Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley. The first book in Valerie’s new cosy paranormal mystery series, Odessa Jones Mystery. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.
What’s A Glimmer of Death about?
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Title: A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Series: Odessa Jones Mystery #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 26 January, 2021
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Cozy, Women Sleuths, Amateur Sleuth
Narrator: Diana Blue
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes
No. of Pages: 352
In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman’s extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos—and puts her future in someone’s deadly sights . . .
Until now, Odessa Jones’ inherited ability to read emotions and foretell danger has protected her. But second sight didn’t warn her she would soon be a widow—and about to lose her home and the catering business she’s worked so hard to build. The only things keeping Dessa going are her love for baking and her sometimes-mellow cat, Juniper. Unfortunately, putting her life back together means taking a gig at an all-kinds-of-shady real estate firm run by volatile owner Charlie Risko . . .
Until Charlie is brutally killed—and Dessa’s bullied co-worker is arrested for murder. Dessa can’t be sure who’s guilty. But it doesn’t take a psychic to discover that everyone from Charlie’s much-abused staff to his long-suffering younger wife had multiple reasons to want him dead. And as Dessa follows a trail of lies through blackmail, dead-end clues, and corruption, she needs to see the truth fast—or a killer will bury her deep down with it.
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I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Listened To: 8th – 13th March 2021
What did I think about it?
An Engaging Mystery To Start A New Series
Valerie Wilson Wesley is a new-to-me author, while Diana Blue is a new-to-me narrator. I love finding new storytellers and the premise for this tale interested me. Happily, I was not disappointed on any front.
I really enjoyed meeting all the characters Valerie created – loved to hate a couple too.
Our protagonist, Odessa Jones (Dessa), exhibited many of the personality traits that I love. She’s intelligent, resilient, is learning to be self-reliant and has oodles of gumption. The supporting cast are a diverse group, showcasing lots of different characteristics and complexities. I loved that Dessa was in her forties too and enjoyed seeing that many of the midlife challenges that we face were included in this story. Watching her blossom and grow in confidence as she tried to unravel the mysteries in this book, was beautiful to see.
Diana Blue’s performance felt in perfect harmony with Valerie’s story.
I really enjoyed the pace at which she read this story. The emotions and inflections she used for the different scenes felt natural and brought them to life. Diana adjusted her voice enough for each of the characters so that I never felt lost in the dialogue. She also managed to convey their personalities through my headphones too, with the voices that she chose for each one. Diana’s skill enhanced my enjoyment of this audiobook.
A Glimmer of Death is a wonderful audiobook – I really enjoyed it.
This cosy mystery revealed its layers as the story evolved and I couldn’t help but get reeled in. Not only is there a murder to solve but Dessa learns of the dangers and implications of getting mixed up with unscrupulous people. All the while trying to find a new normal as a widow, with the added sprinkle of some (unwanted and untrusted) psychic gifts. There’s no life-or-death perilous cliffhanger at the end and the murder is Solved! WoopWoop! However, I want to find out how Dessa settles into her new life, so I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next story.
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