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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (66 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Matthews Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dinah Pelerin Mysteries Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781455197781
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The top end of Australia is a land teeming with crocodiles, poisonous snakes, and curious aboriginal myths. It’s a strange place to choose to end one’s life, but that is what Dinah Pelerin’s wealthy American uncle has done. Dying of cancer, he has summoned his entire family—current wife, ex-wife, assorted children, and niece—to a remote, comfortless lodge where he intends to rewrite his will and commit suicide with the aid of a rogue Australian physician with whom he shares a mysterious history.

Dinah sees this time with her uncle as a last chance to learn the truth about her father, who died while committing a felony when she was a child. But when she arrives, she discovers that the truth has darker ramifications than she’d bargained for. Meanwhile, her artist brother thinks he’s possessed by the snake god; her family is seething with resentments; her uncle, who isn’t really her uncle, is obsessed by a woman he married but could never possess; and a man none of them claim to know is murdered on a nearby island, impaled on the back of a sea turtle.

With her passion for mythology, Dinah tries to sort out the complicated song lines of her own ancestors while struggling to understand the Aboriginal Dreamtime and solve not one but two bizarre murders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this launch of a new international cozy series, Matthews places a refreshingly original female sleuth into a maelstrom of lies and deceit.”

    Library Journal

  • “Matthews’ debut provides a lively updating of that classic mystery setup, the reading of the will, rife with squabbling kinfolk, quirky Strine (Aussie slang), and a nice introduction to Dinah.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Readers will enjoy the anthropology frame and the liberal doses of ‘Strine’ (Australian slang) that appear throughout. Fans of Elizabeth Peters’ Vicky Bliss should try this engaging new series, which will take Dinah to various locales in search of anthropological adventure.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miki | 4/25/2013

    " I can't believe it - there is not ONE likeable character in this book! I didn't care what happened to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 2/6/2013

    " I found this pretty dull, especially for a book set in Australia, which I thought would be exotic and exciting. It was plodding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Martemucci | 9/15/2012

    " fun mystery...lots of twists and turns. Loved the audio version... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 4/18/2012

    " Funny and well-plotted. I can't wait to read Dinah's next adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 4/11/2012

    " Good book. Funny and quick. Lots of funny lingo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/1/2012

    " Someone else said that this story reads like a whodunit murder mystery reminiscent of the television series which was my thoughts exactly. Not great literature but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/24/2011

    " Set in the Australian Outback, this Dinah Pelerin Mystery must be the first in a proposed series. The plot is very complicated, but overall, an enjoyable read with lots of colorful background information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/12/2011

    " Really liked this local author (Renton, WA). Can't wait for more from her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/5/2010

    " Set in the Australian Outback, this Dinah Pelerin Mystery must be the first in a proposed series. The plot is very complicated, but overall, an enjoyable read with lots of colorful background information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 7/13/2010

    " I found this pretty dull, especially for a book set in Australia, which I thought would be exotic and exciting. It was plodding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/16/2010

    " Really liked this local author (Renton, WA). Can't wait for more from her! "

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About the Author

Jeanne Matthews, born and raised in Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. She has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and drama teacher, and a paralegal. She is the author of several novels in the Dinah Pelerin international mystery series. Like her anthropologist sleuth, she travels around the world learning about other cultures and mythologies, which she incorporates into her novels. She lives in Renton, Washington, with her husband, who is a law professor, and their West Highland terrier, who is a prima donna.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.