Curse of the Jade Lily by David Housewright audiobook

Curse of the Jade Lily

By David Housewright
Read by Brent Hinkley

Blackstone Publishing 9780312642310

The Twin Cities PI Mac McKenzie Novels: Book 9

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Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade sculpture with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help, but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated. Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of one of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow.

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Summary

Summary

Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade sculpture with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help, but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated.

Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of one of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“McKenzie, who navigates a treacherous path just to stay (barely) alive, not only delivers a Nick Charles–like ending but metes out poetic justice to a fair number of participants.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Renee 3/8/2021
Overall Performance
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Racist, Sexist, and Awful Performance

I gave it about 3 and a half hours, and that was more than enough. The narrator finds himself liking (that's all, just liking) a woman, despite the fact she's 100 pounds overweight. The African-American characters are caricatures. The performer of the story uses the same voice for everyone, so he has to identify who is talking or you'd never know. Except that the AA characters speak broken English. And who speaks to themself as "a voice in his head," instead, "he thought"? Overall, just lousy--unless these points appeal to you.

Author

Author Bio: David Housewright

Author Bio: David Housewright

David Housewright is the author of mystery and detective novels, including the Holland Taylor series and the PI McKenzie mysteries. He has won the Edgar Award and is the three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for his crime fiction. He is a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English