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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Buchanan-Renard Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597104272
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Avery Delaney has tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was ten, she saw her grandmother murdered in cold blood, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously, she survived. The killer was soon caught, convicted, and is currently serving a life sentence in Florida. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery's workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex-) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then she figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.

But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn—and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 2/11/2014

    " i like that they had one about john paul i was always wondering about him in mercy. now i know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Peyton | 1/25/2014

    " Loved this book it kept me reading on and on....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom Taxi Julie | 1/25/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. Pretty predictible. Not sure if I had someone chasing me in the woods if I'd be thinking about having sex though? It always amazes me how they can make a love scene happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marganita | 1/22/2014

    " it was an awesome book ... i think that the author is great... it is a story of adventure and romance all i want to say is that the mother is insane .. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie H. | 1/13/2014

    " Killjoy opens with "Avery Elizabeth Delaney's mother was a frickin' maniac" (p. 1), and you come to see that this is entirely the case. The premise is that of a ne'er-do-well young mother who abandons her child with her elderly mother and unmarried sister, fakes her death and, years later, returns to wreak havoc on those she feels stood in the way of her dreams. Fortunately, the now adult daugher (Avery Delaney) is a pretty likeable character. There is the obligatory romance with the FBI agent sent in to assist in locating Avery's Aunt Carolyn--who goes missing at the hands of Jilly, the long-gone mom. The single redeeming thing the book contains is the serial killer Monk, who is ensnared in femme fatale Jilly's net and brought into her crazy scheme to take revenge against all those she feels failed her. This is fine beach or airport reading, but not much more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/10/2014

    " Wonderfully book with great twists. "

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

    " I enjoyed the different personalities of the characters in this book. The plot was good, with twists that were not completely hidden and out of the blue. I will be reading more of Ms. Garwood's romanic/suspense books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anissa | 1/4/2014

    " I really like how she writes and this one was even better than the last two of these series. I give it a 3 because it is not one of those great books to change you or teach life lessons or history. Purely for romance entertainment! ha And action and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizziet | 12/30/2013

    " Very good. Kept wanting to figure out how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/23/2013

    " absolutely great... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 11/19/2013

    " This book was so intense! I loved it right down to the end. Of course, there are some very predictable turns of event but it was so well executed that I didn't care! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 8/19/2013

    " This one went faster than Mercy. It held my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy a/k/a LuLu Brown | 8/17/2013

    " Love the series, and I think their getting better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sienny | 3/28/2013

    " oooo..... John Paul and Avery...... best of the series, according to me >:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/24/2013

    " Just discovered Julie Garwood!! A little humor mixed in with the mystery, love it. I am off to read more of Julie Garwood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Audiobooks Only | 10/8/2012

    " 2 1/2 stars ..... I'll admit that this book is where Julie Garwood lost me as a devoted fan. So sad after so many great years. I'd always looked to her for a great romance and to have the H and h not meet up until the book was nearly halfway finished?? That made it just above an Ok read for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joene | 4/20/2012

    " Another suspenseful story from Julie Garwood, this one continues the story of Monk, the hired killer from Mercy, and his newest job. GREAT STORY!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 4/9/2012

    " It was a pretty good book, took me awhile to get into it, but worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith Thomas | 3/24/2012

    " I generally like this author but this book was not good. It was slow and at the same time it jumped over big important parts of the story and then covered them reflective discussion. "

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

    " Great Gillian, but storyline seemed a bit much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owusua Adwoa Ayeh | 9/28/2011

    " Crimes can be more alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/22/2011

    " Heading out to meet her aunt at a spa discovers she didn't make it. This is the story of finding the aunt and the man of her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/13/2011

    " Not the best writing - a little mystery but nothing really surprising. A decent beach read at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sienny | 3/31/2011

    " oooo..... John Paul and Avery...... best of the series, according to me >:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " Excellent book !!! It start out a little slow and I was kind of disappointed, but once it started - Hold on. It was non stop action. The leads were fantastic. A perfect couple, great blend of humor and thriller. I cannot say enough good things about this - Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/16/2010

    " This is my favorite in this series. I liked the fast pace of the book. Sometimes I will skip thru the running parts, but JG did a great job using these scenes to keep my interest throughout.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 10/4/2010

    " 2 1/2 stars ..... I'll admit that this book is where Julie Garwood lost me as a devoted fan. So sad after so many great years. I'd always looked to her for a great romance and to have the H and h not meet up until the book was nearly halfway finished?? That made it just above an Ok read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anissa | 8/14/2010

    " I really like how she writes and this one was even better than the last two of these series. I give it a 3 because it is not one of those great books to change you or teach life lessons or history. Purely for romance entertainment! ha And action and suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/21/2010

    " Not the best writing - a little mystery but nothing really surprising. A decent beach read at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 7/14/2010

    " I've come to really like this author . This book def didn't let me down and I look foward to reading the rest of the series ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jae | 7/13/2010

    " Since his first appearance in Mercy, I've been curious about the mysterious John Paul Renard. And I love him with Avery. The story line was very good and kept me guessing till the ending.
    Nice appearance by Noah too. Can't wait to read Noah's story next. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood is a bestselling historical romance novel author. Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had over twenty titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985, and her novel For the Roses was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame production on CBS. She lives in Leawood, Kansas.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.