Dead Bolt rates jumps right to the top of my favorite books for this year. I love this series.
I don't know about edge of the chair but it was such a fun book, moves fast, interesting characters and lots of ingredients to make it one of the best reads/listens ever.
I loved the performance that Xe Sands did, she gives a soft edge to Mel, who without Sands touch of class, would be somewhat brash and a bit of a hard person. Sands gives structure and fullness to all the people in the book.
I did listen in one sitting, I was transfixed with it. Nothing was going to interrupt my listen.
Excellent series from Juliet Blackwell. Blackwell really puts together a good story that's well balanced with lots of variety and surprises.
This was out of my comfort zone of cozy mysteries but I did enjoy it a lot. I had a lot of laughs with some great one liners and funny dialog, Phineas, is the go to person for solving murders, rogue shape shifters and other creatures of the darkness. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to set him up to come against some of the strongest demons around. Phineas is ages old and had a lot of experience but even he may not be able to defeat the worst of the worse.
The narrator Todd Menesses, was truly wonderful and knows how to keep the excitement going.
Lots of fast paced action on land and on the high seas. Makes Taming of the Shrew seem, well tame. Shakespeare would blanch at this story and might just be a little envious he didn't think of it first.
I hate Mira, but the overall story and pace is good with excellent scene setting, covers everything from smell, sound and taste to throbbing passions. I'm betting romance lovers will adore this book.
Wayne Farrell narrated it and did it justice. He really enlivened it and made it spring into life. I really prefer the audio over reading the text version. Audio gives it many dimensions that just reading it can render it flat.
Caro Lamont pet therapist has the misfortune to not only have to take care of her neighbors Bengal cats, but deal with a long lost sister that arrives unexpectedly at her door. Caro is at first sorry to tell May that her sister is dead, and but wants to avoid dealing with her at all costs. May is pesty and very needy and and naive and soon wears Caro down to where she feels sorry for her.
No matter what Caro tells herself about not getting involved once it's revealed her neighbor didn't have just a car accident but was murdered, everything conspires to get her deeply involved. The story is fun, has lots of laughs, and moves at a good pace.
The only thing I didn't like was the title and I had a little bit of a problem wrapping my mind around Bengal cats that paint.
Karen Commins does a stellar narration and her accents and personality expressions are right on target. She does the high pitched nasally voiced May so well that you sympathize with Caro about trying to avoid the harpy. Wonderful narration.
A fast pace mystery that goes deep into the underbelly of society and dysfunctional families. Lone wolf P.I. Georgia finds out she has a half sister Samantha that she knew nothing about until Sam contacts Georgia in a most unusual and urgent way. Georgia does find her sister and is drawn neck deep in prostitution, murder and drug abuse and knows she is the only one that can save Sam.
Beth Richmond narrated this book and is a skilled and accomplished narrator that really brings this story to startling reality.
Alabama Hargrove has a track record of failed business schemes and buying a old house without even doing a thorough walk through or getting inspections first is her most recent strategy plan. So without any good sense she persuades herself she can flip this money pit house.
This could have been a much better story if Alabama was less annoying. I don't see in the end anything about her having success with this flip. The narrator was as annoying as Alabama Hargrove was. Her narration of males is atrocious, she reads in stilted way that sounds hollow with pauses that are too long and at inappropriate. It was hard to tell if the narrator ruined a fairly good book or the book just isn't that interesting.
I found this book well written and very funny.
When Sid breaks into the cabin to rescue Madison.
I gave Katina Kalin 5 stars because she does an outstanding narration, has a lovely voice and catches even the most subtle of innuendo's. A very skilled narrator.
A Skeleton worth knowing
A great story with lots of humor and moves along at a good pace. A real attention keeper and original concept.
Right at the top of my A+ list.
When Spot blocks Pru from walking forward when there is danger ahead. Really shows how wonderful these helper dogs are and how they can be totally trusted by someone that has to rely on them completely.
OMG Tavia Gilbert is fantastic. I love everything about the way she handles the entire series. Her animal depictions are wonderful and all her other characters really come to life under her narration.
Can't say there is a particular moment. I just enjoy the animal interactions with Pru.
Although I love animal books like Pru Marlowe I think that the narration by Tavia Gilbert is 99% of my enjoyment just by the way she interprets the story.
The humor is priceless and is what really adds to the overall enjoyment of the book.
The crazy things that Pepe gets Geri Sullivan involved in.
Laura Darrell was a good reader. I would like it better if she used more definition between male and female characters. Sometimes it was hard to tell it was a male speaking. She also does a little to much on over emphasizing words so they don't flow well. Not a major problem but it is noticeable.
I did listen in almost one sitting.
I decided to try this book because the reviews were very good and I like a cozy mystery and some humor is always icing on the cake.
It ranks at the top. Juliet Blackwell is one of my very favorite authors. Her Haunting books will be my 2014 pick of the year for Best Series. Love them all
I liked that it moves along at a fast pace and there is always something unexpected happening.
Excellent. Xe Sands is a Rock Star in the Narrator world. Love every book she reads.
No extreme reactions, but it was a little creepy but always ending well.
Fun and fast paced. Lots of interesting characters and tons of funny quips. I love that Mel can see and hear ghosts.
I always prefer an audio version. A narrator can absolutely breathe life into a story and enliven characters in ways just reading doesn't do.
I did not have a special favorite character.
Really brought the story to dimensions my own reading would never imagined.
This was a fun concept, as I do enjoy time travel stories. There were some flaws in it which I hope will be resolved in a follow up book.
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