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Desarae

Houston, TX, United States

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  • 11 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 28 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carolyn McSparren
    • Narrated By Erin Novotny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbot, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered. Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying GBI investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case....

    Desarae says: "Good beginning for a new series"
    "Good beginning for a new series"
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    I have never read a book by this author. I was pleasantly surprised. The story was funny and interesting. This is the first cozy mystery in which the lead character allows the police to do their job without a lot of interference. Merry goes about doing her job carry for horses, facing her fears, and finding a way to forgive her father while the police does the investigating. However, she does manage to solve the case and save herself by the end. The story kept my interest and the characters were believable and likable. I wish the second installment was available on audio, but at this time it is not. However, I might buy it on Kindle. This book is worth a credit and your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (133)

    Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash is a rollicking Texas mystery debut jam-packed with humor - and a heaping helping of romance to boot! Down in Salt Lick, Texas, a lot of folks got sass, but beauty salon proprietor Debbie Sue Overstreet has a bit more than most.

    C. Cole says: "OK"
    "Don't judge the book by its title"
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    I thought this book was going to be as corny as it's title but I was wrong. This was an interesting and well plotted book. The characters were likable and relatable. The plot was interesting and funny. The narrator, Peggity Price, did a good job with the accent and the voices for each character. Although I have high praise for this book, I did feel like there was too much talking. I felt that the book was a little too much romance novel and not enough mystery novel. I'm hoping that in the next book it will be a little more mystery. If not I will still probably buy the third and possibly the rest of the books in the series because the so far I like what I have started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FM for Murder: A Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Rockwell
    • Narrated By Becky Boyd
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Who shot the disk jockey while he was on air? No one saw the killer, but many heard the murder on the radio. Local police are mystified and ask psychology professor and acoustics expert Pamela Barnes to assist them in investigating the crime. Can she determine who shot the deejay just by listening to the radio station's audio recording of the killing? And how does this crime connect to the impending death of a wealthy carpet manufacturer hundreds of miles away?

    Desarae says: "BOOORRIIINNNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "BOOORRIIINNNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    I'm always excited when I see a new cozy mystery by an author I'm not familiar with on Audible. This one was in one word BORING! There are two different storylines intermingling throughout the book. Both are boring. The characters were stiff and unrealistic. The plotline, although feasible, was just not interesting. I tried to like this book. But what really made me stop listening was the narrator. She made some of the characters sound like children and others were whiny. I stopped listening after the first few chapters. You can give it a try if you want to but I would not recomend it to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endangered: A Zoo Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Littlewood
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Zookeeper Iris Oakley is sent to a remote farm in Washington state to rescue animals found during a drug bust. While the marijuana-growing operation and the meth lab are the cops’ problem, the smuggling sideline is hers. Instead of pets, she finds exotic contraband: parrots and tortoises destined for sale to unscrupulous or unsuspecting collectors. The zoo’s facilities are full, and she ends up with two macaws shrieking in her basement.

    Desarae says: "Cassandra Campbell saved the day"
    "Cassandra Campbell saved the day"
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    I have read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them. When this book came out I happily bought it. Cassandra Campbell's soothing voice saved the day. Ann Littlewood wrote a nice story but it was a bit predictable. Half way through the book, I had the mystery solved. However, I didn't mind finishing the story to see how it all unfolded because Campbell really did a nice job with the story and all of its characters. Littlewood is also very good at throwing in a few surprising twist and turns. This is a good book to listen to while shopping, doing errands or driving to work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cruising For Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Sussman, Sarajane Auidon
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Actress Morgan Taylor exchanges her hometown of Chicago for the open seas, agreeing to do a friend a favor by replacing a last-minute deserter in the cruise ship's entertainment cast. It's only after she meets the ship in Miami that Morgan learns her predecessor was murdered.

    Desarae says: "It's ok"
    "It's ok"
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    I had reservations about the first book but found it so good that I immediately bought this book. All I can say is that it was ok. The story and narration were ok. I don't regret using a credit. And neither will anyone who choses this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on a Girl's Night Out

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne George
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Novelist Anne George injects murder, mayhem, and laughs into her popular mysteries. Nominated for an Agatha Award, this hilarious tale of two “60 something” sisters reveals the deadly consequences of a hasty real estate purchase. Retired Alabama school teacher Patricia Anne thinks her older sister, flamboyant Mary Alice, has lost her cotton-pickin’ mind. On a whim, Mary Alice bought the Skoot ’n’ Boot, the local country western night spot where she and her boyfriend hang out. Mary Alice insists it will be easy to run the club - until the previous owner is found executed.

    Frances G says: "I adore this whole series."
    "Not for me"
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    I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest. The characters are interesting and the plot is ok, but it's just not my cup of tea. After reading half of the book I started to skip chapters. I finally skipped to the end of the book. Once i found out the solution of the book I wasn't surprised. I actually had no emotion. This book just didn't grab me.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Audition for Murder: Morgan Taylor Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Sussman, Sarajane Auidon
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Morgan Taylor, a 30-something struggling actress finally gets a chance to audition for a great role, but as luck would have it, her auditioning partner turns up dead. When a second death erases any doubts about the first being an accident, Morgan finds suspicions turning to her closest friends and decides to do a little detective work of her own. She finds support in her endeavors from police detective Roblings, a lumbering, bright, and endearing fellow who catches Morgan's eye.

    Desarae says: "WOW!!!"
    "WOW!!!"
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    I almost deleted this book from library. That would have been a big mistake. This is a great book. It took a few chapters to get into to it, but once I did I could not put it down. Several times I thought I had the mystery solved but was proven wrong each time. Finally I gave up and let the story play out. It was great. I bought the next book in the series before I was finished with the first. This book is worth the time and the credit. If you like mysteries, BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!! You will not regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Koala of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Betty Webb
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When zookeeper Theodora “Teddy” Bentley fishes the body of Koala Kate out of Gunn Landing Harbor, she discovers that her fellow zookeeper didn’t drown; she was strangled. The clues to Koala Kate’s killer implicate other animal keepers at the Gunn Zoo, including Outback Bill, marsupial keeper and Kate’s Aussie ex-boyfriend.

    Desarae says: "I wish Audible had more of this series"
    "I wish Audible had more of this series"
    Overall
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    This is a good series. I stumbled on to it late but I'm glad I did. The story presents a realistic plot with likable characters. The zoo setting is unique and gives the average reader insight to the workings of a zoo, as well as the animals who live there. The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters alive and giving them personality. I also like the development of Teddy and Joe's relationship. The author does a good job of showing their personal life without making it a central focus of the story. This is a very good book. If you have time to listen to it, you should give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Monet Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jean Harrington
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Interior decorator Deva Dunne never dreamed she'd see a Monet hanging on someone's dining room wall. Then she snags a client with two Monet seascapes. Her thrill lasts until she finds one of the paintings missing, cut from its frame, and the cook shot dead. Rough-around-the edges, but gorgeous all-around police lieutenant Victor Rossi insists Deva leave the sleuthing to the police. But what could it hurt to come up with a list of suspects that doesn't include her? Then Deva finds another victim....

    Desarae says: "Second time is not the charm"
    "Second time is not the charm"
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    I bought this book on the strength of the first novel. I was wrong. This installment of the series was not nearly as interesting as the first. There were many things wrong with it that would make me not recommend it to someone else. First, I figured out the mystery before the book was half way through. Sometimes I don't mind when that happens because I like the way the story unfolds, but not this time. Second, the side story plots were enough to make me pull out my hair. They were poorly written and unnecessary. The plot that involved Leah really annoyed me. She used ya'll to address a single person as well as a group of people. PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH DO NOT TALK LIKE THAT! The love triangle between Rossi, Simon and Deva was drawn out and annoying. In the first book Deva clung to the memory of her husband. In this book she behaved like an indecisive teenager. The narrato also did a poor job. The voices she gave the characters were distracting, annoying and added nothing to the story. It is rare when I can't think of positive things to say about a book. This is one of those rare times. Buyer beware!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Takes the Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gayle Trent
    • Narrated By Carol Herman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to cake decorator Daphne Martin. But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting - and find Yodel's body. Now Daphne's got to help solve the murder and clear her good name. Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne's whole family is among them.

    Desarae says: "I tried to like it"
    "I tried to like it"
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    I tried to like this book. I forced myself to listen from beginning to end. The storyline was weak. The mystery took second place to family problems that were never solved. I was actually more interested in the family problems than the actual murder. This book also reminded me a little of another series which involves cooking. Only that book established it's characters better. The narrator sounded like Betty White. The lead character is supposed to be 40 yet she sounds like she doubled that at least. More than likely, I won't buy the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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