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Inspired by Murder

Emerald City Thriller, Book 2
Narrated by: Patrick Zeller
Series: Emerald City Thriller, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins

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He’s a master of the human mind. But can he get away with murder? 

Dr. Eric Leroy hungers for literary fame. Exhausted after years of listening to his rich clients wallowing in their worries, the psychiatrist intends to pursue his true passion of writing murder mysteries. And with his most obnoxious patient in mind, he crafts a killer plot to write exactly what he knows....

The nation is shocked when a famous Seattle resident and his wife are found dead in their upscale Madison Park neighborhood. It looks like murder-suicide, but Detective Blake Stephenson isn't convinced. 

As Stephenson investigates Dr. Leroy, he uncovers a dark past filled with secrets. Meanwhile, the headlines are reeling with a killer on the loose in Seattle. As the death toll rises, Stephenson struggles to find enough evidence to arrest the doctor - before he kills again. 

Inspired by Murder is the second book in the dark psychological Emerald City Thriller series. If you like gripping cat-and-mouse games, twisted suspense, and pitch-black humor, then you’ll love Audrey J. Cole’s compelling pause-resister. 

Buy Inspired by Murder to piece together a psychological thrill-ride today!

©2018 Audrey J. Cole (P)2019 Audrey J. Cole

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  • Katie
  • 18-07-2019

Dark look into the mind of a psychopath...........

Inspired by Murder is darker than the first book in this series featuring police detectives in the Seattle Homicide Department, but it is equally good. While one of the main characters, Detective Blake Stephenson, was introduced in the first book, this second book can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. The story is told from two different perspectives as it follows Stephenson while he investigates a string of strangulation murders and a psychiatrist named Dr Eric Leroy as he plans the murders of several people in order to add realism to the book he is writing. Although the author tells us from the beginning the identity of the villain, it was intriguing to watch Stephenson and his partner try to piece the puzzle together to arrive at the correct conclusion. I really liked the strong and smart character of Stephenson, but I also found myself so caught up in the drama playing inside the murderer's head, that I almost wanted him to get away with his crimes. The book was at times disturbing and at times almost comedic in the darkest sort of way, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

Patrick Zeller's narration is excellent. He has a very smooth delivery, and his performance is flawless. I might not be a good judge, but I think he handles the Australian accent of Dr Leroy very well, and he adds just the right amount of emphasis to portray the characters' emotions without being over the top dramatic.

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  • Milica
  • 06-12-2019

A compelling and unique thriller

A doctor plots a murder, that he intends to write about to become famous. Can someone so smart committ the perfect murder?

The story builds up well and unravels at a good pace. The point of view of the killer is interesting, albeit could have been more informative of his reasons. The point of view of the detective was well portrayed and linked cleverly to the elements of the killer. It was refreshing to hear a story from this different perspective knowing who the killer was upfront and hearing the story unravel from that perspective.

I liked the narrator. He had good intonation and energy and had good tones of voice to add the right amount of suspense where required.

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  • Cindy
  • 30-04-2020

Inspired by Murder

Inspired by Murder is full of suspense and murder. It is a cat and mouse game between killer and homicide detectives. If you like a thriller with lots of twists and turns, you'll love this book. Patrick Zeller did a great job bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • SD
  • 09-04-2020

The point of view of a psico

I've listen to this second book without having read the first and didn't miss anything, nor did I find spoilers, so for me it totally works as a standalone book.
This story is very interesting in the way it alternates between the point of view of the detective and the one of the murderer, that we meet from the start. For me that is the most interesting character and I find very amusing that in his mind the reason for killing is to do research for his crime book. Of course he hardly get's anything done and does some very rookie mistakes, but it's cool to follow along as the detectives puzzle together the clues to catch him.
Overall is a good story and the excelente narration at all levels just improves the experience. I really recommend this one as an audiobook.

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  • Christy D
  • 09-03-2020

Inspiried by Murder

Dr. Eric Leroy wants to be a famous author. He thinks the only way to accomplish this is by completing the actual murders for inspiration, The story was fun and had some edge of your seat moments. I was sad that he was not the brightest killer and thought he could get away with killing so many people so close to him and thinking the cops would not suspect him. And his accent was defiantly giving him away at crime scenes. The narrator did a great job with the book and an awesome Australian Accent.

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  • MeDi
  • 20-01-2020

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This is a dark story. It starts slow but it builds in momentum with lots of twists and unexpected revelations.

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  • April H.
  • 14-01-2020

Dark Humor amid Murder

Inspired by Murder
Audrey J. Cole

This is a very unusual murder mystery, told from the narcissistic psychopath point of view. A psychiatrist decides he wants to write a best selling murder mystery. In order to write about it he needs to research it. To research he does it. The bodies start piling up. There are many twists and turns that almost made me dizzy. I found dark humor mixed in with the drama.




The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Patrick Zeller was quite entertaining.



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  • Deedra
  • 07-01-2020

Inspired by murder

This was an excelent book! A psychaitrist is writing a book.His research includes commiting murder. He makes a mistake or two ,but. has so much planned out he may be able to outrun and out think the police. A fun ride! Patrick Zeller was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Christian
  • 23-12-2019

Great story, great voice....

It was great fun to me to listen to "Inspired by Murder". Also, Patrick Zeller does a great job narrating it. Sometimes it was a bit confusing / hard to know who is who and what is going on - but the book was very entertaining altogether. Recommended.

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  • B.Shoe
  • 24-11-2019

Wonderful Murder Mystery

Once again Audrey Cole has written an excellent murder mystery story. It has twists that I didn’t see coming. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys murder mystery books with a touch of romance thrown in!

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  • Julie
  • 19-11-2019

Inspired book plot

I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked it so much because I couldn't believe the killer could get away with what he did and I had to keep listening to find out how they eventually catch him. The story is told from two perspectives the killer and the detective trying to catch him, which is a clever way of building up the suspense because you hear all the mistakes the killer makes or how he thinks he got away with it and then you hear the detectives side, as they work it out. There is a few mysteries that you don't know the answer to until the end, keeping the story interesting. I will definitely be looking out for more books by this author.
Lost for inspiration for the big story that will make him famous as an author, psychiatrist Dr Eric Leroy hits on a new plan to help him with his writers block. Kill his most annoying patient and frame her poor husband for the murder because let's face it he will be doing him a favour. Things for the doctor don't go to plan and he has to improvise but believing he has got away clean he starts to write only to find two detectives at his door questioning him about the dead body of someone else. Detective Blake Stephenson knows the doctor's reaction to the news is wrong and he and his partner dig deeper but as the body count starts to rise the only common ground between all the bodies is the doctor. They just need to find some evidence to prove them right before the next body drops.
I liked the narrator and even the Australian accent for the doctor was good. I would listen to this narrator again and defiantly if he is reading a book in this series.

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  • tomsboxers
  • 07-06-2020

Very good plot which keeps you gripped

I really enjoy the style of the writing in this book. The characters are easy to imagine and the portrayal of them fits well. It is a very well layed out plan with trying out a murder before writing your book. I feel it is easy to follow and you are quickly drawn into the plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2020

complex character

I went from feeling sorry for Eric at times to thinking what the hell. A strange guy who I struggle to think did he ever have good intentions in mind.

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  • Angelbear
  • 16-02-2020

An addictive listen

I loved the story. The narrators accent was great and really added to the listening experience

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  • Calowaren
  • 15-12-2019

Well worth a read

A well written thriller with a believable villian, quite a few twists and turns and a strong plot. The narrator gave an excellent performance.

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