Unforced Error: A Rep and Melissa Pennyworth Mystery Audiobook, by Michael Bowen Play Audiobook Sample

Unforced Error: A Rep and Melissa Pennyworth Mystery Audiobook

Unforced Error: A Rep and Melissa Pennyworth Mystery Audiobook, by Michael Bowen Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Rep and Melissa Pennyworth Mysteries Release Date: November 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481592260

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Longest Chapter Length:

29:48 minutes

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23 seconds

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13:22 minutes

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Rep and Melissa Pennyworth attend a reenactment of a Civil War battle in Kansas City, Missouri, while seeking a cutting-edge copyright case for attorney Rep—and find a corpse instead. Melissa’s best friend from girlhood, Linda Damon, worked for the victim before his death and, on one regrettable occasion, got a bit too intimately involved in her job. Linda’s husband, Peter, an enthusiastic Civil War hobbyist, had a motive, an opportunity, and a Civil War saber that now turns out to be drenched in the victim’s blood. It would seem logical that this is a job for the police and that Rep’s knowledge of trademark and copyright law, Melissa’s PhD in literature, and the passionate Anglomania of Peter’s boss would be of no help to the investigation. But when Rep and Melissa are involved, logic is seldom a reliable guide. Their contribution ends up being essential to the solution of a crime whose roots go back to an execution during World War II and a contemporary hatred that has grown way out of bounds.

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"I grew up in an area that hosts "Civil War Encampment Days" every summer. I think that's why I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. I like his sense of humor and enjoy the many literary references, even though I'm sure quite a few go over my head."

— Alison (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “Unforced Error scintillates with witty badinage, trenchant humor, deft plotting, and amusing characters. Bowen’s command of Civil War arcana floored me, and his sly cultural commentary cuts like an 1840 heavy cavalry dragoon saber.”

    — Michael Biehl, author of Doctored Evidence
  • “In Bowen’s well-crafted, well-researched second Rep and Melissa Pennyworth misadventure, the couple hook up with their good friends librarian Peter Damon and his wife Linda in Kansas City, Missouri, for a reenactment of an obscure Civil War battle…an astounding plot that will certainly catch the reader by surprise. Amusing references to cultural icons both high and low punctuate the narrative…A fictional reality-TV program provides the neat twist in the novel’s clever opening chapter. And the Civil War stuff is a treat, too: fans of more literate mysteries have good reason to cheer.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A modern-day Nick and Nora, the quick-witted Rip and the literature-loving Melissa trade sophisticated quips that may make readers wish they had paid more attention in English class. Good fun.”

    — Booklist

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About Michael Bowen

Mike Bowen, a graduate of Harvard Law School with a passion for politics, is a retired trial lawyer and the author of numerous mystery novels. He is also author of the entry on the American legal system for the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, and he has served on the juries that selects the winners of the Edgar Awards.

About Malcolm Hillgartner

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 250 audiobooks.