Crime Wave (Belen’s Review)

Title: Crime Wave (Jimmy McSwain Files #2)
Author: Adam Carpenter and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Linden Corners Press
Release Date: December 7th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Mystery
Length: 7 hrs
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister’s boyfriend fight a murder charge – and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case. Hell’s Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance.

Jimmy McSwain isn’t thrilled about taking a case for free – but when his sister fears her boyfriend, Rocky, is cheating on her, he has no choice. But the case takes a deadly turn when Rocky is standing over the body of a man he was just seen kissing, and he’s holding the gun. He begs Jimmy to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, as a sweltering heat wave claims New York City, a gunman with a thirst for blood is targeting Manhattan deli owners and has already claimed two victims. Jimmy knows a thing or two about those – 14 years ago his father was killed outside a deli, and it’s possible today’s killer could be linked to that unsolved murder, one that continues to haunt Jimmy.

Enlisting the aid of sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy finds himself torn between the two cases, as well as the heat simmering between himself and the hot cop. Suddenly a quiet summer has erupted into a full blown crime wave.

I’m not going to lie, while this is an entertaining story, with a solid mystery and likable main character, it’s absolutely Joel Leslie’s narration that made this a winner for me.

I liked the mystery element, there was even a little romance (though it’s not a focus of the story but it’s integrated well), and Jimmy and his family were a delight.

I just simply loved Leslie’s narration.

My only complaint with the story itself is that it tends to be filled with a little too much purple prose at times, but Leslie absolutely makes it work.

So I feel like this is one of those times where the story was absolutely elevated by the narration. Which, for me, just proves that the right voice talent can make or break your audiobook.

Note: I haven’t read the first story, but I had zero issue or problem following along – so no problems handling this as a standalone.

If you’re looking for an entertaining mystery with wonderful narration I’d absolutely steer you towards Crime Wave.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Crime Wave provided in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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