Audiobook Review - The Last Move by Mary Burton @MaryBurtonBooks @TeriSchnaubelt

The Last Move by Mary Burton
Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: September 20, 2018
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes
Source: Kindle Unlimited (also won ebook in Goodreads giveaway)
In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she's got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she'd put behind her.

Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren't just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don't believe everything you see...
My Review

I thought that this book worked really well.  I have only read one book by Mary Burton before starting this one but I enjoyed it so I was pretty eager to pick this one up.  I was really pulled into the story from the start and ended up listening to the entire book in just a couple of days.  This was a book that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time and completely enjoyed the experience.

Kate is an FBI agent and we learn pretty early on that she handles some pretty difficult cases.  She is called to a crime scene in Texas that has all of the trademarks of another criminal.  A criminal that Kate put behinds bars.  She has to figure out what is going on quickly before anyone else is harmed.

Detective Theo Mazur is a divorced father who has recently moved to Texas to remain close to his daughter.  He is the new guy at the department, having left a more prestigious position in Chicago, and reaches out for help to the FBI just as soon as he sees the similarities between his case and the notorious killer.

I thought that Kate and Theo made a great team.  I liked how their partnership seemed to work from the very beginning. I was completely hooked by the case.  There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't figure out how things would work out.  I liked that there were a few other issues that they were dealing with outside of the case because it made the characters feel a lot more authentic.  Kate's past, her relationship with her family, and Theo's desire to stay near his daughter were all not only interesting but each topic added to the overall story.

Teri Schnaubelt did a wonderful job with the narration.  There is a pretty large group of characters in this story and she made each one of them come alive.  I was completely engaged in the story from the very start and found myself hanging on every word.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a fantastic mystery thriller with just a bit of romance worked into the story.  The romance was a very minor but quite natural element in the book.  I found this book to be rather exciting and hard to put down.  I hope to read more from Mary Burton soon.

I won a digital copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and borrowed the audio from Kindle Unlimited.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the popular author of thirty-two romance and suspense novels, as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. This sounds great and I confess knowing its a standalone without the commitment to a series makes it even more appealing.

    1. It is really nice to pick up a book that tells a full story. I like series but it can be hard to keep up.

  2. I have listened to one other Mary Burton title, Her Last Word, (which I thought might be related to this one but no)and I'm currently listening to Cut & Run. I really like the creepy, dark books with law enforcement procedures and characters. They seem to be plenty of stand-alones when you are too busy to take on a new series. I really enjoy her works and am glad to hear you do too! Great review! Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I just won a copy of Cut and Run and am looking forward to it. I am glad you are a fan :)

  3. I really enjoyed the thriller I tried by her and this one looks good too!

  4. I haven't read a book by this author in some time. Sounds like a good one to dive back in with!

    1. I am thinking that I need to look into some more of her work very soon.

  5. It's unusual to get a stand-alone detective thriller these days!

  6. I haven't read this author but this sounds good.

  7. I'm not the biggest mystery/thriller reader but this one sounds kinda twisted and good. Great review!

  8. romance doesn't have to be the main theme all the time, I am glad this mystery takes the credit for a great read!

    1. I couldn't agree more. I was quite happy to find that the romance took a backseat to the mystery.


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