This is the third in the Diane Mott Davidson series and not my favorite. The premise was a stretch, the characters confusing and unrealistic and the murderer wasn't fully developed. Had it been told from a different point of view, it could very easily have been classified as a young adult book as it was set in a prep school and focused quite a bit on the teenagers attending the school and the stress of getting into the “right” college…read Ivy League.
The main character is Goldy the caterer, apparently a highly rated one in the Aspen, CO area, but I'm nit sure why. If anyone has ever had anything to do with a catered event, even just attending one, you would know the caterer does not wander off for extended periods, argue with the client, speak impertinently to the guests or have their 12 year old son and various teenagers as servers (who also ask impertinent questions).
There are some inconsistencies that needed editing: in the beginning, the guests at a function are served both appetizers and desserts simultaneously and later, even though there’s a detail of cops outside her house, Goldy (the queen of bad decisions) jumps in her car and (not wanting to spoil the end here) gets herself into trouble.
And if there have been two murders at your son's prep school, wouldn't you think the school would be shut down or have cops stationed there? At the very least, I would take my kid out until the murders have been solved. By the end of the book, I honestly didn't care who done it!
Louise Penny has written one of the best mystery series I've ever read. The small town of Three Pines is almost another character in her books. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the first book in the series (Still Life) but tried again and kept at it. Perfect! She hooked me! I've read the entire series, up until book 9 (with book 10 coming out soon) and am now listening to each and every book. The narrator is wonderful, just like I'd imagine Gamache would sound. Delightful series!
This was a fun and entertaining book. A good listen about making ends meet with a believable story line. The main character is a shopaholic and soon realizes the consequences. Her marriage seems to be faltering and she thinks her husband is having an affair. There was a bit of a mystery, romance and a lot of humor. The author also wrote the Bubbles Yablonsky series and several YA books. Recommend the book to anyone looking for a delightful, fun read.
This is the first in the Psychic Eye series and the author did a good job of introducing a fun, interesting protagonist. Abby Cooper is a relatable character...she could be you or me with the exception of one little detail - she's psychic. The author used one phrase ("in my mind's eye") a number of times...so much it was a bit irritating, but other than that, it was definitely a light, fun listen but a great start to the series.
I like the Women's Murder Club series and have listened to all of them, however this is not one of his best. It's good, but not great and from James Patterson, I somehow expect great. As always, Patterson and Paetro incorporate several story lines in the book...there are a few loose ends at the conclusion of the book, but they didn't annoy me as much as they annoyed some reviewers. Instead, I look to the 7th in the series to follow up on those cliffhangers.
If you've listened to any of the books in this series, you'll know what to expect...a good mystery, complete with humor, strong female characters and a little bit of sex thrown in for good measure. If you haven't listened to the series and want a fun, easy book, start with the first in the series: Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. Although they're all stand alone books on their own, I always like to start at the beginning of a series. The narrator has a habit of lowering her voice an octave or two at the end of sentences, which was a bit disconcerting, but I would recommend the books to anyone in the mood for a fun, light book.
I wish I had read the reviews (or at least read this was a Harlequin book) before purchasing, but unfortunately, I did neither and bought the book, hoping for a light, fun listen. I lasted about an hour and a half, mainly out of a vain hope that it would get better. The majority of the 90 minutes was spent detailing an attraction between two characters; over and over and over and over. Mental note to self: next time you purchase a book, read the reviews first.
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