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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Killer Kitchens: Murders by Design, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean Harrington
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Interior designer Deva Dunne just may have hit the jackpot. Sure, her new client Francesco Grandese talks tough and has shady friends, but he has the eye of a connoisseur, and a huge, empty mansion he wants her to decorate. Deva's boyfriend, police lieutenant Victor Rossi, has misgivings about her promising job - especially when he accompanies her to one of Francesco's dinner parties. After Francesco returns a dish to the kitchen untasted, the chauffeur promptly scarfs it down and drops dead from cyanide poisoning. Has the killer made a terrible mistake and murdered the wrong person? Or was the dead man the intended victim?

    Deborah says: "Fair Story, LOUSY Editing"
    "Don't Bother"
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    This is my last Deva Dunne mystery. The characters are unbelievable and unlikable. I didn't care what happened to them because they didn't seem real. They were more like caricatures of stereotypes of people. The plot is weak and uninteresting. This is a waste of a good credit. I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the President's Menus: A White House Chef Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Hyzy
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca - the first woman to run for office - and four of that nation's top chefs. But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly - and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it's clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent.

    Beatrice says: "Another Great Book in a Delightful Series"
    "Another Great Book in a Delightful Series"
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    This is an entertaining series with engaging characters. I look forward to read about what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invitation to Die: An Emily Castles Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Helen Smith
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work…again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die. As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible.

    Melanie says: "Hilarious, quirky, engaging mystery"
    "Not For Me"
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    I found this book boring and flat. I forced myself to listen to a few chapters and found myself falling asleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Hot Murder: Victoria Square Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lorraine Bartlett
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust - so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer's ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.

    Beatrice says: "Great Story"
    "Great Story"
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    Once again Katie has found herself in the middle of drama. Not only is she involved in a dispute with merchant association, but she is also in the middle of a murder investigation. There are many characters and plot twist to keep the story going from chapter to chapter. This book will not disappoint you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down and Dirty: J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Wedding plans are in full swing in Bloody Mary, Virginia. J.J. Graves is ready to walk down the aisle and start a new life - despite the fact her father is still on the loose, blood money is stashed in her closet, and an unidentified body is missing from her parents' bunker.

    Beatrice says: "The Best Yet"
    "The Best Yet"
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    Every book in this series is better than the one before it. This is a great series. it's a great mix of romance and suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrel: A J. J. Graves Mystery, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Can ghosts really talk? J.J. Graves is about to find out when her past comes back to haunt her. But before she and Jack can resolve her past, they need to deal with his. Six years ago Jack was left for dead during a SWAT raid he commanded. He never speaks of what happened that day, but he doesn't have a choice after someone starts murdering his men. According to the FBI, Jack is either next on the list, or he's the one behind it all.

    HaloLove says: "I ༻❣LOVED❣༺ this story! Why? Well I'll tell you."
    "I'm Hooked"
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    J. J. Graves is an excellent character. The world created for her is intelligent and realistic. This is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Shame: J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    J.J. Graves is back in Bloody Mary, but she's a long way from feeling at home. Between her physical scars from being the target of a murderer and the emotional scars left by her parents, she doesn't know who she can trust. But death doesn't stop for anyone. The first murder is grisly. The second even more so. And though things are shaky between them, she and her best friend, Jack, have no choice but to join forces and find the killer. Because the life of someone they love dearly hangs in the balance.

    K. April Holgate says: "Terrific second book in the series!!"
    "Great Follow Up"
    Overall
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    This is a great series. I love the characters and the plot is very interesting. I love this series and can't wait to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Among Friends: The Kate Austen Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonnie Jacobs
    • Narrated By Suzan Lynn Lorraine
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Suspense simmers in the suburb of Walnut Hills as Kate tries to figure out who killed her recently divorced friend Mona Sterling. A bottle of expensive scotch and an empty vial of sleeping pills convince the police that her death is a suicide. But Kate has her doubts.

    Beatrice says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    This was an enjoyable and quick read. The characters were likeable and the story was engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (370)

    J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work... She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up...

    Smitten with Reading says: "A rating...."
    "Great Book"
    Overall
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    This is a very enjoyable story. Realistic and engaging characters, an interesting plot and enough red herrings to make this a very good mystery. I was halfway through the book when I decided to buy the rest of the books in the series. I recommend this series to everyone who likes mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wrong: Blackmoore Sisters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Leighann Dobbs
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    There’s more than one secret in the old Blackmoore house. Some have been buried for a long time and some are sitting closer to the surface. Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt Maine where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike.... Until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield.

    Beatrice says: "it was okay"
    "it was okay"
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    The story was formulaic. The characters were flat and the mystery was predictable. But it was light, fluffy and quick. I recommend it for a day when you have a lot to do and need background noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Pastry Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leslie Meier
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Tinker's Cove is abuzz with excitement when Norah, the queen of daytime TV, comes to town and selects Lucy and her pals to be featured in her "Women Who Make a Difference" episode. In recognition for their charitable work, the ladies and their husbands are awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class.

    Beatrice says: "Another Visit with Lucy and the Gang"
    "Another Visit with Lucy and the Gang"
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    I have read all of the books in this series and I'm always impressed with the fresh storylines that Leslie Meier creates for Lucy. This was a very good story. I especially enjoyed the backstory and the political intrigue. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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