Book Review & Giveaway: Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett

Audiobook Tour: Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett

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Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 8

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Released: Oct. 15, 2019

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When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity and where he came from.

The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.

Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads and no motive for the events that have taken place.

Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late?

Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today best-selling author Rachel Amphlett and perfect for listeners who love fast-paced murder mysteries.

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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Narrator Bio

Alison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries, her most recent co star was a CGI elephant. She can also be found performing the Natural Theatre Company’s award-winning surreal brand of interactive comedy around the globe.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is found floating in the river. When they find the scene of the crime, there are a child’s things there. They have to assume it’s a murder and a kidnapping. As the team investigates, they deal with false leads, several twists, and some shady characters. Will they find the child and the murderer? And are they one and the same?

This series is about the same investigative team, but each case is quite a bit different. Detectives come and go but they remain strong. I like Kay Hunter and the members of her team. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and her team members are supportive of her and each other, and they are close enough that they know each other well. 

 Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style, and Alison Campbell does a good job with pace and enunciation. I like the fact that the same person narrates all of these books.  Cradle to Grave is a detective mystery with an interesting and surprising end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to more Kay Hunter books.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Winter Frost by Lauren Carr

 

Book Title: Winter Frost (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 2) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: January 28, 2019
Tour dates: May 1 – June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

 

Book Description

It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.

Nothing is as it seems.

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?

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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy of the audiobook. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I’ve read several of Lauren Carr’s books including the first Chris Matheson novel, ICE. I enjoy her books and I like how the characters from different series are intertwined.

 

Chris Matheson’s wife Blair died overseas, and he has moved on and is dating his childhood sweetheart, Helen. On what is supposed to be a special date night, Chris sees his dead wife! He follows her but instead of catching up to her, he kills a hitman who was after Blair. Now Chris and the Geezer Squad are on the case along with Murphy, a character from another of Lauren Carr’s series.

 

Winter Frost is fast-paced and full of action and mystery. The characters are great, especially Chris’s mom, Doris, and his dog, Sterling. Doris is one of a kind and takes matters into her own hands when she needs to, sometimes with hilarious results. Sterling is a smart dog and can even change radio channels and win at card games.

 
I like the narrator. He’s narrated a lot of these books (if not all). He’s got a good voice and has good pace and timing.

If you like a good mystery with unique characters, a lot of action, humor, and a touch of romance, you’ll enjoy this book. Even though it’s the second book in a series, it stands on its own.
 

 

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  Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: ICE by Lauren Carr

Book Title: ICE by Lauren Carr
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 25, 2018

Narrated by: Mike Alger, Unabridged
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)
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The clues for a close-to-the-heart missing person’s case heat up when Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on the cold case.

When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappear, the court of public opinion finds young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books but this is the first one with Chris Matheson. He is retired FBI and he and his three daughters have moved back to his childhood home. Even though he’s retired, he’s quickly involved in a couple of cases. One is a cold case that affected him years ago and the other is a recent case that his ex-boss has asked him to keep on top of because she’s on bed rest.

ICE is a fast-moving novel. There are plenty of clues to both cases. Chris even has help from his dad’s old “book club.” Most of them are retired from law enforcement and they actually look into cold cases rather than read books. They’re more than happy to help Chris with research on his cold case.

I like the characters in ICE. Chris is an all around good guy but my favorite characters are his mom and his dog. Chris’s mom, Doris, is a force of nature. He recently got his dog, Sterling, who is a retired police dog. He’s great! He can open a car door and change a radio station among other things. What a character!

If you enjoy a good mystery with twists, humor, and a little romance, you’ll enjoy ICE.

 

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About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett

 

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Author: Rachel Amplett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 4

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

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When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. This is the fourth Kay Hunter book that I’ve listened to and I’m enjoying the series.

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is discovered in the trunk of a car that was in a serious accident. When they find out that the car belongs to Kay’s nemesis, she’s hopeful that he’ll finally be caught and go to prison. As they investigate, they uncover more than they could ever have guessed.

Kay is strong although her husband’s on a business trip so she’s alone at night and that makes her jumpy which is understandable.

I’ve been waiting since the first book for this story line to end and it was worth the wait. Everything comes together and a few things that happened in the first 3 books are now clear. This book does stand on its own, but it’d be better to read the first 3 if you can.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. It’s a difficult book to put down. Hell to Pay is a good detective mystery with a couple of surprises.

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett

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Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 3

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series. A whodunit for fans of Jeffery Deaver, Peter James, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. This is the third Kay Hunter book that I’ve read and I’m enjoying the series.

Kay Hunter and her team are called to investigate the murder of Sophie, a teenage girl who was from a prominent family. She was supposed to get engaged to Josh Hamilton but instead, she was murdered. As they investigate her murder, the list of suspects continues to grow.  Was there anyone who really knew Sophie? The secrets Kay and her team uncover seem to suggest otherwise.

I like Kay Hunter. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated. Her boss is difficult to work for but she knows what she’s doing. She doesn’t always follow the rules, but she tries. She continues to focus on the case she’s working on even when she knows that someone is watching her. She’s not sure why and she’s hoping she can get to the bottom of it at some point, but first, she needs to find a killer.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. Between the two of them, it’s difficult to stop listening to the story when I have to do something else (like talk to my husband).

One to Watch is a detective mystery with a good twist at the end. I recommend it if you like crime fiction. It’s the third book in the series, but it does stand on its own. I’m looking forward to listening to the book number 4!

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett

 

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Author: Rachel Amplett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 2

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

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Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realizes the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him….

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Will to Live is the second book in the Detective Kay Hunter series. I listened to the first book, Scared to Death and liked it so I was looking forward to listening to this book as well.

When a man is hit by a train, a witness tells the police that he was tied to the tracks. Detective Kay Hunter’s team starts investigating the murder and realizes that there were other deaths by train that were ruled suicides but were actually murders. Can the team catch the murderer before another death occurs?

I like Kay Hunter. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated. Her boss is difficult to work for but she knows what she’s doing. She’s also determined to prove that she was set up in the past when she almost lost her job. 

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. 

Will to Live is a detective mystery with a good twist at the end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

 

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Rachel Amphlett’s Favourite Books in the Crime Fiction Genre

I think, like many crime thriller authors, my love of the genre started when I was about five years old and started reading the famous five series by Enid Blyton.

By the time I was in my very early teens, I was working my way through my mum’s collection of Dick Francis books and adding to those each birthday and Christmas when I received book tokens in lieu of presents. On top of that, every time my parents stocked up their bookshelves via jumble sales, I’d be devouring the likes of Ed McBain, PD James, and Robert Goddard. By the time I left school, I’d devoured most of the crime fiction section in my secondary school library, including books by Ken Follett, Agatha Christie, and Michael Crichton.

To this day, I’m unable to walk past a secondhand bookshop…

So, what’s the attraction to this genre as a reader?

For me, it’s a mixture of entertainment and escapism.

There’s nothing like perusing the shelves in a bookshop or library, spotting a cover or a spine of a book, and then reading the blurb and thinking “I’ve got to read this”.

The opening chapter is probably the most important part of a crime thriller for a reader. The anticipation of lifting the front cover and reading that first line, then the second, then turning the page, and then getting completely sucked into the mystery via an opening scene that leads you stunned is second to none.

You know (with a few exceptions) that the villain will be apprehended by the time you reach the last page, the detective will have solved the mystery, and all will be right with the world, but it’s the excitement between the first page in the last and trying to work out who the bad guy is, or how they will be stopped, before the detective does.

I have to admit, although I do like reading (and writing) stand-alone crime thrillers, I do enjoy reading books in a series because you get to know the detective over a period of time. You begin to appreciate what drives them. For instance, take Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. That character has grown so much since first appearing in The Black Echo, and I think that’s what keeps the series fresh. It’s not just about the investigation of murder in each book, it’s how the main character’s life is changed by the investigation and the world around him.

It’s the same reason why I enjoyed reading all the Val McDermid Tony Hill series, and the Roy Grace series by Peter James – as well as the fact that the stories aren’t just about the main characters, but include a regular supporting cast.

As a crime thriller author, I’m re-reading a lot of the books on my shelves through different eyes these days – I find I’m analysing them more, trying to pinpoint exactly why those stories have endured.

I hope by re-reading the masters, my own writing will continue to grow.

It’s also a great excuse to forget the housework for a while…

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Book Review & Giveaway: Necessities by Boyd Taylor

 
Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 225 pages
Genre: Suspense Crime Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: December 5, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is a murder and elusions to sex. Some mild cursing)

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Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.

 

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first three books in this series (Hero, The Antelope Play, and The Monkey House) over the past couple of weeks and I’ve enjoyed them but Necessities is my favorite Donnie Ray Cuinn book so far. 

What’s interesting is that Donnie Ray Cuinn doesn’t appear in Necessities until about halfway through the book. The first half is the journal of David Lewis and it describes how he got to where he is right now: on trial for the murder of his wife’s lover. 

Donnie has made a good life for himself in the panhandle of Texas. He’s turned out to be a good lawyer and ends up defending David Lewis even though Lewis could afford any lawyer he wanted. 

The characters are interesting. Donnie has matured since the first book and isn’t the jerk he was. David Lewis is a war hero and double amputee. He gets involved with Cordelia Lehrer, whose father is very rich and rather quirky. David passes muster with Cordelia’s father and they end up getting married. But he has some surprises ahead of him.

I read this book in one sitting because it was difficult to put down. I had to find out what happens. It has a couple twists that I didn’t see coming and the ending is perfect. I definitely recommend Necessities and it does stand on its own.

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BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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