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Hiro

Though I was born with the ability to see the dead, I struggled with it until my brother was killed and his ghost was left behind. Now, I’m determined to figure out who is responsible for his death...the problem is that Detective Maddox Booker, the one working the case, is a grumpy and stubborn man who wants nothing to do with me and definitely doesn’t believe in ghosts. It doesn’t help that I keep finding myself looking ridiculous in front of the detective, thanks to interfering ghosts who enjoy laughing at my expense. Still, the more I’m around Maddox, the more I realize that beneath that surly exterior is a kind and caring man who will do anything to help. 

Maddox

When another man dies, I know we have a serial killer on our hands - the same murderer who has remained elusive for a year and a half. To add to my frustration, I keep running into Hiro at crime scenes, only to hear him claim that he can talk to ghosts. The words of the dead could lead us to the serial killer and even tell us who is next, but ghosts? There’s no such thing as ghosts. Hiro is determined and charming, and no matter what I do, I can’t stop letting him get involved. He's definitely snagged my attention, but when he nearly winds up dead, I know he's getting closer to the truth - and if I don’t do something soon, he might be next. 

Ghost of Lies is full of action, mystery, humor, and romance. Though more is planned for this couple, the mystery is solved and there is a happy ending.

©2021 Alice Winters (P)2021 Alice Winters

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Annoying ghosts

The story is ok, nothing inventive but entertaining enough. The female ghost friend was tiring, but at least her presence was sporadic. I was enjoying it up until Reggie showed up. Almost 10 hours in -- and I had to go and check whether this character stays in the book 2 or not, because his presence became too much for me. There is a sassy character, and then there is Reggie who is a gay caricature on steroids. Just no. I regret buying this book now.

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Wonderfully suspenseful

Really enjoyed this take on a supernatural detective story , I could see it making a really good TV show. the ghost characters are just as great as the living ones. Reggie was annoying at first but I grew to love him, so I guess that was really good writing as it followed the experience of Hiro. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say this is one I highly recommend.
The narrator was brilliant . I never got confused about characters and was completely pulled into the story.
Another reviewer mentioned the narrator's pronunciation of Nicholas, well the character's name is actually Nicolás which has an acute stress on the A, so that's why it's not pronounced the typical English/English American way, the narrator hasn't chosen to pronounce the name in a strange way, that's how Winter has written it.

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worth it

Truly enjoyed this. I love their chemistry.
The emotional voice of the reader made me cry way too much at the end 🤣 Off to listen to the second one!

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Only the narration is good

I added a star because the story was entertaining for the largest part. The finale, though, was so annoying I am in a bad mood. The cranky ghost was over the top in the end and not believable in their reasoning. Why they suddenly showed up and became a main character, flabbergasted me for half the novel. The whole plot collapsed like a house build of cards. Lots of coincidences and convenient 'estrangements' and irrational behavior, closed of with the detective starting to spin implausible stories to explain it all, in the end.

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So much fun!

Love the story and the characters, so many laughs involved around the serious story. Can’t wait to read the next one

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. The story was very interesting and it kept me guessing until the end. The humour had me laughing out loud. The narrator was fantastic. He was great with both male and female voices and it was easy to tell the difference between each character.

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Another great story from Alice Winters

Great writing made even better by the narrator. Loved the story, funny and clever. Highly recommend.

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this book, and I liked the concept too. Looking forward to the next book.

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Good story. Only minor gripes

Great story and fun characters. Lots of lovely snark. A nice romance. I enjoyed it.

Only 2 minor problems-

Alice’s obsession with the use of the words hunk, hunkalicious and sketchy! She needs a thesaurus as it’s very evident and annoying at times.

Also the narrator needs to learn how to pronounce Nicholas. I thought maybe it was the author specifying that pronunciation. Maybe it was pronounced like that in other countries I though. But I could find NO country that pronounced it like that. Greg Boudreaux was just murdering the pronunciation. Greg occasionally pronounced Hiro as Chiro as well.

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Really loved this

Absolutely loved this, right up there with The Hitman series, which was my favourite Alice book.
The mystery murder was really well done, I couldn't stop listening.
It made me laugh out loud a lot and I loved the story and characters.
Loved it all.
Can't wait until the next one comes out.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 25-12-21

thoroughly entertained

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

📖 Story comment: Good pace, entertaining plot with fun and likeable characters.
Never a dull moment - with mystery, mayhem, and the constant banter between characters both alive and dead - this was a delightfully entertaining story and I hope there are many more additions to this series.

🎧 Narrator comment: Greg Boudreaux has done a masterful performance bringing the characters and story to life. He has good timing, rhythm, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other. A thoroughly enjoyable performance from a narrator at the top of his game.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 9
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list [4⭐] • 8 kept me up past bed-time [4.5⭐] • 9 recommended to family/friends [4.75⭐] • 10 own it in multiple formats [5⭐] • 11 keep a copy with me at all times [5⭐]
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  • ClinD2002
  • 29-12-21

Another home run!!!

Alice Winters is quickly becoming one of my fav MM writers, she makes a point of making the male characters actually seem like they really ARE men, I also appreciate the roles she has the main characters play”in the intimate” area, like 99% of MM authors will either A: make the main characters flip flop from total bttm throughout the entire book, than turn into a top, news flash! Even though gay men will say their vers, they are honestly 100% bttms, especially if they’ve got a big strong hot guy who’s a top, tops are tops cause they don’t like to bttm, it’s not something that means the mm couple are truly in love, when the bttm turns into a top, it’s just awkward and WIERD for a real gay guy to read…who I’m guessing is the target audience of MM romance!! AND B: even though the main is a bttm, she doesn’t write them like they are just women which is also virtually done 99% of the time when women write MM novels, let me tell ya from an actual bttm we’re just as butch as the top, don’t write us as helpless women with penis’s….it’s rare to find a female author who actually writes the males in MM novels as actual males, so BRAVO to Alice Winters, keep writing the great stories you’ve put out, and I’ll remain a devoted fan!! ;-)

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  • hussfan
  • 22-12-21

LOVED IT So Much

What a great listen this story was, I enjoyed it from the first chapter till very end. I am usually not a big fan of ghost stories, but a huge Alice Winters fan so I gave it a try and so glad I did. Ghost of Lies was captivating and full of surprises, twists and unexpected turns, interesting characters and heart-breaking mystery. Narrator made this book even better with his amazing voice and storytelling ability. This was a perfect listening experience.

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  • Sam
  • 08-12-21

so good

Certainly a bitter sweet ending, I cried, but in a good way. Has unexpected twists and turns but everything you expect from an Alice Winters book. Amazing!!!

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  • Karen Willmeno
  • 05-03-22

nope

not sure why I finished it. gay romance isn't my thing and the constant talk about sex wnt too far .the actual storyline was mostly buried under the snarky sex talk. I won't get the next book.

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  • Tina E.
  • 17-01-22

Confusing Ending

The story line was great! The narrator was awesome. Character development and personality was portrayed superbly.
However, the ghost bird… What happened to him? Does he stay with Hiro? Also, something I found confusing… the killer. The group of people he wanted dead were older than he was. The Nicholas, Steven, killer triangle didn’t make sense. Was Millie a teen or was she Nicholas and Steven’s age. Millie’s mother was another twist that we didn’t hear any more about. That was was good but could have been left out as it had no real bearing. I’d like to know if Reggie and Natalie make an appearance in other novels.

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  • Brian
  • 27-12-21

Favorite Alace Winters book so far.

This should be a movie.
I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.
great twists.

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  • WC
  • 27-12-21

Love me some Reggie!!

I love all of Alice’s books. Not only does she tell a great story but she writes even better characters and not just main but supporting characters too. That being said Reggie is a blast and can’t wait to see and hear what he does next.

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  • Alissa toro
  • 18-12-21

Amazing!

This book hit everything! Suspense:yup, snark:yup, romance: yup, drama:yeah, steamy: yes again!
I know i will be listening to the next book as well!
Trust me this book is wonderful, you won’t regret getting it at all!!!

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  • Jess
  • 17-12-21

a fun ghost story mystery

It was a great listen! I couldn't put it down, I had to know what happened next. I can't wait for the second book!!

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