The Founders by Stacy M. Jones

March 2nd, 2023 Kimberly Review 14 Comments

2nd Mar

Narrated by Claire Duncan, The Founders by Stacy M. Jones is the first novel in the FBI Agent Kate Walsh series. The story takes us to Boston where a serial killer has it out for ancestors of the founding fathers. Twists and turns await you in this suspenseful FBI thriller.

The Founders by Stacy M. Jones
The Founders
by Stacy M. Jones
Series: FBI Agent Kate Walsh #1
Narrator: Claire Duncan
Length: 10 hours and 19 minutes
Genres: Suspense Thriller
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.5x

A serial killer has the city of Boston in his grip. He’s killing with antique Revolutionary War weapons and leaving bodies at markers on the city’s historical Freedom Trail. No one is safe – especially those with ancestry ties back to the Patriots.

FBI Special Agents Kate Walsh and Declan James rush to the aid of local authorities to help catch a killer in their hometown. As a descendant of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Agent Walsh is in the killer’s crosshairs. Part madman and part mastermind – no one knows who is next.

With potential ties to an underground subversive group known as The Founders, can the FBI stop a killer whose wake of destruction has only just begun or will the city become paralyzed by this killer’s centuries-old political agenda?


I’ve been on a bit of a crime thriller, murder mystery binge which brought me to The Founders. This is the first in the FBI Agent Kate Walsh series featuring Agent Kate Walsh and her partner, Declan James.

Set in Boston, the story introduces us to Kate and Declan and does a wonderful job of providing their backstories & history as we investigate a serial killer. The killer is leaving bodies along the city’s historic Freedom Trail and there seems to be a tie to the Revolutionary War.

As a descendent of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, it seems Agent Walsh may be on the killer’s list. The mystery was suspenseful, with plenty of red herrings and unexpected twists. The killer seems to be one step ahead of them.

Working with Detective Briggs from Boston PD, Walsh and Declan, reach out to the university, local newspaper and investigate a group known as The Founders. I enjoyed the way the author allowed us to follow along as they gathered clues, made deductions and caught the killer.

While not heavy on procedure, the tale felt grounded and pulled me in. Kate is interesting and I look forward to their next case. Jones wrapped up the case, gave us some closure on Declan’s personal issues and set us up for the next case, where they will head to Miami.

Claire Duncan narrates and did a delightful job of capturing Kate’s personality and those of Declan and others. Her pacing and tone work well for the story, and I’d listen to her again. The writing lends itself to the audio format, making listening an excellent choice.

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About Stacy M. Jones

Stacy M. Jones

Stacy M. Jones was born and raised in Troy, New York, and currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a full-time writer and holds masters’ degrees in journalism and in forensic psychology. Stacy offers three series – the hard-boiled PI Riley Sullivan Mystery Series, the FBI Agent Kate Walsh Thriller series, and the paranormal mystery Harper & Hattie Magical Mystery Series.

About Claire Duncan

Claire Duncan is a multi-award-winning actress and narrator living in New York City. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and in national tours, and appeared in the Drama Desk–nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She received a Best Actress Award for her work as Rosetta in the dark comedy Rosetta's Blues, which debuted at Cannes, and has played the lead in a dozen other indie films. As a singer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured the country as a travel host and writer for Visit The USA. She grew up in Canada to a Texan mother and British-born father, and holds an Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology, linguistics, and English from the University of Toronto. Claire's broad career has shaped her into an exceptional and flexible voice artist. You can hear her on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, in hundreds of national commercials, and as the narrator of over fifty audiobooks, specializing in mystery, romance, and YA.

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14 Responses to “The Founders by Stacy M. Jones”


    Hmm this is a new author to me but I love the sound of the storyline and will be looking into this one especially since its #1 in a new series 😉

  2. Katherine

    This is like National Treasure but a murder mystery! This sounds fantastic and like such a fun thriller.

  3. Lover of Romance

    WOW! This one sounds just amazing! I am glad that it worked out so well for you there. I do love a story that really has a great mystery surrounding it.