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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Murder of a Smart Cookie: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.

    Karen says: "My Favorite Scumble River So Far"
    "The best so far"
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    This is the best book in the series. I'm really glad that all of the books are available now because I can get the next one right away. I'm glad that Simon's days are numbered. He was boring and I think one of the reasons that the series was moving slow. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen Is Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jane Dentinger
    • Narrated By Jane Dentinger
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tessa Grant was one of Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke's greatest heroes. She was Josh's mentor in school and a continued inspiration throughout her career. When Tessa's death from an apparent heart attack leaves her production of A Winter's Tale at Josh's alma mater without a Queen Hermione, Josh jumps at the opportunity to help out, taking over the role. But when she arrives at the school, Josh finds a journal among Tessa's possessions with something major to say: Her death was no mere heart attack.

    Beatrice says: "A great series"
    "A great series"
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    I think this was the last in the series. If so, I'm very sad. This is a wonderful series and I'm glad I found it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Claudia Bishop
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls, while her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills - spotting clues, solving crimes, and catching culprits. The History Days festival is the highlight of the year in Hemlock Falls, and the reenactment of the 17th-century witch trials is the highlight of the festival.

    Kathi says: "Disappointment"
    "I'm not sure about this one"
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    There are several things wrong in this book. 1. The lead character Quill and the sheriff have absolutely no chemistry. He tolerates her and treats her like a child.
    2. Quill is a bit immature and lacks managerial skills neede to run an Inn.
    3. Although Quill is the lead character she is weak and her character is never really fleched out.
    4. Meg the chef at the Inn intentionally sabatoges her food for a disagreeable customer.
    5. She also refuses to follow the guidelines made by the Department of health.
    6. The plot was a bit slow and seemed to go around in circles for a while.

    I like the idea of the world created so I might get the next book to see if any of these flaws are worked out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man Gone: Mercy Watts Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A.W. Hartoin
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she's off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she's her father's daughter. Soon Gavin's death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected?

    Beatrice says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
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    I'm glad I bought this book for 1.99 after getting the Kindle version for free. The lead character, Mercy Watts, is annoying and unlikeable. She is related to everyone involved. Mercy also has issues because she looks like Marilyn Monroe. This is a very important point in the book because it is mentioned every three pages. Although it annoys her to look like Marilyn, she doesn't seem to mind using this to her advantage. Then, she complains about it. Like I said, not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Body in the Belfry: Faith Fairchild, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Hall Page
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During her years spent in New York City, Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry.

    Beatrice says: "Great Read"
    "Great Read"
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    This was a delightful reaad. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plot. I will look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If the Shoe Kills: Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being the liaison for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid that the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing's worse than Ted Hendricks - the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill's ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car - dead as a doornail.

    Beatrice says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    I enjoyed the third book in this series. I hope more are written and that they are made available in the Audible library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrapbook of Secrets: A Cumberland Creek Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mollie Cox Bryan
    • Narrated By Barbara Edelman
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives.

    Beatrice says: "Waste of money"
    "Waste of money"
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    I bought this book because it was on sale. What a Waste!!! The characters were flat and superficial. I couldn't get beyond the first five chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cropped to Death: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Freeburn
    • Narrated By Tara Ochs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers' scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she's not careful, she'll be the next one cropped.

    Beatrice says: "This is a bad book"
    "This is a bad book"
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    I think the narrator ruined this for me. From the beginning I was distracted by the narrator's voice. She made the lead character, Faith, sound as old as her grandmothers. However, the narrator can not be blamed for creating a lead character that was annoying and flat. Her involvement in the "investigation" was forced and beyond the scope of her disabilities. As an ex JAG administer, she should have had some scruples. Faith had none. It was just a bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Building from Ashes: Elemental World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In a world teetering on the edge of change, two beings struggle to find their purpose. Will their paths lead them closer together or tear their worlds apart? For a thousand years, powerful earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn has served others. God. His family. His friends. But tragedy and loss disrupt his peaceful existence, causing him to question everything he has committed his eternity to.

    tina says: "G-rated, Christian paranormal suspense"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
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    I read the Elemental Series by Elizabeth Hunter so I thought I would give this one a chance. I couldn't get into it. I'm sure it's not a bad book, but it just wasn't for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When quilter Jillian Hart returns to her lake house in Mercy, South Carolina, she discovers her friend, Tom, is missing-and his estranged half-brother has moved into Tom's house. Jillian doesn't trust the guy, especially since he allowed Tom's diabetic cat to escape. When police officers find Tom's wrecked car with a dead stranger inside, Jillian is determined to find out what happened to Tom-before someone else turns up dead.

    Linda says: "LOVELY COZY MYSTERY"
    "The Best Yet"
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    This is so far the best book in the series. The storyline was interesting and entertaining. This book was truly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Mask

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Dentinger
    • Narrated By Jane Dentinger
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It has been a tough road thus far for the audacious Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke. Every time she feels like she's moving up in the theater world, her life is derailed by a murder. Now, she is about to make her big move with her directorial debut Off-Broadway. Even better, it's a revival of Major Barbara - a surefire hit. It seems nothing could go wrong - until stage veteran Burton Evans collapses on stage during a preview, apparently from a heart attack.

    Beatrice says: "Brava!!!"
    "Brava!!!"
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    This is turning out to be a very good series. The characters and plot are interesting and entertaining. I really have enjoyed this series and will read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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