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Elliot Ransom isn’t living her best life. Moving halfway across the world and leaving behind a community she loves has left Elliot restless. Though Storm River, Virginia, may be beautiful, the river town is also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. As a missionary’s daughter who’s struggling to help pay her sister’s medical bills, Elliot feels nearly Elliot Ransom isn’t living her best life. Moving halfway across the world and leaving behind a community she loves has left Elliot restless. Though Storm River, Virginia, may be beautiful, the river town is also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. As a missionary’s daughter who’s struggling to help pay her sister’s medical bills, Elliot feels nearly invisible. Needing a change, she takes a new job with a hot shot private investigator. Little does Elliot know she won’t be doing filing and background checks—she’ll be in the field. As her new boss begins training her to be his sidekick, she finds herself surprisingly invigorated but also cautious of the man’s methods. On her first assignment, she finds evidence that could prove their client, a professional athlete accused of murder, is innocent. The problem is that the real killer may have seen Elliot’s face—and now someone is watching her every move. Can Elliot keep this new career a secret from her worry-prone mother? Did she put her family in danger when she took this new job? Learning the art of investigating shouldn’t be so dangerous . . . but this case just might as dicey as the new town she’s living in.


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Elliot Ransom isn’t living her best life. Moving halfway across the world and leaving behind a community she loves has left Elliot restless. Though Storm River, Virginia, may be beautiful, the river town is also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. As a missionary’s daughter who’s struggling to help pay her sister’s medical bills, Elliot feels nearly Elliot Ransom isn’t living her best life. Moving halfway across the world and leaving behind a community she loves has left Elliot restless. Though Storm River, Virginia, may be beautiful, the river town is also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. As a missionary’s daughter who’s struggling to help pay her sister’s medical bills, Elliot feels nearly invisible. Needing a change, she takes a new job with a hot shot private investigator. Little does Elliot know she won’t be doing filing and background checks—she’ll be in the field. As her new boss begins training her to be his sidekick, she finds herself surprisingly invigorated but also cautious of the man’s methods. On her first assignment, she finds evidence that could prove their client, a professional athlete accused of murder, is innocent. The problem is that the real killer may have seen Elliot’s face—and now someone is watching her every move. Can Elliot keep this new career a secret from her worry-prone mother? Did she put her family in danger when she took this new job? Learning the art of investigating shouldn’t be so dangerous . . . but this case just might as dicey as the new town she’s living in.

30 review for The Art of Eavesdropping

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Had a lot of fun trying to figure out this twisty case. I bonded with Elliot right away and loved following her through her new job as she tries to figure out a murder case that her new PI boss wants solved. There are a couple guys who could possibly end up being love interests, but I liked one and mistrusted the other. We’ll see if anything comes of that with subsequent books. There are two cases left unsolved for other books in the series (Beltway serial killer and her father’s true past) but Had a lot of fun trying to figure out this twisty case. I bonded with Elliot right away and loved following her through her new job as she tries to figure out a murder case that her new PI boss wants solved. There are a couple guys who could possibly end up being love interests, but I liked one and mistrusted the other. We’ll see if anything comes of that with subsequent books. There are two cases left unsolved for other books in the series (Beltway serial killer and her father’s true past) but the murder case comes to a satisfying and rather surprising conclusion. Can’t wait to fit the next book into my reading schedule. One gripe: what does oak actually smell like and how does a girl who grew up in the jungle have any knowledge of that? Does it smell like red oak or white oak? That was a bit of a stretch...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Elliot is my new favorite . . . until the next one I've said it before, and I will most likely keep in saying it: This (insert lead character's name) is my new favorite, at least until the next one comes along. Whether it's Gabby, Holly Anna, Joey, Cassidy, and now Elliot, Christy Barritt knows how to write mysteries that keep me coming back for the next in the series. Elliot Ransom is new to the United States, though she has dual citizenship as the daughter of an American, and she stumbles into Elliot is my new favorite . . . until the next one I've said it before, and I will most likely keep in saying it: This (insert lead character's name) is my new favorite, at least until the next one comes along. Whether it's Gabby, Holly Anna, Joey, Cassidy, and now Elliot, Christy Barritt knows how to write mysteries that keep me coming back for the next in the series. Elliot Ransom is new to the United States, though she has dual citizenship as the daughter of an American, and she stumbles into a job that seems perfect for her, working for a private investigator. Working for Oscar Driscoll and with Michael and Velma, Elliot discovers she has a gift for both getting into trouble and for solving the case. Highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I have read majority of Christy Barrit's novels. With the introduction to a new series with a brand new location and characters, Barritt has to spend a good amount of time developing the character's personality for the readers and place them in situations to show this to the readers. Not that majority of authors don' t do this. So it took a little longer to get into the actual mystery of the novel. But once the mystery started, it flowed like a Barritt novel with plenty of twists and turns her a I have read majority of Christy Barrit's novels. With the introduction to a new series with a brand new location and characters, Barritt has to spend a good amount of time developing the character's personality for the readers and place them in situations to show this to the readers. Not that majority of authors don' t do this. So it took a little longer to get into the actual mystery of the novel. But once the mystery started, it flowed like a Barritt novel with plenty of twists and turns her audience is used to. I can't wait for the second installment or all of them to be completely honest.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angeline Stephen

    This was a great book by Christy Barritt ( who is, by the way, my favorite author :)! It was really fast-paced, fun, and quirky. I really found myself at times comparing this book to the Joey Darling books because it kinda had the same vibe to it and the characters were similar. If you are looking for an easy and fun read this is the right book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    I like this author's previous work, and that is why I decided to try this series. But the ending was crap. She suddenly had a hunch sat at a computer to check something and knew who was responsible completely unbelievable. I like this author's previous work, and that is why I decided to try this series. But the ending was crap. She suddenly had a hunch sat at a computer to check something and knew who was responsible completely unbelievable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janice Dick

    Another good read from Christy Barritt. I like her easygoing mysteries, and this new series looks like fun.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A fun cozy mystery My rating is 4.5 stars Full of quirky characters and mystery, The Art of Eavesdropping was a whole lot of fun! Elliot, having grown up in the jungles of Yerba (don’t worry, you won’t have heard of it – it’s an imaginary country in the Amazon jungle), lacked context for Americanisms and was quite out of her element. This brainy woman had a propensity of creating rhymes when stressed. She had an uncanny ability to notice and catalog details many people would miss. Velma, the recepti A fun cozy mystery My rating is 4.5 stars Full of quirky characters and mystery, The Art of Eavesdropping was a whole lot of fun! Elliot, having grown up in the jungles of Yerba (don’t worry, you won’t have heard of it – it’s an imaginary country in the Amazon jungle), lacked context for Americanisms and was quite out of her element. This brainy woman had a propensity of creating rhymes when stressed. She had an uncanny ability to notice and catalog details many people would miss. Velma, the receptionist at the detective agency, was a riot! She worked out at the local sporting goods store so she didn’t have to pay for a gym membership. And Elliot had been warned about accepting any food from Velma – ever. The reason behind that was … at least slightly disturbing. Yet despite her extreme frugality, she didn’t have a problem spending her boss’s money when tasked to… I found myself snickering throughout the story at the situations Elliot was in and at her thoughts! I also laughed at the details of Yerba that author Christy Barritt created. The national Festival of the Chicken was so fun! And the way the Chicken Dance came back to haunt Elliot at the most inconvenient time! Thrust into the world of undercover sleuthing and setting out to prove the innocence of a world-renowned golfer, Elliot found herself in peril of her life. Again and again! There is a light faith element to the story, with Elliot praying for wisdom and help. It is her way of life and is simply a part of who she is. This light-hearted mystery is the first in a new series which promises to be an enjoyable one. Despite murders and threats of danger, it is not overly suspenseful or gory. While the murder was solved, in the end, the stalker’s identity and purpose are still unknown, a serial killer remains at large, and she is still discovering the secrets her father left behind. To coin a genre, I would consider it MurCom. Or should that be MysCom? Hmmm Read my full review at Among the Reads

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I feel like this book was missing something. Maybe more character development? It also left me feeling like the book was finished but not complete in the storyline . I'm not sure if the author did that to leave it open for a second book but it just made me feel like it wasnt complete and didn't leave me feel like I needed to read the next in the series.While I enjoyed this book, I don't feel that it was very memorable overall. I feel like this book was missing something. Maybe more character development? It also left me feeling like the book was finished but not complete in the storyline . I'm not sure if the author did that to leave it open for a second book but it just made me feel like it wasnt complete and didn't leave me feel like I needed to read the next in the series.While I enjoyed this book, I don't feel that it was very memorable overall.

  9. 5 out of 5

    smileawhile

    I absolutely LOVED it!! When i started reading Christy Barritt's books it started with Gabby Sinclair from the Squeaky Clean Mysteries, and then i of course started reading the other series's(but never mind that now). Well i'm currently up to date with the Squeaky Clean stories and was looking for something that grabbed my attention just like Gabby did. And i must say, Elliot Ransom did just that, the story has humor, mystery, and i sense there might be a romance in the future. The story itself I absolutely LOVED it!! When i started reading Christy Barritt's books it started with Gabby Sinclair from the Squeaky Clean Mysteries, and then i of course started reading the other series's(but never mind that now). Well i'm currently up to date with the Squeaky Clean stories and was looking for something that grabbed my attention just like Gabby did. And i must say, Elliot Ransom did just that, the story has humor, mystery, and i sense there might be a romance in the future. The story itself was interesting and so excellently written that i now have to get the next book to find out what happens next *gasp* A little plot overview: Elliot recently moved to the US, and now has a job working for this private detective, who is in my opinion a complete jerk, but without it still wouldn't the same. Strange, i know. She meets new people and has to go undercover as someone who doesn't speak any English, which causes a major ethical dilemma for her. Wonder what she's gonna do about it? Then there's the case.... a golf professional who claims to have been framed for murder..... did he or did he not, that is the question. I really loved that this book had more of a Christian theme (kinda like in the Squeaky Clean stories), something that i found was almost non-existent in Christy's recent works, it was a nice refresher of sorts. The one thing that sorta made me hesitate to get my hands on this book, was the mention of a serial killer during the preview i read on Amazon, i tend to avoid books with serial killers like a plague(no there wasn't one in the book, but it does seem that it could be working towards that). I'm not sure what about that Christy Barritt likes so much because she uses it a lot. So, yeah, that is the one thing that could make me stop reading this series, but i going to go with the flow and then decided whether or not i want to continue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Christy Barritt’s latest book The Art of Eavesdropping is the first of her promising new series. Of course who could disagree with the fact that all her books are good? Once again this author offers her readers a cozy mystery with a somewhat quirky yet relatable heroine and more than one interesting male character who might or might not become a romantic interest in a future installment. In this case the heroine is Elliot Ransom who grew up on the mission field in the Amazon jungle. Political unr Christy Barritt’s latest book The Art of Eavesdropping is the first of her promising new series. Of course who could disagree with the fact that all her books are good? Once again this author offers her readers a cozy mystery with a somewhat quirky yet relatable heroine and more than one interesting male character who might or might not become a romantic interest in a future installment. In this case the heroine is Elliot Ransom who grew up on the mission field in the Amazon jungle. Political unrest sent her family back to the states where life changed dramatically for them all. When Elliot takes a job as assistant to a private investigator she finds that the job description might include more than the expected desk job. Her first assignment involves trying to find evidence to prove a murder suspect’s innocence and she quickly experiences more than one close call with death. I loved Elliot. She is one sharp cookie whose unique observational skills and spatial intelligence are exactly what it takes to solve the mystery. Its fast-paced plot, fun dialogue, and sometimes awkward situations make this book one that can easily be read in one sitting. A mystery in Elliot’s own life promises to add extra dimension to her future adventures. The Art of Eavesdropping has definitely hooked me and I must read the entire series because I have to know what happens next. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marylin

    Have you ever stepped outside your comfort zone so far that you do things you’d NEVER EVER do; things that make you question your moral ethics? Well, Elliot Ransom is placed in this predicament and she doesn’t know what she should do. Unfortunately, along the way she also has way too many close calls with suspicious events. This new series by Christy Barritt is going to be fun and eventful! It has started out with a bang. I really can’t wait to see what new things Elliot will get into, will she f Have you ever stepped outside your comfort zone so far that you do things you’d NEVER EVER do; things that make you question your moral ethics? Well, Elliot Ransom is placed in this predicament and she doesn’t know what she should do. Unfortunately, along the way she also has way too many close calls with suspicious events. This new series by Christy Barritt is going to be fun and eventful! It has started out with a bang. I really can’t wait to see what new things Elliot will get into, will she find the answers she needs regarding her dad? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. I LOVE “who done it” stories and Christy Barritt is the kind of author who weaves her stories with so much action and suspense that your heart pounds and you find yourself suspicious of everyone around you. She has a way of capturing you from the very first page to the very last. She is tremendously skilled at keeping us guessing who the bad guy is, in this story! If you LOVE mystery, suspense, action, and some fun quirky parts too, you will love this book! I was given this book by the author which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wade

    “You could take the girl out of the jungle, but could you take the jungle out of the girl?” “But we all had our pasts, didn’t we? There were things we were proud of and things we wished we could hide away forever. That was just a part of growing up and maturing.” “Be vigilant.” A great start to a new series by Christy Barritt! While this book/series has a lot of the classic Christy Barritt trademarks (quirky heroine, good looking male characters, chase scenes, great setting near a body of water, an “You could take the girl out of the jungle, but could you take the jungle out of the girl?” “But we all had our pasts, didn’t we? There were things we were proud of and things we wished we could hide away forever. That was just a part of growing up and maturing.” “Be vigilant.” A great start to a new series by Christy Barritt! While this book/series has a lot of the classic Christy Barritt trademarks (quirky heroine, good looking male characters, chase scenes, great setting near a body of water, and edge of your seat mystery), I also thought it had some brand new characteristics that makes it different than her other fantastic series. I liked Elliott, the main character, and how she is from Yerba and her mom was a missionary. But now she is living in the United States. I also really liked how there were some other mysteries, not central to this story, but are something to look forward to for future books. It was a great mystery and I was incorrect in my guess! For more reviews, please check out my blog! https://wadeurspider01.wixsite.com/we...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Marr

    I'm loving the beginning of a new series by author Christy Barritt. Elliot Ransom grew up in the jungle, the daughter of missionaries. Circumstances brought her back to the US with her mother and sister and she is trying to find her way in a culture completely foreign to her. Wanting a challenge, Elliot takes a job with a PI, expecting to be doing filing or something else pretty routine, but is immediately thrown into an undercover gig that causes her to question what is ethical and puts her int I'm loving the beginning of a new series by author Christy Barritt. Elliot Ransom grew up in the jungle, the daughter of missionaries. Circumstances brought her back to the US with her mother and sister and she is trying to find her way in a culture completely foreign to her. Wanting a challenge, Elliot takes a job with a PI, expecting to be doing filing or something else pretty routine, but is immediately thrown into an undercover gig that causes her to question what is ethical and puts her into danger. A quirky receptionist, a temperamental boss, an intriguing co-worker, and a handsome police detective makes for an interesting first case for this PI's Sidekick. It's sink or swim as she and her co-worker follow the clues. A fun read and looking forward to the second installment. I received a free copy of this book, but the opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Embgram

    A new series from Christy Barritt! When the family of an American missionary moves to the States from the Amazon, culture shock takes over. Daughter Elliot is stuck in a boring job and takes a job with a private investigator. She has no idea what the job will entail, but it has to be better than working for an insurance company. She soon discovers that it isn't about organizing the office and filing. Her boss throws her into an investigation to prove his client innocent of murder. Her core values a A new series from Christy Barritt! When the family of an American missionary moves to the States from the Amazon, culture shock takes over. Daughter Elliot is stuck in a boring job and takes a job with a private investigator. She has no idea what the job will entail, but it has to be better than working for an insurance company. She soon discovers that it isn't about organizing the office and filing. Her boss throws her into an investigation to prove his client innocent of murder. Her core values are challenged. As a Christian, can she justify deceiving people and lying to do her job. Things get murky for her,but she keeps remembering her late father's advice as she proceeds with the investigation. There are many tense moments before the mystery is solved. This one keeps the reader fully engaged to the end!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    The Art of Eavesdropping is the first book in Christy Barritt's fun new series, The Sidekick's Survival Guide. I absolutely loved it. Elliot's a great character who kinda stumbles her way into sleuthing. She took a job with a private investigator thinking she'd be doing desk work, but she's immediately thrust into the field her very first day. It was fun watching her learn how to be a PI, seeing her improvise and take control of situations that were totally foreign to her, and really shine in th The Art of Eavesdropping is the first book in Christy Barritt's fun new series, The Sidekick's Survival Guide. I absolutely loved it. Elliot's a great character who kinda stumbles her way into sleuthing. She took a job with a private investigator thinking she'd be doing desk work, but she's immediately thrust into the field her very first day. It was fun watching her learn how to be a PI, seeing her improvise and take control of situations that were totally foreign to her, and really shine in this new venture of hers. The mystery was really good. There were lots of possible suspects with strong motives and I didn't figure it out before the reveal. I highly recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. I can't wait to spend more time with these characters in the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Missionary kid Elliot Ransom becomes an assistant to a private investigator. Storm River, Virginia, is a playground for politicians and wealthy playboys. Expecting to help with filing and background checks, Elliot is catapulted into a murder investigation. Could a little harmless eavesdropping lead to a big disaster? The answer to that question is a big "yes." Line: "I closed my eyes, expecting the bullet to hit me." or something like that. Elliot deals with the death of her father, and her siste Missionary kid Elliot Ransom becomes an assistant to a private investigator. Storm River, Virginia, is a playground for politicians and wealthy playboys. Expecting to help with filing and background checks, Elliot is catapulted into a murder investigation. Could a little harmless eavesdropping lead to a big disaster? The answer to that question is a big "yes." Line: "I closed my eyes, expecting the bullet to hit me." or something like that. Elliot deals with the death of her father, and her sister's Cystic Fibrosis. My dad died when I was young, so I identify with Elliot. I can see why Christy Barritt has won awards. Her characters are interesting. The plot is exciting and believable, and the suspense makes the book a fast read. I found a new favorite author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Elliot Ransom grew up in the South American jungle, where her mother was a missionary. Now she lives near Washington, DC, and finds work assisting a PI. She gets involved in a murder investigation, but might she end up a victim as she helps find the killer? This entertaining suspense novel opens with her first day on the job and catapults the reader into the action along with the protagonist. Told in the first person, the compelling story keeps readers in the midst of the action. This looks like Elliot Ransom grew up in the South American jungle, where her mother was a missionary. Now she lives near Washington, DC, and finds work assisting a PI. She gets involved in a murder investigation, but might she end up a victim as she helps find the killer? This entertaining suspense novel opens with her first day on the job and catapults the reader into the action along with the protagonist. Told in the first person, the compelling story keeps readers in the midst of the action. This looks like the start of a wild new series that will make readers long for more. I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Cross

    Simply suspenseful The Art of Eavesdropping gives Elliot enough clues that she quickly solves her PI boss's current case in just a few days. Days in which she is threatened with death three times in three days. It's an okay read, considering the author releases a new book about 25 times a year (okay, slight exaggeration, but Christy Barritt is definitely the most prolific writer I know of.] I never miss any of her books, and will read book two of this series to find out what really happened to E Simply suspenseful The Art of Eavesdropping gives Elliot enough clues that she quickly solves her PI boss's current case in just a few days. Days in which she is threatened with death three times in three days. It's an okay read, considering the author releases a new book about 25 times a year (okay, slight exaggeration, but Christy Barritt is definitely the most prolific writer I know of.] I never miss any of her books, and will read book two of this series to find out what really happened to Elliot's dad, and also for her to solve the serial killer mystery & collect the 100 big ones to fund her sister's lung transplant.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debra Hahn

    From the wild jungle, to the cities jungle From living in Yerba, to moving to the USA. Elliott, now has her hands full providing for her family, on top of that getting enough money saved for her Younger sister's double lung transplant. Then her dreams are answered...or so She thought. Getting hired by a dective bent on proving his buddy innocence at any cost. Can she and Michael find the real killer, without getting herself killed, or worse fired. While trying to keep the police dective Hunter from From the wild jungle, to the cities jungle From living in Yerba, to moving to the USA. Elliott, now has her hands full providing for her family, on top of that getting enough money saved for her Younger sister's double lung transplant. Then her dreams are answered...or so She thought. Getting hired by a dective bent on proving his buddy innocence at any cost. Can she and Michael find the real killer, without getting herself killed, or worse fired. While trying to keep the police dective Hunter from arresting her and throwing her in jail. Find out in this great who done it. Debra H.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Goble

    In this very short novel, missionary kid Elliot Ransom goes to work for a private investigator and solves a murder. She is stalked by the murderer and also by her family’s political enemies. Don’t even think about reading this book unless you have access to the whole series; the main plot element is closed, but several other elements are left hanging for future novels in the series. I really enjoyed the competent yet quirky character of Elliot. She’s pretty much a female Monk without the neurosis In this very short novel, missionary kid Elliot Ransom goes to work for a private investigator and solves a murder. She is stalked by the murderer and also by her family’s political enemies. Don’t even think about reading this book unless you have access to the whole series; the main plot element is closed, but several other elements are left hanging for future novels in the series. I really enjoyed the competent yet quirky character of Elliot. She’s pretty much a female Monk without the neurosis. I appreciated the true moral dilemma: how can someone who deeply values truthfulness work undercover, which necessarily involves dishonesty? “Maybe I was becoming complacent, arriving at a place where truth and lies were adjacent.” A couple of minor errors made it past the editors, but nothing too distracting. I’m amazed at the volume of prose Barritt is able to produce while maintaining pretty good quality. My Kindle edition didn’t include most of the usual publication information, such as an ISBN.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Showman

    "The Art of Eavesdropping" is the first book in a new series by Christy Barritt called "The Sidekick's Survival Guide." It Stars Elliot Ransom. She grew up in the Amazon country of Yerba. She is now in the U.S. with her mother and sister, who has cystic fibrosis. She has had a series of odd jobs even though she has worked with diplomats before. She is intelligent, easily notices small details, and is very capable, but she just landed an unusual job. Danger and excitement will captivate you reade "The Art of Eavesdropping" is the first book in a new series by Christy Barritt called "The Sidekick's Survival Guide." It Stars Elliot Ransom. She grew up in the Amazon country of Yerba. She is now in the U.S. with her mother and sister, who has cystic fibrosis. She has had a series of odd jobs even though she has worked with diplomats before. She is intelligent, easily notices small details, and is very capable, but she just landed an unusual job. Danger and excitement will captivate you readers. When this one ended, I nearly screamed out loud for more! I can't wait for the next book. You don't have to wait. Ms. Barritt writes faster than I can read. There are more available already.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Seitzler

    New Series! Oh, So Good! Elliot is wonderful! I really relate to her. She’s a missionary kid home from the field, dealing with the death of her beloved father, and her sister’s Cystic Fibrosis. She accidentally finds herself training with a private investigator and struggles to maintain her moral compass while discovering that she’s really good at this PI stuff! She’s quite brave, quite strong, and not as introverted as she believed. She’s coming into her own, but at what cost, and will she live New Series! Oh, So Good! Elliot is wonderful! I really relate to her. She’s a missionary kid home from the field, dealing with the death of her beloved father, and her sister’s Cystic Fibrosis. She accidentally finds herself training with a private investigator and struggles to maintain her moral compass while discovering that she’s really good at this PI stuff! She’s quite brave, quite strong, and not as introverted as she believed. She’s coming into her own, but at what cost, and will she live to see it fulfilled? An I-don’t-want-to-put-it-down read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Castaneda

    The Art of Eavesdropping by Christy Barritt is the first book in a fun new series. This author consistently writes fun, suspenseful novels. This novel is no exception. Here, she dives into more serious topics like immigration and family chronic illness. I love the way these topics were addressed. The plot of the book is so well done that the book is a very fast read. I highly recommend the series to anyone who loves suspense. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligat The Art of Eavesdropping by Christy Barritt is the first book in a fun new series. This author consistently writes fun, suspenseful novels. This novel is no exception. Here, she dives into more serious topics like immigration and family chronic illness. I love the way these topics were addressed. The plot of the book is so well done that the book is a very fast read. I highly recommend the series to anyone who loves suspense. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monica Foster

    Good story I liked the book, I did. But, I found parts like the main character almost getting killed within a few days was far fetched. Also, if the main character lived in a Latin country until recently, she used phrases that are commonly used here in America. Also, I'm surprised her father didn't leave them more financially secure. Especially with what he did for a living and knowing people might come looking for him. And if the family may now be in danger because of his spy work, why wouldn't Good story I liked the book, I did. But, I found parts like the main character almost getting killed within a few days was far fetched. Also, if the main character lived in a Latin country until recently, she used phrases that are commonly used here in America. Also, I'm surprised her father didn't leave them more financially secure. Especially with what he did for a living and knowing people might come looking for him. And if the family may now be in danger because of his spy work, why wouldn't he warn his wife.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    THE ART OF EAVESDROPPING is the first book in a new series by Christy Barritt. Elliot is a somewhat clueless missionary kid forced into a world where scruples didn't exist. I like the host of characters she works with and there are two other mysteries introduced that will tie the series together. This series is written in first person so it will not appeal to all readers. I enjoyed getting to know Elliot and reading more about her in subsequent books. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my ow THE ART OF EAVESDROPPING is the first book in a new series by Christy Barritt. Elliot is a somewhat clueless missionary kid forced into a world where scruples didn't exist. I like the host of characters she works with and there are two other mysteries introduced that will tie the series together. This series is written in first person so it will not appeal to all readers. I enjoyed getting to know Elliot and reading more about her in subsequent books. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Faith Posten

    The Girl from the Jungle Although I am a huge fan of Christy Barritt's, this story wasn't my favorite. However, it's fascinating anyway. The primary character went to work for a washed up P.I. who was previously a politician. Now he's a mean boss as well as a drunk. He takes a liking to Elliott, who is his newest employee. She is from a small, Spanish speaking country. Elliott is an unusual person in so many ways. You will be amazed at the many things you learn about her. The Girl from the Jungle Although I am a huge fan of Christy Barritt's, this story wasn't my favorite. However, it's fascinating anyway. The primary character went to work for a washed up P.I. who was previously a politician. Now he's a mean boss as well as a drunk. He takes a liking to Elliott, who is his newest employee. She is from a small, Spanish speaking country. Elliott is an unusual person in so many ways. You will be amazed at the many things you learn about her.

  27. 4 out of 5

    CHe

    I love Christy Barritt. She is a brilliant writer that has such a variety of main characters and secondary characters I never feel like I've read any part of her books before. This book was fun because the main character has some OCDC characteristics, which I can relate to. The book revolved around a woman who needs a steady income to help pay for her sister's lung transplant. She quits her job to work for a PI that turns out to be nothing she expected. I look forward to reading the next in the I love Christy Barritt. She is a brilliant writer that has such a variety of main characters and secondary characters I never feel like I've read any part of her books before. This book was fun because the main character has some OCDC characteristics, which I can relate to. The book revolved around a woman who needs a steady income to help pay for her sister's lung transplant. She quits her job to work for a PI that turns out to be nothing she expected. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this new series but, as usual, Barritt doesn't disappoint! You get caught up in the story from the first chapter, which for me is a plus. I was also intrigued by the main character's name "Elliot" and was glad that "mystery" is explained. Lots of suspense, character quirks and close calls make this a book you won't put down until you reach the end. I can't wait to read the next one! I received an advance copy from the author but all opinions are my own. I wasn't sure what to expect from this new series but, as usual, Barritt doesn't disappoint! You get caught up in the story from the first chapter, which for me is a plus. I was also intrigued by the main character's name "Elliot" and was glad that "mystery" is explained. Lots of suspense, character quirks and close calls make this a book you won't put down until you reach the end. I can't wait to read the next one! I received an advance copy from the author but all opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Brader

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first book, The Art of Eavesdropping, in the series, The Sidekick’s Survival Guide. The main character, Elliot, has an amazing personality and I enjoyed how the author immediately gets the reader into her head. The manner in which Elliot develops into a “sidekick” investigator throughout the book, kept me wanting to continue reading. There’s also a lot of intriguing situations that Elliot gets herself into during her investigating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim Gregory

    Another cute and exciting story from Christy Barritt. She is the daughter of missionaries, but now she, her mom and her sister are back in the states after the death of her father. She ends up working for a private detective and is torn between what she knows is right as a Christian and the deceiving she has to do for her job. But she is good at this detecting and now she has to figure out how to stay true to the Lord and keep doing what thrills her heart. This is a clean read.

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