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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (871 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:
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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.” 


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


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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