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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelia Read Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Madeline Dare Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455183852
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Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

Then Madeline discovers mysterious circumstances linking her favorite cousin to a twenty-year-old murder case, and suddenly her roots are a serious matter again—deadly serious. Unwilling to turn her evidence over to the authorities before figuring some things out herself, she will embark on an ill-prepared and harrowing investigation into the real dark side of her world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Consistently delights. The author’s sharp social commentary on everything from the idle rich to the environment adds to the pleasure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Read’s plot crackles and pops, but her characters steal the show. This is sure to be loved by fans of comic mysteries, but don’t be surprised if Tom Wolfe readers are equally smitten by Read’s venomously witty portrait of a fallen WASP.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Huber portrays the main character’s ‘attitude’ perfectly, reading with a wry wit and self-deprecating humor. Her voices match each individual’s background, from Dare’s husband’s farm family to her own family’s upper-crust snobbishness. Older teens and adults with a taste for a combination of mystery and humor will find both in this well-narrated novel.” 

    Kliatt

  • “A Field of Darkness is sheer joy, complete with cutting prose and gleefully off-kilter pop culture references.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2007 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2007 Macavity Award Finalist for Best First Mystery
  • Finalist for the 2007 Barry Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " a book club selection through the local library "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judithosc | 2/11/2014

    " This kept me guessing about who did it. It was a great story and set in a part of the country I have lived in. That always makes a good story for me since I can visualize the places. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 1/31/2014

    " When would something happen other than lengthy descriptions of things that maybe would be relevant one day? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Kuhlken | 1/31/2014

    " Cornelia Read is a delight to read. Her imagination and wit are so engaging, they could make even a lame story fun, but she's also a fine storyteller. Her books fit loosely into the mystery genre, and they've also been called debutante noir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 1/29/2014

    " This book was my commuter audio, so the narration is everything. The narrator, Hillary Huber, must not have read the book before her terrible reading - pauses in the wrong places, flat and lacking life and her voice was monotone too often. Now, the book itself. For as much as I listened, I didn't find the story gripping or engaging. It didn't suck me in so that I'd want to drive around the block, just to listen longer. It was, well, boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Stone | 1/15/2014

    " A good mystery book.... kind of edgy, hip dialoge. It was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 12/23/2013

    " I liked this. Good writing. Compelling and likable lead character. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 12/21/2013

    " It is a mystery but quite different. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott E | 12/21/2013

    " The first I've read by Cornelia Read, and her debut. She is clearly a competent writer and I hope I'll find future outings more to my liking. For A Field of Darkness (terrific cover, by the way) I couldn't get into why it was so important for Madeline Dare to give a hoot about why/how the Rose girls were killed...never rang true for me. Having said that, I like Read's style and hope her promise as a crime fiction writer is realized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duana | 12/20/2013

    " Audio. Good suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/4/2013

    " Excellent mystery/crime novel, but mostly Read is just a good writer. Read this for the writing. One of my top 3 of 2006. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/3/2013

    " If you are looking for the kind of book that begs to be read as slowly as possible, allowing you to savor the brilliance behind the craft of fine writing, run to the bookstore. When you're done, there are two more of her books to keep you happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 8/3/2013

    " light... very, very light reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 patience | 4/17/2013

    " There was a bit of the stereotype to the villain and denoument of this story. I can usually appreciate a crusty young woman, but Madeline was a bit too crusty and I don't really care for her husband. Super drama at the end, even a car chase! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christen | 2/16/2013

    " First of the series....i've already read the last two books in reverse order so I know that this one is going to be awesome....even though I think I already know what is going to happen it's worth it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwight | 1/18/2013

    " A thoroughly absorbing book by a thoroughly brilliant author. Get this one now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2012

    " I liked her book "Crazy School" better. This one was slow in spots. Still good, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shu | 2/1/2012

    " Interesting read about an affluent East Coast family and their black sheep relative. The books starts slow but keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 5/25/2011

    " One of the better suspense/thriller novels I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 4/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. The first 50 or so pages were great - really fun writing. The middle got a bit sloggy with her family, and I got tired of hearing how much she loved Dean. But there was much to like and I'd read her next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/28/2011

    " I read her books in reverse order and this is the first one. You can tell as her books get progressively stronger. Very good story teller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/25/2011

    " A book on CD read by Hillary Huber–a good voice for the foul mouthed Madeline Dare. This is the prequel to Crazy School and focuses on Madeleine’s family background, and includes her deliciously supportive, long suffering husband.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/11/2011

    " I expected better from the book review - the end was too predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/1/2010

    " I chose this book for one reason. It's set in Syracuse, NY, my hometown where I went to H.S. and where my family still lives. It's kind of fun to hear her driving down Erie Blvd or diss'ing Syracuse as in the "rust belt". A good murder mystery and great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenan | 9/13/2010

    " Pretty entertaining and easy book--interesting story, good characters. I did feel like the story was too neat and clean, and sort of ridiculous, but overall it was an enjoyable book. I'd recommend it for a quick, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/1/2010

    " It was neat to read a book that takes place in a location that you know well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pw | 7/12/2010

    " There was a bit of the stereotype to the villain and denoument of this story. I can usually appreciate a crusty young woman, but Madeline was a bit too crusty and I don't really care for her husband. Super drama at the end, even a car chase! "

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About the Author
Author Cornelia ReadCornelia Read grew up in New York, California, and Hawaii. She is a reformed debutante who currently lives in New York City. To learn more about the author, you can visit her website at www.corneliaread.com.
About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.