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Deceived

Written by: Randy Wayne White
Narrated by: Renee Raudman
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Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times best-selling series from the author of the Doc Ford novels.

A 20-year-old unsolved murder from Florida's pot-hauling days gets Hannah Smith's attention, but so does a more immediate problem. A private museum devoted solely to the state's earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah's friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions.

The problem is, the whole thing is a scam, and when Hannah sets out to uncover whoever's behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought. The museum scam is a front for a real-estate power play, her entire village is in danger of being wiped out - and the forces behind it have no intention of letting anything, or anyone, stand in their way.

©2013 Randy Wayne White (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hannah brings a fresh perspective to White’s much-loved southwest Florida world." (Booklist, starred review)

"Hannah’s just getting started.... With his keen eye for Florida and its unique cast of characters, even man’s man White should have no trouble investing her with a voice all her own." (Tampa Tribune)

"Wanted: Gorgeous island woman who is also a fishing guide and a part-time private eye. What’s not to love?... Looks to be a successful entry to the genre." (Florida Times-Union)

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  • Snoodely
  • 01-06-14

Fear not, Doc Ford Fans

If you have been enjoying Randy Wayne White's delightful "Doc" Ford series for the past twenty episodes, don't despair: White's new Hannah Smith series does not stray far from home. We are still frolicking along Florida's west coast, with Doc and his Dinkins Bay buddies. Now, though, we are seeing all the action through the eyes of a different character, Hannah Smith. Indeed, White took a big chance writing from a woman's point of view: Men writing female protagonists usually doesn't work; but White pulls it off. Why do you suppose that White can convey a woman's perspective so well, while most male writers fail? It might have something to do with the fact that he was raised by a loving family of 𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 women: his mother and her seven sisters! (Eat your heart out, Bertie Wooster.) Mainly, though, any female reader of White's novels will perceive that he really likes women. These early Hanna Smith novels remind me a bit of Nevada Barr's formidable protagonist, Anna Pigeon, except with more humor. If you like a tough, smart, fearless heroine, then you will probably enjoy the Hannah Smith series. Incidentally, if you look up White's locales in an atlas (or MapQuest or GoogleMaps, in case you don't remember atlases), you will find that Sanibel Island, Dinkins Bay, Captiva Island, and all the other improbable-sounding, too-good-to-be-true settings for White's novels really do exist. Similarly, White has based the character of Hannah Smith and her Florida forebears on real historical Florida women. "Deceived"'s narrator, Renee Raudman, does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook. At first, I thought that I would not like her narration, because she has such a "young" voice; but it turns out that she definitely has the acting chops for these novels. I would offer two suggestions to you, if you are contemplating buying "Deceived." First, listen to at least some (preferably all) of the Doc Ford novels first, so that you will get to know the lovable, eccentric Dinkins Bay denizens, and so that you will understand why it is so funny that Hannah worries about Doc. Secondly, I think that the Hannah Smith novels are meant to interleave with the Doc Ford novels, rather than being read as a separate series: Listen to them in chronological order.

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  • lso
  • 11-05-15

Mediocre.

The Hannah Smith novels are o.k., but I really just prefer the Doc Ford novels..

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  • P. J. Ritschard
  • 13-10-15

Chilling!

I love the characters. Especially Bertie! Very good story - had me hooked to the end. Pretty gruesome - perfect reading to put me in the mood for Halloween.
I like the tie in with Doc Ford and Tomlinson. . Read all of Doc Ford and I like the different point of view.

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  • Michael
  • 13-04-14

Hanna Smith needs to move to the a new area

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I really like RWW's writing style and books. What I really don't like about the Hanna Smith novels is that they don't stand apart from his other books. Hanna shouldn't interact with Doc Ford in my opinion, let alone be his girlfriend. Randy....Hanna needs her own life!

Hanna's sidekick is a large body builder who happens to be gay, this character really bothers me, and seems to be based on a cliché.

The story in this book is just good enough to keep me interested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-22

couldn't stop listening.

I was so into the story I couldn't put it down and kept listening even after my exercise time was up. great job Randy Wayne White on another great story.

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  • tom
  • 15-06-19

Not up tp Randy Wayne Whites standard, very slow

I was let down and going to send this back and I'm a big fan of Randy Wayne
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