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Kendall

Kendall, Book 5
By: John Holt
Narrated by: Kolyn Marshall
Series: Kendall, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Kendall had been with the 32nd Precinct, New York Police Department, for just under 10 years. But now he wanted a change. Now he wanted to start his own private detective agency. 

He had grand ideas. He wasn’t interested in just any old case. Oh no, he would handle only the big-time cases, the expensive ones. He would be able to take his pick, the ones that he wanted, where the stakes were high and so were the rewards. He knew exactly the kind of case that he wanted.

Anything else would not do, and it would just be turned down flat. 

Although a standalone novel, this is the fifth Tom Kendall novel.

©2014 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 24-08-2019

Kendall explained

I never know how to feel about prequels. I mean I always wonder why an author doesn’t just start off with this as the first book? It would make sense. I rather fathom they pick up quirks along the way and then the author must say, maybe I should go back an explain why he does this behavior. That’s a bit what I thought about this book. I learned much about Kendall in this segment of the series that sheds light on his behaviors, such as he was as lazy a cop as he is a private detective. It also explains why Molly is so pushy. I always wondered why Kendall would put up with so much bossiness from his secretary, and why in the beginning of book one Molly would stick around even though Kendall couldn’t pay her. And then in book 4 when they go on vacation, I was thinking Molly was a bit comfortable going on vacation with the boss’s money. But it makes complete sense if your secretary is your partner. In this book you’ll learn about how the Kendall agency forms and how it almost wasn’t even in existence, about how Molly came to join the agency, and how if it weren’t for Molly, Kendall wouldn’t have made it. There is of course, Kendall’s usual quirky sense of humor, which I love, and Molly’s bossiness. You’ll laugh and shake your head at Kendall and wonder how he could ever solve a crime, and how he practically stumbles into solving each case. But underneath his outward appearance, is a clever man. I love this character, who reminds me so much of Columbo and look forward to each story. The narrator does a good job and gives just the right attitude to Kendall.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 18-06-2019

The perils of starting your own business

New cases lead Tom Kendall on twists and turns to find the perpetrators.

Kolyn Marshall does a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 04-03-2019

How it all began

Kendall and his secretary Molly have a solid working relationship in the first four books. Now comes book five titled Kendall to expand and fill in how Kendall started as a P. I. And where Molly comes into the story. Kendall is his usual lazy self but still manages to get the job done, albeit with the capable assistance of the driven Molly.
I really enjoyed this book and learning of the history of Kendall and Molly and how they came to be a great working partnership was a bonus.
The narrator Kolyn Marshall has a great voice, although I do admit that I was sceptical of a new narrator in book 5 but I soon overcame those feelings very quickly.
All in all an enjoyable listen and I would highly recommend this book.
I was given a free credit in return for writing a review for this book.

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  • Rayc
  • 23-02-2019

A 5* read/listen.

Kendall: Kendall, Book 5. Kendall isn't a hero who is instantly likeable but he grows on you both him & Molly.
You can read this as a stand alone novel as it recalls the beginnings of Kendall PI.
This is a must read for anyone who liked "Columbo" . John Holt is masterful at this genre.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Ree
  • 05-02-2019

Suspense and Intrigue

The story involves a police officer seeking to develop his own private investigator service associated with high profile cases. The plot is suspenseful and held my interest with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Although associated within a series of books, this particular story is the first that I have listened from this author and found it to serve well as a stand alone. Definitely a gooychoice for mystery and adventure lovers. I received this audio for the purpose of review and opinions and thoughts were my own and unsolicited

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 30-01-2019

Very good story

This tale is every bit as good as the others in the series. You can bet that all of them are very entertaining.

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  • Suzan
  • 24-01-2019

It's Okay

I have read most of the books in this series. They can be read as a stand alone book very easily, I do find the fact that all of the books have had a different narrator a little strange. Most of the time the narrator stays the same and that gives the books a consistency. It also helps you relate to the main characters because they sound the same and your mind says oh I know them. The narrator for this book has a good voice and I enjoyed listening to him. Kolyn Marshall does a good job. The story line is okay. I was gifted this book from the author with the understanding that I would leave an honest review

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  • M.C. Colon
  • 16-01-2019

the story is great

the story and plot is great. very believable and realistic. the narrator does a disservice in many places by missing places that obviously require a pause and just reading through the pause. other than that it's worth the credit to listen to the book, family friendly for a drive and well done.

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 07-01-2019

good story

Kendall tells the story of how he he became a private eye and met Molly. the author tells a good story. irs full of twist and turns. Kendall gets his man after being convinced the other guys not guilty. the narrator did good telling to story

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 05-01-2019

wow just wow

such a wonderful book to listen to again it's not an easy book to hear but it's very very good one I think this author Nails it with the genre the fact that it's Detective it's great but it's much more because because it's thrilling and it's a bit scary but in a good way

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  • Ostfeld
  • 13-02-2019

Kendall uncovered.

Now we know how Kendall became a private detective.
John Holt the author is excellent in creating believable personalities, just like detective Kendall a lazy one but somehow always gets to the truth and never gets paid because of it.
As usual the choosing of Kolyn Marshall was a good one, he is a great narrator perfect voice for each character.

I enjoyed every audiobook from the author John Holt that’s for sure so it’s absolutely no problem for me to recommend his books, I do believe that all will also enjoy them as much as I did.




In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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  • deafmick
  • 18-06-2019

This is my second audio book by John Holt it's very good i give it 10 out of 10

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  • Norma Miles
  • 25-02-2019

Some of those nice chocolate cookies.

Kendall, the policeman turned private eye and his secretary business partner Mo!ly : at last we discover how they came to come together because, quirkily, although book five in the series, this book tells us how it all began.
The detective who doesn't believe in coincidences, and doesn't seen to believe in work much, either, but is driven by the marvellous Molly who feeds him biscuits and ideas which he assumed are his own. This is his first case as a private detective, long awaited because previously he's been rather lacking in clients. And now he has two, a wife with a missing husband - and, seperately, the husband himself. Plus his old police buddies from New York want him to keep an eye on two low grade criminal brothers who have just moved into his area. With double the fees he really needs the money. Now he just has to solve the crime.
Narrator, Kolyn Marshall, does a fine job catching the laid back, self internalizing Kendall, already regretting leaving the job with the New York police and wondering if he really needs to lose just a couple of pounds in weight, as well as giving excellent voice to Molly and the other characters , even if his Irish accent leaves a lot to be desired. The meandering investigation is fun as is Kendall's constant mind changes and desire for coffee and biscuits. Great characters, Good story, nice narration - recommended.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 30-01-2019

Kendall

I really like this private’s detective. He’s quirky in his inner monologues but capable of being professional as well. I also love the way he is able to look outside the box to solve his cases. Hopefully I will get to listen to more of Kendall in the future.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 06-01-2019

The Beginnings of Tom Kendall PI

We're introduced to the rambling detective as he leaves his New York police department to embark on a career as a private investigator. His high ideals of only taking major cases soon founders as work fails to materialise. The saving grace soon materialises in the form of Molly, hired as a secretary but is soon appointed as a partner. Kendall is an endearing character who stumbles and rambles along collecting clues and pointers others fail to see. His first case involving a missing person unfolds into a murder mystery with a twist in the tail. Excellent narration gives depth to the listening experience.

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  • JEYCEE
  • 02-01-2019

Kendall book 5


Kendall the detective. . This Detective is pure gold. I’ll certainly be looking out for more books by this author. He is not the usual pain in the brass we’ve all learned to live with for the past few years