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Summary

Mark banning encounters a very different and very differently deadly case.

Ryan Morgan, a married man, comes to Banning in a panic. He is being blackmailed with incriminating photos of Ryan with an attractive coworker. To Banning, with years of experience as a private eye, there is nothing unusual about that. What is unusual is that the photos show the pair in places where they have never been. 

Hooked by the questions the photos raise and the challenge the case presents, Banning and his assistant Betsy begin investigating. Clues, soon, suggest the photos may have been sent from the home of Paul Reynolds, Ryan Morgan's business partner, and his wife Ellen. 

But when Betsy arrives at the Morgan residence, she finds someone has beat her there, and Ellen Morgan has been shot dead. 

What Mark Banning wants to know is did his client, his client's wife, or the "other woman" decide Ellen Reynolds was the blackmailer? Or is something entirely different going on? 

What Banning doesn't know is that a desperate killer will do anything to stop him from learning the truth...

©2019 Stephen L. Brooks (P)2020 Stephen L. Brooks

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Excellent.

This is a very good listen I thought. I've read the previous books in the series and both are good, this one does not disappoint either. A very good set of characters with an interesting plot, yes, a little predictable, I worked out the "goodies" from the "baddies" fairly easily but missed the plot completely with the motive, thought it was something entirely different. Tim Lundeen did a superb job of the narration once again and I'm sorry to see this is the final book in the series, would have like more!☺
I was kindly given a copy of the book by the publisher and leave this voluntary review.

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Narrator: Tim Lundeen

This is the first book in this series that I have read and I’d definitely look up more in this series, Mike Banning is a likeable character and I like the banter and relationship he has with his assistant.

The storyline itself is a good one with a few twists and turns
overall a highly enjoyable read.

The narrator does a great job and his voice suits this story and character well.

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I found this book had confusing and predictable parts. On reflection the ending was no different to what I expected. I quite enjoyed the very well narrated story. Not a tale that will stick with me.

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lies

Tim Lundeen was great at narrating this book.

Loved the bad guy duo of brother and sister. This story has action , a murder mystery. A great plot , loved the twist

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  • Chris S
  • 20-03-22

Great detective story!

Blackmail to Murder by Steven L. Brooks is a very engaging detective story with twists and turns to the end. Ryan Morgan gets a packet of faked up photos of him and a coworker in compromising situations. Ryan turns to Private Investigator Mark Banning for help figuring out who is trying to blackmail him. The action packed story takes twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. I enjoyed the book even more because I once lived near Towson (TAU-son, not TOE-son) Maryland so I knew all the streets and towns in the story. The narration by Tim Lundeen was wonderful and he brought the characters and story to life.

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  • Valerie
  • 18-10-21

good mystery

I enjoyed this storyline and there were some twists and turns that I didn't expect. Not very long, but you could finish it in 1 or 2 days if you like detective stories. Good narration

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  • Pedsrn1988
  • 10-09-21

Suspenseful

This is the first book I have read in the series. I enjoy murder mysteries because of the twists and turns while I think who the killer could be.

Narrator, Tim Lundeen did a fabulous job of voicing these characters and with keeping my interest throughout the entire book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-21

Good plot, decent performance

Note: I was presented with a free copy of this audiobook, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Performance: The narration was good. Lundeen's voice is easy to listen to, with good tone, variation and cadence. The voices of the different characters was also relatively easy to distinguish. To me the real test of a narrator is how well they do the voices of the opsitte sex. Lundeen does female voices quite well, he even manages to differentiate his voice between different female characters. There are two reason for not giving the narration five stars. First is that when the characters become agitated, excited or emotional, the male characters all sound alike. The second reason is that all his male characters sounded very similar and his female characters also sounded similar.

Story: I did not read / listen to earlier titles in the series. That may affect my experience, so so please keep that in mind. The detective and his assistant are clearly recurring characters. Even though most readers would already know these characters, Even so, Brooks manage to introduce them, establish their personalities and their relationship in just a few paragraphs. The plot is very cleverly thought out and Brooks manages to keep the listener guessing right up to the end. To my mind, that is one of the biggest requirements for a murder mystery. Where I struggled was in keeping the characters separated in my mind. The cast is quite big for a short novel - four male and five female characters feature prominently. The men especially are sometimes referred to by their surnames and sometimes by their first names. Brooks did spend the time to introduce the characters, but somehow I still had trouble keeping them separated in my mind. I often find myself wondering who is speaking, or who are they talking about. As mentioned, this might be because I am not familiar with the prior novels in the series.

Is it a good murder mystery - yup. Will I recommend it to a friend - indeed, provided I know that they enjoy the genre. It is a good listen, but not outstanding.

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  • Pattwee
  • 13-04-21

Blackmail

I enjoyed this mystery from start to finish, kept me guessing all the way
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  • Heather
  • 08-01-21

fair quick listen

although it was short it was quick and easy. it lacked a little character development for my taste. In my opinion the narrator read the story rather than performed it.

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  • mimi4x
  • 16-09-20

Good book.

Really enjoyed the book. Able to read in one afternoon. Would enjoy reading more books in the series. Good narrator.

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  • Somanea Khoeurm
  • 15-09-20

Reminds me of the falcon detective.

I love the narrator he did a good job reading this novel. The storyline is good, full of actions and quick paste. It’s a clean detective story. I definitely will read more books from this series.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 26-07-20

lies and cover ups

The brother sister bad guy duo was hilarious. What a twisted web of lies and cover ups!!! I didn't see this one coming. A great cover up! I enjoyed the ride. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review . The narrator did a great job.