The Brimstone Deception Audiobook by Lisa Shearin (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Brimstone Deception Audiobook
Lisa Shearin

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On February 11, 2016
Last modified:May 22, 2016


The Brimstone Deception Audiobook

By: Lisa Shearin

Narrated by: Johanna Parker

Published by: Audible Studios 01/26/2016

The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

SPI Files #3

9 hrs and 5 mins

Urban Fantasy

The Brimstone Deception Audiobook Sample

The Brimstone Deception Audiobook

4 Hearts

This is a series that I’ve enjoyed from when I first read the prequel novella in Night Shift two years ago. I find it to be a fun paranormal investigation story. Mac is a seer. So while she is human, she can see through glamour of other species, which makes her invaluable to an investigation team. She has a partner who is also human and a former NYPD detective, Ian Byrne.

Mac is out on a lunch date with goblin billionaire Rake Danescu. Ian just so happens to be out to lunch at the same overpriced restaurant and Mac and Rake on his own date with Kylie O’Hara. Kylie is a dryad and also works at SPI as director of media and public relations. The fact that they were all at the restaurant when a human just happens to take a new designer drug that allows him to see through glamor, is a convenience and a curse. They are able to help tamp down the situation with the media and the local police.

This was a fun story where we get to watch Mac and Ian investigate the new drug and track down dealers, murderers and manufacturers of the drug. It is probably the closest thing to a “normal” police case that we’ve seen Mac and Ian work. Except where the drug is made from a substance from Hell and the people involved are not human. Oh, and everything seems to point towards Rake, who Ian is really not a fan of anyway.

I liked that we got to see how SPI has to run interference with the local NYPD to try to keep the supernatural creatures out of the public eye. Anything from completely covering up the crime for the local police, only so that they can investigate and charge the supernatural criminals themselves. Also, getting supernaturals entrenched into the local police, morgue and other aspects to help cover up the supernatural aspects, if the locals find the crime first.

When I first read the prequel novella, I was all for Ian and Mac romance. As I read more of this book and learn more about Rake, I’m starting to root more for him. I know that many people will disagree with me, but I saw a different side to Rake in this book. I’m not all in, but I’m willing to give him a shot.

I should also add that I love the humor in these books. There are several pop culture references including Mr. Burns of The Simpsons and Yoda’s “Do or do not, there is no try”. There are also several Southern references, which I love, being from Georgia. Things like the hot light at Krispy Kreme and tea so sweet you can stand a spoon up in it.

The Brimstone Deception Narration

4 Hearts

Johanna Parker is a narrator that I’ve enjoyed for some time. I like the way she narrates books with a lot of humor. I think she is able to bring out that extra bit of humor I’m expecting from a book like this one. I also like her Southern accent. I think it is perfect for Mac’s North Carolina heritage.

Lisa is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her second series—The SPI Files—is an urban fantasy that’s been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black. The first book, The Grendel Affair, is available now. The second, The Dragon Conspiracy, will hit shelves and eReaders on January 27, 2015.

Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens both vintage and modern. She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, three spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

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Narrator Johanna Parker

Johanna Parker is an Audie Award Winning, Earphone Award Winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook for Recorded Books in 2002, Johanna has received high praise for her work in all genres, including the young adult Mediator series by Meg Cabot, Earlene Fowler’s Bennie Harper Mysteries, and her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire books of which Audiofile has said, “Parker personifies Harris’s perky Southern heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Her splendid pacing allows listeners time to absorb the action and emotions…listeners will be enthralled.”

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This is a series that someday I may get to but will do it on audio (I do love JP). Great review!

  2. OOh this sounds great and its totally new to me author and series

    • It is a very fun series. I hope you get a chance to try it, Debbie.

  3. This series has me intrigued. I love when humor in books works out well.

    • I think this is one you will like. I hope you get a chance to try it. I just love Mac.

      • It’ll go on my list and I’ll try it one day 😀 Yall haven’t steered me wrong yet lol

    • You’re very welcome. I’ve really been enjoying the series.

  4. I alwasy like books that feature pop culture references they make me laugh. This sounds like a UF series I need to try.

    • It is a very fun series. I hope you get a chance to try it Heidi.

  5. Another new to me series, thanks for putting this on my radar. I should check it out.

    • Braine, I think this is one that you would love. Tons of humor.

  6. Oh already book 3! i have book 1 on my wishlist, it sounded so good! I’m glad it’s still the case!

    • I hope you get a chance to try it, Melliane. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

    • Mac is a fun character. I can really see parts of myself in her, which is always fun. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  7. This series really does sound like something I would enjoy. It also sounds like a good one to catch up on in audio as well.

  8. Sounds like a fun series. And humor is always a huge selling point for me.

    • I’m the same way. Life can be chaotic, so having something to make me laugh is always a plus.

  9. I’m listening to this one right now. I read the book earlier and didn’t love it as much as I did the earlier titles… but now that I’m listening to it, I’m getting so much more from it. JP does such a great job and makes the story come to life. I think I’ll stick with listening from here on out!

    I was still on the Ian – Mak camp for romance, but I agree that I’m more interested in Rake now. AND… I think the author is doing a good job of making Ian/Mak more like brother / sister so that helps!

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it better this time around. I’ve never read any of these books, only listened. I just love Johanna Parker though. I can see where she adds to the story.

  10. Yet another great-sounding new-to-me series here, Melanie. I may just get this on audible in a while, too, I’m sure it’s something I’d enjoy. Great review 🙂

    • It is a very fun series and I love Johanna Parker as the narrator.

  11. You really must stop writing great reviews. You are killing my TBR!!!! I just added The Grendel Affair, hell, I might even own it somewhere in my pile of UF books. It sounds scarily familiar… either way, STOP! 😀

    • Hahaha. I know the feeling. I’m adding too many to my TBR pile all the time too. So many great authors out there.

    • I know how that goes. I’ve got so many in my TBR pile. I hope you get a chance to try this one. I think you would love it Anna.

    • I love humor in my stories and this one has a lot of it. I hope you get a chance to try it.

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