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Beatrice

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Honey House: KC Carmichael, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Harner
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Former con artist Katherine "KC" Carmichael inherits the Honey House, a Bed and Breakfast located in the tiny town of Juniper Springs, AZ, a hotbed of the paranormal tourism industry. It doesn't take her long to discover that both the town and the House are keeping secrets. The town plays up its over-the-top paranormal reputation with fake werewolf photo safaris and psychic vortexes. It's all in good fun until an investigative journalist is found murdered in KC's backyard.

    Beatrice says: "Phenomenal story"
    "Phenomenal story"
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    I was blown away by this book. Laura Harner has created an imaginative and realistic world for a great cast of characters. KC is one of the most realistic characters portrayed in a paranormal mystery/romance that I have enjoyed in a while. She is strong, smart and loyal. She's not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, despite her past. The other characters are also strong and there is still plenty of mystery with each character. I also enjoyed the flow of the story. I didn't feel the need to skip ahead once. I will warn against listening to this while driving. Some of the scenes can be...distracting. This is a great book and I look forward to listening the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Most Likely to Murder: A Susan Lombardi Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    What high school class has a 32 year reunion? A class whose president has left the country, whose vice president is dead, and whose treasurer is in the Witness Protection program - in fact, Professor Susan Lombardi's class from Count Basie High School. Susan has misgivings about revisiting her hometown: she's leery of seeing her former high school sweetheart, now a high tech millionaire, and reluctant to get involved in a battle between her squabbling brothers.

    Terri B. says: "A Wonderful Cozy Mystery!"
    "Quick Read"
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    This is a quick and entertaining read. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Castle: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel's boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity.

    Beatrice says: "Another great addition"
    "Another great addition"
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    I love this series. It combines an entertaining mixture romance, mystery, construction info and ghostly interactions. I like how Mel approaches each ghostly appearance with enough modesty to know she still has a lot to learn and is not an instant expert. I also enjoy the interactions between Mel and her family and friends. I look forward to the next books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ends: Main Street Murders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Amy DeLuca
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fall arrives early in the High Country of North Carolina, but journalist AnnaLise Griggs is more concerned about one particular trio of visitors: Benjamin Rosewood, his wife Tanja, and their daughter, Suzanne, especially as AnnaLise and Ben have history. When two sudden and unexpected deaths occur, AnnaLise must protect herself and the place she loves as she is forced to confront how far a person might go to get--and keep--what they believe should be their own.

    Beatrice says: "It was okay"
    "It was okay"
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    It took me a while to finish it but, I have to say that it was okay. The characters were likeable, and the plot was a bit drawn out. I will probably get the next book because I like the author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catwalk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sheila Webster Boneham
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Animal photographer Janet MacPhail is training for her cat Leo's first feline agility trial when she gets a frantic call about a "kidnapping". When Janet and her Australian Shepherd Jay set out to track down the missing party, they quickly find themselves drawn into the volatile politics of feral cat colonies and endangered wetlands.

    Beatrice says: "Not as good as the first two"
    "Not as good as the first two"
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    This one was ok but included to much information about her pets and personal matters. This mystery aspect took a backseat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The local ladies all deem Mr. John a wizard, so when Agatha Raisin finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their budding romance is cut short when Mr. John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Was it one of Mr. John’s many lady clients, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets?

    Beatrice says: "Agatha at her best"
    "Agatha at her best"
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    As a sleuth, Agatha is at her best in this novel. James isn't around and that's a plus. Unfortunately, Charles is. I wish Agatha had differnet male friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha Raisin's life is never dull.... The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names....

    Beatrice says: "Marriage in the Cotswold"
    "Marriage in the Cotswold"
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    This was a very enjoyable book. I can't help but love Agatha more. However, if she were a friend of man I would take her aside and help her meet a new man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman, Healer, Heretic: Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. Terry Green
    • Narrated By Celia Aurora de Blas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Even for a techno-shaman, a kachina in the bedroom isn't exactly part of the drill. When Olivia Lawson wakes to find one towering over her, she panics. A Hopi god visiting the real world isn't just wrong - it's impossible. Or is it? Soon Olivia learns that the kachina is the least of her worries. As she struggles to save her clients, clashes with other shamans, and fends off the attacks of real-world vigilantes, Olivia finds herself in the destructive path of a malevolent ancient force intent on leaving the spiritual realm to conquer this one.

    Jack V. Johnson says: "The perfect reading of a terrifc book!"
    "Don't bother"
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    I got this book for $1.99 after getting the Kindle version for free. I wish I didn't pay that much. I couldn't get into the book. I never got the concept of a "Techno Shaman". It just wasn't for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Southern Ghost: A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carolyn G Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Annie can hardly believe it: The police say her husband, Max, sits behind bars. They speak of him with a beautiful blonde. By the time Annie bails Max out, the blonde has disappeared and Max is the prime suspect in a crime. The baffling, bloodstained trail leads to the home of the Tarrants, a venerable Southern family with a violent history dating back to the Revolution - and ghosts of a more recent vintage. Infighting and mayhem reign in the family, and a killer wants hide the secrets that haunt the Tarrants.

    Beatrice says: "A Very Good Mystery"
    "A Very Good Mystery"
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    This was a pretty good book. I figured out who did it and why mid way through, but, I continued to read because it was a very good mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet: Agatha Raisin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

    Beatrice says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. Agatha is funny, brilliant and brave. I enjoyed her interactions with both Bill Wong and James Lacey. I hope to see more of this trio in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Tell: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    It's a crisp, snowless October in The Park. The root cellar is full, the cordwood is stacked, the oil drums are filled and there’s a freshly-butchered moose in her cache, but Kate Shugak must leave her cabin and head into the chaos of Anchorage, where the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention is being held. Why? Because board members of the Niniltna Native Association have been dying...board members who just happened to oppose a lucrative new development project.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another great Kate!"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. Kate was at her best. I will read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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