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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Tangled Threads: Elemental Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (999)

    "I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past - or my present. And right now I have a bulls-eye on my forehead."

    Beatrice says: "Disappointed but hopeful"
    "Disappointed but hopeful"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed this series, so far. However, this book includes to much background information from previous books and the plot is incredibly predictable. One of the reasons I continued to read this series is because I was looking forward to seeing the characters grow and develop through their relationships and actions. Gin started the series as a distinct, layered and complicated character. In this book she is none of these things. In fact she loses almost any credibility as a character that she had. She is this mysterious shadowy assassin with magical powers, but is seems that by the end of the book the only person who doesn't know that is her nemesis Mab Monroe. For a shadowy assassin she doesn't do overly much to protect her secret. That being said, the one redeeming factor of the book was the whole situation with Bria and Owen. This book is about her Gin's tangled emotional threads. About her love for Grayson, love she finally accepts and about her estranged sister and the difficult but hopeful reunion between the two siblings. Unfortunately, Estep ended up getting tangled in her own writing. While the reunion was nicely done as a whole it happened 200 pages too late to save the book. Despite all that I can't say that I hated the book. I didn't find it terribly interesting or exciting and I skipped a lot of pages. In my opinion it is the weakest in an otherwise solid and intriguing series. I will read the next book in hopes that it is much better. Although it deserves one star, I'm giving it 2 based on the strength of the series and my hope for its future.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • High Rhymes and Misdemeanors: A Poetic Death Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Diana Killian
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    While visiting her favorite poets' old haunts in England's Lake District, Grace Hollister, an American schoolteacher and literary scholar, stumbles upon the body of Peter Fox face down in a stream. Thankfully, the dashing local antiques dealer is not dead - but after saving his life Grace soon finds herself pursued by two menacing thugs who are after the gewgaws Peter is hiding. Problem is, Peter doesn't have any gewgaws. He doesn't even know what gewgaws are. But he and Grace soon discover they've got something to do with Lord Byron...and someone's willing to kill for them.

    Beatrice says: "Don't waste your time"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    This was bad writing in so many ways. I couldn't figure out if it was a romance novel or a treasure hunt. I do know it was not a cozy mystery like Diana Killian's other books. I will nt be reading anymore in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mantra for Murder Mysteries: Corpse Pose; Dial Om for Murder; Murder on the Eightfold Path

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Diana Killian
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Corpse Pose: Listeners will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series. Ever since her husband ditched her - for another man - A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio - making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target.

    Beatrice says: "Loved it"
    "Loved it"
    Overall
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    This is one of the best books I have listened to in a while. The characters are interesting and realistic. The plot flows along at a pace that keeps you turning pages. I really enjoyed this book. I will caustion you that you are only getting one book, Corspe Pose. I do hope Audible make the other books available soon. I would love to listen to them as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Play Dead: A Museum Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The new exhibit at the Philadelphia children's museum, Let's Play, isn't meant to be shocking - but when one of the installers is zapped with a fatal electrical charge, it's up to Nell to put her detective skills on display.

    Beatrice says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "Fun and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a quick read. Meg keeps getting pulled in to a mystery at another museum while trying to run her own museum. The plot and characters are realistic. The pacing of the story was quick and kept me interested. It was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Harvest: Orchard, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Now that Meg Corey's apples have been harvested and sold, she's enjoying some free time. But when the small but annoying mishaps plaguing her start turning sinister, Meg begins to worry that her first harvest may be her last.

    Beatrice says: "not as good as the others"
    "not as good as the others"
    Overall
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    This book is different from the others in the series. There is no murder but Meg does set out to solve a mystery. She also makes some unbelievable odd choices based on the weather and everyone went along like it was normal. All in all it was an okay book. I will probably read the next one in the series. I am very disappointed that the recipes are not included in the version offered by audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for a Dance: A Laurel McKay Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cindy Sample
    • Narrated By Pilar Uribe
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Discovering she has two left feet isn’t the biggest problem for Laurel McKay when she agrees to learn a fox-trot routine for her best friend’s Lake Tahoe wedding. Stumbling over the lifeless body of a sexy Russian dance star with her broken shoe heel stuffed in his mouth…is far worse. Almost as bad as running into the hunky detective she dated briefly before he disappeared from her life. When another death occurs on the ballroom floor, Laurel finds herself waltzing her way into the dark secrets of the Golden Hills Dance Studio.

    Beatrice says: "It deserves 3 and half stars"
    "It deserves 3 and half stars"
    Overall
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    The second book in the Laurel McKay mystery series was okay. Laurel gets involved in a mystery at the behest of her boss. The story line is a bit unbelievable and the ending had me rolling my eyes at Laurel's decisions. All in all I like the supporting characters. They kept the story realistic. I will probably get the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for a Date: Laurel McKay Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cindy Sample
    • Narrated By Pilar Uribe
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

    Adelaida says: "The Perfect Book to listen to on a Roadtrip"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
    Overall
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    This is a fun an entertaining book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I passed this book up several times before giving it a try. Now that I have listened to it I plan to listen to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Sun: Vampire for Hire, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Eight years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now in Vampire Sun, private investigator Samantha Moon looks into the bizarre disappearance of a woman who enters a Starbucks, but never leaves. Her distraught husband, a person of interest, hires Sam when a Corona Police Department detective gets killed and the case grows cold.

    Beatrice says: "I love this series but the books are too short!!!"
    "I love this series but the books are too short!!!"
    Overall
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    I really wish J. R. Rain would write a full length novel instead of these short novellas. But I have been saying that since I stumbled on to this series. Never the less, I love this series and have read every book in it. Each book shows character and plot development. Samantha Moon is always awesome and I'm glad Fang is back and is friendly with Samantha again. I'm also happy that Samantha and Kingsley have are becoming friendly again. I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Honey House: KC Carmichael, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Harner
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Former con artist Katherine "KC" Carmichael inherits the Honey House, a Bed and Breakfast located in the tiny town of Juniper Springs, AZ, a hotbed of the paranormal tourism industry. It doesn't take her long to discover that both the town and the House are keeping secrets. The town plays up its over-the-top paranormal reputation with fake werewolf photo safaris and psychic vortexes. It's all in good fun until an investigative journalist is found murdered in KC's backyard.

    Beatrice says: "Phenomenal story"
    "Phenomenal story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was blown away by this book. Laura Harner has created an imaginative and realistic world for a great cast of characters. KC is one of the most realistic characters portrayed in a paranormal mystery/romance that I have enjoyed in a while. She is strong, smart and loyal. She's not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, despite her past. The other characters are also strong and there is still plenty of mystery with each character. I also enjoyed the flow of the story. I didn't feel the need to skip ahead once. I will warn against listening to this while driving. Some of the scenes can be...distracting. This is a great book and I look forward to listening the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Perception: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (325)

    It took a while for Abby Coopers FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby's visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City.

    JEAN says: "go abbey"
    "Fun and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book was entertaining, action-packed and kept you turning pages. Abby and her friends get invovled in some silly hijinks in Vegas. This book has a fast pace that will keep you turning the pages to see what's going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (862)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Awesome as always"
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    I love this series. It is one of the most creative and entertaining series in the urban fanatsy genre. I strongly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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