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Murder at Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Haven's Rock #1
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on February 21, 2023
Length: 13 hours, 10 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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Haven’s Rock, Yukon. Population: 0
Deep in the Yukon wilderness, a town is being built. A place for people to disappear, a fresh start from a life on the run. Haven’s Rock isn’t the first town of this kind, something detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, know first hand. They met in the original town of Rockton. But greed and deception led the couple to financing a new refuge for those in need. This time around, they get to decide which applicants are approved for residency.
There’s only one rule in Haven’s Rock: stay out of the forest. When two of the town's construction crew members break it and go missing, Casey and Eric are called in ahead of schedule to track them down. When a body is discovered, well hidden with evidence of foul play, Casey and Eric must find out what happened to the dead woman, and locate the still missing man. The woman stumbled upon something she wasn’t supposed to see, and the longer Casey and Eric don’t know what happened, the more danger everyone is in.
The Rockton series is much loved by me, and one of my most anticipated releases each year. I would say I have grown to be a huge fan of this author in a variety of genres and her recent series. I would not try to read this as a standalone because of character development and knowledge of the Yukon. Murder at Haven’s Rock is a fresh start with their own town and rules rather than the corporation which ran Rockton. So Haven’s Rock series is a spin-off as well as a direct continuation of the previous series. Our point of view has been and is Casey.
I am so excited to see this new home for Casey and Eric, April, Will Kenny, Isabel and more characters. Their new town is a more pure form of setting an environment for people who need shelter. One example of this is people in domestic abuse situations, or the type of folks who need witness protection. Many of the Rockton inhabitants, like Casey, made a horrible mistake, but overall are great trustworthy people. Casey and Eric make choices with such kindness and integrity.
Now they are a month or so away from moving into their new town and Casey and Eric get called in to find two of the construction crew who have gone missing. There is the wilderness tracking, murders, unknown people out around the town, old time forensic technology I have loved in the rest of the books. Then some of the new residents are in dire need and are coming much earlier than expected.
I figured out some of the things but far from enough. It was well paced with plenty happening and new evidence every day. Casey and Eric are off to a tenuous start in this new area and town they have created. I absolutely, as usual can’t wait for more. The whole series is amazing and I highly recommend them.
Therese Plummer is completely in my head for this series and I love her work. She has distinctive voices for the characters and I recognize them easily. Her performance IS Casey, Eric, Will, April and more. I was able to listen comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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