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Review: Stranger in the Room

July 14, 2013

Stranger in the Room

Private investigator Keye Street is working on an interesting case when her cousin Miki comes to her saying she woke up to find a stranger in her room, pointing his finger at her.  Things like this have happened before, though, so Keye doesn’t worry much about it but does offer her a place to stay.

Keye’s boyfriend, police Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is investigating a couple deaths of his own.  At first, the cases don’t seem to be related but, using her profiling skills, Keye quickly figures things out.

As I listened to Stranger in the Room, by Amanda Kyle Williams, I kept thinking it would make a great series since it has such an interesting group of characters.  After I finished the book I discovered it is the second book in the Keye Street series.  This book certainly stands alone, though, because I never felt like I was missing a part of the story.

The heart of the story is Keye and she is a fabulous character.  She’s smart and strong, yet insecure.  She and her brother were adopted but seem to question their mother’s motives.  And, with her cousin Miki around, there’s sure to be some drama.  Her dangerous, stressful job keeps things interesting too.

I enjoyed this book and thought the mystery aspect was solid and the pacing was terrific as well.  I always looked forward to going back to the book and hope to read more of the series.

I listened to the audio version of Stranger in the Room and found Ann Marie Lee’s narration to be okay.  I wasn’t crazy about her Southern accent.  There were a couple of words – specifically kudzu (KUD-zoo) and Dekalb (the l is silent) – that weren’t pronounced the way they are in this part of the country.  Since Keye has lived in Atlanta her whole life, she would know how to pronounce those words.  Those things probably won’t bother most people the way they did me, though.  The audio is on 11 CDs and lasts approximately 13 hours.

My friend Julie sent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2013 4:55 am

    That’s a big book! I’m glad you liked this enough to read on, always a great indication! Sorry the voice over wasn’t quite a match with the character – I like to preview books on itunes before buying them on audible for this reason. Have a great week. :-)

  2. July 14, 2013 11:11 am

    I am always bothered by mispronunciations!

  3. July 14, 2013 11:34 am

    I think I’d like this, but in print. I haven’t gotten into audio books yet – love my print books.

  4. July 14, 2013 4:10 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it despite the issues with the narration.

  5. July 14, 2013 4:20 pm

    Great honest review.

    Don’t you hate when you get stuck on a word the narrator can’t say right? :) Been there.

  6. July 14, 2013 7:11 pm

    Sounds like a solid series – I might look for this one in print. I’ve been hankering for a new mystery series. =)

  7. July 14, 2013 8:56 pm

    That’s good you enjoyed this one. And I always like to hear that series books can stand-alone, especially titles like these where each novel is its own mystery.

    -Lauren

  8. July 14, 2013 10:12 pm

    Sounds like a good series. I think books set in a specific place where accents make a difference should be narrated by persons from the area or who have a mastery over accents.

  9. July 14, 2013 11:05 pm

    They should hire people from the area to listen to these books before they produce them just to make sure things like that don’t happen!

  10. July 14, 2013 11:58 pm

    The story sounds good. Author and series new to me so will be keeping an eye out for this one.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    July 15, 2013 8:16 am

    I enjoyed the first one too! I don’t know if I’d say I love this series, but I do keep coming back for more. I guess I’d say the books are entertaining.

  12. July 15, 2013 11:07 am

    I agree…good book.

  13. July 15, 2013 11:46 am

    This sounds pretty good and I’m hooked on audios right now. I may have to give this one a try.

  14. July 17, 2013 9:55 pm

    I loved the first one, so you have to go back! I have this one waiting for me here. I can’t wait to read it.

  15. July 19, 2013 3:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the review! The 3rd installment in the Keye Street “Stranger” series will be released on Feb 11, 2014 (Bantam Books). Really appreciate you talking about the series. Hope you enjoy the 1st one! It’s also available in audio, ebook or mass market paperback.
    All the best,
    Amanda Kyle Williams

  16. July 24, 2013 11:37 pm

    I absolutely hate it when I’m already into a book or have finished it and then find out it’s book 2! That just happened to me last week. I’m glad this one worked alone though. It sounds like a good book. I’m so glad you shared about it at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon.
    Tina from mommynificent.com

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