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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Orchid Blues (Holly Barker #2) by Stuart Woods {Audio}

Orchid Blues (Holly Barker #2) by Stuart Woods

My Rating:  5 of 5 Stars

Title:  Orchid Blues
Author:  Stuart Woods
Narrator:  Dick Hill and Susie Breck
Length:  Unabridged; 6 hours, 27 minutes
Publisher:  Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Published:  October 29, 2001
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery; Women Detectives

My Rating:  ✮✮✮✮✮


Holly is on her way to be married to Jackson Oxenhandler, her steady beau, when her wedding day is shattered by a serious crime that takes place very close to home. A highly disciplined team of men hit a bank in Orchid Beach, Florida, and the waves from this robbery nearly capsize Holly's life. She vows to find these men - who have been careful enough to leave nothing behind except the corpse of a bank customer - and quickly, she discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of what appears to be a politically motivated clan. Her father, Ham, a retired Army chief master sergeant, is her ticket into this strange world, and what Ham finds there stuns both Holly and her FBI contact, Harry Crisp. 

Holly and Ham find themselves sucked into a whirlpool of crazed criminality and, in the end, the FBI can do little to help them. This time, Holly, Ham, and Daisy are on their own, and they wouldn't have it any other way.
My Review:

I have found that I rather enjoy the Holly Barker series, and found that I absolutely enjoyed listening to Orchid Blues, Book #2, by Stuart Woods!

I absolutely love Holly as a character!  She is the perfect woman character for me.  She is strong, charismatic, independent, and doesn't give a darn what anyone else says or thinks, she does what she feels is right!  She reminds me of Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren. Holly Barker is quickly becoming one of my favorite leading ladies.  And Ham, her father, is just as awesome!  He is witty and brave and is obviously where Holly gets all of her great traits from!  I'm so glad that he continued on in this series in book two!

The story was intense and suspenseful!  It wasn't your typical detective mystery, which is what I liked most about it!  It involved the Orchid Beach Sheriff's Department, the FBI, and mainly the Secret Service, just to give you an idea of the hugeness of the crime at hand, with Ham right at it's center!

I really enjoyed the fact that there were two narrators for the reading of Orchid Blues.  Dick Hill and Susie Breck are such wonderful selections for Holly and Ham.  Granted, they do read the other characters, but they do the main characters such justice!  I also thoroughly enjoyed the music provided at the beginning and end of each disc.  

Overall, I can't wait to continue with this series, and loved listening to Orchid Blues. 
Would I Recommend this Book?
Yes!  Holly Barker has quickly become one of my favorite series, especially to listen to.
Standalone or Part of a Series?This book is Part of a Series
  • Holly Barker #2

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