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Cold Case

A Barbara Holloway Mystery
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Series: Barbara Holloway, Book 11
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.

When Etheridge returns to Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host - until the senator is found shot dead. Now, Etheridge is once again suspected of murder, only this time, with the cold case reopened, he's facing a double charge.

Attorney Barbara Holloway must battle both the prosecution and the court of public opinion, which has already tried and convicted Etheridge for both murders. As the pressure mounts, Barbara must risk her own life to protect a client and preserve justice.

©2008 Kate Wilhelm (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Wilhelm is a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama." ( Library Journal)

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  • Nathan
  • 25-08-2008

I can not believe I listened to all of this book

This book was awful with occasional flashes of adequacy. The story seemed forced,the dialogue was flat, and the characters were barely believable. I won't buy another book by this author.

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  • LB in Dallas
  • 06-10-2008

A little hard to follow at first but picks up

I'm not crazy about the reader, she over-enunciates and doesn't add much to the story. The basic premise requires one to suspend reality a bit as the story starts from a party held at the home of one obnoxious college student who nobody seems to like much yet he becomes a successful politician who no one hates. The other 2 primary story subjects weren't friends or big fans of the future politician so why would they go to a party at his parents house? For the free beer? Hard to say. Once you suspend reality for that issue it is an interesting mystery. Kept me entertained and thinking for a little while.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cathy
  • 29-12-2008

Cold Case

This is the first time I listened to this author. Enjoyed the storyline and the charaters. I will be seleting more of her books. I am excited to have found this Author.

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  • Karen Luna
  • 07-09-2012

Barbara Holloway Rocks

What made the experience of listening to Cold Case the most enjoyable?

Great story....Well read

Any additional comments?

Another winner for Wilhelm. Barbara Holloway does it again. Can't go wrong with the Holloway series.

1 person found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Easy pezie
  • 12-04-2010


Figured out the who-dunit, before the 2nd chapter. No twist-or-turns just listened until it was finally over. Reader was good.
Bought a couple of other books from Kate Wilhelm, hope they aren't all this predictable.

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  • Kathleen
  • 07-07-2009


I can't believe I listened to the whole thing - the mystery wasn't a mystery, it was evident from early in the story who the killer was. I didn't find the characters well developed or interesting. I'm sorry I wasted my time and will not buy another by this author.

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  • dlsidrn
  • 11-05-2009

Good listen

I always enjoy Kate Wilhelm's books. The story is always intersting with good solid characters and the narration is good.

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  • Chris
  • 11-11-2008

Kate Wilhelm has lost her way

I have purchased and listened to many Kate Wilhelm books. She is capable of writing a good story. However, each book now becomes more of an agenda driven book of the worst kind - one which is so obvious and unimaginative as to try to cram a political philosophy down the gullet of the reader. I don't mind an author using a good story to make a point, but Ms. Wilhelm abandons the story at some points, and inserts meaningless characters in at other points just to pound the reader with her political philosophy. She is about as subtle and creative as a sledge hammer to the face. I will not waste any more audible credits to be preached to in such an obvious and non-creative way.

5 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ed
  • 02-11-2008

Predictable, but about what I expected

It wasn't difficult to figure out who the villain was in this very average thriller. It was also a little distracting to draw a mind's picture of the settings that were described in this novel. My time wasn't wasted but this second Barbara Holloway story I've listened to will probably be my last. Worth a download on a half-price sale, otherwise don't bother.

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  • Cecelia
  • 18-04-2011

Terrible reader, bored Wilhelm

First, the reader...she does male voices well, but makes all the women sound perky, lightweight, trite. Just awful.
The story has a lot of cut-and-paste descriptions from previous books. Can authors really get away with this? No current-time authenticity. It's really too bad, because there's a great cast of characters here. One more "Bailey glowered" and I'll scream.
Barbara can't find her way with this case, and neither can I. A story about endless frustration and dead ends...well, I think it describes how the author felt writing this.
Then there's the faux romance. Tacky and tiring, and doesn't belong to a character who began with such an edge.
I have downloaded all the Barbara Holloway novels and enjoyed the twists and turns.
Kate Wilhelm, I hope you find your way have avid fans.