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  • A Rock Cobbler Case
  • By: Whiskey Leavins
  • Narrated by: Duffy P. Weber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Murder in Greasepaint

By: Whiskey Leavins
Narrated by: Duffy P. Weber
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Summary

Washed up pitching prospect, Rock Cobbler, now a hotshot detective with the Santa Lacrimosa PD likes working alone as much as he likes bourbon. That is to say, a lot. 

One rainy night at Santa Lacrimosa Clown College he finds himself looking out a dorm room window. Down below lay the hilariously twisted body of Mr. Rubadubdub, apparently tossed from that very same window. The investigation into the defenestration of the promising young clown will lead Rock through dive bars, contemporary Christian clowning performances, and down into the seedy underbelly of clown lore. He will discover what no non-clown should know; like the existence of dangerous, rival clown factions that will stop at nothing in search of clown dominance and the possession of one particular venerated clown relic. 

To crack the case, he will have to match wits, and game, with the alluring Professor Wiggles. Will Rock take a pie to the face? Or will he solve the case before more clowns die?

Murder in Greasepaint is equal parts Chandler, Christopher Moore, Bozo, and Bourbon.

©2022 John Williamson-Page (P)2022 John Williamson-Page

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Really enjoyable

A really enjoyable murder mystery set in the world of clowns, a clown college, clown folklore, clown factions, clown history, clown secrets, clown porn, clown treasure – Dan Rice’s Knucklebones - and clown wars.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one, but it was a real joy.

Great narration, an interesting main character detective in Rock Cobbler, a man who is slightly out of his depth here as several clowns have the measure of him, including the alluring and equally fearsome Professor Wiggles with her honkers amongst other attributes.

I enjoyed the investigation..... campus interviews, bar trips, library research. I enjoyed seeing how Leavins worked with his partner. He didn't for the better part, which was an interesting and unusual cop dynamic. Alcohol usually isn't a major part of police investigation, but Cobbler does have a taste for it.

I really liked the supporting characters here, especially Sara the librarian and Cobbler’s police chief boss – a man who seems more obsessed with his next dancing competition and wardrobe worries as he does having his detectives clearing cases.

The backdrop of clown history and genealogy was really interesting. I had several Google diversions, looking up people and history to try and separate the fact from the fiction. It’s been a while since I read anything quite so quirky as this.

I’m liking the look of Whiskey Leavins’ other published work – The Devil’s Own P*** and Other Stories. It sounds like my kind of book.

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Read – (listened to) July, 2022
Published – 2022
Page count – 244 (6 hrs 55 mins)
Source – Audible purchase
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  • Fritz Mason
  • 03-01-23
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Pretty Good Story

I received a free copy of this story and it was pretty good. I'm not the biggest clown fan, but this story has enough mystery and intrigue that the story kept me interested. Great narrator and has a great story. Well worth the credit.

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  • 21-12-22
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Threads of Mystery and Suspense with lots of fun

Whiskey Leavins weaves an intriguing mystery in the Rock Cobbler case to solve clown murders. Clowning certainly works the humorous side of the listener, but the threads of mystery and suspense are superb from start to finish.

The character of Rock Cobbler is detailed enough that he feels like the guy you want to hug. The personality is defined, one layer at a time, with honest statements about how this winning detective arrived at this point in life. He admits nothing, denies everything, and masterfully creates counter-accusations.

Combining clown lore, reality, history, and education is masterfully combined in this crime fiction. The community and Clown University descriptions are humorous and keep this listener wanting more. Learning about clown history made this tale fascinating. The clown characters were unique and delightfully identifiable. The adult content delivered wit, humor, and outrageous imagery even amid murder, mayhem, and deceit.

Duffy P. Weber’s voice acting was flawless to the point of perfection. The delightfully unique character voices got delivered with no issues or inconsistencies to interrupt the immersive delivery. As a listener, I would follow this narrator to any story in the thriller genre. The combination of Leavins and Weber rates five stars (though that isn’t enough)—well done.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

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  • Neil Wilson
  • 08-12-22
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Great listen!

Fun and entertaining story. Definitely worth a listen. Narration on point for the genre. If you enjoy humorous detective stories, check this one out.

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  • BigT
  • 08-09-22
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Very fun

This is great mystery story that is just plain old fun to listen and the narrator sounds like an old school detective

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  • Michael Amos Cody
  • 02-07-22
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Seriously Clowny

Great story, great characters, well written, well performed. I don’t know much about clowns, but the history, lore, education, and antics ring true. The humor and the mystery compliment each other nicely.