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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 299 reviews
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  • Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (290)

    Private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision - a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful - and desperate - enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

    Karen says: "Excellent vampire series with a new slant."
    "TOO SHORT!!!!"
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    The biggest complaint I have about the books in this series is that they are too short. Other than that this is a good series. In this book Samantha is faced with making a life altering decision for her child. It is an emotional book and reminds the audience again why she and her husband are divorced. As always there were moments when it was obvious that a man was writing the story from a woman's point of view. Even though the book is over too soon, I enjoyed it and will buy the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Committee: A Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Faculty squabbling at a large state university turns deadly when Professor of Education Susan Lombardi joins a committee to make a tenure decision about Abby Gillette, a controversial faculty member. After one colleague is hospitalized following a suspicious fire and another is found dead in Abby's office, Susan must try to figure out who is doing what to whom...without becoming the next victim. At the same time, she must deal with her husband's highly dysfunctional family and help a friend handle a questionable romance.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great second book in the series"
    "Quick entertaining and to the point"
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    This is a very quick and entertaining book. This book is very focused and stays on point. There are no pointless plot twists The story is very focused and entertaining. I wish the rest of the series was available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Thursday: A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Joffe Hull
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    When Maddie Michaels, AKA Mrs. Frugalicious, is invited to take a local news crew with her on a Black Friday shopping expedition, she’s excited to show viewers at home how to score the season’s best savings. Despite a negative comment from Contrary Claire - the sole naysayer in her growing Frugarmy - Maddie is hopeful her first TV appearance will be a bargain-savvy success. But Black Friday eve takes a bleak turn when a shopper is crushed beneath a pallet of toasters.

    Beatrice says: "Major cliffhanger"
    "Major cliffhanger"
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    I enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoed the first book. I felt that the main character wasn't as strong as she was in the first book. However, the mystery was good. I liked that her children played a bigger part in this book. However, I'm not a fan of the extended family and I'm not sure I will like the direction this book is heading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Insane: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Cantwell
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    If you think PTA meetings are boring, then you haven't attended one in Barbara Marr's neighborhood, where murder is on the agenda. Always one to stumble into trouble, Barb learns the hard way that a seemingly innocent yearbook scandal is actually part of a seriously sinister and deadly plot. Join soccer mom and movie lover Barbara Marr in this second laugh-out-loud, chaotic mystery, where high-profile crime and suburban living collide in an unexpected fashion.

    Beatrice says: "Not as good as the first"
    "Not as good as the first"
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    I bought this on the strength of the first book. It was a very quick read. It wasn't as entertaining as the first book. I wish I could give it two and a half stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1): A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Karen Cantwell
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie's Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor.

    Candy Lyons says: "Take The Monkeys and Run Hits a Home Run!!!"
    "Quick and light"
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    This is a quick and light cozy mystery. I laughed out loud a couple of times. It closely resembled a movie in which a famous governor starred in but that was okay. It helped pass the time while cleaning and doing errands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Murder: A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides that she must find the real murderer to clear her name.

    Beatrice says: "Another good book"
    "Another good book"
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    Overall, this book is okay. The main character, Jill, isn't very bright and there are many times when I had to shake my head at her thoughtlessness. There is a very good supporting cast of characters and the mystery plot is actually very good. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light mysteries and a little romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court.

    Beatrice says: "THERE ARE NO WORDS"
    "THERE ARE NO WORDS"
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    There are no words that can express how good this series is. The only bad thing about it is that it's over. Elizabeth Hunter is one of the best writers ever!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Force of Wind: Elemental Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China and seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they've been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light. The Force of Wind is the third book in the four-part Elemental Mysteries series. It is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult listeners.

    Beatrice says: "BRAVO!!!"
    "BRAVO!!!"
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    This just keeps getting better. This is a must read series. Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Same Earth: Elemental Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    Beatrice De Novo thought she had left the supernatural world behind... for the most part. But when the past becomes the present, will she leave her quiet life in Los Angeles to follow a mystery she thought had abandoned her? Where has Giovanni Vecchio been, and why has he returned? Giovanni has his own questions, and he's looking to her for answers.

    Killian says: "Hunter delivers again."
    "Brilliant!!!"
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    This is one of the best vampire series ever written. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes entertaining vampire stories with a mixture of romance and mystery. This is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Surprisingly good"
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    I'm not a cat fan. I also thought the premise of the story was far fetched. However, the mystery plot was actually intriging. It was fast paced and very entertaining. The characters were also likeable and that added to the overall enjoyment of the story. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers and cat lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1530)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Another great book"
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    This series keeps getting better. Rachel is a great character. Not ony is she evolving but so are the supporting characters. I can't wait to see how her relationship with Trent is developed in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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