is such a pleasure. Ellen Archer was great at capturing the emotion […]


Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted February 2, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

               This is a modern day Cinderella story. Which means it is a classic billionaire guy rescues penniless gal. This is not my favorite troupe. At All. I was offered both the ebook and the audio for review and decided on the audio. So how did this work out? I was pleased with The Bachelor Auction mostly. The characters were either well-developed or overblown caricatures of a cliche type. Our Cinderella, Jane, is easy to love. She is hard-working, kind, compassionate and honest, even when treated badly. Her sisters are unrealistic stereotypes but it works. Our prince charming, Brock, isn’t a bad guy either. He’s always been a serious hard worker, trying to do what’s right for his family. His […]