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Conspiracy Theory -by- Elle Keaton -Audible🎧

Conspiracy Theory

by Elle Keaton 

Michael Pauley (Narrator) ,


The Blurb: Years of grueling police work have left Niall Hamarsson jaded and disillusioned with life…although it’s likely he’s been that way all along. The last straw lands when the DA refuses to try a case Niall worked for years to bring to justice. Within hours he finds himself heading to the only place he’s ever been able to call home—a place he knows he doesn’t belong.

Mat Dempsey returned to Piedras Island after his father’s death. These days he’s Island County’s sheriff. He’s happy enough, even if moving home from San Francisco effectively forced him back into the closet. Mat’s well-ordered universe collapses when a local’s body is discovered floating in the cold waters of Hidden Harbor’s marina. All hell breaks loose in the community, and accusations fly…all coinciding with Niall Hamarsson’s return.

Niall and Mat have a history, and it’s not one Mat’s proud of. He owes Niall an apology, even if it means getting down on his knees. However, Mat’s first priority is investigating the murder before his community tears itself apart and he may have to ask the aloof Niall Hamarsson for help.

Push apart, pull together, yes or no… The chemistry crackles between them but will the two men be able to put aside their pasts and embrace a future?

(Hamarsson & Dempsey #1)

FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited


MMy Thoughts and Review:

Matt and Niall

A murder, conspiracy theorists stirring their brew, while local live stock are attacked by what some say is a mad wolf. With loads of speculation tossed around this small Pacific Northwest coastal community, Sheriff Matt Dempsey wonders if everyone has gone crazy, or if maybe the universe is out to get him. He questions the latter especially after discovering a crush from his past, one who was bullied and never quite fit in, and the town’s dark horse, Niall Hamarsson has returned to the island.

This was really good, and an excellent series starter. It is a full on murder mystery/ thriller with the two MCs hammering all their adolescent kinks, and laying all their cards on the table while attempting to keep the town from imploding.

The town is a little like Twin Peaks meets Fargo, to me. There are plenty of quirky and eccentric townsfolk, some more “backwater” than others. Even though the place is hip and cool with its new green space laws and new younger people moving there making the commute by ferry to the mainland, it still has a lost in time feel to it. Like an amusement park left barren.

The world Keaton created was great, and the story has me hooked and ready for more. So many secrets, and skeletons reside in the closets of this town. I’m sure a few of those skeletons will be found by Niall and Matt before the series ends.

If murder mysteries and characters just strange and odd enough to remind you of people you know, light your fire, this book is the perfect tinder for you.

Michael Pauley narrated it, and knocked it out of the park! I hope he is signed on for the rest of the series. That voice, y’all…**sigh💕

**Warnings: mentions of past child abuse/ neglect/ abandonment, drug/ alcohol use, and of course…murder.

This is also a slow-burn HFN, as I imagine we will see the MCs relationship grow into something in the coming books.

The Story: 4 🌟
The Narration: 4.50 🌟
Sharonica Stars: 4.25 ✨✨✨✨•✨

I received a complimentary copy of this Audio book in exchange for an honest review.⛄

4 thoughts on “Conspiracy Theory -by- Elle Keaton -Audible🎧

    1. This caught me at a good time. 2020 has been so filled with muck and mire in my personal life (nothing to do with the world crazy) that I have just been steering clear of angsty boys. 😂 This has so much more going for it though, and quite a few omfg moments that it more than makes up for “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms,” moments. 😁 I hope you like it. Book #2 only has about 10% of that! I think as the series goes and these guys get closer the suspense and mystery will get better and better. Keaton pulls no punches though and I like that. This suspense and action has no fluff.

      I look forward to hearing what you think.

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      1. I’m so sorry you’ve spent 2020 so mired in muck and misery. Steering clear of angsty boys sounds an excellent plan when the last thing you’ve needed is to be put through another grinder! 😧I’m really glad that this caught you at a good time, so that you were able to enjoy what sounds like a gem. It will be a treat to read an m/m thriller — I’ve been reading a lot of lone assassin types — so a bit of banter and sexual frisson will be a splendid thing indeed. 🥰 I do so hope that the rest of the year is kinder to you💋

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