Orem, UT, United States | Member Since 2014
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.
i have happily recommended this book to several friends It is a fast paced frothing blend of mystery, coincidence, romance, look-a-likes, and gun play. Oh, and a guardian spirit to boot.
A tossup between the first meeting with her new client and the ill-fated ferry back to the island. One is a near perfect start to the book and the other is fate personified.
I listened to her performance in the first book of the series and loved it. Then she goes all breathy and gives us a really great Marilyn. Great pacing and near perfect characterizations.
Genteel Southern Living Will Rise Again. (or at least we all can hope so....)
Give it and the first book in the series a chance. You will not regret it.
The author does a excellent job of pulling you in quickly and keeping your focus by adding many secondary elements that also somehow take you back to the main story and aid in the unravelling. I also find the brother/sister police/PI conflicts between Liz and Blake a great element of the story..
While it has many elements of other mysteries it is difficulty to categorize this story into any of the common mystery families. It has supernatural elements, but they are not the main focus. She owns and isn't afraid to use her "Glock", but it is not hard-boiled. There are some very funny scenes, but there are also some hard core PI elements. A mixture of many common themes all mixed together in a satisfying whole.
I love the accent, which while a little overblown, greatly adds to the atmosphere of the story. Loretta Rawlings shows a great mastery of pacing and uses it to good effect in helping the listener distinguish between the characters.
I would highly recommend that you set aside some time to enjoy this story. It easily draws yo in and moves a constant pace that leaves you wanted to go just one more chapter.
The series only gets the better in Lowcountry Bombshell with an appearance from Marilyn, or not. Do yourself a favor and find out why Joey met his destiny on night in Charleston. Will Marilyn die on August 4th?.
I have already recommended this book to many of my mystery loving friends. To my mind it shows character growth and development to a much greater degree than most of the "cosy" genre. Nichelle knows what she wants, and goes out to get it, without a lot of demure second thoughts or bumbling coincidences, but plenty of sass.
The competition between Nichelle and her rivals, both print and broadcast, is too close to call. While we essentially are focused on her side of the story, the competition get plenty of time and makes Nichelle work for whatever bits of story that she gets first. I also have to mention I also have to put in a good word for Troy, a great little brother and a very loving son.
Rather than pick a favorite, I will say that Reay did an excellent job in making each of the major and supporting characters come alive in their own way. I think she did it in a way that the author, Lyndee Walker, would be overjoyed with. Nothing to take issue with here.
Come out of the morgue with all those dead icky things and let a nice pair of heels lead you into crime.
A wonderful way to spend a few hours when you need to be hands and eyes free.
An light entertaining story with some mystery elements and a increasingly well developed cast, Whack Job is a delight to listen to. The pace is consistently quick and it is easy to be drawn completely into to storyline.
Elliott is the star and fate continues to conspire against her. From arid dust bunnies, to a bucket of day old chum, to a fetid urban man camp she manages to wear more unintentional "accessories" and destroy more clothing than any other OCD detective around.
The only onther performance by Rachel Frawley that I have listened to was Board Stiff, the initial mystery in this series. By now I have associated with her characterizations and find it very easy to listen too.
I loved the final party scene where one long-term pain in the butt discovered a silver lining in one small bundle.
If you enter in looking for a good story and some light entertainment with a sprinkling of mystery on top, you will not go away unhappy.
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 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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