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April 27, 2021

Limelight & Larceny: The Crew-Building Con by Jordan Riley Swan & Hero Bowen ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Are you looking for a light, fun story to listen to on an upcoming trip, while getting things done at work or home, or just a relaxing evening? Then you should pick up Limelight & Larceny by Jordan Riley Swan. As the cover suggests, it is a fun story full of hijinks.

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Limelight & Larceny
March 2021; Story Garden; 979-8593336286
audio (10h17m), ebook, print (276 pages)
Limelight & Larceny
 is an easy audiobook to listen to even when moderately distracted. One reason is because there is a full cast of voice actors instead of just one person narrating. So each character has their own voice. This is important as the cast is quite large. There are the Tandem Players - a troupe of actors who perform Shakespeare at the Broadtown Theater. They are the central characters and then you have the other characters that are important for this mystery - the theater owner's son and his wife, the lawyer overseeing the estate, and a government official. 

Another reason that this was an easy audiobook to listen to is because the mystery is pretty straightforward. Really it isn't much of a mystery in that the only thing we don't know is if the Tandem Players will succeed in finding the real will.

It kind of rubbed me the wrong way that the police detective was so willing to break the law to get what he wanted. Even though he was right and the law was being broken by others, I would have preferred less blatant law-breaking on his part. It kind of reminded me of the television shows Shades of Blue (though not as gritty) and White Collar. 

It wasn't just the plot that reminded me of television shows. Some of the voices also brought a few television characters to mind. Henry, the police detective, sounded just like Alan Cumming. Have you seen his Audible commercial? That is what I was picturing often for Henry. Loot (I'm assuming that is how it is spelled) had a country twang that reminded me of Finn Abernathy from the TV show Bones. 

I'm not sure if this is the start of a series, but there were hints at the end that there could be more stories with the Tandem Players. If so, I would happily listen to another book with this crew.

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About Jordan Riley Swan

Jordan Riley Swan is a wild word hunter living in the far and dangerous reaches of rural Ohio. He spends his nights tracking down big-game stories, capturing them in paper cages, and training them to be better tales.
He would like to list a cavalcade of awards and best-selling titles into this bio, but alas he only has two books in the field as of yet and was always a late bloomer...


Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. great cover and i can use a fun read. i love books that bring to mind tv shows and movies. makes it easier to visualize
    sherry @ fundinmental