Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Macmillan Audio Review - A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

I reviewed the print format of Christi Daugherty's debut in her Harper McClain series, The Echo Killing for Library Journal and then for Macmillan audio so  when I saw A Beautiful Corpse book 2 in the series available for review on Macmillan audio I jumped at the chance to review it.

ISBN-13: 9781250318275
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 3-12-2019
Length: 11 hours 44 minutes
Source: Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Listen to a sample:


My Review:

A Beautiful Corpse
Christi Daugherty
Narrated by Sophie Amos

Daugherty’s second in her Harper McClain mystery series, A Beautiful Corpse, is a chilling can’t put it down crime drama including a clever story inside a story. The premise is timely southern fried fiction with hot sultry settings and unforgettable characters some new but many returning from book 1, The Echo Killing, especially the novel and series stand out Harper herself a totally believable mix of steadfast and vulnerable. There are two subplots that will definitely keep the pages turning, one is the rocky relationship between Harper and Luke the detective and two the continuing story about her mother’s murder. And in the end will make the wait for book three a torture.

The narration by Sophie Amos will bring listeners deep into the south with her slow Georgian drawl. She makes a credible narrator as well as playing each role both female and male voices to perfection and puts necessary emotions into the recitation right where they belong giving listeners a generous leg up on readers.

Harper McClain knew what she wanted to be when she grew up when she was twelve the day her mother was murdered and she found the body so you could say she’s living the dream except nowadays Newspaper reporters are on the endangered species list. She also knows being summertime in Savannah means that when the temperature rises so does the crime rate and that’s money in the bank for a crime scene reporter like her. When she’s called to a murder scene in the heart of the tourist district she’s not prepared when she learns that the murder victim is a young woman she knows. Now she and the cops are looking for the boyfriend even though the victim’s father says the boyfriend didn’t do it.  If that’s not enough she’s either going crazy or someone is stalking her, even going as far as breaking into her home but taking nothing.

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My thanks to Macmillan Audio for the audio copy in exchange for an honest review

About the Author:
As a newspaper reporter, Christi Daugherty covered her first murder at the age of 22. There would be many more over the subsequent years when she worked as a journalist in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Now a novelist, she lives in the south of England. She is the author of The Echo Killing and A Beautiful Corpse.


  1. Definitely my kind of read! I hope you are doing well Debbie with the flooding, thinking of you!! <3

  2. I've had my eye on this. Glad to read your review. I think audio is the way to go :)

  3. Finding your dead mothers body would be awful. This sounds intriguing.

  4. This sounds like such a page turner! I like that there's a story within a story. I think it's great that the narrator has a southern accent that goes along well with the setting. The unforgettable characters and exciting plot lines make this sound like a must-read! Wonderful Review Debbie!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Thanks Lindy I have to say I'm really loving the series

  5. The narrator sounds fantastic and while this is not my kind of book as I avoid murders - well except for J D Robb ones.
    However can see how you'd be left hanging waiting for the next one.

    1. Yes this is not for the faint of heart Kathryn but for me it's book candy :)

  6. My kind of story. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Debbie.

    1. your friendly neighborhood book pusher says you're welcome Nadene :)

  7. A book I could read for next bookclub..in a week! Eeek

  8. Sounds like a great story. Wonderful review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart