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Publisher's Summary

Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near-fatal accident. During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t. Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life dealing with mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death. When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.

©2010 Peter Straub (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

.“Intriguing, immensely readable.... Engages the mind.” ( The Washington Post Book World)
“The near-perfect mystery.... Full of intricate, engrossing, flesh-and-blood suspects and heroes.” ( Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Sensational.... A terrific page-turner, superbly plotted, unforgettable characters.” ( Kansas City Star)

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Great book, mediocre performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, and I've read it at least half a dozen times, I find something new to admire. So maybe you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that Mystery had been made into an Audible book. What you won't be able to imagine is my disappointment with the reader. Except for a single sentence at the end, he lacked all modulation, all nuance. What he had in abundance, regrettably, was zeal, and this he brought to bear on each page, each paragraph, each sentence (except one). What a disappointment.

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Very confusing and slow; hated the reader.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better description and a better reader.

What could Peter Straub have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think the story line was very meandering and hard to follow.

What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

His narration and the way he portrayed other characters just didn't work for me.

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Straub Does It Again

Another good mystery by Peter Straub. There are some interesting social/economical conflicts played out in the story as well as the unraveling of some family secrets including murder.

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great story

I loved this tale when it wad first published and this version brought it all back. with vigor.

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What a mess...

I was excited for this book b'cuz the first one in the series, Koko, was vivid and twisted.

This book has almost nothing to do with Koko, and has none of the same characters. The timeline of this story doesn't work, and gets even worse when trying to justify it against the first book.

But that's not even the worst of it. This 20hr (+/-) book could've been wrapped up into a concise 12hrs if the author hadn't gone on with so many irrelevant details. And I'm a reader/listener who likes long books with lots of character development and a visual feel!

I won't be completing this series. At this point I really don't care what happens in that third book!

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Love this trilogy!

This was the first book of the Blue Rose Trilogy that I read, not in the correct order, but I don't think it matters much. I've read all of them at least twice now, and I love Straub's writing style and character development. Although lengthy, his books hook me in the first few chapters, and by the end of each I'm left wanting more. What more can you ask for?

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My Favorite Book

I read this trilogy all out of order, but Mystery by Peter Straub is by far my favorite fictional book, of all time. My personal printed copy is getting very worn, so I downloaded the entire collection to listen to no matter where I am.
So, yes, I highly recommend this entire series.

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excellent read! kept me anxiously engaged.

loved it! terrific story line; relevant to the plot and easy to follow. surprising ending

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A good companion

Superbly narrated and a well-paced story that practically ensures a happy drive while listening. Indeed, you might find yourself unnecessarily driving in order to learn what happens next.