Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Audio Book Review: Three O'Clock Seance

Three O'Clock Seance

By:  Joanne Pence

Publish Date:  January 12, 2016, Audiobook Release June 6, 2019

Format:  Audiobook - 5 hrs 33 mins
Narrated By:  Kristi Burns

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Series:  3rd in The Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries series

Impression:  Short cozy mystery story.

San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield has vowed to have nothing more to do with mystery man Richie Amalfi, but when he tells her about the strange deaths of clients of a local psychic medium, her decision changes. Rebecca has always been intrigued by the paranormal and, despite her logical and practical nature, she can't resist looking into the deaths.

A handsome medium, a tormented ghost, and the FBI lurking around because of their interest in Richie and some stolen ancient artifacts, show Rebecca that the dead don't always stay dead and buried. And her emotions can't be buried, no matter how hard she might try. But following both just might lead Rebecca straight to the Great Beyond ... permanently.

First Sentence:
On Tuesday afternoon San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield did something completely out of character.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Kristi Burns is a new narrator for me. She voices the characters with slight tone differences or enunciation patterns that would fit the characters if we meet them in person. The book has sections that are from Rebecca's POV and then Rickie's POV. In doing this there is a slight shift her her persona and tone to differentiate the characters.

I'm, again, reading or listening to a book out of order in it's series. It's okay though! This book has it's own story that starts and finishes here. There are some growing arcs between the characters and their relationships that are growing as the books go, but you don't feel lost in that arc. You learn where the characters have been and how they feel now.

Rebecca Mayfield is a nice character to read. She's not buffaloed by things but she stays calm and investigates. She does have an attraction to another in the story, which I think I really like. Rebecca feels like she could be a real person in her feelings and reactions.

There are several others mentioned in the book that Rebecca works with in the homicide unit. We don't get to spend much time with them here, but they fill out the world making it feel full and three dimensional. The one that Rebecca does spend time with, and is on a case because of, is Rickie. I found I liked Rickie. He's a bit of a bad boy feel but he's so much more. There's a feel of romantic tension between Rebecca and Rickie, but they both fight it as there is implications that each aren't good for the other.

The case here... A man claiming to be a medium is taking retirement money from his older clients. And, maybe even killing them... Rickie's worried about his mother who's now drawn into the medium's web with her friend. Rebecca doesn't want to look into it, but Rickie asked and she doesn't have much else going on at work.

This is a short cozy mystery story. It's something you can relax with as there's danger but nothing high octane. And there's a blooming romance as we get the thoughts of the two characters that are attracted to each other. A nice mystery story to relax by the fire with.

I enjoyed the story and will keep the series in mind for the future.

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