Audio: Hide and Seek by Mary Burton @MaryBurtonBooks @etraiste‏ #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted April 11, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

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Audio: Hide and Seek by Mary Burton @MaryBurtonBooks @etraiste‏ #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooksHide and Seek by Mary Burton
Narrator: Christina Traister
Series: Criminal Profiler #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on April 23, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 56 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.

While investigating with local sheriff Mike Nevada, a former colleague and onetime lover, Macy discovers a link between Tobi’s case and several others that occurred around the same time as her disappearance. As Macy interviews victims and examines old cases, she uncovers a sinister picture of a stalker who graduated to sexual assault—and then murder.

Macy and Nevada race to put this monster behind bars before he can come out of hiding. But the murderer’s had years to hone his skills, and soon Macy herself becomes a target. She’s no stranger to pain and terror, but will Macy’s first profiling case be her last?

Cut and Run is a related book, which introduces us to Macy Crow. Its story is about her twin sister, Faith. It shows us Macy’s character and how she works to solve an old mystery and nearly dies in the process.  Hide and Seek follows as the first in the Criminal Profiler series about Macy.

I really enjoyed this.  I enjoy the police / FBI procedural aspects.  There are lots of bad things happening to young women here, both now and 15 years ago.  Macy only has a week to use her profiling skills to see if she can solve the case or cases.  There’s a good blend of mystery/ suspense with a touch of romance with some sexy times.

Macy is working with an old friend from the FBI, Nevada who is now sheriff in this small town.  They work well together and it’s fun to see them reconnect.  Macy does a better job of protecting herself and Nevada backs that up very well.

The deputy, who worked under the old sheriff, is a bit of a problem.  She knew all these people and isn’t as much help as she could be.  She has been in law enforcement 10 years so I’d expect more.  Plus she is from the town, lived there her whole life, so she knows the people so much better. It’s Nevada’s hometown but he’s been gone many years and wasn’t in the right age group.

The probable suspects become obvious but which one? The detractors who don’t want to go back to those days are pretty clear also.  Macy keeps working the facts and piling up evidence. Things blow up into a suspenseful, rush at the end. I look forward to more Macy and perhaps others introduced here.


I was able to listen at my new normal of 1.5x speed. This narrator was new to me and I enjoyed the performance.  There were differences between the male and female voices, all comfortable, though it feels like most of the story was spent in Macy’s thoughts.  She brought forth Macy’s emotional journey along with the details of her police work.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

About Mary Burton

Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, morning walks, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and Fresh Fiction likened her writing to that of James Patterson.

Mary is routinely featured among the top twenty writers in Amazon’s Author Rankings for romantic suspense, and her recent novel The Last Move claimed the number ten fiction slot in the Kindle eBooks Store.

Research is a favorite part of Mary’s day. She never tires of learning more about police work, evidence collection and analysis. She’s known for taking a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with professionals in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and she’s now the author of thirty-four published novels, five novellas and four works of contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

A member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America, Mary is known for creating multiple suspense stories connected by characters, such as her recent The Forgotten Files novels. Her new book, Her Last Word, and The Last Move, break that mold.

When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their empty nest and spoiling their four-legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
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Posted April 11, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

16 responses to “Audio: Hide and Seek by Mary Burton

    • I’ve really enjoyed what I have read. It’s sort of like Sandra Brown somewhat. No author is like others but that is the mood I have for these. I would read Cut and Run first as it is related and gives a bunch of backstory on Macy. I really enjoyed them and I hope you do too!

  1. This sounds like one I’d enjoy with my recent craving for this style of thriller. I like that the procedural part seemed to be handled well along with the personal background of the heroine.

    • Yes I would just read Cut and Run first since it introduces Macy. There is a romance in each one also. It’s similar to the Melinda Leigh books only law enforcement side rather than PI/lawyer. Plus these are a different romance in each one.

  2. Love this review, Anne. I’ve always wanted to read Mary Burton’s books because she’s somewhat local and visits book festivals locally often. I’m glad to hear you are a fan.