🎧 Movieland by Lee Goldberg @LeeGoldberg @NicolZanzarella @BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks #KindleUnlimited🎧 #JIAM

Posted June 19, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 8 Comments

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🎧 Movieland by Lee Goldberg @LeeGoldberg @NicolZanzarella @BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks #KindleUnlimited🎧 #JIAMMovieland by Lee Goldberg
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Eve Ronin #4
Published by Thomas & Mercer on June 21, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Length: 9 hours, 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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For decades Malibu Creek State Park was the spectacular natural setting where Hollywood fantasies were made. But when a female camper is gunned down, it becomes a real-life killing ground. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives Eve Ronin and Duncan Pavone are assigned the case…which Duncan fears is the latest in a series of sniper attacks that began long before Eve came to Lost Hills.

Seven victims over fourteen months…and top officials still refuse to see a connection. Eve and Duncan are stonewalled, threatened, and ordered to keep quiet. But Eve won’t back down. She’s no stranger to intimidation or corruption—she’s had a target on her back from day one at Lost Hills station.

Despite finding no evidentiary links between the shootings, Eve and Duncan follow their instincts into the shadows of Malibu Creek, where it’s not enough to expose the secrets and break the conspiracy of silence. They also have to make it out alive.

The Eve Ronin series is one I would read in order as the personal and career developments build through the series.  The focus is on the police procedural with a small background of personal life but the Hollywood scene is almost a character itself.    Eve is a new homicide detective in a misogynistic, political  department in Los Angeles California. She became famous in the first book for arresting a tv star behaving badly, which helped her get the promotion.

Eve has a strong connection with her partner and a few others in the department.  She has great instincts but she does have a bit of TSTL.  Even her very experienced, retiring partner called her on it this time.  If she doesn’t work with others, she is going to kill herself.  She gets hurt in pretty much every book.

Eve and Duncan are of the same mind on the current case. There have been several shootings by the park, but since no one got hurt they were covered up so people would keep coming to the park.  Now someone has died.  People come forward and there are more cases than even Duncan knew.   It’s snowballing now with what they realize may be some copycat crimes also.

I was glad to see some personal growth for Eve and working a bit more with her partner and co-workers by the end.  Her situation is still over the top but hopefully it will improve a bit now.  The starstruck continue to be ridiculous though.


This series was my first listen to this narrator.  I’m very comfortable with her performance of Eve and the other main characters feel right to me. I enjoy her voices for Eve and Duncan.  I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

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About Lee Goldberg

#1 New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include “Martial Law,” “SeaQuest,” “Diagnosis Murder,””Hunter,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Missing.” “Monk” and “The Glades.” He’s also the co-author of the Fox & O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, The Pursuit etc), “The Walk,” “Watch Me Die,” “King City,” the “Dead Man” series, as well as the “Diagnosis Murder” and “Monk” series of original mystery novels.

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Posted June 19, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 8 Comments

8 responses to “🎧 Movieland by Lee Goldberg

    • Well this one is set there but goes Hollywood as does this whole series. It’s quirky. I personally wouldn’t read without having read the first 3 books and those have nothing to do with parks and campgrounds. So I enjoy the series but there are other books / series more focused on parks such as the park ranger series I featured in my Series on Saturday post.

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