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Anne Rightler

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  • The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Linda Crowder
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists, Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true.

    MEDY says: "Mystery"
    "Great mystery"
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    The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder is a captivating story. A little Alaskan background, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. This new-t0-me author kept me guessing to the end as to who the 'bad guy' is! It is a well-written mystery with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters (most of them lying about something or other!), setting, and conflict. If you like a good mystery, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
    I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Cache a Killer: The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    Overall
    (16)
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    (15)
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    Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply. A weekend in a beautiful state park in Iowa buzzes with fund-raising events, a search for ninja turtles, a bevy of suspects, and lots of great food. But are the campers in the wrong place at the wrong time once too often?

    med c says: "Book 5"
    "Another cozy camping mystery"
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    To Cache a Killer by Karen Musser Nortman is fifth in the Frannie Shoemaker mysteries. Another campground...another murder. Frannie once again finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. Frannie and her former policeman husband end up being suspects themselves Will they be able to get out of this one? Lots of fun and a good cozy mystery. Geo-caching, retirement scams, old grudges, threats, and shootings--lots to keep the reader's interest.With some twists and turns to the plot, the author keeps you guessing to the end as to the culprit. To Cache a Killer is a fun book to read (or listen to as this reviewer did). The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience. I've enjoyed this series and hope there are more books to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Hillary McMullen, Anita Higman
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Jane, Elle, Dakota and Sketti band together to face The Thickheads, they land themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery that none of them is prepared to deal with. And when The Thickheads get involved, lines are drawn and accusations are flung. But when the two opposing groups join forces, they learn that together, they can mend fences and face the giants.

    MEDY says: "For the middle schoolers"
    "Fun Mystery for middle-schoolers"
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    The Mysterious Mr. Whistler by Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen is an enjoyable story that reminded me of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books of long ago--young teens getting mixed up in mysteries and lots of twists and turns to the plot that keeps a reader's interest. The authors touch on some very real and gritty subjects as they write about bullying, abuse, toxic waste, and murder. There is humor woven into the drama and suspense and the characters, misfit girls and bullying boys, are believable and entertaining. Michelle Babb does a great job with the narration of the story, giving voice to the characters and making an enjoyable listening experience. A delightfully good read. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder: A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Linda Crowder
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Alaskan fine arts dealer Caribou King has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister's first child. When she discovers the body of Angela Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can't help poking her nose into the investigation. When Alex Tilamu shows up at Mrs. Nash's funeral, drunk and ranting about murder, Cara is convinced there is more at stake than a dilapidated house on the edge of the bay.

    Lomeraniel says: "A very pleasing and enjoyable listening"
    "Another fun whodunit!"
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    The Deadly Art of Love and Murder by Linda Crowder is a fun and engaging story about a murder that begs to be solved. Cara, having found an elderly woman dead in a cabin, has her nose in the investigation, much to the chagrin of the policeman in charge, who just might be a love interest for Cara. The relationships with her family and her would be suitors, yes suitors as in plural, are interesting and sometimes humorous. The author has crafted a good mystery that keeps the reader in the dark until the end. Twists and turns to the plot, a good concoction of characters, setting, and conflict and Cara's love life are threaded nicely together and lead to a satisfying conclusion. I listened to the audio version of the book and the narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book in the series (The Deadly Art of Deception) and am hoping there's a third book in the works.
    I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swim Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marianne Sciucco
    • Narrated By Evelyn Eibhlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin's determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She's got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn't want to win anymore. She's swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone.

    Anne Rightler says: "A swimmer's work is never done"
    "A swimmer's work is never done"
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    Swim Season, by Marianne Sciucco, is an engaging coming of age story centered around teen girls and their swim team. Lots of tension with wondering how the various swim meets and other situations will turn out. The author does an expert job of writing as she touches on the difficult subjects of bullying, drug abuse and the effects of divorce on children. I listened to the audio version of the book and Evelyn Eibhlin did a great job of narration, giving voice to the characters with good inflection and emotion, which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I was given a complimentary copy of the book with no expectation of a positive review. The opinions are my own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Restriction: The Rise of Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

    IreneMBBT says: "Offshoot series from Kurtherian universe"
    "Fantastic Fantasy!"
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    I wasn't quite sure what to expect from these authors in this first book of theirs that I have read (listened to). But I really liked it. Restriction has strong vibrant characters that you either love or hate.The authors have created a world in the future that has magicians, monsters, leaders who have gone off the track and also family and friends who care for each other through difficult times. My only disappointment is that it ended too soon. Can't wait to get to the next part of the story. Narrator Kate Rudd did a great job giving voice to the characters, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloodstone Vial: The Belrose Abbey Mystery series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hillary McMullen, Anita Higman
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    In the time it takes for a villain to breathe his last, Anne and her mother, Dauphine, suddenly inherit Belrose Abbey -- a gothic castle set on a monstrous estate, complete with devious servants, mysterious forests, and the darkest of secrets. The more they settle into their new home, the more unsettling the house becomes. What do all the unmarked graves mean? Where are all the people who had arrived on the estate but then vanished? And could there really be an abandoned insane asylum on the property?

    MEDY says: "The bloodstone vial"
    "Who was that face in the window?"
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    The Bloodstone Vial by Anita Higman is second in the Belrose Abbey Mystery Series. The book is an intriguing young adult mystery. Anne and her mother Dauphine are now own Belrose Abbey and more secrets are unveiled. Why is the estate manager so cagey? What is the mysterious blueprint? People have disappeared in the past? Why? Lots of twists and turns to the plot that keep the reader's interest. I'm hoping there is a next book in the series. Michelle Babb does her usual fantastic job of narration, bringing the story and the characters to life and making the listening experience pleasurable.
    I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin - A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine McKenzie
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    How far would you go to get what you wanted? That's the question author Catherine McKenzie addresses in Spin - a delectable debut novel that takes listeners into the connected worlds of pop culture, tabloid journalism, and celebrity rehab. The story of a newbie undercover gossip reporter who follows a troubled starlet into a rehab clinic intending to dig up all the dirt she possibly can, Spin is smart, hip, utterly engaging contemporary fiction in the vein of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin.

    Tammy says: "Fantastic!"
    "What a girl will do for a dream job"
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    Spin by Catherine McKenzie is a look into the life of a journalist who is desperately seeking a job at a favorite magazine. How far will she go? Well, it seems she, who enjoys alcohol a little too much, might just agree to spy on a celebrity in rehab. Will Katie learn a few things about herself? What kind of spin will she put on an article she has been asked to write? The author gives some insight into what might happen in a rehab center for wealthier clients. Good plug for Alcoholics Anonymous. Add in a little humor, a little romance and the story takes off. Be aware of the language, I'd probably consider it R rated! Wondering what's ahead for the characters. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Kristi Burns. She did a fantastic job giving voice to the various characters, making for an enjoyable listen. I was given a complimentary copy of the book by the author and was not required to give a review and the opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veils and Vows: Reconciled and Redeemed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Lynn Brown
    • Narrated By Leonor A Woodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a child, Renee's alcoholic mother paraded a slew of men in and out their home. Renee vowed she would never turn out like her, but one broken night, she ran from the nightmare of her home and into the arms of handsome bad-boy Ian McKnight. She tries to erase her moment of weakness with years of faithful service. Then Ian returns. When the bridal shop hires him to create a website, she realizes she must face the truth. With his camera pointed in her direction, Ian tries to capture the real Renee, the one behind the veil of lies.

    Anne Rightler says: "God's love and grace lifts the veil of guilt."
    "God's love and grace lifts the veil of guilt."
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    Veils and Vows is an engaging romance novel in Reconciled and Redeemed series by Michelle Lynn Brown. Although part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. Renee and Ian have been friends since their teenage years, both having struggled with family lives that were far from ideal. Can one night in their past keep them from each other forever? Will Renee be able to keep the vow she made? Can Ian help lift the veils of guilt and fear from his friend's heart? In the light of Christian values, the author realistically deals with some very real and raw issues of human life--alcoholism, promiscuous lifestyle, and premarital sex. Readers can relate well to the characters as they deal with guilt, brokenness, forgiveness, and restoration. I listened to the audiobook version of this book. Leonor A. Woodworth does an excellent job narrating the story and bringing the characters to life, making for an enjoyable listening experience. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death We Share: Patricia Delaney "eGumshoe" Mystery Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sharon Short
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When a sleazy TV program threatens to tell all about retired opera superstar Carlotta Moses - and the child she allegedly abandoned years ago - the singer's protective family engages investigator Patricia Delaney to find out who originated this whopper and buy them off. But is this tabloid tale possibly true? As Patricia plunges into a violent, heart-wrenching search for the facts, she faces an even uglier possibility. For within the mystery of Carlotta Moses's dark past lurks a chilling, infinitely more deadly secret...

    Anne Rightler says: "A most unusual private eye"
    "A most unusual private eye"
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    The Death We Share by Sharon Short is third in the Patricia Delaney 'eGumshoe' mystery series. It is a well-written mystery. The author keeps the pages turning with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters, setting, and conflict. The characters are evocative and realistic. If you like female sleuths, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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