Title: Murder on the Mountain
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Narrator: Cliff Bergen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 08/22/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 01/22/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.
Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim’s friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.
My View – Story:
I enjoyed this murder mystery. Just like anyone, I think, I kept trying to figure it out along the way. There were a few things I guessed correctly, but the more Kyle and Jesse learned about the murder suspects, the more this story turned out to be reminiscent of a soap opera and I had to stop trying to guess at the outcome. Everyone was in love with someone else, everyone was sleeping with everyone else. There were creepy brothers, meddling families, and covert bribes to call things off. I was not expecting the way the murderer was revealed; it was very twisted and creative. I had guessed correctly on who did it, but my motivations were no where near correct. I love when a story can keep in the dark until the end!
There was a romance happening between Jesse and Kyle at the same time the murder mystery was unfolding. I like that neither aspect really took away from the other, almost as if the two storylines could be independent of each other. Yes, it took the murder for these men to meet, but once they got together, the murder investigation was just another part of their daily happenings. The romance was really rather steady and sweet. Kyle struggled a bit with admitting his sexual preferences, but that was really the most angst associated with his and Jesse’s budding relationship.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was interesting from start to finish and the soap opera feel of the murder suspects added a bit of a humorous tone, even though I am not sure that was the intention.
My View – Narration:
I think the narrator did OK. He mainly read the story but sometimes he did not do well with the emotions. There were time where Kyle just felt forceful and stiff when I think he was meant to be upset, and sometimes the voice did not match the character’s actions, but overall, it was still a good narration and was easy to follow.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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