2. 'Tamarack County,' by William Kent Krueger
Read by David Chandler
The 13th in a series featuring Cork Oâ€™Connor, a former sheriff and current investigator in Tamarack County, Minnesota, this novel does a decent job as a stand-alone mystery because Krueger gives us backstory and old histories in a fluid manner.
O'Connor is an intriguing ethnic mixture of Ojibwe and Irish, which realistically reflects the mixed heritage so often found in northern Minnesota. A single dad whose children become embroiled in this gripping story of murder and revenge, Oâ€™Connor uses both his smarts and his spirituality to find the truth in a dark and ugly series of crimes. Chandler has a commanding manner and a slightly raspy, deep voice that easily carries this story. Instead of employing different accents or vocal personalities, he successfully changes his tone and pacing for different characters. Grade: B+