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Shirley Lafon Strand

Ozma

San Diego | Member Since 2009

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  • Roast Mortem: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare's friends out of a blazing cafe, she happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits their firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody's torching cafes around the city, and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways....

    Ronna says: "Firefighters play a big part in this cozy mystery-"
    "NOT Awful :-) !"
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    Story

    I've read and listened to a lot of the Cleo Coyle Coffee House Mysteries. Love them. It is set in a compolitan background with lots of different accents: Brooklyn, NJ, English, French, Italian....
    Interesting plot and satifying ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "Brilliant. Anne Perry at the top of her form"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Filled with many plot twists and elegant phrasing. One of her best in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: Agatha Raisin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    After years of bullying and cajoling others as a high-flying public relations boss, Agatha Raisin’s early retirement to the picture-postcard village of Carsley in the Cotswolds is a dream come true. And how better to begin making herself a local leading light than by entering the village quiche-making competition? Unburdened by old-fashioned ideas of fair play, the ruthless Agatha decides to ensure she wins by buying her entry from a London delicatessen.

    Sylvia says: "Warning! This series is addictive!"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read a bunch of the MC Beaton novels starring Hamish MacBeth. Agatha Raisin is a quite different character---but absolutely delightful. Sort of a grumpy, crotchety woman who takes risks and is sharp. Lots of funny little moments in this book as well.

    I'm ready for read and listen to more of them staring Ms. Raisin!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "Wonderful. Riveting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read and listened to a bunch of the JP Beaumont stories. It was a pleasure to listen to the first in the series, filling in background for the other ones.

    It was a moving and riveting story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Stakes: Ali Reynolds, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own.

    Jean says: "Ali works as investigating reporter"
    "What a ride!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting and great story telling. I like the character Ali Reynolds very much so enjoyed getting to hear more about her adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Latte Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated - because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of "Java Jewelry." When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business, Lottie, and Tucker....

    Maggie says: "good clean mystery"
    "Love the blending of Coffee and Fashion!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love the blending of coffee and fashion in this one. Also like learning a bit more about the coffee industry. Narration is great. Story line is sustaining and interesting.
    Reading the entire series. Or, rather, I shoudl Listening to the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Delightful. Love this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to On What Grounds the most enjoyable?

    A great story and narration. I've listened to almost all the series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    More of a cozy mystery than a mystery --by the seat of your pants---mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Gibel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yep. Almost all of the series is narrated by Ms. Gibel. She does a fine job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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