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Publisher's Summary

Finley Knight, ex-cop turned private investigator, lives a lonely, solitary life. She uses her downtime to reflect on the past and wonders what could have been. 

Detective Dee Woodard transferred to Corpus Christi nine years ago to put distance between herself and her ex...an ex she was still in love with. A murder investigation leads her to Moonlight Avenue and Finley Knight. 

Rylee Moore left the windy plains of Amarillo in her rearview mirror, hoping to start over in this city by the bay, only to find employment hard to come by. Finley Knight wasn’t hiring either, but Rylee’s begging and pleading - and not taking “no” for an answer - finally lands her a job. Not as an apprentice, as she wanted, but as the lone employee at Moonlight Avenue Investigations - receptionist. 

After a gruesome third murder, Dee is booted from the case. She joins Finn’s team...the chase bringing them closer and closer to a vicious drug dealer. 

Amongst the chaos, crime, and cover-up...love pokes its head above the water. But can they stay alive long enough to explore it?

©2019 Gerri Hill (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Delightfully Dark Noir

With Moonlight Avenue, Gerri Hill has created a classic Noir style detective novel, similar in many ways to the old lone wolf detective novels that have become their very own genre. Even though Moonlight Avenue is set in modern day and has a mostly lesbian cast, the feel of the dark, gloomy, evil-lurking-in-the-shadows and fog filled streets atmosphere is the perfect setting for this type of drama filled story. I am actually in awe at the way Ms. Hill uses the descriptions of the setting all through the story. I remember one scene where she describes the fog rolling over the bay and swirling through a broken window into the room. It was vivid enough to send chills down my spine.

There are three main characters in the book, which is unusual, but here it works perfectly. Finley Knight is the main character. She is the lone wolf private investigator with the sad, rather violent past who doesn’t want anyone to be close to her in any way. Her only friend at the beginning of the story is Sammy, the elderly gentleman who lives in the apartment above her office which is located in an old warehouse building on a dark dead end street called Moonlight Avenue. Then you Have Dee Woodard, the police detective with her own distressing past who becomes friends with Finn as they both try to solve the murder mystery they become involved in. The third main character is Rylee Moore, who shows up looking for a job and refusing to take no for an answer until Finn finally hires her, not as the apprentice as Rylee wants, but as her receptionist.
This is predominantly a murder mystery, but for those of you looking for romance, there is an undercurrent running through the book. The love interest reads like a smoldering fire through most of the story. You will occasionally see a little spark or feel a bit of the heat of the fire, but it doesn’t burst into a blaze until near the end of the tale. It is most definitely a slow-burn romance, but well worth reading to the end.

Instead of reading the eBook or paperback version, I listened to the Audible version of this book, narrated by Cassandra York. I believe that listening to this story first may have influenced how I view the book itself. The Audible version reminded me of the old Sam Spade/ Philip Marlow stories that used to be performed on the radio shows of the thirties and forties. And no, I don’t remember them directly. I’m not quite that old. I must commend the narrator for her rendition of the book, as well as Ms. Hill for her excellent writing.
The wonderfully dark setting, well-developed characters, and exceptionally well written story make this book one of the best I’ve read/listened to in quite a while. Don’t let this one pass you by.

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  • Heather Dodge
  • 2019-03-24

Another nice mystery

I loved this book. Cassandra York did a great job of narrating. I wish more of Gerri Hill’s works were available in audio. I do love her stories. Character development is great. I enjoyed the love story interwoven into the mystery or the mystery interwoven into the love story... It’s nice having a story with main characters over the age of 35. Definitely recommend!!!

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 2019-03-24

Good, but not Great like I expect from Gerri Hill

Let me start by saying "Hunter's Way" and "the Secret Pond" are my favorite Gerri Hill audiobooks. Those books were amazing and I listened to them twice. This new book, "Moonlight Avenue" was very good, but not as good as the previously mentioned audiobooks in my opinion. I enjoyed the mystery going on in this book, but something was just missing. I liked all the main characters and the narration was very great... maybe it's how the main characters met? I prefer a slow build up. Anyway, this is still a good mystery book with lesbians and guns. If you've already read "Hunter's Way" and "the Secret Pond", why not try this newer Gerri Hill book.

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 2019-03-23

Not Bad

I'm not usually a big fan of the author's mystery stories but this one was a little above some of the previous books. I really liked the Rylee character and I would be interested in a book featuring her as the central protagonist.

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  • N. theriault
  • 2019-05-03

Not what I've come to expect from Gerri Hill

I was disappointed. The narrator was fine but I just couldn't connect with the characters. i think there were maybe 2 sex scenes. They were so brief I suppose I could have missed one.
I've been a huge Gerri Hill fan for many years so it won't detour me from buying the next one.
I do think I'll go back to reading them before listening to them on audible. Maybe that'll make a difference.

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  • monmon
  • 2019-03-30

struggle d to finish

Disappointed although love the author. I have listened to all her stories. Will wait next.

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  • Sab
  • 2019-05-17

Is there a sequel?

Gerri Hill, you need to tell us what is the key for... I am waiting for the next Ok in this series
Loved this book it was excellent, well told story, well narrated.

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  • Desmond Clark
  • 2019-04-24

What Does It Go To?

What?? I don’t get to know what the key goes to!! Arghhhj!! I hope there is a sequel!! What a story!! Deep, insightful and genius!! And there has got to be more!!!! One of the best stories ever!! Please tell me — what does the key go to?? Keep up the great story telling!! Another one from Ms Hill!!

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  • Human
  • 2019-04-15

Pretty good

I didn't really enjoy the end but the story to get there was pretty fun. I enjoyed the twists and turns.

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  • Meredith
  • 2019-04-15

Character driven cop drama

Loved it!! Hope to see this emerge as a full blown series. This is old school Gerri Hill with perfect pacing, involved plot, and totally character driven. Narration was perfect too.

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  • Brandy McNeal
  • 2019-04-13

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I couldn't seem to get into this story and I usually love Gerri Hills books. It might be due to the narrator whom I think was horrible. I couldnt really grasp onto the story and was bored early on and only finished it because I started it. I will be returning this title quickly.