Monthly Mini Review
Riley Thorn & the Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score, narrated by Natalie Duke – B+ I picked up this audiobook for $4.95 when it was an Audible Daily Deal recently but as it happened it was easily worth the cost of a credit. What a delightful find! Not only did I stumble into a new-to-me author (with a significant backlist for extra bonus points) but a fabulous new-to-me narrator as well.
Riley Thorn comes from a family of psychic women but has rejected her heritage and lives in denial. Except, when she is confronted by a vision of her creepy neighbour being murdered, things start to get real. Nick Santiago is a private investigator who was trying to serve a summons on the guy who (spoiler alert) ends up actually dead and because reasons, he ends up investigating the murder, along with Riley.
Riley lives in a large shared house filled with old people (for reasons I didn’t understand – perhaps I missed the explanation? – she has to pretend they’re all related) and they’re quirky, hilarious and also a wonderful found family. Riley is a bit of a caretaker and feels responsible for her neighbours and so wishes to protect them from any potential harm once it becomes clear that after the murder the bad guy may well be back for more nefarious deeds.
Riley’s biological family is also pretty quirky and hilarious and Nick has a cousin and best friend (who are married to one another and are both partners with him in his detective agency) who rival the weirdness of some of the other cast.
The romance is definitely a strong element of the story and the book ends in a solid HFN (possibly even HEA) but the mystery/suspense plot takes up equal space in the story. The heat level is fairly low with on-page sex but few actual scenes but there is plenty of intimacy, with fantastic banter which zings. The narration was fantastic and only added to my enjoyment.
There’s a new Riley Thorn book out
but it’s not available on audio yet. I plan on stalking Audible for it and the audio is out now and I have it on my TBL!
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