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Tell No Lies by Allison Brennan
Narrator: Suzanne Gutierrez
Series: Quinn & Costa #2
Published by Harlequin Audio, HarperAudio on March 30, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Length: 12 hours, 27 minutes
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The unsolved murder of a young activist leads to the discovery of much darker crimes in New York Times best-selling author Allison Brennan’s latest compelling thriller to feature the young, edgy detective Kara Quinn and the loner FBI agent Matt Costa. This time they work to uncover possible ties to a high-stakes cartel in the Southwest desert.
Something mysterious is killing the wildlife in the mountains just south of Tucson. When a college intern turned activist sets out to collect her own evidence, she, too, ends up dead. Local law enforcement is slow to get involved. That’s when the mobile FBI unit goes undercover to infiltrate the town and its copper refinery in search of possible leads.
Quinn and Costa find themselves scouring the desolate landscape, which keeps revealing clues to something much darker — greed, child trafficking, and more death. As the body count adds up, it’s clear they have stumbled onto much more than they bargained for. Now they must figure out who is at the heart of this mayhem and stop them before more innocent lives are lost.
I was excited to try this author for the first time last year with The Third to Die which was the beginning of the new Quinn & Costa series. I loved it and of course continued. Kara Quinn is not able to go back to LAPD because her cover was blown and now the bad guys want to kill her. They already killed her partner. She was staying with her grandma outside Spokane, Washington when she discovered a body and ended up working with an FBI team.
In Tell No Lies, Kara is on the new mobile response FBI team and working a case south of Tucson. I love Kara as she is smart and highly skilled. She’s undercover again as a bartender. The initial case was about a college student murdered when she was trying to find contaminated water which was killing wildlife in the area. The poisoning was suspected it might come from the copper mine which might be dumping its waste in the desert.
Matt is the leader of a new FBI team who travels the county to help out smaller local law enforcement on more complicated cases. He and Kara had a brief sexual relationship after the last case, as they didn’t know they would ever work together again. Now she is on his team. It is hard for her to take direction from him and he is a little too protective with her. She has over a decade in undercover work.
The world-building and characters are well written. I loved the layers and complexity of criminal actions and the investigations to try to figure out what was happening. The characters felt realistic with authentic emotional responses. It was thrilling with people in real danger. Some of the criminals seemed obvious but not all of them. But not everyone is who they seem, including Kara. I loved this and can’t wait for more.
The narrator, Suzanne Guterriez Fortin, also narrated the first book. I thought she did a fine performance with easy to understand voices which added the right emotional tone. The male voices have a nice, husky timbre. The female voices are more normal. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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