Orem, UT, United States | Listener Since 2004
A good listen for a lover of pulp stories, although the narration is merely adequate. Listen for the story and not for the narrator.
I found the narration a bit lacking in cadence and characterization. The narrator seems to substitute volume for pacing and storytelling. As storytelling is the essence of pulp fiction this stands out more than it might in other situations.
Non-stop action in the style of Indiana Jones.
While there is a whole "What could possibly happen next?" aspect to these books, there are periodic small resolutions which keep the story fresh. Just when it appears that the whole mess has gone down the drain some small, or large, success keeps me moving forward and willing to put up with the continuing disasters that occur in the life of Davis
I really loved the hectic room to room in the restaurant sequence which ended with Davis face down in the food, but not for the reason you would suspect.
I think Bianca was one of the strongest characterizations by Amber. Most of the female characters were quite well done, with the male characters following slightly behind.
The whole prayer circle rationale, the negotiations in the dinner, and the elopement at the end both had me laughing out loud.
I appreciate that so far at least it appears that Davis is moving forward, gaining confidence, and growing into her new situation. I hope the story continues moving forward in the next installment.
The story was fast moving without a lot of interludes. It also included several episodes of peeling back the onion to find a new level of plot.
I personally loved the two chefs, especially their interactions with each other. i found Elliott a bit too much to believe, but that is somewhat the nature of the beast with cozy mysteries.
While the narrator was a bit breathy and off-setting at the beginning once the story began to move along it was more that sufficient to draw me right in.
Once I was past the first couple of chapters and the characters were established, I knew i would be with them through to the end. Well deserving of it's nomination for best first novel in the 2014 Agatha awards.
It would be really nice to have a ongoing successful male character who could participate in the mysteries without being a romantic interest for the main female character or one of her friends. As is common with many current cozy's, male characters are either a possible love interest for the main female character or her posse, gay, humorous figures (boozers, druggies, losers, computer nerds), or father figures too old to be of any romantic interest. i would hope that a successful 40-year-old single female would have a few mainstream male friends.
The narration remained excellent with a low key yet polished use of nuance and expression. As the second entry in the series, it also had more time to develop a storyline beyond merely introducing the large, diverse case of supporting characters. Each of the cast of characters appears to have a niche and how the author weaves a story that allows the characters to all "do their own thing" is quite remarkable. If you enjoyed the first Rose Strickland mystery you will enjoy this even more.
Henry, the bodyguard and chef, as one of my sons is well on his way to becoming just like him. I also feel a lot of empathy for Jacks, the people pleaser stuck with Rose for a younger sister.
The narrator managers to help keep everything moving forward and avoids building tension in this story which must be a comedy as much as a mystery.
You have to be the tree!
Unarmed and dangerous in a comedy zone
Excellent use of a credit.
A true classic.
I would not change a thing. While it does not meet current ideas of political correctness, it is a great representation of the times in which it is set and was written.
The narrator does not go overboard with the vocal representations of the characters, but still manages to convey tone and intent.
Listened to it non-stop on a trip across Nevada from Utah to San Jose. Great listen!
If you enjoy the Ellery Queen method and don't mind a period piece that shows its age in places, you will enjoy this production.
I would recommend this to a friend as the story captured my interest and held it for the duration of the story. The violence is very limited and the characters are interesting if a little off the beaten path. The mystery elements are quite light and I anticipated all of them, but the characters kept me with the story. I look for to seeing if Rose progresses and develops or is left to drift here and there for the several coming sequels.
It has the bad boy elements and character driven storyline of the Stephanie Plums series, but I don't see Rose as being nearly as hard core or professional as Stephanie. Stephanie has a career that involves going out looking for trouble while Rose simply has it find her. This story is definitely lighter and avoids casting any of the characters in too black of terms.
The narrator keep the tone very light and upbeat adding the illusion of someone from essentially the right side of town, although personally somewhat alienated from it.
How can one girl attract so many very different men?
Definitely worth the cost and time to give this one a listen.
I would be comfortable recommending this to any fan of cozy mysteries. While there is some romantic tension and violence, it does not proceed beyond a level acceptible for most cozy mystery lovers. I also continue to enjoy the reading/performance of Dina Pearlman. I have listened to many of her other audiobooks and find that she is consistently excellent.
Davis's encounters with Maxine and Mary at the Double Whammy machines. i also enjoyed Teeth and No Hair in all their intimidating glory.
Morgan George Sr.was my favorite character beyond Davis.
Hoping that Double Dip will also make its way to audio.
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