My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Review #30: Trouble in Paradise and If I'm Dead   

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quicky Review #30: Trouble in Paradise and If I'm Dead

Welcome back to another Quicky Review.
A lot of the time I like to read short stories, prequels and free audiobooks that are short and sweet.  But why do a full review on a book that is say... 100 or less pages long.  I do Quicky Reviews for the shorties and children books as well.  Basically, short stories get short reviews.
Here are just a few sentences on two novella in audiobook form from a few months ago.
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come.

Previous Quicky Review

Quicky Review #29: Loogie and I'll Be Home for Christmas 

Trouble in Paradise
Author: Marcia Clark
 Genre: Novella
Series: Rachel Knight Series
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Audiobook:  1 hour and 20 minutes
Narrator: January LaVoy
 Source: Bought from Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGBE1NY

 Book Description

In this digital-only short story, DA Rachel Knight and her besties take a Caribbean vacation and end up solving a crime.
With her besties Bailey and Toni in tow, Rachel leaves work and rainy LA behind and sets off for a much needed vacation in Aruba. Greeted by glittering sand and a balmy breeze, the three friends can't imagine anywhere more perfect.
But just minutes after hitting the beach, they're approached by a panicked young woman. A gofer on the biggest reality hit since "Survivor," she's lost the show's child star and must find her, now, before anyone else realizes she's gone. Rachel, Bailey, and Toni put their dreams of paradise on hold and embark on a whirlwind search for the girl--a search that ends with a twist so disturbing no one, not even a fortune-teller, could have seen it coming... 

My Thoughts

This one was interesting in the beginning but toward the end it became just a touch on the corny side. Quick read and I loved the narrator. If you do the series, read this one after book #1.

 If I'm Dead
Author: Marcia Clark
 Genre: Novella
Series: Rachel Knight Series
Publisher:  Hachette Audio
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Audiobook: 1 hour and 31 minutes
Narrator: January LaVoy
 Source: Bought from Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGBE1NY

 Book Description

It started with a haunting image: a Ford Explorer, iridescent in the moonlight and alone on a desolate stretch of beach. Its owner, Melissa Gibbons, has gone missing. Her husband says she flew the coop. But Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight is convinced otherwise: Melissa Gibbons has been murdered.
So begins the confounding case that Rachel must present before a disbelieving jury. A dissatisfied heiress and her philandering husband-- what really happened? The husband has a fiendishly convincing case that Melissa faked her own death and fled. But with the support of her trusty sidekick, Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel pieces together a much more sinister truth.
In this short, standalone Rachel Knight thriller, readers follow our savvy and riotously entertaining heroine through the surprising world of LA crime.

My Thoughts

This was good and quick.  Kind of too quick.  This novella could have been a bit longer and added a few more twist and unexpected turns.  This story can easily fit anywhere in the series.  And the narrator was good too!

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