No Tears for Darcy (Audio Review)

Title: No Tears for Darcy
Author: Vicki Reese and Brock Hatton (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 13th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


Letting love pass them by would be a crime.

Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town Police Chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble – and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.

Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery – or love.

No Tears for Darcy is a mystery told from multiple third-person points of view including Cameron, Pete, and the killer. There are clues as to who the killer is pretty early on, but enough red herrings that leave the reader doubting if they’re right or not. There’s some romance, but the mystery and suspense are more paramount here.

I’m afraid the audio didn’t work for me. There is quite a bit of ambient booth noise throughout, which through my headphones sounded even worse and never truly let me settle in to enjoy the story. Adding Brock Hatton’s staccato speech pattern and a pace that never seemed to gain a good flow…it all made this a less than pleasant listening experience.

While I liked Hatton’s voice, and that he differentiates between characters with slightly different voices and accents, it couldn’t make up for the things that were annoying me while listening.

This appears to be Hatton’s first audiobook, so perhaps a better microphone, some sound proofing, and some more experience will hopefully help him work out these kinks in his next effort.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of No Tears for Darcy provided by Dreamspinner Press 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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