🎧Big thanks to author Neil Bullock for this 5-star review of the audiobook version of Door to Door, book one in the 🎩 Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Series!
He writes: A wonderful book which introduces a well crafted, intricate and vibrant world.
I’ve been meaning to read this series for such a long time, and I started just ahead of the audiobook release, which I switched over to as quickly as humanly possible. This book’s first few chapters were an absolute joy for me. The book’s opening quandary is presented with barely a paragraph’s introduction to the characters, which is just the kind of leap directly into the action I appreciate. Of course, we quickly get to know Emily Swift and her boyfriend, Jack (plus the Furious Furballs), as they attempt to puzzle out the delivery of a mystery package to their home. Who left it? Why was there no postage? What’s inside? This last question is easy to answer, but it leads to a cascading sequence of ever more interesting puzzles, people and ultimately, places. This book is pure, delightful fantasy of the absolute best kind. Something that’s accessible, compelling and intriguing. A lot of fantasy books could learn something from this one. The way the worldbuilding is woven into the story certainly had me taking notes!
These days, when I have less and less time to read, I find I can tell if I’m going to get along with a book by the end of the first chapter, and sometimes sooner. This one had me after the first couple of lines of the second scene.
“Jack, you need to get up. Someone left a package at the front door.”
I love little interactions like this. It tells us a lot about the characters without telling us anything.
So, what you will find in this book is a wonderfully crafted, intricate and vibrant world that you’ll be dying to know everything about. There are characters here I know from the author’s posts on Instagram, but when you only get snippets, you’re always going to be missing something. I feel like I finally really know some of the great characters I’ve only seen on IG, and I’m greatly looking forward to meeting the others!
Also, a shout out to Elyse Osterhaug [narrator] who did a phenomenal job with the audiobook.
❤️ Thank you so very much, Neil! I love this review! I’m happy you enjoyed Emily Swift’s first adventure. (And yes, Elyse Osterhaug did a phenomenal job!)
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🎩Door to Door (Book 1), written by T.L. Brown, narrated by Elyse Osterhaug
Two worlds collide when Emily Swift turns 30, and her late father’s journal lands on her doorstep…
Seventeen years after Emily Swift’s father died, a door is opened to a new world, an Empire led by peculiar men and women called Salesmen–transporters of magical items. These Salesmen have the unique ability to travel from place to place, and even world to world, simply by stepping through the “right” door. Now that Emily is 30, it turns out that she can “door travel” too, stumbling unplanned into kitchens, bathrooms, and alleyways as her connection to the Salesman Empire is revealed.
Fueled by the cryptic notes and sketches in her father’s journal, Emily discovers the real reason behind his death: he was targeted and assassinated by the Fringe, a terrorist group of rogue Salesmen. After an attack that leaves an innocent woman dead, a rare book containing clues to the whereabouts of the Crimson Stone is missing. Emily is charged with getting it back. As she races through the Empire, she pursues John Templeton, the mysterious Salesman with extraordinary abilities, who seems to help and undermine Emily at whim.
With new friends Anne Lace and the seemingly-boyish Rabbit, she tracks Templeton, but the Fringe is not far behind–as two new murders prove. Along the way, Emily struggles to balance her desire to find out who killed her father against the task of recovering the legendary stone. The internal journey of reconciling the father she hardly knew with the great leader she’ll never know forms the foundation for a fast-paced race to keep powerful magic out of violent, fanatical hands.