If one of my friends was a fan of "cozies" and Jessica Fletcher, I'd definately recommend this audiobook.
The description of the filming of a TV commercial. The narrative gave me a mental image of what the area looked like and how the filming was done.
Yes. However, I do find her regional accents slightly overdone. I got used to Jessica's New England accent. I'm a midwesterner and I have no idea if the accent is accurate. However the accent she used for one character from Texas was annoying to me.
No. But I smiled often and relaxed alot.
I was a fan of the "Murder She Wrote" TV series. These books are based on the TV series and therefore predictable in some ways. That's OK with me. I like Jessica's common sense and intelligence. I know there will not be descriptions of excessive violence. I know there will be an interesting puzzle to solve. Sometimes I just want to listen to a good, relaxing story. The "Murder She Wrote" series fills that need for me.
I discovered this series thanks to a Daily Special. I'm so glad I bought that first book. I'm working my way through the books available on Audible and haven't been disappointed in any of them.
I like Deborah Knott, the main character. She is a District Court judge who deals primarily with lesser crimes. Sometimes she has to travel to fill in for other judges. Her travels to different places are one of my favoroite things about the series. Margaret Maron's writing makes these places very real in my mind, even though I've never visited the area where the books take place.
Margaret Maron is an excellent story teller. Her mysteries are intricate and her characters interesting and well developed. I look forward to reading all the books in this series.
I found the museum setting interesting. The story made me aware of the difficulties in
the safe keeping of thousands of items, some of which have great monetary value. It also made me aware of how difficult it is to fund a non-profit museum.
I like Eleanor Pratt, the main character. She's smart and sensible. I'm also intrigued by "Marty", another female character who plays a major role in this story.
One criticism is that I correctly guessed the outcome early in the story. I won't go into detail to avoid "spoilers". There was also one element of the plot that seemed pointless to me - again I won't elaborate because of possible "spoilers."
I'm undecided about whether I will read other books in this series. I will put it on my "wish list" and carefully check reviews posted by other listeners.
Most of my purchases on Audible have been mysteries and classic science fiction. I bought this book when it was a "Deal of the Day". I'm very glad I did!
I love "Max" the protagonist and teller of the story. She's smart, fearless, funny, and slightly flawed. Zara Ramm's narration was perfect for me. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ear, and her diction is excellent.
The next book in the series is on my Wish List.
So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.
For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.
The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.
Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.
I liked the first book in this series enough to buy the second one when it became available on Audible.
What makes this series unique for me is that one of the main characters is a skeleton named Sid who walks, talks, and has a Facebook page, but doesn't eat or breathe. The other main characters are regular human beings who accept Sid as normal part of their lives.
The plotting of the first book seemed more intricate and enjoyable to me. Even so, I like the main characters and the humor and liked this book. If there is a third book in the series I will read it.
I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.
I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.
There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.
Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.
This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.
I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.
I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.
Warning - possible spoliers
I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.
The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.
The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.
Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.
I won't be reading any other books in this series.
In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.
The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.
I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
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