Posted by: Karen | July 3, 2015

Patricia Cornwell’s ANDY BRAZIL series

Available now from Harper Audio:

9780062376213“In this first title of a new mystery series, Cornwell introduces us to a dynamic trio of crime-solver in Charlotte, North Carolina: Andy Brazil, an eager young reporter; Judy Hammer, the city’s police chief; and Virginia West. Hammer’s deputy and a genuine head-turner. They’re after a serial killer who pulls male out-of-towners from their rental cars, then mutilates, spray paints and shoots them, in that order. What the trio uncovers jolts them like the sting of the hornet—Charlotte’s symbol.”

9780062376237

“Richmond, Virginia, is a city rich in Southern history, yet overrun by such modern-day problems as drug trafficking and escalating juvenile crime. Former Charlotte police chief Judy Hammer is brought in to clean up the police force—the most difficult assignment of her career. Now, in the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, she must navigate through local politics and prejudices to solve a brutal murder that springs straight from the rotting core of Richmond’s heart…”

9780062376244“Newly installed superintendent of the Virginia State Police, Judy Hammer, and her right hand and confidant, Andy Brazil, are at their wits’ end trying to protect the public from the politicians – and vice versa.

And amid the mayhem, an island off the coast of Virginia declares UDI – claiming its independence lies in the history of America’s first settlers, those who set sail from London’s Isle of Dogs in 1607.”

My recording experience:

I had a blast recording this series by Patricia Cornwell.  When these books first came out in the late 90’s, many readers seemed frustrated that it wasn’t like her Kay Scarpetta series.  Knowing this actually helped open my mind to what I think Cornwell was going for – part wry homage to her previous hometown of Charlotte, NC and part wickedly funny view of law enforcement, racism, sexism and all other forms of bigotry in the south.  In my narration, I mined it for humor as much as possible, while taking seriously the struggles of the three main characters.  A very satisfying challenge! (Including the very odd Tangier Island accents in ISLE OF DOGS, which, luckily I have heard with my own ears.)

Listen to samples here:

HORNET’S NEST

SOUTHERN CROSS

ISLE OF DOGS

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