Look there's no major meaning of life here in this book. It's just a fun escape and fun read (listen). So ranking it among other books isn't fair as that is not the point of this book. As far as ranking it with other beachy, nice, cozy mysteries? Well then this book is great at the top of the list in the genre. It is what it is. When you want a fun escape with a wild ride this is your book.
Ramirez...everything Ramirez and especially his family.
Ramirez...he's the sexy bad-boy cop...need I say more?
Nothing disturbing in this book. You won't cry or be sad from this. You will only come away entertained and with a few great laughs. The characters are all very fun. I love them all.
You'll think you know who did it, you'll think you've got it figured out before the main character, but you don't. Although I sometimes found Maddie cowardly and acting younger than her stated age she was a fun character. The situations were often laugh out loud funny.
I've rarely met an audio book I didnt like. I love rom-com, cozy murder mystery, and self-help.
this is a series I plan to continue. I loved every minute of it and the narration
No erotica and minimal explicit violence despite two murders. Lots of OC references and boob talk. Loads of situational humor. The publisher's blurb doesn't tell you that Maddy designs children's shoes, or that her mother's idea of a bachelorette party is a male strip club. All I can say without doing the spoiler thing is that I laughed myself silly, and the suspense and plot twists were great!
Caroline Shaffer is great as the audio interpreter!
A better development of the characters. Their description is too shallow. Plus the story is very predictable.
Something more substantial by a better writer.
Nice voice. Not amazing but nice.
the characters are fine, just not developed and very predictable.
Overall it was a boring story. You could see how it would end from page 1, you could see the love story to be, right off the bat. No thriller, no mystery.
I express how disappointed I was in this. Normally I like chick-lit for the Girl Power portion of it and that was completely absent. The protagonist is useless at her job, relationships, the investigation she takes on and even fails at taking a pregnancy test. I was actively rooting against her as she judges other women to the resolution of the "plot." If you're looking for some uplifting light listening stay away.
Make me swoon, scream, cry, laugh, and feel the passion. I want books that grab your attention and don't let go. I'm certainly addicted.
I'm a firm believer in ratings should reflect the genre and overall experience when listening to a book. People pick chick flick mysteries and expect serious stories, dumb. This story is fun, sweet, calamity Jane in heels story. I honestly thought I knew the murderer, but was wrong. It wasn't heavy on romance, but maybe further into the series will pick up.
Narration was good, but I hated the Russian voices and not the best male voices. Still a solid narrative.
I'd recommend this if your in the mood for a fun entertaining mystery.
This was a fun, entertaining listen. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of chuckle-out-loud moments. The book is especially endearing to those of us who are from Southern California as there are a lot of funny moments that only people who have lived in L.A. will get. That's not to say that readers who don't know L.A. will not enjoy the book, it's just that those of us who have experienced the oddity of living in that unique city will understand more of the satire. The narrator is decent. There are so many female narrators who do a better job with male voices though. Shaffer's are only tolerable. That said, I've heard worse. Overall, I think most people who like Chick Mysteries will enjoy Maddie's antics in this book.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
It's not Stephanie Plum, but it's cute. Certainly worth a few hours gardening or standing in line at Lowes.