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Shadow of Doubt by Hailey Edwards
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
Series: Potentate of Atlanta #1
Published by Tantor Audio on November 26, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 24 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Hadley Whitaker is a liar, a killer, and a chocoholic, but she’s getting better about the first two. Or maybe she’s just getting better at them.
Some days it’s hard for her to tell fact from fiction, but only one truth matters. Goddess willing, she’s going to be the next Potentate of Atlanta. Even if it means playing nice with Midas Kinase, a shifter whose mysterious past might just be grimmer than her own.
When a bloodthirsty rogue begins hunting the city’s paranormals, Hadley ropes Midas into letting her work the case. But that rope starts to feel more like a noose as they come closer to discovering not only the rogue’s identity, but each other’s darkest secrets.
I loved the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series. They are all on Kindle Unlimited as well as this new series, The Potentate of Atlanta. It is with some characters from the original series.
Hadley, ie. Amelie, is now living in Atlanta training to be the POA. We don’t really know her all that well and now we begin to learn about her. Her childhood is not really an excuse but it certainly played into her bad choices. Atlanta is a fresh start, but not an easy choice.
I enjoyed getting to know her and loved her little business with its sewing aspects. I find her interactions with the pack to be a little odd. I don’t think I’m on board with any of her romantic prospects at this point.
The murder mystery was her first case in charge. It felt bumbly, even if it wasn’t. Hadley checked for all the forensic type information, interviewed those who might know something, and she did make reasonable deductions. It just felt like all reaction, rather than smart investigating. The visit by Linus was great and she did do a good job of working things out in the end.
I’ll be interested to see how things progress. Hadley is an advocate for women / girls and so is Midas. The pack has ripples of unease from Lethe moving to Savannah. Shadow of Doubt is an apt title and a good beginning.
Rebecca Mitchell is Grier for me and also Linus. I barely distinguished her Hadley from her Grier voice. Ford sounded too much like Boaz for me. She did perform both male and female voices well. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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Yes, the necromancer series is one that I marked when when I do a KU membership run. I’m glad it is still going strong with the spinoff even if it was a little wobbly here at the start. Interesting how it gave you a different vibe for her investigation of the mystery. Sometimes there is just something off even when it seems right.
Off is a good word. She did all the things she reasonably could I just expected something more.
Seems interesting. How many potential love interests are there?
Only 2 and really mostly flirting, nothing has gone anywhere. She’s only interested in the one that will be trouble and he is interested in her and doesn’t want to be.
Great review! I hope the series picks up for you!!
Oh I like it and I’m sure it will be great. I have complete faith in Hailey Edwards!
i like the sound of this one. enjoyed your great review
I’d read the original series first and I loved it. I’m sure this will be great once I get into the series.
I bought this one so I’m curious to read it too
Well I always have a bit of first book in a series problems until I get into the story well. I’m looking forward to continuing and hope you enjoy it!
Sorry to hear the narrator didn’t distinguish her voices. That’s frustrating when you can’t tell who is who. Great review. Thank you for your thoughts on the audio.
Well the voices were different. Grier and Boaz were not in this book. So the voices were distinct but sounded too much like characters from the other series to me. It could just be me.
I haven’t do the audios for any of her books. I enjoy reading them, though I did pick up a few in audio when they where on sale. Looking forward to book 2 and also to see what you think on it.
I’ve done them all on audio bu maybe I’ll switch to reading. I don’t know yet. I’m sure I’ll continue with the series at this point.
A new series by this author! I’ve been wanting to try her books and this might be a fun one to start with. I often give a series a break if it doesn’t wow me with the first book as the author is introducing their world and characters.
I would start with the Necromancy series but it’s up to you. Enjoy.
I’ve been reading reviews for this for a while, so I assumed it came out a couple months ago. But you are the first that mentioned the main character is/was once Amalie. Interesting… Since I never finished the original series, I now wonder how she elevated to this level. Thanks for the review.
Well that answer would be lots of spoilers. 🙂 But the Kindle version came out a couple months ago. I waited for the audio version which released this week which is the time discrepancy. The same thing is happening with the Annette Marie books I’ve been reading. The books are out; the audios I’m waiting for so I can review.
I do want to give this author’s books a try sometime soon. I think that I will start with the other series and then move on to this one if things go well. It sounds like this was a decent start for the new series.
Your plan is perfect; it is exactly what I would do. I would encourage you to get a deal on KU since they are all in it. SO much is in KU these days.