Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Mystery #SmallTown#Thriller #Audiobook: THE PIPER BLACKWELL SERIES by Jean Rabe, Narrated by Catherine Wenglowski

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Small Town Mystery Thriller Audiobooks


Set in a small town in Indiana, Piper Blackwell is the newly appointed sheriff in this intense mystery thriller series from Faust lifetime achievement winner, Jean Rabe. Narrator Catherine Wenglowski lends her voice to this series of books that will keep you up at night…

DEAD OF WINTER, DEAD OF NIGHT, and now, DEAD OF SUMMER, have been converted into ear candy (or, audiobooks) for your listening enjoyment.

About the Books:


In a deceptively peaceful county, a murderer hides in plain sight.
Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, 23-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder, the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff’s badge, and that won’t be easy.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 8 hr 47 min
Language: English


As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.

Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.

Accompanied by Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper seeks to expose a truth someone wants to remain forever hidden. The investigation may have started with a thunderstorm, but Piper aims to finish it and find justice. Uncovering fragments of Spencer County’s history could prove more dangerous – and deadlier – than she ever expected.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 8 hr 32 min
Language: English


Shouts of delight turn to screams of terror when a carnival ride goes berserk at the Spencer County Fair. Sheriff Piper Blackwell must contain the chaos and investigate the possible sabotage, even as she tries to solve a local businessman’s horrific murder.

But managing two investigations with at least one killer on the loose pushes the young officer and her tiny staff to their limits. Can Piper catch the murderer, or will the summer’s body count continue to rise?

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 8hr 19 min
Language: English

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Small Town Mystery Thriller Audiobooks


Monday, January 1st

Conrad Delaney’s body leaned against a life-sized stuffed Santa on the seat of a glossy black sleigh. It looked like he was going for a ride with the jolly old elf.

The centerpiece of Conrad’s front yard, the sleigh was red the last time Piper saw it. That was more than a dozen years back when her dad drove the family through the county to take in the Christmas lights. Piper had begged to stop so she could sit with Santa, but dad kept driving…on to the next display, and the next.

Large burlap sacks filled the back of the sleigh; artfully spilling from one were boxes wrapped in colorful plastic and tied with red and green bows, everything held in place with fishing line. The ribbons fluttered in the chill breeze that cut across the snowy landscape.

Piper shivered and turned her coat collar up.

For variety sometimes Conrad put big stuffed animals in the mix, and one Christmas he reported a four-foot-tall Teddy bear stolen. The sheriff’s department recovered the bear about a month later, hanging from a telephone pole out on Highway 545 near the monastery, fluffy guts spilling out. It had been a hot news item for the town of Fulda, which boasted a population of two hundred.

One hundred and ninety-nine now.

A thin layer of frost had formed on Conrad’s face, the spotlight making it sparkle like he’d been dipped in glitter. His lips formed an “O” similar to the expression on Santa’s plastic visage, and his eyes, the washed-out blue of a winter sky, were locked open in a perpetual thousand yard stare.

He looked peaceful sitting there in his dark jeans and gray wool sweater, a single line of egg-white reindeers parading across his chest, bright red Merry Christmas mug in his cupped hands that contained, Piper guessed from the look of it, coffee.

“Happy New Year, Sheriff Blackwood.”​

About Author Jean Rabe…

USA Today best-seller, Jean Rabe’s impressive writing career spans decades, starting as a newspaper reporter and bureau chief.

From there she went on to become the director of RPGA, a co-editor with Martin H. Greenberg for DAW books, and, most notably, Rabe is an award-winning author of more than forty science fiction/fantasy and murder mystery thrillers.

She writes mysteries and fantasies, because life is too short to be limited to one genre–and she does it with dogs tangled at her feet, because life is too short not to be covered in fur.
Find out more about her at www.jeanrabe.com

About Narrator Catherine Wenglowski:

Catherine Wenglowski is a New York City based audiobook narrator. With a background in theater and as a classically trained singer, combined with her lifelong love of reading, Catherine uses her trained ear and creativity to add breath and life to characters and to connect with her audience. Visit her website at: https://www.wenglowvo.com/


Links to Jean’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:

The Dead of Winter:

The Dead of Night:

The Dead of Summer:


Special Giveaway: Jean will give away an e-audio copy of Dead of Winter to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Jean, for sharing your audio story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to hear this book!


6 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Mystery #SmallTown#Thriller #Audiobook: THE PIPER BLACKWELL SERIES by Jean Rabe, Narrated by Catherine Wenglowski”

  1. Good morning, Jean–and Catherine–and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. All three of these books sound wonderful. Right up my alley. I love mystery thrillers. I bet they’re fabulous in audio. Thanks for sharing them with us today!

    This sounds like a great series. Ill be looking for the print editions…. Not an audio fan.
    Thanks, Karen and Jean.

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