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Amy Shanks

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  • The Look of Love: A Wedding Cake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Jane Clark
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Piper Donovan accepts when the owner of Elysium, an exclusive spa and plastic surgery center, offers her an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to create a dazzling and unique wedding cake. The job also gives Piper the time and distance she needs to sort out her feelings for handsome FBI agent Jack Lombardi. But no sooner does Piper arrive than a guest is brutally murdered in one of the private bungalows.

    Tammy says: "Easy On The Ears"
    "Love these books!"
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    What did you love best about The Look of Love?

    It was a classic whodunit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Look of Love?

    The opening scene


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Acid splashed on beauty....but the wrong beauty...who did it and is she safe?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nickled-and-Dimed to Death: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Devereaux Sinclair loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri hometown. If only murder didn’t keep landing on her doorstep.… Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband?

    K. April Holgate says: "Addictive series"
    "Another sweet mystery by Denise Swanson"
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    If you could sum up Nickled-and-Dimed to Death in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Romantic, mystery


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

    I figured out the killer fairly quickly, but still enjoyed the story.


    Which character – as performed by Maia Guest – was your favorite?

    Dev


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    While trying to decide which man is for her, Dev must solve a murder to save her BFF from a murder charge.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bundle of Trouble: A Maternal Instincts Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Diana Orgain
    • Narrated By Diana Orgain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Kate Connelly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you’re going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when a body is pulled from San Francisco Bay that may be her brother-in-law, Kate must crack the case faster than you can say “diaper rash” in order to keep her family together.

    Amy Shanks says: "A good motherhood mystery"
    "A good motherhood mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bundle of Trouble the most enjoyable?

    The storyline. The narrator was not one of the best I've heard.


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

    It did keep me guessing most of the time


    Which character – as performed by Diana Orgain – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did cause a chuckle here and there, as a verteran mother of 4


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Barbie and Ken: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    In search of a social life in Scumble River, Skye Denison has recently joined the GUMBettes - the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls. Now she and her boyfriend Simon hobnob with the upwardly mobile professionals in town. But when a seemingly perfect couple is murdered, Skye discovers that success doesn't equal survival....

    Amy Shanks says: "A cozy mystery"
    "A cozy mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. A good mystery, an easy read. Interesting who-dun-it.


    What other book might you compare Murder of a Barbie and Ken to and why?

    It is along the same lines as other Scumble river mysteries, not unlike the Joanne Fluke mysteries.


    What about Christine Leto’s performance did you like?

    She has a great, non-distracting voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have listened to this book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (466)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "Funny, exciting listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas the most enjoyable?

    Another Kyra Davis book...enough said


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships among the characters


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    Love all. Anatoli would be fun to meet in real life :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death and the Girl Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy - terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach - comes to school.

    Kirstin says: "PG-13 version of Darynda's snarky writing"
    "Interesting listen"
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    Would you listen to Death and the Girl Next Door again? Why?

    Yes I would, just to catch the things I may have missed yhe first time


    Would you recommend Death and the Girl Next Door to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would, if they enjoy YA books


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Jarret, of course


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has many funny situations


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was somewhat of a Letdown.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

    S. Droski says: "Confusing title for a great book"
    "Want to read more about Savanah"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend that enjoys mysteries


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exciting plot line


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all. Savanah's character was performed well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed often while listening to this book


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nursery Crimes: Mommy-Track Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When the principal of Hollywood's premier preschool is killed in a hit-and-run accident, public defender turned stay-at-home mom Juliet Applebaum gets off the mommy track - to track down a murderer.

    Beatrice says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Slow start, but fairly decent ending"
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    If you could sum up Nursery Crimes in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, funny, almost-predictable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliet was my favorite character. She is an educated woman, who chose to stay home with her children, yet did not become an automaton.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that was my favorite was when Juliet gets shot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Juliet gives birth was a moving scene


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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