Lee Strauss comes to the blog today with another Nursery Rhyme Suspense story, the fourth in this series, narrated by Reba Buhr and Roger Wayne. Please read on for my review of
Twinkle Little Star
Completely unexpected, this book dragged me into the story and wouldn’t let go until the end. Sage and Marlow are back at Detroit University, and apparently things are getting to ‘normal’ again – until Sage runs into someone who appeared from nowhere… And the chase is on. While both Sage and Marlow are on their own paths, their two stories seem to work their way together: Marlow is drawn into the mystery when suddenly transported into a laboratory and there are all of the usual questions: who, why and just what is the purpose. Sage is on the hook for the murder of the woman who simply appeared, and why has Marlow’s father suddenly appeared – to help or to hinder.
Having not had the experience of earlier titles in the series, there were some understanding gaps in terms of relationship and background, and just how the teleportation takes a toll – or doesn’t, on the two. All those few questions aside – this was a rollicking, twisty, turn of a story – utterly engaging and totally sending my thoughts off in the wrong direction when choosing the culprit. And those moments, twists, red herrings and tensions were beautifully laid out – when you get to the stunner of an end – you see it couldn’t be any other way.
Narration for this story was provided by Reba Buhr and Roger Wayne, and both worked together nicely to play off one another in conversations and conclusions, allowing each new revelation or question to stand out clearly – perfectly appropriate in terms of the mystery elements that are almost never-ending. Clear and distinct tones allowed each character to feel appropriate to the story (they are college-age after all) and still the secondary characters managed to hold their own unique presence, easy to distinguish each of the characters even in the faster paced moments. As an introduction, this was a lovely way to ‘test out’ the series, one that I will be sure to explore the earlier books in the series.
Stars: 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Twinkle Little Star
Author: Lee Strauss
Series: A Nursery Rhyme Suspense #4
Genre: Contemporary Crime Fiction, Science Fiction Elements
Narrator: Reba Buhr, Roger Wayne
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 30 January, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 5 Hours
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When you're dead wrong. Sage Farrell regrets missing her chance to be more than friends with Marlow Henry. But being alone and lonely in her sophomore year at Detroit University is the least of her problems. On a dark, quiet forest road something jumps in front of her truck, literally from out of nowhere. It wasn't a deer or elk that she hit, but the beautiful media star Crystal Morrisette. Marlow and Sage are pulled into yet another unexplainable mystery. Who killed the media star and how did she just appear out of thin air? And how are they going to prove to the police that Sage is innocent of this crime? There's a madman on campus getting crazier by the day and now his sight is set on Sage and Marlow. They have to put their heart issues aside until they find a way to stop him, because there's no sense falling in love if you're dead.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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