Truth Will Out Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory - if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.
They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||K C Wells|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 11, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #289,629 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,944 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,094 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#39,149 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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We have a terrific couple of MCs in late-20s world class photographer Jonathan and early 40's ex-Detective Inspector now pub/inn owner Mike, whose coy then sweetly pursued then fiery love story keeps things moving along.
Then you have Jonathan's uncle Dominic, who winds up dead on his nephew's arrival for holiday. Then we are let in on a few of Jonathan's family secrets, primarily through his uptight wealthy father and his own revelations.
There's an abundance of clues thrown around here in just the right way in addition to a bevy of supporting characters ranging from Mike's sister to an inspector shipped from London to steal the spotlight from Mike and the local constables. There are ladies of a certain age who love lilies, clerics who do not like to bear too much witness, and a cracking good bunch of blackmail to keep it all going.
This looks like it might become a series. Hope so because Jonathan and Mike are worth keeping on the pub bar, or in the inn's bedroom.
Too many statements did not make sense - at one point a character says "I can't be a suspect as I used to be a copper" and no one questions that dodgy logic... or another point one character suggests "perhaps the killer was a past case of the deceased who came seeking revenge?" and the response was "but if someone moved to the village like that someone would say something" which obviously makes no sense as someone can certainly travel to the village and kill without moving to the village first. But of course that logic is not really questioned either.
So many times I was thrown out of the book by characters saying things that just didn't seem to flow organically within the context of the relationships as presented. The coyness of the two men about any physicality made little sense either- they were obviously attracted to each other and knew it, they were staying down the hallway from each other but it takes a week to actually kiss? It just felt like a M/F dynamic, not how men actually behave. The writing is quite G rated- which is fine. Hugs and a few kisses with the rest left to the imagination which is certainly fine. I just didn't believe the relationship. It was just sort of assumed from the outset and they just sort of assumed immediately that they were going to solve the mystery together without any real rational development to reach that point.
The antagonistic inspector was a wee bit unrelenting in his Snidely Whiplash routine. Probably didn't need to be quite as blatantly obnoxious. It would be more logical for him upon meeting the nephew of the deceased to want to ask questions, rather than rudely telling him to immediately leave and be uninterested in interviewing him- especially as the nephew is the one who found the body. Also the solicitor would probably set up an appointment to read the will pretty quick. He probably not just wait for the nephew to call a week later. So many large and small things weren't credible.
I gave 3 stars because the actual plot is fine. Though I knew who the murderer was at the very moment the murderer was introduced, there were a few well placed red herrings along the way that made me doubt my first (correct) assumption. The basic story structure was fine. It was just the overly functional, awkward dialog and the pacing of the relationships that made it tough to force myself to complete the book.
The writing was typical KC Wells, i.e. WONDERFUL!! The mystery was well written and I was giddy when the guilty party was revealed and I was right!! While the MCs are two men who begin a relationship, this is NOT a romance (which is what I typically read).
Well done Mrs. Wells. Well done.
POV... third person
Standalone or series... book 1 in series but can be read as a standalone
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A minor quibble: why do they keep “snickering”? To me a snicker is quite an annoying laugh, and to have to experience one sixteen times...😄
But overall a lovely lightweight read.