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Agree with other reviewers the book starts off slow, but since it is a series I listened all the way. You don't get addicted or find a hook in this book until almost the end of the book. I wonder if the rest of the series follows from the first so if you get past this one, you will already have the gist and plenty more books to entertain you for hours. The narrator has a definite accent but since the main character has one too I suppose it's suppose to fit.
This book is about vintage clothing, witches, goblins, death and mystery. Murder intrigue is full of suspicion. I kept waiting for more of a love story to unfold but I suppose for some people that will be a plus. I do love her descriptions of fashion, I am pulled right into that and almost wish I could see the designs Juliet Blackwell describes.
Guys: ITS CHIC LIT..
- Gym Girl
Pleasant, quick-read, enjoyable
The plot was good, but, simpler than many mysteries. It's a lighthearted mystery that's not too heavy, technical, etc. The characters are pleasant, so it's entertaining. Not a nail biter, but, I liked it enough to want to read/listen to the rest of the series. I like the main characters. I also like that's a mystical title as I like a little supernatural fun and wish there were might wiccan themed fiction.
A lot of reviews complained about the narrator and I admit AT FIRST she read with a southern accent that sounded like it was trying to be sexy, but, that lessened after the first bit and just became a Texas type southern accent and I got used to it and I could ignore it. It fits the character in my opinion and am glad I did not go by reviews that said to skip this book because of the narrator. Actually, her calm voice and the first person POV of the book makes you feel like you are listening to a friend talk not being lectured to by a scholar, so I actually have grown to like Xe Sands' narration.
No extreme reaction, just a pleasant simple fun mystery.
As a reader, give the narration a try, don't skip the book if the synopsis appeals to you. I'd like more plot development from the auther, Agatha Christie or Elzabeth Peters would be prime examples of slightly deeper mysteries that can still balance humor and comfy characters you love.
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I so loved this book!!. I had been sick with a nasty cold and could do nothing but lay in bed with my eyes closed when I thought about going thru my wish list and seeing if there was anything that sounded good. This book stuck out immediately so I put it on and in less than 2 days I was finished with it. That's saying a lot because typically I listen to my audio books for only an hour or two at most over a week or two. With this book however, I was hooked before the second chapter. I think what made me love it so much was the descriptive writing without being too overly detailed, which can sometimes lead to boring and drawn out. I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind the entire time I was listening. It was like the words were drawn instead of written.
As for performance, at first I didn't love the narrator. But literally by the 2nd or 3rd chapter I was so hooked on the story it didn't bother me. Now I love her voice and wouldn't want anyone else reading.
I'm so excited about this series and author, I would even go as far as to say Im glad I got so sick, because if I hadn't, I may not have listened to this book for a long time. If you like cozy mysteries with witty female characters, this is the book for you. It not only made me wish I could jump into the story, but has given me a well needed push of inspiration to keep moving forward on my own dreams of becoming a shop owner one day. Loved loved loved!!!!
I have listened to this audiobook repeatedly. The story is enjoyable and the reader's voice is soothing making it all the better.
The lead character Lily is great. She is smart, gutsy but not unrealistic.The secondary and tertiary characters are just as enjoyable as the main character.
This murder mystery series is such a good read because it makes sense why this woman is trying to solve these mysteries. She is the only one available who can. Many of today's series involve protagonists whose involvements in such crimes makes no sense so it becomes difficult to get lost in the story. Such is not the case here.
Yes I would listen to this again. Love the story and the characters...the only thing that bugged me was Xe Sands reading of the book. She made the main character sound like a creaky old woman...it did not work for me. But Juliet Blackwell's mystery series is great:)
Lily Ivory the main character is great, funny and smart.
The main character is young so a younger voice that doesn't sound old and creaky. The voice sounded more like Graciella not Lily.
The ending was unexpected and exciting.
I liked the story line and have downloaded the next book because I want to see how Lily develops.
The voice was a little to flat for me. I kept falling asleep. But I liked the story line so I'm trying the next in the series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes interesting characters.
The whole ongrowing relationship with her "pet" was very sweet.
Xe Sands performed all characters well, especially Lily.
I read the book a few years ago, and enjoyed it even more on audio. Great characters, read well! Wish you had more of her books!
Any with the pot bellied pig/gargoyle.
When she almost drowned saving the child.
She also writes as Hailey Lind and wish you had these books as well.
Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.
Very very high!
Hard to pick between content and narrator....and so I won't! I liked everything about this book. AND that there will be more too.
Love her easy style
No. I like to stretch out a good story.
I've been looking for a good series for a while now. So glad I found it!