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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Green-Eyed Demon: Sabina Kane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes. Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks---a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon---head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister.

    Beatrice says: "Nice ending"
    "Nice ending"
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    This installment in the series is very good. It continues the story from the first two books. I was impressed that Sabina's character continued to grow and change throughout the series. Sabina starts out as a loner who has to do things her way. She also blindly follows the authority of her grandmother. By the end of the book Sabina learns to share responsibilty and accepts help from friends. All three books are filled with action. The one thing I did not like about Sabina's character is that she always excepted the responsibilty for everything. Luckily her self esteem issues do not stop her from solving her problems and growing as a person. I strongly recommend that you read all three books in order. I passed on this series for a while before I decided to read it. If you are on the fence about buying it, get off the fence and buy the first book. You won't regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dash of Death: The Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Helena Houndswood is the epitome of class - at least when the camera's rolling. Behind the scenes, the celebrated expert on stylish living is just a garden-variety snob with a heart of stone. She's furious to learn that a group of decidedly déclassé Hemlock Falls women has won the design contest sponsored by her television show, It's a Beautiful Life. Now one winner is missing and another is dead - but just how far would Helena go to avoid mixing with the unwashed? After all, murder is so tacky.

    Beatrice says: "I felt like I was reading a Young Adult book"
    "I felt like I was reading a Young Adult book"
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    Quill is incredibly immature and she surrounds herself with people who indulge her immaturity or bully her into things she doesn't want to do. Her investigation shows an irrational thought process and short sightedness on her part throughout the book. This isn't even a town I would like to live in nor would I like to meet the citizens. This is the second book I have read in this series and I will not go any further. I wish Claudia Bishop continued the Dr. McKenzie series intead of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Midwinter's Tail: Magical Cats, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. And when a guest at the gala drops dead, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

    Beatrice says: "It keeps getting better"
    "It keeps getting better"
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    Kathleen and friends are back in another great book. Owen and Hercules are also great and add to the fun. There is a lot of character development and the plot was fast paced. I look forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen Is Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jane Dentinger
    • Narrated By Jane Dentinger
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tessa Grant was one of Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke's greatest heroes. She was Josh's mentor in school and a continued inspiration throughout her career. When Tessa's death from an apparent heart attack leaves her production of A Winter's Tale at Josh's alma mater without a Queen Hermione, Josh jumps at the opportunity to help out, taking over the role. But when she arrives at the school, Josh finds a journal among Tessa's possessions with something major to say: Her death was no mere heart attack.

    Beatrice says: "A great series"
    "A great series"
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    I think this was the last in the series. If so, I'm very sad. This is a wonderful series and I'm glad I found it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits. The History Days festival is the highlight of the year in Hemlock Falls, and the reenactment of the 17th-century witch trials is the highlight of the festival.

    Beatrice says: "I'm not sure about this one"
    "I'm not sure about this one"
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    There are several things wrong in this book. 1. The lead character Quill and the sheriff have absolutely no chemistry. He tolerates her and treats her like a child.
    2. Quill is a bit immature and lacks managerial skills neede to run an Inn.
    3. Although Quill is the lead character she is weak and her character is never really fleched out.
    4. Meg the chef at the Inn intentionally sabatoges her food for a disagreeable customer.
    5. She also refuses to follow the guidelines made by the Department of health.
    6. The plot was a bit slow and seemed to go around in circles for a while.

    I like the idea of the world created so I might get the next book to see if any of these flaws are worked out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man Gone: Mercy Watts Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A.W. Hartoin
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she's off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she's her father's daughter. Soon Gavin's death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected?

    Beatrice says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
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    I'm glad I bought this book for 1.99 after getting the Kindle version for free. The lead character, Mercy Watts, is annoying and unlikeable. She is related to everyone involved. Mercy also has issues because she looks like Marilyn Monroe. This is a very important point in the book because it is mentioned every three pages. Although it annoys her to look like Marilyn, she doesn't seem to mind using this to her advantage. Then, she complains about it. Like I said, not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Body in the Belfry: Faith Fairchild, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Hall Page
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During her years spent in New York City, Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry.

    Beatrice says: "Great Read"
    "Great Read"
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    This was a delightful reaad. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plot. I will look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If the Shoe Kills: Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being the liaison for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid that the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing's worse than Ted Hendricks - the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill's ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car - dead as a doornail.

    Beatrice says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    I enjoyed the third book in this series. I hope more are written and that they are made available in the Audible library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrapbook of Secrets: A Cumberland Creek Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mollie Cox Bryan
    • Narrated By Barbara Edelman
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives.

    Beatrice says: "Waste of money"
    "Waste of money"
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    I bought this book because it was on sale. What a Waste!!! The characters were flat and superficial. I couldn't get beyond the first five chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cropped to Death: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Freeburn
    • Narrated By Tara Ochs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers' scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she's not careful, she'll be the next one cropped.

    Beatrice says: "This is a bad book"
    "This is a bad book"
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    I think the narrator ruined this for me. From the beginning I was distracted by the narrator's voice. She made the lead character, Faith, sound as old as her grandmothers. However, the narrator can not be blamed for creating a lead character that was annoying and flat. Her involvement in the "investigation" was forced and beyond the scope of her disabilities. As an ex JAG administer, she should have had some scruples. Faith had none. It was just a bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Building from Ashes: Elemental World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    In a world teetering on the edge of change, two beings struggle to find their purpose. Will their paths lead them closer together or tear their worlds apart? For a thousand years, powerful earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn has served others. God. His family. His friends. But tragedy and loss disrupt his peaceful existence, causing him to question everything he has committed his eternity to.

    tina says: "G-rated, Christian paranormal suspense"
    "Not for me"
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    I read the Elemental Series by Elizabeth Hunter so I thought I would give this one a chance. I couldn't get into it. I'm sure it's not a bad book, but it just wasn't for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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