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An Unfolding Trap by Jo A Hiestand is a Celebrate Audiobook Month pick #audiobooks #mystery

Title: An Unfolding Trap

Author: Jo A Hiestand

Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb:

Dreams woke him that night. Not nightmares. Not exactly. More like flashes from his past. Mingled, as happens through the power of dreams, with foreshadowing of the future. Except he didn’t know that yet…

Since infancy, Michael McLaren has been the target of his paternal grandfather’s anger. So, when the patriarch sends an invitation to heal the rift, McLaren travels to Scotland, eager to meet and finally end the feud. But the welcome never happens. If grandfather hadn’t invited him, who had? And why?

In Edinburgh, a man standing beside McLaren in a bus queue is killed in a hit-and-run accident. After an attack leaves McLaren for dead on a wintry moor, he’s convinced someone from his past is trying to murder him.

As McLaren trails the hit-and-run driver from the medieval "underground city" of Edinburgh to the Boar’s Rock, the MacLaren Clan’s ancestral meeting place, the assaults intensify, and he’s plunged into a very personal hunt for a World War II treasure. The puzzle is fascinating; he just has to stay alive to solve it.

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What makes this a must-listen audiobook?

Callum Hale, the narrator, is a master of voices and accents. The choice of voices is excellent, reflecting character’s personalities. He even does several Scottish accents, which I wouldn’t have believed possible if I hadn’t heard them. The two ‘bad guys’ have Cockney accents that fit perfectly with their personality. I can really see them, especially Lanny Clack. Wonderful. Callum brings the right amount of tension and humor to the spots needing that and plunges you into the story.


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Open internationally.

Runs June 1 – June 30.

Drawing will be held on July 1.

Author Biography:

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times and lived there during her professional folksinging stint.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy--from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area--has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the details filling both her Peak District mysteries and the McLaren mystery series.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

Jo also writes a Missouri-based amateur sleuth series, The Linn House Mysteries.

Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis-area home.

Narrator Biography: Callum Hale

I trained as an actor at the East 15 School of Acting, based on the principles of Joan Littewoods Theatre Workshop. I knew from fairly early on that I wanted to be an actor, pretty much ever since I realised that playing make-believe could actually be a career. I’ve been telling stories my entire life, and when as a child I was given a Dictaphone I would record books for me and my siblings to listen to, so you could say I’ve been narrating audiobooks for a very, VERY long time.

I remember particularly recording a number of short stories from a magazine my Scottish Grandmother used to share with us. One was about a Clooty Dumpling that got into a scrape with a spider in a cave. I read the entire thing in a Scottish accent; which you can hear me doing plenty of in the McLaren audiobook, An Unfolding Trap.

My Mother’s family are from the Yorkshire and Cheshire regions of England, not far from where McLaren and his friend Jamie call home, so I was drawn not only to those characters, and the sounds of those voices, but also to the landscapes, which Jo makes just as important a character in her books.

I find it a real joy to sit in my little corner, behind the microphone, and step into the world of the book I’m narrating. Just as you would when reading alone for pleasure, I can see the hills in my mind’s eye, I feel the emotion of McLaren; I let the words affect me and, hopefully, affect my delivery so that the listener has the same engagement as they would reading the words themselves. To my mind, narrating is acting, and acting is telling stories, and I’ve been doing that all my life.

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