• The Chester Creek Murders

  • Venator Cold Case Series, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Dylan Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Bryn Austin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Detective Clayton Tyler is tasked with reviewing the formidable archives of unsolved homicides in his police department’s vaults, he settles on one particular cold case from the 1980s: the Chester Creek Murders. 

Three young women were brutally murdered - their bodies dumped in Chester Creek, Delaware County - by a serial killer who has confounded a slew of detectives and evaded capture for over 38 years. With no new leads or information at his disposal, the detective contacts Venator for help, a company that uses cutting-edge investigative genetic genealogy to profile perpetrators solely from DNA evidence. 

Taking on the case, Madison Scott-Barnhart and her small team at Venator must use their forensic genealogical expertise to attempt finally to bring the serial killer to justice. Madison, meanwhile, has to weigh professional and personal issues carefully, including the looming five-year anniversary of her husband’s disappearance.

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Nathan Dylan Goodwin does not disappoint

I loved Chester Creek Murders, looking forward to book 2. Genetic Genealogy is my fav.

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Intriguing Mystery!

This proved to be a real “page turner” or in this case, I kept looking for excuses to continue listening! The author has developed some intriguing characters that I look forward to getting to know in later books. As a professional genealogist, I appreciate the technical expertise, but believe non-genealogists will find this a great read as well. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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loved it

It's a great story - drags you in and keeps your interest throughout don't miss it

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Loved the Narrator

I enjoyed the story. The narrator did a fabulous job emulating the importance of solving the mystery. Much of the specific DNA information could have been skipped in my opinion, since it was difficult to keep focused on the story. Otherwise, an interesting and good plot. I also look forward to listening to Bryn Austin narrate another book!

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I'm hooked!!

this was my first experience with an audio book. I'm blown away by the narration!! the performance from Bryn Austin was incredible!! the story was awesome and I'm left wanting more. I'm hooked lol!!

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Chester Creek

I loved this book. Now I cannot wait......there must be a sequel beause it left me hanging!

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Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved how they used genealogy to solve the case. I would like to see genealogy used in solving more cases.

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Absolutely fabulous

Old time detective drama with new terminology and sleuths….what a perfect combo. Couldn’t put the book down!!!

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Waiting for second in series

Enjoyed this novel...I love police procedure and investigation books anyway and this one has a whole new addition of using genetics and family tree research to nail the bad guy! The characters are well written and likable while still having their human vulnerabilities. While the “puzzle pieces” of the research could have been difficult to follow, Ms Austin made the pursuit clear, kept the excitement of discovery fresh, and made even the smaller characters such as a drunk teenage victim easy to visualize and identify with. Bravo.

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  • Carolyn
  • 03-30-22

Another fantastic series from Nathan Dylan Goodwin

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous series about a forensic genealogist and so I was excited to find this book. I wasn’t disappointed it has the same blend of interesting characters, historical flashbacks and painstaking, detailed procedure. Beautifully narrated. I can’t wait for book 2!

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  • 10-28-21

Highly recommend

Really compelling for anyone interested in family history and using dna matches for tracing ancestors.

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  • 01-08-22

Excellent cold case mystery.

Year another excellent genealogical mystery from Nathan Dylan Goodwin, but very different to his Morton Farrier series. I really like this new protagonist and the characters that fill this story, and I’m keen for the next book in this series.