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"Jackson Ruck travels to the Verlorland Islands to retrieve his wayward older brother, Henry. But just as Jackson arrives, Henry's farcical career as a British private detective gets a serious boost when he lands the case of a murdered German woman with a massive estate.
Unable to watch his brother fail, Jackson joins Henry's investigation into the strange Henbit family. The dead woman leaves behind a contentious will, angry relatives, and a life full of secrets that Henry must unravel. When a second body appears, it becomes clear that more than Henry's career is at risk."
This was the first opportunity that I've had to work with Northern Lake Audio and I jumped at it. Cozy murder mysteries are a longtime favorite (here's looking at you Father Brown) and I immensely enjoyed getting the chance to explore this world. Micah Kafka has done a phenomenal job of creating an interesting world, keeping the reader constantly on the hook, and investing in the colorful ensemble of characters that pop up throughout the story. I can honestly say that I was more than a little surprised when the big reveal occurred.
One of the interesting challenges that this project presented me with as a narrator was voicing the character of Henry Pets. He's an American living in a Scandinavian-esque country who is unsuccessfully pretending to be an English detective. The other characters are very aware that he's not in fact an English detective so finding a balance between a believably (and intentionally) bad accent and something that is still listenable for the audience was a fun little tight rope act to walk.
Another fun challenge was the language of the Verlorland lslands. Micah was incredibly generous in helping with the pronunciation of this fictional language which, as he put it, is a language that was created to be read but be impossible to speak.
For me, this has been a enjoyable foray into the murder mystery genre and I can't wait to see how audiences respond to Micah's inventive world!