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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Parshall Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rachel Goddard Mysteries Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455196692
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Summer is deadly in the mountain community of Mason County, Virginia.

Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger and his girlfriend, veterinarian Rachel Goddard, are caught in a maelstrom of lies that stretch far into the past and suspicions that threaten the future when two Mason County residents are killed. Cam and Meredith Taylor are murdered within hours of one another, and Rachel is dragged into the case because she heard—but didn’t see—Cam’s murder. The Taylors arrived in Mason County as volunteers in the 1960s War on Poverty, and they stayed on, making loyal friends and bitter enemies. The victims’ daughter is Tom’s former girlfriend, Leslie. She returns home to see justice done—and to win Tom back from Rachel.

The prime suspect is newcomer Ben Hern, Rachel’s childhood friend, and she is desperate to prove him innocent. Leslie pushes for Hern’s arrest and launches a campaign of intimidation against Rachel. With the killer targeting Rachel and the community clamoring for an arrest, Tom and Rachel must decide who they can trust.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Torn between an old friend and a new love, secretive veterinarian, Rachel Goddard, finds herself targeted by a killer for a crime she didn’t witness in Sandra Parshall’s engaging Broken Places, another strong mystery from this Agatha Award winner, which will keep you guessing wrong right up to the stunning climax. Bravo!”

    Kris Neri, author of High Crimes on the Magical Plane and Revenge for Old Times’ Sake

  • “The past casts long shadows and no one knows that better than Sandra Parshall. Broken Places is a tense exploration of how past acts can come back to haunt the present. It kept me guessing till the very end.”

    Margaret Maron, author of the Judge Deborah Knott mysteries

  • “Excellent…A suspenseful tale distinguished by its sharp prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This third Rachel Goddard mystery grips readers from the opening page with a suspenseful plot that will leave them breathless. The tension between Tom and Rachel adds to the thrill of the hunt for a clever murderer who has covered all the bases. Fans of Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott mysteries will enjoy.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Parshall again makes the most of the rural-community milieu in this worthy addition to her series.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 5/7/2013

    " Wow! A stunning ending to a powerful thriller/mystery. Now I have to backtrack and read the one about Rachel's family... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/21/2013

    " Currently really enjoying the book. Am reading this one with my ears as I walk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Amrhein | 3/4/2013

    " Couldn't get into it. Thought I would love the series and I was surprised that it just couldn't keep my attention. May retry at later date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 11/18/2012

    " Murder mystery, veternarian and cop team up, several murders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Cook | 10/8/2012

    " first sentence - "When Rachel Goddard turned onto Ben Hern's property, she couldn't see the other car barreling toward her down the long, curving driveway." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 6/15/2012

    " I enjoy the Dr. Rachel Goddard series which is unfolding at a deliberate pace. Who will she marry? Where will she live? I plan to stay tuned to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/22/2012

    " Both T & I read this book and thought it a good first try at suspense writing. The ending didn't tie up very neatly (what was Rachel's family secret?) but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 2/26/2012

    " Rachel is a veterinarian in present day Virginia where VISTA volunteers came to fight poverty in the '70s & some stayed. Her honey is the police chief; & he & Rachel get involved in murders that seem to be rooted in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 10/2/2011

    " 3.5--a nice nasty character, good plot,and tension. characters left over from VISTA days in rural Virginia getting themselves killed. End is not clear unless you've read the first two books, which I have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 2/6/2011

    " A readable but formulaic murder/mystery. Found it uninspiring and rather boring, with a predictable plot and very two-dimensional characters. Wouldn't rush out to read another one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/18/2010

    " Good book. About half way through and until the end I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 11/2/2010

    " Rachel is a veterinarian in present day Virginia where VISTA volunteers came to fight poverty in the '70s & some stayed. Her honey is the police chief; & he & Rachel get involved in murders that seem to be rooted in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 6/30/2010

    " 3.5--a nice nasty character, good plot,and tension. characters left over from VISTA days in rural Virginia getting themselves killed. End is not clear unless you've read the first two books, which I have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/24/2010

    " Both T & I read this book and thought it a good first try at suspense writing. The ending didn't tie up very neatly (what was Rachel's family secret?) but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 4/11/2010

    " I enjoy the Dr. Rachel Goddard series which is unfolding at a deliberate pace. Who will she marry? Where will she live? I plan to stay tuned to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/25/2010

    " Currently really enjoying the book. Am reading this one with my ears as I walk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 3/21/2010

    " first sentence - "When Rachel Goddard turned onto Ben Hern's property, she couldn't see the other car barreling toward her down the long, curving driveway." "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Parshall

Sandra Parshall, a native southerner, is the author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries, the first of which, The Heat of the Moon, won the 2006 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. A former newspaper reporter in South Carolina, West Virginia, and Baltimore, she now lives in northern Virginia with her husband, a longtime Washington journalist.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.