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A Glimmer of Death (Odessa Jones Mystery #1) by Valerie Wilson Wesley #2021AudiobookChallenge @TantorAudio

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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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A Glimmer of Death (Odessa Jones Mystery #1) by Valerie Wilson Wesley #2021AudiobookChallenge @TantorAudioMy Rating:
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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Source: ARC

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.

Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository* ¦ Waterstones*

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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Keep reading to find out more about the author and narrator.

About Valerie Wilson Wesley

Author - Valerie Wilson Wesley

Valerie Wilson Wesley is the author of A Glimmer of Deathan Odessa Jones Mystery, published in 2020, as well as the popular Tamara Hayle Mystery series, three novels and two paranormal romances under the pen name Savanna Welles.

Her books for children include the Wlllimena Rules! series, Freedom’s Gifts—A Juneteenth Story, and the Afro-bets Book of Black Heroes co-written with Wade Hudson.

Her novels and mysteries are published in Germany, France and the UK and her nonfiction has been published in magazines such as Essence and Family Circle. In 2000, she received best book for her novel Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, from the American Library Black Caucus Association.  She is a former executive editor of Essence magazine.

Wesley is a graduate of Howard University and holds master’s degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is married to noted screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley and has two adult daughters.

And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.

About Diana Blue

Narrator - Diana Blue

Diana Blue received her BFA in Drama from Hofstra University and her MA in theatre education from Emerson College. She is a classically trained actor, choreographer, and voice performer who resides in Connecticut. She has lent her voice to many promos, commercials, and TV voice-overs. Additionally, she is passionate about her work as a K–12 theatre educator and director.

Diana frequently works as a Narrator in audiobook narration and her previously recorded titles can be found on Audible.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about A Glimmer of Death. Have you read this one or any others by Valerie Wilson Wesley? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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Bye for now

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(3) Comments

  1. Ellie Rayner says:

    Amazing review, I loved reading your thoughts and I’m glad you liked this audiobook. I am trying to get into audiobooks more so I might have to try this one.

    1. Flora says:

      Thank you, Ellie it is a lovely cosy mystery and I can’t wait to see what mystery Dessa gets drawn into next.

      1. Ellie Rayner says:

        Sounds fun!

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