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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Riordan Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tres Navarre Series Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781456124359
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The adventures of Tres Navarre, P.I. and Ph.D., continue to attract fans who love their spicy humor and suspense. When two English professors are killed in quick sucession at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tres is asked to finish teaching the semester’s literature classes. All he has to do is keep his investigation of the murders quiet—and stay alive long enough to grade the final essays.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mixture of medieval literature, Tex-Mex dialogue, and Sherlock Holmesian puzzles.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In a terrific sequel to The Widower’s Two-Step, which won the 1999 Edgar for Best Original Paperback, the third Tres Navarre mystery finds the academic-turned-PI reluctant to accept a chair in medieval studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/19/2014

    " Great beach reading. Even if you're on a mountain at 9,000' in November. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 2/18/2014

    " This the second Tres Navarre novel that I have read and it is the third in the series. Rick Riordan has definitely improved in his craft with this novel. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra Clark | 2/13/2014

    " Love the suspenseful action and character development. Great book for a summer read, or escapism anytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/5/2014

    " I like Tres Navarre. Am reading the series out of order, so I know some of what will be happening in the future, but have never felt like I've missed out on any critical details from the past. Tres is an interesting PI and his friends and San Antonio locations are very appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art Marroquin | 2/4/2014

    " The best of the San Antonio books. I wish he'd keep writing them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/29/2014

    " I've read the first three in this series. And yes, this is the same Rick Riordan who wrote The Lightning Thief series. The mysteries are convoluted but the characters are fun and Riordan delivers a real sense of of the grimy side of San Antonio. Or, at least, it feels real to someone from Minnesota. These books could do with tighter editing but they are fun vacation reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/28/2014

    " Rick Riordan awesomeness. For adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Pettit | 1/17/2014

    " Still enjoying the series. A lot of it is probably the Texas tie, especially when there is a reference to a place or item I know about (like Shiner Bock). I sometimes wish the main character Tres would carry a pistol as it surely would save him some suffering. However, it would decrease the spots he gets stuck in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Revesk | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoy all of Riordan's Tres Navarre novels. I love that he is an English professor and private eye, and that it is set in Texas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 11/29/2013

    " Not the first Tres Navarre mystery by Rick Riordan, just the first that is carried by the public library. I am cheap. But this is a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard D | 11/27/2013

    " Tres is a great character. This book is a good read and a good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherree | 9/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but I found it to be quite surreal, since it was set in San Antonio where I live, and on the UTSA campus where I work :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy-Del | 6/29/2013

    " Tres Navarre, Tai Che master, is good at asking questions and reading reactions. He also excells at getting beat up, hit in the face, and blown up. And when he makes a bad decision, the consquences are huge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaRaine P | 2/1/2013

    " Contines to be a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/29/2012

    " This book started off slow to me, but I found myself unexpectantly falling in love with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Tervort | 6/26/2012

    " I liked this book quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/16/2012

    " My favorite of the Tres Navarre series. Reads much like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series, but set in Texas instead of New Jersey. "

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

    " The Last King of Texas is a gritty and impossible-to-put-down mystery novel about drugs in San Antonio that is so full of clever and witty dialogue it is sometimes funny. Loved it, even though it's made me a bit more wary of one of my favorite cities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 9/8/2011

    " I read this one at the recommendation of my daughter & while detective stories aren't what I usually enjoy, this one was pretty good. I liked the main character & some of the plot twists caught me off guard. It's set in San Antonio Texas & reading the book makes me wish I knew more about the city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missmath144 | 1/20/2011

    " I read Rick Riordan's kids' books (Lightening Thief series) and decided to try his adult books. I like them better. This was a fun mystery with an English professor/P.I. as the protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heidi. | 11/21/2010

    " We finally get to see some PhD action along with some of Navarre's PI skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 10/20/2010

    " A different private eye suspense story. Similar to the Marlow PI, but up to date, and with compasion. The ending was surprising but delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Brand | 10/13/2010

    " I thought this was a nice done story. It has a lot of the stock characters. The odd ball boss, the shady devoted friend, the old family loyalty. The plot was interesting and it moved along. I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Schoville | 8/31/2010

    " Fun quick mystery read while on the road to Loveland, CO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 8/20/2010

    " The best of the San Antonio books. I wish he'd keep writing them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 7/7/2010

    " Tres is a great character. This book is a good read and a good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 6/4/2010

    " A different private eye suspense story. Similar to the Marlow PI, but up to date, and with compasion. The ending was surprising but delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 3/3/2010

    " I liked this book quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy-Del | 3/2/2010

    " Tres Navarre, Tai Che master, is good at asking questions and reading reactions.  He also excells at getting beat up, hit in the face, and blown up.  And when he makes a bad decision, the consquences are huge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missmath144 | 2/19/2009

    " I read Rick Riordan's kids' books (Lightening Thief series) and decided to try his adult books. I like them better. This was a fun mystery with an English professor/P.I. as the protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherree | 1/12/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book, but I found it to be quite surreal, since it was set in San Antonio where I live, and on the UTSA campus where I work :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/9/2008

    " Great beach reading. Even if you're on a mountain at 9,000' in November. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 8/25/2008

    " This the second Tres Navarre novel that I have read and it is the third in the series. Rick Riordan has definitely improved in his craft with this novel. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 5/4/2008

    " Not the first Tres Navarre mystery by Rick Riordan, just the first that is carried by the public library. I am cheap. But this is a good book. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For fifteen years, he taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas and was honored him with the St. Mary’s School’s first Master Teacher Award.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.