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2.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 52.74 out of 5 2.74 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781470806026
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In Kate Wilhelm’s latest crime novel, a small Oregon town is rocked by a wheels-within-wheels case of art, fraud, and murder.

Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town of under a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate from medical school; and Stef, mercurial and difficult, a brilliant artist who refuses to sell her work. When Stef discovers that Dale Oliver—the latest husband/paramour in a very long line—is trying to sell her work behind her back, she puts a stop to it and threatens to do the same to him. Shortly thereafter, Stef dies in an accident in her studio, and Dale shows up with a signed contract granting him the right to sell her work. Convinced that Stef was murdered to steal her artwork, Marnie and Van, grandmother and granddaughter, decide to do whatever is necessary to see that Dale doesn’t get away with any of it. This includes enlisting the help of the new stranger in town, Tony, a former New York City cop who might be the only one who can prove it was murder and bring the killer to justice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even after the satisfyingly surprising climax, the reader may be loath to leave Silver Bay and these affecting characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The beautifully described Oregon setting, sympathetic characters, engaging plot twists, details of Tony’s step-by-step investigation, and art-world frame combine for a satisfying story.”

    Booklist

  • “The creator of attorney Barbara Holloway…forgoes hot-button legal issues for a case that…delivers the expected pleasures of the Howcatchem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eciroli | 2/10/2014

    " I wasn't impressed by the story nor the woman reading it. Not great dialogue made worse by a wooden reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen otto | 1/23/2014

    " Just what I needed -- thoughtful, clever, erudite and a total escape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 1/19/2014

    " Wilhelm is an exceptionally good writer. I have enjoyed her books from the time she wrote SF. In this one, the characterizations and plot are up to her usual standard. I liked the small town setting, which is a change of pace. I hope this is the start of a new series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathryn | 1/16/2014

    " Personal note: Very odd to be happily reading a mystery then have the villain choose your husband's name (exact spelling) as an evil alias. Never had that happen before in a book! LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/8/2014

    " Not necessarily one of her best books, but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casandra | 1/6/2014

    " Though I appreciate that this novel did not follow the typical patterns and predictable plot lines of similar novels in its genre, the story was still pretty bland for my liking. There was nothing about it that had me on the edge of my seat or even wondering what would happen next. The characters were well formed, I will give it that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Correen | 1/4/2014

    " Very enjoyable detective fiction that takes place on the coast of Oregon -- a beautiful place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2014

    " This was just a blah kind of story. Nothing exciting here at all, but at least I finished it. There were no twists at all and you knew who the killer was from the get-go. Where's the "mystery" in that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/8/2013

    " It kept me reading, and I enjoyed it, but there was something about the ending that was not quite satisfying, although I can't put my finger on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joella Tunnell | 10/18/2013

    " I didn't think there was much of a mystery in this book. We knew who the murderer was the whole time, and it was too contrived, even the romance. Not one of the best books I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 6/3/2013

    " Listening. Was an okay story. Not really a mystery - we know who the murderer is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 4/26/2013

    " Just OK. Since it was audio, I didn't mind but wouldn't read another by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/4/2013

    " Okay but not as good as some of the author's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 4/4/2013

    " Meh. 2.5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Stoess | 2/27/2013

    " It started out to be interesting. It gradually went downhill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/27/2013

    " Okay, it started good, the character development was fine and the story was intriguing. Again, too much swearing. And then there's all this build-up to the climatic face-off with the villian and... and... really, that was it? Kinda lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timna | 11/7/2012

    " quick weekend read - nothing special, but good characters, nothing too melodramatic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimi | 10/12/2012

    " I'd call this one just ok. It wasn't bad, just kind of flat. I expected some build up to the end and it just didn't. This was the first book I read by Kate Wilhelm and I probably won't read another. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erinn | 9/20/2012

    " The 'mystery' took forever to begin. The plot and love story were predictable and not believable. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.