Author: Judy Penz Sheluk
Narrator: Kelli Lindsay
Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 2
Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk
Released: Apr. 8, 2019
Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what’s next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?
Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.
It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone – least of all Callie – could have predicted.
Judy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.
Kelli Lindsay’s versatile style and years of experience with commercial, corporate and e-learning projects have created a dream career for her. She has lent her talents to TV, radio, video games, and various other fantastic projects, but she proudly admits that her true passion is narrating audiobooks. Her professional training has taught her how to put herself into the script or audiobook and deliver an incredible performance. With her professionalism and love for what she does, Kelli ensures that her clients and listeners get to hear exactly what they’re looking for!
Another great mystery featuring Callie Barnstable, now running her own investigations business – Past & Present.
Picking up with Callie a year or so after she was left the family home in Marketville by her father on the condition she find out who killed her mother, Callie is selling up and moving to a new location to run her business with her friend, Chantal, a genealogist.
With Misty – the psychic from book one – also on board, the team set up a website to attract business, and indeed it is Misty’s tarot card reading together with a recommendation from another friend that gets them their first case: to find out more about Annaliese Pree who was murdered in 1956 and her husband Horst was imprisoned as her killer.
it seems straightforward enough, until connections to Callie’s own family – her mother’s estranged grandparents – adds an extra touch of spice, intrigue and mystery.
The story flows at a gentle pace, the research carried out by the team is well-explained, and outside of the investigation Callie’s personal life is boosted by developments in her relationship with former Snapdragon Drive neighbour, Royce.
The truth about Annaliese’s murderer provides a nice twist, although it seems quite obvious early on who the killer is. Despite that, it is interesting to see how Callie gets to that conclusion herself.
The ending provides scope for another case, one I’ll be sure to check out.
Having listened to both audiobooks in the Marketville Mystery series, I did prefer the narrator of the first book as I felt she better portrayed the different characters with a greater clarity. Overall I’d give this 4.5 stars, rounded up based on the quality of the story.
Giveaway: 5 Judy Penz Sheluk Audiobooks
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