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Honaker, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 452 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

    Beatrice says: "If you like mystery you Must read this one"
    "Definitely not what I expect from Denise Swanson!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. I have been listening to the Scrumble River series and thought I might also enjoy this. I enjoy mysteries, but this had a lot of throbbing body parts, touches that sent shivers down someone's back, and other things that you don't usually find in a good mystery. Another reviewer was correct when she said it was 1/3 mystery and 2/3 sappy. I think Ms. Swanson may have been trying to make it sexy, but failed miserably.

    Has Little Shop of Homicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the cozy mystery genre, but I'm not really sure what genre this belongs to. I definitely will not check to see if there is another book in this series.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment! I enjoyed the Scrumble River series from Denise Swanson and hoped this would be as good. It seems that Denise Swanson is trying to go in a steamier direction.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Double Fudge Brownie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    Life in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama to manage. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can barely find the time to think about her bakery - let alone the town's most recent murder... Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She's eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Too much swooning and not enough sleuthing!"
    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    I will read the next book in the series, but if it still pays more attention to the romance than the murder plot, that will be the last one.

    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoy Suzanne Toren's performance and would be pleased to listen to more of her work.

    Do you think Double Fudge Brownie Murder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Hannah series needs a follow-up, but not this particular story line. The character of Ross needs to GO AWAY.

    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed every other book in this series, but this one went off in another direction. It had more swooning than sleuthing. I always enjoy the recipes and this one had some good ones. Although it bothered me when it talked about Jo Fluke's ideas about the recipe when it has always kept in character and referred to Hannah's ideas in the recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Rita Mae Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Rita Mae Brown, co-writer of the wildly popular Mrs. Murphy mystery series, weaves a captivating tale from her foxhunting series. The New Year's Day festivities of the Jefferson Hunt are about to pick up when a promising Harvard Law School alum is found stabbed to death. As the investigation proceeds, those searching for the truth realize they might not survive to enjoy the next New Year's festivities.

    Judith says: "Where's the mystery?"
    "Read the reviews before you use a point!!"
    What would have made Full Cry better?

    I can't think of anything that would have made this better. It was awful.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Rita Mae Brown again?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rita Mae Brown’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Full Cry?

    At least the first hour and 1/2, but that was as far as I could stand to listen. There was nothing there but boring description of the hunt from all (and I mean all) points of view.

    Any additional comments?

    Her other books have to be better than this one. Otherwise, how has she managed to sell any books at all. Please read the other reviews, I agree with all the ones that did not like this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Carlisle
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

    Sue says: "Waste of credits"
    "Waste of credits"
    Would you try another book from Kate Carlisle and/or Eileen Stevens?

    no!! for Kate Carlisle Yes!! for Eileen Stevens

    Has Homicide in Hardcover turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this writer. I noticed she also writes romance fiction and seems to forget which genre she is in. I am reading for the mystery, not for a bodice ripper romance. She can't seem to help herself when introducing a new character. The descriptions don't belong in a mystery. The mysteries are fairly good for a cozy mystery, but she keeps mixing her genres. If I wanted to read about how a character's butt looks in his pants, I would read a different kind of book. I used my credits on the buy four get $10 sale. What a waste of credits. I will not be buying more of this series.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homicide in Hardcover?

    All of the

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • I Gave You My Heart, But You Sold It Online

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dixie Cash novels score critical accolades while slaying readers with witty mysteries starring the Domestic Equalizers, aka Debbie Sue Overstreet and her best friend, Edwina. In this down-home whodunit, the gals from Salt Lick, Texas, wrangle with a mystery involving a bull-riding "champeen" and an Internet stalker.

    Aleta says: "Laugh out loud funny!"
    "Wanted a mystery - got a romance"

    I like to listen to light mysteries. This one was more romance than mystery. I hope this is not a trend from Dixie Cash. I have already purchased the next one in the series, and do hope it is more mystery than romance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chardonnay Charade: A Wine Country Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ellen Crosby
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall

    Facing a freakish May freeze that threatens her vineyard, Lucie Montgomery is forced to hire a helicopter to fly over the vines warming the arctic air next to the grapes. But her luck in salvaging the harvest runs out when she discovers the body of Georgia Greenwood, a controversial local political candidate, lying near the fields.

    Terrie Munce says: "wishing there was more"
    "If you can get past the narrator"

    I have listened to others in the series. This one is not the best one. I have a hard time with the narrator. Her very unnatural accent grates on my nerves. She also should have checked on some of her pronunciations before she started. I will continue to finish the series because they are easy uncomplicated stories that I can listen to while I am doing something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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