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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
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    (108)
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    (108)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "I'll have another cup please"
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    This is one of the most entertaining new series I have read in a while. I was hooked after the first page. In a small town in Wisconsin, Caron Egan, Patricia Harper, and Maggie Thorsen open up a gourmet coffee shop, UNCOMMON GROUNDS. On the day they open for business, Patricia dies in what seems like an electrocution accident. But the sheriff sees things differently. Sheriff Pavlik thinks someone tampered with the latte maker to intentionally kill Patricia. He begins to look at the business partners first.

    The characters are realistic, likeable, interesting and well-developed. There are many plot twist to keep you guessing. Other than Maggie my favorite character is Sarah. Her blunt sarcastic comments are funny and keep the story rolling at a fast pace.

    I wish the entire 7 book series was available through audiobooks. I bought the rest of the series for my Kindle. If you are a fan of light mysteries you will love this book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Christmas: The Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    Overall
    (321)
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    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lilly isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth - just in time for murder.

    Shelly says: "Worth the read"
    "Another Great Book"
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    This is a great addition to the series. As always, Lily prevails even through adversirty. In this case, the adversity comes from her family. I'm glad she returns to Shakespeare

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    (2329)
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    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Better than the first"
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    This is a strong follow up to the first book in the series. I hope there will be more to come in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    (4679)
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    (3178)
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    (3188)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Excellent Book"
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    This an excellent new book with a very good plot and characters. I look forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book Clubbed: A Booktown Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Overall
    (55)
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    (48)
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    (48)

    Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she's crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament - which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers - and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

    Beatrice says: "5 Stars"
    "5 Stars"
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    This is an entertaining series and a great book. In this book, there are lots of secrets, mysteries, murder. Lorna Barrett has left some interesting tidbits of what may be to come for Tricia and Angelica. I can't wait until the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coveted: Gwen Sparks, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephanie Nelson
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
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    (11)
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    Having prevented the war between the witches and vampires, Gwen Sparks was ready to move on and heal. She thought she could go home and her life would return to normal-she thought wrong. Being a spirit walker offers her protection, but it also put her life in danger as others covet what she possesses. A bounty is placed on Gwen and rogues, who will stop at nothing to get the job done, relentlessly track her.

    Beatrice says: "Great Series"
    "Great Series"
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    I have been hooked on this series since the first book. I love the characters and the flow of the story. My only complaint is that I have to wait to far in between for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
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    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Abandoned by new husband, James, Agatha Raisin hops on a plane to the South Pacific in the hope that an idyllic holiday will bring some consolation. There, she befriends a honeymooning couple but, tragically, the young bride is accidentally drowned. Returning home to the Cotswolds, Agatha finds herself involved in a strangely similar situation - a woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found floating in the river. The police say suicide, but Agatha sets out to prove them wrong.

    Beatrice says: "Another pleasant visit with Agatha"
    "Another pleasant visit with Agatha"
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    The latest addition in this series is funny, light and very enjoyable. The plot was well developed and the characters intersting and amusing. This is truly a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate: Agatha Raisin, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase and is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet...along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell and Tristan is worse off: he's dead.

    Beatrice says: "A fun visit with Agatha"
    "A fun visit with Agatha"
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    This is a another good addition to the Agatha series. Once again Agatha is brilliant and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
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    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (152)
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    (153)

    Best-seller number five from Charlaine Harris' beloved Aurora Teagarden series places the amateur sleuth directly in harm's way. Detective Sergeant Jack Burns and Aurora never got along, and now Jack's dead body has been dropped from a plane directly into Aurora's back yard. Murder is personal this time for Aurora - but has she received a message, or a gruesome warning?

    Beatrice says: "A very good book"
    "A very good book"
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    I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed all of the Aurora Teagarden series. The writing was engaging and entertaining. However, I felt that the ending was a bit far fetched. It's a good read and I reccomend it to everyone who likes cozy mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Can the feisty Agatha Raisin cut it as a private investigator? She soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. But then in walks wealthy divorcée Catherine Laggat-Brown, and presents Agatha with her first real case. Death threats, blackmail, and worse quickly follow, and once again Agatha is off scouring the countryside for clues and showing friends and enemies alike what Raisin Investigations can do!

    Bella McGuire says: "Agatha is back and causing more trouble!"
    "Best yet"
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    This is the best in the series. Agatha comes into her own as a professional detective. Charles and Mrs. Bloxby are there along with a few other characters that add to the delight of this book. This is a must read for fans of Agatha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Dreams: The Walker Papers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
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    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    Much of the city can't wake up. And more are dozing off each day. Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu, or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to, and it keeps spreading. It has to be magical, Joanne figures.

    Shana says: "One of my favorites!"
    "It was okay"
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    I'm not sure if I will read the next book. This one was okay, too much of the story is spent inside Joanne's head: in trances, flashbacks, or her thoughts and regrets. There is a little character development in the characters but not enough to keep me interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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