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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dying Wishes: The Kate Lawrence Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Judith K. Ivie
    • Narrated By Molly Elston
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Number five in The Kate Lawrence Mysteries: Kate's turning 50, and as if that weren't depressing enough, she's about to become a grandmother - twice. Her investigation of a mysterious death at the Vista View retirement complex opens her eyes to the new realities of aging, some of which send her reeling. What really happened to the wealthy, tennis-playing cougar in Building One? Are residents covering up a sex-for-hire scandal? Will Kate's longtime friend lose her job as Vista View's business manager?

    Beatrice says: "A bit of a downer"
    "A bit of a downer"
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    This book takes on the very serious social issue of assissted suicide. It handles it well. Kate and her supporting cast do a get a job of solving the murder, although the ending is a bit rushed. It's a solid well plotted mystery that is a bit sad. This is a good series and I will read the next one when it comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guidebook to Murder: Tourist Trap, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

    Beatrice says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I enjoyed the characters, setting and plot. I hope that the rest of this series will be made available soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top O' the Mournin': A Passport to Peril Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maddy Hunter
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInearny
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Emily Andrew is earning some much-needed green by navigating the twisting roads of Ireland with a group of seniors, including her beloved Nana. But once the hearty troupe from Iowa lands on Irish sod, trouble starts brewing: there's a death-defying incident with a horse-drawn carriage...and a gender-bending encounter with Emily's ex-husband, Jack, now known as Jackie. No wonder Emily has come down with a smarting case of hives! The plot thickens like Irish stew when the group settles into Ballybantry Castle, where a ghost is said to wander the halls.

    Beatrice says: "Second in the series"
    "Second in the series"
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    This is the second book in the series. I enjoyed it and thought it was funny. It was a bit like the first one. I will probably like the third one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Devil Ray Reef: Jesse Stoker Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Philips
    • Narrated By Carol Dines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    While diving on Jesse Stoker's boat, Cassandra, a local radio personality awaiting contract with extraterrestrials, disappears. Stoker considers her a hoaxster, but allowed the charter because the bank is ready to repossess his vessel. Cassandra's body is found three days later, but the M.E. finds she's only been dead for five hours. Once it's known that Stoker filled her tanks and she died from oxygen poisoning, he becomes the prime suspect.

    Beatrice says: "This book was a mistake"
    "This book was a mistake"
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    This book was a mistake. The characters were one dimensional and uninteresting. I wasn't able to get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Reaction: Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Belinda Frisch
    • Narrated By Julia Farmer
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore's routine shift takes a startling turn when she answers the call she was never meant to hear - a call to a crime scene where her sister, Sydney, is the victim of an apparent overdose suicide. The evidence says otherwise. In the midst of a heated divorce, motive implicates Sydney's soon-to-be ex-husband. While the police focus on the single lead, Ana makes her own discovery.

    Beatrice says: "Reminded me of a soap opera"
    "Reminded me of a soap opera"
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    This reminded me of General Hospital. Several characters from different walks of life all entangled in a medical drama. The plot is entertaining and filled with twists and turns just like daytime soaps. The plot is advanced by introducing a new chapter. Almost like the abrupt scene changes on a soap. All in all it was a good story and I might read the next in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoky Mountain Tracks: A Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    As a native of the small town of Hansonville, North Carolina,and a wilderness rescue worker, Raine Stockton knows the Smoky Mountains as well as anyone could, but she gave up her Search and Rescue work after a tragic loss. Now she reluctantly returns to active duty to help find a young child who has been kidnapped and taken deep into the forest.

    HL PARKER says: "A wonderful listen - Don't miss this one!"
    "3 and a half maybe a 4"
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    This was a pretty good book. The characters and setting were enjoyable and the ending was very realistic ( I'm not sure if that is a plus or minus). Overall this was an enjoyable book. I felt like the lead character missed a lot of clues before a light bulb finally come on in her brain. I will buy the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold-Blooded Business: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    Jan says: "Dana and Marquerite are hard to beat"
    "The best in the series"
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    This book restored my faith in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will get the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpine for You: A Passport to Peril Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maddy Hunter
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInearny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Accompanying her grandmother on a seniors tour of Switzerland, Emily Andrew had envisioned a vacation straight out of a travel brochure: spectacular scenery, great food, and a classy European hotel, all worlds away from her rural Iowa hometown. But her dream trip quickly snowballs into mayhem when smooth-talking tour escort Andy Simon is found dead. To be sure, Andy was as randy as a mountain goat on Viagra, hitting on every miss - Swiss or otherwise - within striking distance. His constant advances were driving Emily cuckoo - but had someone orchestrated his untimely death?

    Beatrice says: "A very good beginning to a new series"
    "A very good beginning to a new series"
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    This is the first book in the Passport to Peril Mysteries. Emily Andrew is on vacation with her grandmother in Switzerland. Everything that can go wrong does and Emily faces each problem head on. The story is entertaining and fun. I will buy the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Superior Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors.

    Charlene says: "Great mystery, totally enjoyed it"
    "It Was Okay"
    Overall
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    My main issue with this book is that it is extremely slow. The characters and plot are interesting but it should have ended sooner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running on Empty: Main Street Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Amy DeLuca
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Though a magnet to tourists looking for some Southern comfort, the small lake town of Sutherton - tucked so picturesquely into the mountains of North Carolina - has had its fair share inexplicable hazards. But when Daisy Griggs siphoned three pints of blood from poor Mrs. Bradenham at the resort's annual blood drive... well, that seemed to take the cake.

    Beatrice says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I enjoyed Balzo's Maggie Thornson Mysteries and it looks like I will enjoy this series as well. The characters are smart, funny, realistic and engaging. The plot was interesting and flowed at a natural pace. I hope the next book will be available soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better to Rest: A Liam Campbell Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    A party of hunters stumbles upon a desiccated human hand, a feisty grandmother meets an untimely death in her own kitchen, and the broken remains of a World War II-era transport plane emerge from the face of a calving glacier. It's all in a day's work for Sergeant Liam Campbell of the Alaska State Troopers. And 60 years ago is like yesterday.

    Beatrice says: "I wish there were more"
    "I wish there were more"
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    This is one of the best series of mysteries that I have experienced. Maruerite Gaven is one of the best narrators if the best. She brought all of the characters to life and gave them voices suited to their personalities. Liam, Wy and the supporting characters are rich realistic well developed characters. I'm going to miss them and I wish there waere books to continue their story. If I could give them 10 stars I would.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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