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A Borealis Investigations, Book 1
Narrated by: Charlie David
Series: A Borealis Investigations, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins

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Shaw and North are best friends, private detectives, and in danger of losing their agency. A single bad case, followed by crippling lawsuits, has put them on the brink of closing shop. Until, that is, a client walks into their Benton Park office.

Matty Fennmore is young, blond, and beautiful, and he’s in danger. When he asks for Shaw and North’s help foiling a blackmail scheme, the detectives are quick to accept.

The conspiracy surrounding Matty runs deeper than Shaw and North expect. As they dig into the identity of Matty’s blackmailer, they are caught in a web that touches politicians, the local LGBT community, and the city’s police.

An attack on Matty drives home the rising stakes of the case, and Shaw and North must race to find the blackmailer before he can silence Matty. But a budding romance lays bare long-buried feelings between Shaw and North, and as their relationship splinters, solving the case may come at the cost of their friendship.

©2019 Gregory Ashe (P)2019 Gregory Ashe

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  • Jill K.
  • 18-10-2019

King of the Slow Burn

I swear to God that Gregory Ashe is the King of the Slow Burn! Ugh. I loved it. I loved Shaw and North's relationship. There are a few thing that I'm on the fence about but they are too much of a spoiler to say. Great story. Can't wait to see where it's going next. Charlie David isn't my favorite narrator but I still enjoyed it. No heat level. :( There are some trigger warnings that should be looked up.

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  • Colleen M
  • 20-10-2019

The first book in a new series by Gregory Ashe! ❤️

The new series features Shaw & North as private detectives. They are long time friends who know and can read each other like a book. I enjoyed this book because I adore Gregory Ashe’s writing style and he is amazing with a mystery.

If you like Hazard & Somerset, you will love North & Shaw. Now I’ll wait for the next book to be done in audio-soon, I hope!!! ❤️

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-10-2019

A Great Start To Another Great Series!

Gregory Ashe is one of my favorite contemporary authors. His writing is crisp, smart, funny, and impressive in its ability to make you *feel* something. After falling completely, maddingly in love with his Hazard & Somerset series, I was excited embark on a new Ashe adventure.

North and Shaw are complex, endearing characters. Their relationship is beautiful, deep, complicated, simple, and--at times--infuriating. They are friends who care deeply about each other, each wishing, in their own way, that they could be more. Shaw naturally seems like the more fragile of the two, but by the end, one wonders if it isn't North who might fall apart in a brisk wind without Shaw as his anchor.

The mystery in this novel is wickedly smart.
It's hard to express just how smart it is without spoilers, but It's like if a Sherlock novel and Macgyver had a baby and that baby took classical piano lessons from the age of 3, kind of smart. You might think you have a bead on what's going on, on the culprit/s behind it, and you might be right... For a while at least.

Charlie David does a nice job narrating the story, giving each character their own, unique voice and setting the tone throughout the entire book.

In summary, you really should get this book if it sounds like something that's up your alley. You won't be disappointed, but you will be swept up and carried away into North and Shaw's daring, dangerous, and intriguing world.

It's Gregory Ashe's world, and we're all just living in it.

*I would be remiss to not take this opportunity to also plug his Hazard & Somerset series as well. Both series are amazing (Sorry Gregory I had to)!*

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  • Rachel BPG
  • 18-10-2019

So Good!!!

So good! I was a big fan of his Hazard and Somerset series so I was hoping this would be just as good. Well this was better, yes there’s a slow burn but it didn’t bother me as much as it normally would because the story so good. The chemistry between the MCs was really good! The story made me laugh and cry. I thought the narrator did a good job. I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Sandra Kirchner
  • 26-01-2020

Great mystery and perfect narration.

I loved everything about North and Shaw when I read this book, but Charlie David's narration just makes the whole thing better. Best friends who run a private detective agency specializing in helping LGBTQ people together while secretly pining to be more than friends is definitely something I need in my life. Beyond the absolutely sublime way the narrator performs their banter, the underlying mystery is well thought out. I had inklings throughout but was still shocked when it played out the way it did.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-2020

Suspenseful with humor

I loved the whole story which caused several sleepless nights. The narrator was excellent. Shaw and North was so real to me

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  • CARLENE MCLAUGHLIN
  • 29-04-2020

Great narration of a great story

Charlie David really brings North and Shaw to life. A great way to showcase their relationship as it evolves. There are many instances where the humor really comes through and I'm laughing out loud. The story, of course, is enjoyable as expected. I feel like I'm figuring things out with North and Shaw as the story progresses. A great read.

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  • Ric
  • 17-04-2020

Great Story

good story. needed mire sizzle. charlie david fan. that drew me to the reading. followed the clues.

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  • Tiffani
  • 13-03-2020

Shaw and North are my new favorite!

I am not a fan of mysteries-- but Gregory Ashe has me hooked. I was definitely invested by the first couple of pages. The characters are complex and the story is so good. I didn't figure it out until the end, which to me , is the #1 criteria for mysteries. GA excels as the banter between Shaw and North and the connection between them was everything you wanted it to be. I was angsty and curious and nervous and sad and happy and upset...all the feels. Adding an even bigger layer to the already layered cake that is this series is the narrator. I love Charlie David's rich luxurious voice and he captured the essence of the characters and their personalities and quirks with ease (at least, it sounded easy). Read this series you won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the audio on the last book!

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  • A M
  • 12-02-2020

Narration hurt

As a native of St. Louis, the narrator's pronunciation of some streets and areas of St. Louis is painful. The story itself was surprisingly weak from this author. This is the first book of this author that I've not enjoyed. This book is a DNF finish for me.

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  • Loulou
  • 29-04-2020

Great new series and accomplished narration

I'm writing this review again, because when I went to check, my original one had disappeared. Much as I love Tristan James (who narrates the Hazard and Somerset books) I was glad a different narrator had been used for this, as I would have been hearing H and S in my head otherwise! Charlie David did a pretty good job with the narration, and I finished the book feeling satisfied (I had already read it, so knew I liked the story). Would recommend.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 17-01-2020

Intriguing

After reading/listening to Gregory Ashe’s previous series Hazard and Somerset this was a definite auto buy for me. I really like the authors style of writing and the crime/mystery genre alongside the mm romance.
What I did like about this book is that the characters of Shaw and North are nothing like those of Hazard and Somerset and there is much more humour within the storyline.
However, personally, I do feel the choice of narrator did not do the audiobook any justice. Whilst Charlie David is a very good narrator, I don’t think he carries off crime/mysteries off very well.
I can see why Gregory Ashe May have wanted to differentiate between the different series by using separate narrators, but Tristan James or another comparable narrator would have been preferable to me.

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  • Mary
  • 11-01-2020

Lacking the quality of writing or narration of H&S

I really enjoyed the Hazard and Somerset series by this author. The writing for that series was well-plotted and tight.
This book, no1 of a new series, was a mess from the start. The narrative was all over the place and the writing was choppy. It was hard to keep up with the flow of information in backstories and the anything but linear investigation.
I didn't fall for these characters from the off, in fact, I found them both really irritating, and as the book continued I became more and more confused about what was going on. There were some really poorly constructed scenes and unnatural dialogue, not something I expected from Gregory Ashe.
Sadly, the narration didn't flow either, and I wasn't a big fan of this narrator's voice, and don't believe he was the right choice for this book, but the lack of flow in the story is all down to the words he was given.
I am really disappointed. I expected better from Gregory Ashe. It feels like this book was speed-written and lacked the editing to make it into a shorter, tighter story.

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  • BevS
  • 30-10-2019

Great start to this series....

First of all, thanks to Greg for the ARC of this audio. As I said to him, Charlie David is not my fave narrator - Hot Head by Damon Suede I absolutely love...although not too many others unfortunately, but I was very willing to give this audio a try as we're talking about North and Shaw here <3. As far as Charlie's narration is concerned, well we all know that he doesn't really do voices for each character, but he did at least have a fairly distinct voice for both of the MC's, and really, who cares about the other characters, hehe. There were a few little niggles, but on the whole, it wasn't bad at all so I would leave my book review at 5 stars and this audio at maybe 4.25 stars. I will definitely listen to the rest of the series on audio.

***Book Review May 2019***

5 outstanding stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Gregory Ashe...you've done it again. Another fantastic series in the offing, and you're already making the MC's work very hard to a) stay alive and b) actually see each other instead of looking straight through and dismissing everything as 'just friends'. A Gay Fiction whodunit at it's finest, with wonderful banter, this is NOT a friends to lovers romance...yet...she says hopefully 🤞🤞🤞.

Yes, Shaw and North will do anything for each other but North won't admit that (view spoiler) [heads up for domestic abuse] and Shaw certainly won't admit that he's been love with North since college...and that the awful attack he suffered at college, which killed his then boyfriend and left him badly scarred, has also understandably left him with intimacy, trust and flashback issues.

Blackmail, drag queens, hustlers and violence...this story had it all. I liked Pari too, and yes North said some pretty dreadful stuff to Shaw that he wished he could've taken back the second they left his mouth and which he now sincerely regrets, but I think he's mainly ashamed of how much he feels for Shaw, given the fact that he's married to Tucker. As for Shaw...well, we'll see what happens as the series progresses. He clearly deserves some happiness.

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  • WallE
  • 04-12-2019

Ashe has another winner with this new series

I was given this book as an advanced listener and boy was I lucky.
After the Hazard and Somerset series, I wasn't sure if Gregory Ashe could create another set of characters I could come to care for. Plus, there is the added bonus of having Charlie David's narration. However, with the introduction of Shaw and North, private detectives I am hooked.
Their complex friendship is an important thread running through the story and their inate need to protect one another informs their decision making but this does not stand in the way of good crime story where there are a number of untrustworthy and downright unpleasant people who you have working at guessing their motives and level of guilt. (This includes the cops).
Charlie David keeps a natural rhythm and the characters are distinct. He helps the characters unfold and you can't help rooting for the lead protagonIsts to obtain the things they deserve.
I already have the next two ebooks in my library as some threads are ongoing. I hope that the audible narrations are not too far behind.