Obsession – by Jonathan Kellerman

Reviewed by Clent Herrington
Owner-operator, Dixie Transport

Listening Time: 12 hours
Publisher: Random House Audio
Retail: $44.95
Genre: Mystery

Plot: Tanya Bigelow was abandoned by her mother and adopted by her aunt, emergency room nurse Patty Bigelow. Years later, after being successfully treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder, she again has to call upon her psychiatrist Dr. Alex Delaware for help when her adoptive mother leaves her with a confusing deathbed confession involving old acquaintances, old enemies and old haunts.

Dr. Delaware and two detectives, Milo and Petra, spend most of their days trying to solve the mystery of the confession and protect Tanya and her newfound friend Kyle from a drug/porno-dealing psychopath, Blaze DePayne, who started murdering people before he started shaving.

Dead bodies and clues are spread over two decades waiting to be found and deciphered.

What was your favorite moment? When Blaze DePayne’s true father is identified.

Which character was your favorite? Dr. Alex Delaware. He likes dogs and is cool under pressure.

What did you like or dislike? I liked the action right up until the end of the book and the fact that the good guys do finally win. I disliked some of the lifestyles described in the book.

Would you recommend this book to friends? Yes, because once I started it, I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Narrator’s style: I liked the fact that the narrator John Rubinstein used different voices for the different people. It helped discern one person from another. I disliked some of the voices he used. But on the whole, I really liked his style and clarity, and by the end of the book, I could recognize each person from the change in his voice.

How would you grade the book? B+

Laced – Carol Higgins Clark
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her new husband Jack, head of the Major Case Squad in New York City, are honeymooning in Hennessy Castle, a romantic spot in western Ireland, to escape the world and the criminals they deal with daily. But their getaway is anything but relaxing.

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Their first afternoon in Ireland, Regan and Jack stop at an old graveyard, where they find a tombstone marked Reilly. Intrigued, they discover it belongs to a talented lace maker named May Reilly, who died in 1822. Legend has it that after making an exquisite tablecloth for a banquet at Hennessy Castle, May was never paid and has haunted the castle ever since.

Regan and Jack’s honeymoon is interrupted when May Reilly’s famous tablecloth is discovered missing. Two international jewel thieves claim responsibility for the theft in a taunting note to Jack, who has been on their trail for more than a year.

Working with Regan’s Irish cousin Gerard Reilly, Regan and Jack are in for the adventure of a lifetime in the tiny villages and crowded pubs of the Emerald Isle.
Abridged, 4.5 hours on 4 CDs
Simon & Schuster Audio

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