The Butterfly Clues

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN3647
Released: Feb 14, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469258881
Narrator/s: Therese Plummer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind. As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

Professional reviews

"By the time ThŽrse Plummer thrice enunciates the six distinct syllables "Pen-el-o-pe Mar-rin," the listener is aware this girl has many issues. Known as "Lo," she tries to escape the grief of her brother's death by nightly roaming the streets, compulsively stealing and using obsessive behavior to feel safe--but she isn't. One night a bullet narrowly misses her, killing another girl. When Lo acquires the victim's jewelry by chance, she begins a dangerous hunt for the killer. Plummer uses a voice fraught with emotion to portray an intensely lonely girl who is determined to create the human connections necessary to solve the crime. Her narration underscores Lo's obsessive-compulsive tics, which in print nearly overwhelm the mystery but aurally add another layer of tension to this taut drama. M.M.O. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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