Play the Fool

Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 9:34 hrs. ISBN 9780593668689. $76. M
Kristen Sieh narrates Chern’s debut contemporary mystery, set in the suburbs of Chicago. Katie True is barely adulting. She shuffles her ever-present tarot cards while working another dead-end job at a Russian-themed specialty store in a dying mall. While snooping through a discombobulated customer’s phone during an impromptu reading, she sees a photo of her closest friend and fellow mall employee Marley lying dead in a nearby alleyway. When she searches the area, she finds that Marley’s body has gone missing. With the help of a police officer who believes Katie’s story, she puts her skills at reading people to the test to solve the mystery of Marley’s disappearance. Listeners will enjoy Sieh’s narration of this fast-paced mystery. Sieh has a knack for uniquely voicing different characters and handily switches between each one. Most notably, she captures Katie’s essence, bringing her to life.
VERDICT Sieh’s entertaining performance ensures that listeners will be delighted by this audiobook production. Add to collections where mystery novels are popular.
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