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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • American Vampire: Vampire for Hire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    In American Vampire, the sequel to Vampire Moon, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources, including her growing supernatural abilities, to locate the missing girl before it's too late.

    Sandie says: "Good....But!!!!"
    "I've been sucked in to a great series"
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    This series is a delightful surprise and I'm really enjoying it. American Vampire is well written, and the character of Samantha Moon is entertaining and unique. Samantha is coming in to her own as a vampire and her character is really beginning to grow and develop. I'm looking forward to seeing how her relationships with Fang and Kingsley will turn out. As well as finding out what happens with her children and ex husband. The only problem I have with the book is that Mr. Rain has not fully embraced his female side. I don't know many women (If any) who would leave their fataly ill child in the hospital to go to work or visit with boyfriends. Other than that this is a very good book. I bought the next book in the series before I finished this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Cruise: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Wordsmith Jaine Austen's ship has finally come in. Her new teaching gig on a fancy cruise line nabs her a free vacation--and access to a 24-hour buffet! But sooner than you can say "bon voyage," Jaine's all-expenses-paid trip to the Mexican Riviera seems destined to be a wreck… Jaine's sinking sensation grows stronger at dinner, where she meets chatty Emily Pritchard, a wealthy seventy-year-old who's traveling with her two nephews.

    Beatrice says: "Jane stumbles through another mystery"
    "Jane stumbles through another mystery"
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    This is an entertaining and funny series. Jane bends over backward to keep Prozac by her side and has the worse working vacation ever. But, through it all Jane keeps her cool and manages to stumble through another mystery with her usual silly antics. I'll be starting the next book in a couple of days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Blood: Witch Hunt, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Debbie Viguie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    All her life, Samantha Ryan has been haunted by a circle of blood, which she has tried to keep at bay—ever since she escaped a vicious Salem coven of witches as a child. But now her carefully constructed life has given way to the darkness she might have embraced, had she not run away. Angry, focused, and more than willing to use her powers on anyone who gets in her way, Samantha travels to New Orleans to confront Lilith Black, the witch who has been mercilessly shaping events around her for months.

    Beatrice says: "B"
    "B"
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    I'm giving this book a B on the strenght of the two previous books. The first two books were very strong and solid. This one was a bit weak. The ending was a bit rushed and I felt that some of it was a bit drawn out. However, Viguie does a good job of wrapping up all lose ends. I was a bit disappointed but I still enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not the Killing Type: A Booktown Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover-Tricia's own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn't in the race for long. When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister-she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

    Beatrice says: "THE BEST YET"
    "THE BEST YET"
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    The latest installment in the booktown mystery series has a great plot, well liked and developed characters, plot twists and a little romance. This is the best book of the series and I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Pantyhose: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Freelance writer Jaine Austen has never been able to resist the siren call of an Eskimo Pie, just like she can't resist renewing her romance with Andrew, an old crush. With her bank account hitting new lows, she's also just agreed to write jokes for Dorcas, a stand-up comic who throws her pantyhose into the audience as a punch line. Not only is Dorcas' act a bomb, she is heckled by Vic, a gorgeous fellow comic. Naturally when Vic is murdered with Dorcas' pantyhose and that same Dorcas is standing over his dead body, the police arrest...Dorcas.

    Beatrice says: "Absolutely Hilarious"
    "Absolutely Hilarious"
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    This was one of the best yet in the series. Not only was it funny, but well written and thoroughly engaging. As always, Jaine and her father get into all types of silly situations that made me gasp and blush with shame. I couldn't put it down. I'm hooked. I bought the next three books and will buy the rest of the series as well. I highly recommend this series. The narrator does a great job with the voices. Even though I don't like Prozac, I love the way Brittany Pressley brings her to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The PMS Murder: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    On the frontlines of the battle of the bulge, otherwise known as trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend - a wannabe actress named Pam - and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume.

    Beatrice says: "A+++"
    "A+++"
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    This is the best book of the series so far. It is funny, witty and clever. Jane takes after her father in that they both get involved in cringe worthy but funny situations. I laughed out aloud as I listened to this book. The murder mystery developed slowly but picked up and moved fast. There were lots of red herrings to prevent guessing the killer. The narrator did a good job with all of the voices. I would recommend Laura Levine to anyone who like cozy mysteries. I'm off to download the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shoes to Die For: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine Austen's elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neighbor, Lance. She doesn't expect Lance - who works in the designer shoe department at Nieman Marcus - to understand...which is how she ends up visiting his favorite boutique, Passions. While the couture is definitely not for Jaine, the staff's gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky starts complaining about her co-worker Giselle - a.k.a. "Frenchie" - a brittle blonde who, when she's not making fun of customers behind their backs, adds extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt.

    Beatrice says: "Entertaining and Funny"
    "Entertaining and Funny"
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    This is an entertaining and funny mystery. It has a quick pace with enough twists and turns to keep you interested. This is proving to be a funny series with great characters and witty dialogue. The mystery is light hearted and not very easy to figure out. I would recommend this book and series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Blonde: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A gal with a serious Ben & Jerry's habit can't afford to be too picky about employment opportunities. So when Beverly Hills socialite SueEllen Kingsley offers freelance writer Jaine Austen megabucks to ghostwrite a book of hostess tips, it's time to sharpen the #2s. But everything short circuits when Jaine finds SueEllen floating face down in her tub, fried by her own blow dryer.

    Beatrice says: "4 stars"
    "4 stars"
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    Killer Blonde is the forth novel in the Jaine Austen Mystery series. Jaine is a great character. She's funny, clever and brave. The plot was entertaining and realistic and the pacing was fast with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the emails between Jaine and her parents. I wish Jaine would dump Prozac and get a nice dog. I look forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plunder: A Faye Longchamp Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mary Anna Evans
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Time is not on Faye Longchamp’s side. She and her husband Joe are working near the mouth of the Mississippi, researching archaeological sites soon to be swamped by oil. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has morphed her run-of-the-mill contract job into a task that might swamp her fledgling company. It isn’t helping that an injured babysitter has left Faye to work with a toddler underfoot.

    Annette M Long says: "Mary Anna Eveans needs to write more!"
    "Another great mystery"
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    This is a bit different from the other books, but, still very good. The characters are very interesting and the plot well thought out. Joe and Faye are great as parents. This series gets better and better. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fonduing Fathers: A White House Chef Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julie Hyzy
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    White House executive chef Olivia Paras has enough on her plate. But after gaining new information about her father’s death, the First Family isn’t the only family Olivia is concerned about… Olivia has always believed that her father was an honorable man - until a trip to visit her mother reveals that he was dishonorably discharged from the army. Olivia is even more shocked to learn that he was brutally murdered because someone at his company suspected him of selling corporate secrets. Refusing to believe that her father was a scoundrel, Olivia won’t rest until she proves his innocence.

    Beatrice says: "Scandal in the family"
    "Scandal in the family"
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    This is a pretty good book in a pretty good series. The plot was good and the story was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wreck the Halls

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah Graves
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Christmas is just weeks away, but what Jacobia Jake Tiptree discovers at Faye Anne Carmody's house is far from festive: a dazed Faye Anne covered with blood. Her no-good husband, Merle--Eastport's butcher and least-liked citizen--is nowhere in sight. Nowhere, that is, until Jake finds his body--wrapped in his own butcher paper. It looks like an open-and-shut case, but Jake isn't convinced. Then another resident turns up dead, and Jake knows the trail doesn't begin--or end--with Merle.

    Beatrice says: "Just another winter in Eastport"
    "Just another winter in Eastport"
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    This is another addition to a great series. Jacobia is at her best in this latest installment. The subject matter was dark and complex. The book was very good with a fast pace that kept me turning the pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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