• Isle of Bones

  • Scott Jarvis Investigations, Book 4
  • By: Scott Cook
  • Narrated by: Lee Strayer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Key West - known the world over as a vacation mecca. Amazing food, bars, music, and days filled with awesome fishing, diving, and boating. Yet, beneath the sun worship and the cobalt blue skies lurks a growing danger with its sights set on Scott Jarvis.

His vacation is cut short when Jarvis stumbles across a large yacht drifting off the island. The only sign of the missing crew is a table set for dinner and a few spots of human blood.

Jarvis reports the vessel to the Coast Guard and heads into town, thinking only that he’s got an interesting vacation yarn to spin, yet before he can even set his anchor, an old friend from the Marine Patrol asks him to look into the mysterious abandoned boat more closely. When the detective refuses, he’s given an unwanted and unpleasant surprise.

Charles Conklin is back and seems bent on vengeance against the Ravetti family who destroyed his life two years ago, during Jarvis’ first big case. Whether he likes it or not, Jarvis is pulled into a dangerous game where two rival organized crime factions seem to be maneuvering for power at any cost.

Suddenly, Jarvis finds himself in a race against time. He must peel back the layers and discover the real plot behind the plot. How does Conklin fit in? Who’s really behind the attempts to warn the detective off? And, can Jarvis figure out this puzzle before he, Lisa, and his sister are drowned in a maelstrom of intrigue, abduction, and murder?

©2019 Scott W. Cook (P)2019 Scott W. Cook

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This is rapidly becoming my favorite series

I think this one might be the best yet. I love that Jarvis is back in the Keys again and that Santino is in this one, too.

It seemed like a lot happens here, one thing after another. There is very little downtime between some sort of action or intrigue or tense situation. I've found that these books are hard to put down once you get into them.

I have to say that the new narrator is awesome. I liked Grahame Bywater, but Lee Strayer just seems more... Jarvis like if that makes any sense. his inflections, voices and even the way he puts special effects on his voice to sound like the character is actually on the phone or radio is really cool. I'm hoping that when book #1 finally comes out that Lee is on that one, too. He rally nails it.

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Good

Jarvis is is back in Key West, where the different ethnic people are, the action and intrigue also organized crime. There is plenty in this one, along with Santino. The audio brought the story to life, and enjoyed. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Very Entertaining

Great fast-paced and completely entertaining audiobook. First time listen for me so will be looking for others in this series.

note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Oh what a tangled web...

I have not listened to the first three books in this series and I have truly missed out!!! This listen was awesome.

Jarvis and his ladies have their vacation go awry and it's a good thing too since trying to figure out what happened on that drifting boat was a wonderful mafia-infused cat and mouse chase.

There was a cast of characters from other books but I don't feel like I missed anything by not knowing the origins of those relationships. The writer's deft hands made sure there were no real questions and the story stayed on pace.

I must give the narrator some love as well. This story was fast-moving at times and mirthful at others. There were so many energies and characters that without a great narrator, things could have gotten muddled. That did not happen.

I don't see a book five but I'm hooked on this series now. Hopefully, there is more to come.

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We loved it!

I have been listening to this series over the past couple months and I have really enjoyed it. We got Isle of Bones to listen to while driving to our family’s for Christmas. Like the rest in the series, its action packed, has a great plot, and I really like the style of writing. The main character has such a dry sense of humor and engages with the audience. Very fun. I also really like the new narrator. He is very charismatic and has great energy for this book.

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Action Packed PI/Police Procedural

Finally, a new narrator, what a difference a voice makes. Lee Strayer actually brings the dry sense of humor and sarcasm of Scott Jarvis to life in a way that I think the narrator intended. I really enjoyed listening to this. Scott Jarvis is at it again, pulled into another complicated plot. This time with connections to his past so we get a bit more knowledge of Scott Jarvis in his past life. Lisa’s relationship with Scott continues to develop and complicate as she is drawn more into his world, and Santino returns. Once the action in this book gets going, it kinda doesn’t stop, Scott moves from one cluster to another, it's full-on non-stop which kept me on my toes. I still struggle with what I find to be a distracting habit of Scott to provide way more detail than I want. Scott also refers to his previous cases in a way that was a bit meta, like he’s the writer and character. Still, this is a great series and worth the ready (or listen) for you crime buff, bonus if you’re into mob/mafia crime syndicate plot lines.

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Fast paced storyb never a dull moment

Just to start with, the narrator changed from Grahame to Lee...so getting used to a new voice can be tricky and I liked the way Grahame protrayed the character's voices with his form of modulation.

Other than that, Scott pulled off another amazing story. And giving Lisa a bigger voice (so to speak, you'll have to read the book to find out) was a wonderful surprise. I love how Scott's (main character) past keeps coming back to hit him in the butt. This is probably my favorite book in the series yet. Definitely give it a listen!

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Cook has done it again!!

It all started with an abandoned boat. However, the mystery is much more than just the absence of a crew. With blood on deck and uncertainty in the air, Jarvis has his work cut out for him once again. As a PI, he chases the suspicion and mystery and the readers are with him the whole way - just like the previous books!
His witty sense of humor is so refreshing. I find myself laughing with every chapter.
The narrator is new, and also refreshing! The descriptive writing will always remain my favorite part of these books. It feels like I’m actually in the book! Once again, Scott Cook provides an invigorating experience for readers through Jarvis. I’m anxious to see what comes next!

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Scott Jarvis strikes again!

I stumbled across this series when I read “The Ledger” and now have to consider myself hooked. I pretty much listened to this book all in one sitting, which was very shortly after finishing “The ledger”. Easy listen, and good flow and pace to the story. Things get wild about half way through the story, but you just know Jarvis will some how get out of the situation he has put himself in..........Or will he??????

Highly recommend. 5/5 stars

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Another winner!

Loving the Scott Jarvis series and this one is no exception! Great story, lots of action, fantastic characters. And the narrator is much better for this one! This one kept me going on a long road trip!

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  • Jacky
  • 06-16-20

Absolutely brilliant page turner

Really enjoyed this book, narration is really good adds to the book need to find the other books in the series

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  • Christopher morgan
  • 03-22-20

terrible

my god this is the worst book I have ever wasted my time on don't bother wasting youra

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-25-20

You're awful cute when you try to play rough.

A comedic thriller detective story with frantic action.
Scott Jarvis, ex cop, is now both P.I. and best selling author, writing with a conversational style direct to his audience in an almost stream of consciousness 'tell it as it happens when it does' approach, rather than a more structured format. And, being written in the first person, from Scott's perspective, with a brief inclusion by Lisa, his girlfriend, this gives an immediacy to the action as well as a better insight into Scott's thinking. His style is flippant, sarcastic, opinionated (and usually right) and, at times, frankly annoying: he's someone I would not want to know in real life. Yet his approach seems to both charm and surprise those he meets and most of the book's protagonists respond favourably to his wit and frequent double entendres, and light hearted comparisons with Sherlock Holmes without a Watson to write up his adventures for him. He scoffs at danger...
There is a lot of scoffing going on. I'll repeat that, for emphasis: there is an awful lot of 'scoffing' in this book.

Jarvis, with girlfriend Lisa and younger sister, Lauren, set off in what was to be a two week holiday of lazing in the sun on his sailing boat, but very soon encounter a mystery, an apparently recently abandoned 'ghost' ship, curiously named the Celeste. The holiday shudders to a halt as Jarvis and company are drawn into a bizarre tale of kidnap, murder and Mafia. It's convoluted and crazy and pretty good listening. Much of this is down to the narration by Lee Strayer, who gives a good performance as the wise talking author P.I., voice replete with good humored banter and sarcasm, very pleasant on the ear, paced well and well intoned. His individual voicing of the separate characters is also well executed, keeping everyone distinct.

(As an added bonus, a lengthy chapter from another book by the author, Scott Cook, is included. Different genre, this time it is zombies, and entitled, appropriately, World of Corpses.)

My thanks to the rights holder of Isle of Bones, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It was an enjoyable romp, not heavy despite the somewhat unsavoury story line , and with numerous characters to add to the colour. I would definitely read another in this series and recommended this book to all who enjoy the more flippant action filled detective story genre.