Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: V.I. Warshawski #19
Published by HarperAudio on October 16, 2018
Length: 15 hours, 2 minutes
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Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.
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I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982! I’ve read and loved them all and Shell Game is number 19. I was happy to get this on audio from the library.
The social issues were on display in this complex, layered mystery. Vic ends up in two personal, i.e. non-paying cases, which show the utter lack of compassion and total greed of the wealthy. Characters, including Vic herself, are not all black and white. There are rich, old men using women, without consent. There are also racists happy to abuse those from other cultures. Of course, there are the greedy who will use anyone for their own profit.
Vic is hunting for her niece who is missing. She is also working on finding out who killed an Arabic-speaking young man, to prevent Lotty’s nephew from being charged with his murder due to circumstantial evidence. There are some times Vic really puts herself into too much danger.
As per usual, after a few injuries Vic brings the wrongdoers to light, to their dismay and downfall. lucky for her Lotty is always there to patch her up. She also has a bit of unbelievable help sometimes from rich clients. It’s a fun series encompassing current topics. I recommend it.
Susan Ericksen is the voice of the series for me. It is a stream of consciousness in Shell Game particularly. I felt it was more Vic with her inner thoughts and feelings and very few voices of any others. I was able to listen at 1.5x speed and enjoyed the performance.
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I always think it says something about an author when they can continue to give enjoyable stories this far into a series. I’ve only read the first few. Kind of curious about picking it back up.
I really enjoy them. She does have a habit of getting into big trouble without much backup though. She’s one tough lady.
One of these days I’ll start this series! Excellent review, Anne.
Thank you! It really is a great long-running series. I do enjoy this narration by Susan Erickson also.
I have read Sara’s work but it has been a while. I am trying to clear my review shelf so I can start reading more library books. Maybe I’ll catch up on her then. 🙂
I am so with you! I have a ton of library books right now and I want to read them, but I also have a pile of review ARCs to do. It’s a juggling act. I want to read them all. Today.
I love a good mystery. This one sounds intriguing. I am glad you liked it. It sounds like a great series.
This is a long series, set in Chicago, which I know pretty well. I’ve read or listened to them all. I hope you love it if you try it.