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An Unwilling Suspect by @JoHiestand is a Celebrate Audiobook Month pick #audiobooks #mystery

Title: An Unwilling Suspect

Author: Jo A. Hiestand

Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb:

McLaren’s fiancée tragically died one month ago. Trying to heal emotionally from her death, McLaren settles into a rented farmhouse in the woods near picturesque Lake Windermere, in Cumbria. But he’s barely had a chance to rest when Helen, the woman in the neighboring cottage, is killed…and is discovered near his front door.

Because McLaren had spent much of the previous day with her, and his snowy footprints lead to and from her house, he becomes the prime murder suspect in what the police label a frustrated romantic advance.

Motives for Helen’s murder are as chilling as the outdoor temperature. There’s the hands-on garage mechanic who’d like to put his hands all over her, the affluent fishing guide, and Helen’s former boyfriend who wanted to renew the relationship.

Can McLaren find the killer before the police jail him for murder?

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What makes this a must-listen audiobook?

An Unwilling Suspect is a slightly different sort of book from the usual cold cases McLaren investigates. This time he has to clear himself as a suspect in a woman’s murder. He has to use all his investigative skills to elude arrest while finding the real murderer.


One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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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 effect me and, hopefully, effect 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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Jo Hiestand
Jo Hiestand
Jun 25, 2021

Thank you for posting my audiobook book today -- I appreciate it!


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N. N. Light
Jun 25, 2021

Thank you, Jo, for sharing your audiobook in our Celebrate Audiobook Month!

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