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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Designed for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jean Harrington
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Interior designer Deva Dunne's latest project comes to a screeching halt when blood on the carpet leads her to the body of her client, an exotic dancer with a mysterious past. But the murdered woman is not the only resident of the posh beachfront condominium with secrets, and investigating officer Lieutenant Victor Rossi considers them all suspects.

    Beatrice says: "Solid Start"
    "Solid Start"
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    This is a very good start for a series. It's full of twists and turns throughout the book that will keep you from guessing the murderer. The characters are interesting, quirky, and likable. I look forward to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Engine Dead: A Museum Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When the entire collection of the Fireman's Museum ironically goes up in flames, Nell Pratt discovers one of the charred pictures isn't the one that was originally exhibited. But getting to the bottom of the mystery is bound to get Nell burned....

    Beatrice says: "Pretty good"
    "Pretty good"
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    Unlike most lead characters in cozy mysteries, Meg does not invite herself into murder investigations. She is intelligent and likable and is trying to do her job when someone pulls her into their situation. That makes her different. The investigation that follows is interesting. This isn't a fast paced page turner but it is an enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chocolate Bear Burglary: A Chocoholic Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joanna Carl
    • Narrated By Teresa DeBerry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    After leaving her bad-news husband back in Texas, Lee McKinney moved up north to a quaint resort town. Now she keeps the books for her aunt’s luxury-chocolate shop. But Lee soon finds that Michigan winters can be murder....Lee and Aunt Nettie can’t believe their luck. A teddy bear promotion will have tourists flocking to Warner Pier, which could mean skyrocketing sales for TenHuis Chocolade. To help decorate the scrumptious store, their friend Gail, an antique dealer, lends them a collection of valuable chocolate molds.

    Beatrice says: "Don't waste your time"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    I read the first book in this series and found it annoying, but at least I finished it. This one was worse. The plot is unrealistic- step son from previous marriage runs away because his parents are thinking about getting together and gets involved in murder plot. The story made no sense. It was also very boring. Not could I not get into the story but I didn't find any of the characters interested. I finally gave up halfway through it. I will not buy a book by this author again.

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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)
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    (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"
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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
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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"
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    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.

    1 of 1 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"
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    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"
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    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"
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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
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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!!!"
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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
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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"
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    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

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