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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 291 reviews
  • 366 ratings
  • 584 titles in library
  • 130 purchased in 2014
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  • Eternally 21: A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Linda Joffe Hull
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After Mr. Frank "Finance" Michaels loses the family’s financial nest egg in a Ponzi scheme, his wife Maddie does whatever she can to help keep up the appearance that everything is financially fine. When she starts a bargain hunter’s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious, her website becomes a viral hit with a growing "frugarmy" of budget advice seekers.

    John S. says: "Good choice if you're looking for a new series"
    "A nice start to a new series"
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    This is a nice start to a new series. The characters are likeable and the plot is realistic. There were times when the story dragged a bit but other than that this book is a nice way to spend the afternoon. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Surprisingly good"
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    I'm not a cat fan. I also thought the premise of the story was far fetched. However, the mystery plot was actually intriging. It was fast paced and very entertaining. The characters were also likeable and that added to the overall enjoyment of the story. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers and cat lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1527)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Another great book"
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    This series keeps getting better. Rachel is a great character. Not ony is she evolving but so are the supporting characters. I can't wait to see how her relationship with Trent is developed in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate - and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away - that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book.

    Beatrice says: "Another good book"
    "Another good book"
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    Denise Swanson keeps her series fresh and entertaining. Skye and Wally worked well together. I'm glad Simon has a new love interest. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sour Apples: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Apple orchard owner Meg Corey is finally feeling settled into her new life in Granford - she's made friends, and her relationship with Seth Chapin is heating up - when her old Boston coworker Lauren Converse comes barreling into town, running the Congressional campaign for a former hometown football hero. But Meg doesn't have time to worry about why Seth seems reluctant to back Lauren's campaign when her neighbor, local dairy farmer Joyce Truesdell, is found dead from an apparent kick to the head from one of her cows.

    Beatrice says: "I hate the narrator"
    "I hate the narrator"
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    I don't think this narrator is a good fit for this series, however the series itself is very good. I wish the rest of the series was available to buy from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.

    T. W. Norman says: "Sweet is a Treat"
    "Goldy isn't so gold anymore"
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    It was okay. I think that Goldy's character is a bit silly and it amazes me that she never ages. Tom as always was very forgiving. I might listen to the next book. The supporting characters are the real draw for me. I think Julian should get his own series. But I guess he is smart enough to mind his own business so that wouldn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (161)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    Robin in Vermont says: "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"
    "WOW"
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    This is a great book. I read the Kindle version but listening to it again will be a treat. This is the best vampire story written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Design for Murder: A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Invited to stage a Mystery Night for the annual antebellum house tour of the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, Annie Laurance instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and blood drama. The play's the thing when the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While jeweled fingers point, accusing Annie of murder, the perpetrator lurks among the cast and the murder weapon is one of the props. Now it will take all of her sleuthing skills to discover the real killer.

    Miriam says: "Great book!"
    "Enjoyable and Entertaining"
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    I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were entertaining. I will probably buy the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Ties: Waterside Kennels Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Holmes
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs - a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie has returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she's plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie's mother.

    Beatrice says: "Pretty Good Start"
    "Pretty Good Start"
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    This was a good start to a new series. The characters and setting were interesting. The plot was entertaining. However, I felt that the end was drawn out too much and should have been shorter. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and will give the second book a chance.

    1 of 1 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
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    Taylor says: "Entertaining and compelling"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall
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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
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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

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