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Publisher's Summary

Trail of Echoes is the third Elouise Norton mystery audiobook from critically acclaimed writer Rachel Howzell Hall.   

On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of 13-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered. When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita's mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building in which she grew up.   

Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a black girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional African American girls - dancers, artists, honors scholars - gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago.   

Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long-estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it's only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself.

©2016 Rachel Howzell Hall (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Remarkable how the author is able to...

WOW!!! Truly remarkable how the author is able to voice the anger, hurt, frustration, & pain of a many black women who were deserted by their fathers. Detective Elouise Norton is the bomb.com for real. I listen and feel as if a good friend is catching me up on her life. Getting all the references from back in the day is so dope!! I was feeling wonky about my upcoming bday & had to stop & say a big Lou “Oh hell naw!” b/c if I wasn’t turning another year fabulous I couldn’t laugh at the author’s riddles.

Well written book and relevant topics. Impressive the many social subjects this book touches on. From teenage runaways to loneliness in senior citizens.

Give the 3rd book in this awesome series a go & you will not be disappointed.

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Excellent

Three down and one to go, each was as good or better than the last. Walter Mosley fan, that speaks volumes, head tilt to the author.

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Excellent Story and performance; terrible Ending.

Loved the book! What a bad ending! The performance was excellent and the story kept me engage the entire time. The ending was dreadful. So I purchased the next book to see what happens to the main characters. Yeah they got me.
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ENJOYABLE UNTIL THE VERY END!!

Truly enjoyed the plot and its multi-faceted characters, in this AWESOME work by this author! Looking forward to choosing another "great read"📖 from her tremendously creative✍🏾 fingertips, to my eagerly mystery fiction listening👂🏽ears!

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I really like these books

This writer is very good and I really like the stories so and the characters so the characters so I will be downloading more of these books

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Excellent read!

Great book, great story! Twists and turns throughout. Great ending. Rachel Howzell Hall is an excellent writer!! Loved it!

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Superb!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this series couldn't put it down. I just pray that there is another book his mother book at least one more in detective Lou's future!!

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I finished the series. This is an AWESOME detective series and I hope the author continues Detective Lou Norton's story. I loved the deep character development just as much as the detailed detective work. The plot twists are interesting and some keep you guessing until the end. Norton & Taggert's partnership is fun to listen to, and I'm dying to hear how it goes with Sam & Lou! Highly recommended!

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That’s the ending?

The story feels like the author cut off the last chapter of the book. There is no closure for the case, just Lou being out of it. The previous book also ended similarly I think because Howzell was trying to set up for the next book but I’d rather be persuaded to buy a book by good writing than be outraged by a non ending. Def puts me off of getting the next book. Too bad because the first 2 books were well written.

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Some infuriating details

If I have to hear this narrator say "clouds the color of battleships" one more time I might scream.

Also within the space of 5 minutes, the author incorrectly described thunder happening first then followed by lightning. That's not how it works. that was such a ridiculous error and should have been caught in editing.

There are also innumerable jaw cracking yawns.

The author needs to figure out some other descriptors.