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Donna M. Davis

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  • Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (221)
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    (221)

    Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

    deanna says: "I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series"
    "Addictive Story Line"
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    Would you listen to Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the reader's voice and the pace of the story. She differentiated between the voices of various characters very well.


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

    The plot kept me guessing till the end as to who the murder was and what were their motivations.


    Which character ??? as performed by Christine Leto ??? was your favorite?

    I like her as Skye, Ms. Leto's voice hit just the right note for the 34 year old school psychologist.


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

    I love the way that Wally relates to Skye, he knows how to treat a woman properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much that I've bought the rest of the available series on Audible and the earlier books on Kindle. I'll be listening/reading it again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Stakes: Ali Reynolds, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
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    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own.

    Jean says: "Ali works as investigating reporter"
    "Great suspense"
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    Fan of the series since book one. This was second read (in prep for listening to the newest) and I still held my breath at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3255)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2400)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Riveting"
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    Great read with lots of twists. Will begin to listen to it again. Will look for more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (738)

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
    "Riveting"
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    I've read a few later books which selected this one through one of the 4.95 promotions. Suspenseful with a sympathetic, flawed hero. The narrator read well--even the women's voices. Compelling read, can't wait for book one to download so I can start at the beginning. I'll be purchasing the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2752)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1190)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Great story"
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    Love King and Maxwell stories and this one was suspenseful to the end. Wish they'd bring back their TNT show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raging Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    An illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat's investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to have him ride along. But when Rook's inquiry concludes that Detective Heat has arrested the wrong man for the murder, everything changes.

    Douglas Wegner says: "Excellent "read.""
    "Another Enjoyable Adventure"
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    I'm addicted to the Castle TV show and the Nikki Heat series--especially via Audible. If you enjoy the series, you've got to purchase the entire series. I especially enjoyed this one because I'm a New Yorker who lived through Huricane Sandy and recognize all the sites. As dessert, the closing credits are a delight as they thank all the precinct members in Richard Castle character. I can't wait for the next book and in the meantime will listen again staring with book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Heels: Molly Forrester Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sheryl Anderson
    • Narrated By Meghan Kane Haseman
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
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    All Molly Forrester wants is to find that one big story that can redirect her journalism career away from the sex/relationship advice column she writes for Zeitgeist magazine ("wedged somewhere between Marie Claire and Cosmo") and back to the serious news business. But she didn't expect to trip over it, especially when "it" turned out to be the bloody body of one of her coworkers, and she certainly didn't expect to ruin her brand new Jimmy Choos over it.

    Beatrice says: "Fun and Entertaining"
    "Good read "
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    Great story with Manhattan as a backdrop is familiar to this NYC resident. Enjoy the friendship between the ladies and the plot. I've bought the entire series and this is my second read. Only hitch is the narrator's voice. Some of the voices, esp Cassidy and Edwards sound like a talking zombie impression, but not insurmountable. Can't wait for book five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen - a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase blackjack a whole new meaning....

    Beatrice says: "humorous and fun"
    "Pesonally, disappointing"
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    I loved the first few books, but maybe it's because I'm 50+, but i see Mattie making so many foolish decisions that I couldn't wait for the book to be over. Thinking that gambling is he best way to grow the settlement money you've received, losing over $30K and still wanting to go back and try some more--ridiculous! I guess it's all about advancing the plot/drama, but the fact that Mattie and Hurley can't just talk about their feelings is also ridiculous.

    I was ready to drop the series, but just realized I'd already bought the next book, so let's hope she learns how to talk to Hurley, ignore the ex-husband and get her job back--or, duh, move to another city.

    Fingers crossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (566)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Chrystal says: "Great Story"
    "Another Keeper!"
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    I believe the first book was offered in one of the discount campaigns and it's been sitting in my library for months. I love episodic cozy mysteries and this one was perfect. The Washington, DC backdrop, smart characters with interesting careers and the family relations made it very interesting, the suspenseful murders and sizzling (but not too explicit) romance made the rest of the series a must to purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (247)

    Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

    Stacey Joseph says: "Narrator ruins the characters."
    "A Fitting End to the Journey"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend it. Anyone who's a Castle fan will see the characters come through in the pages of the book and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to a storyline that run almost from the beginning of the series/book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a close call, as all ways, between Rook and Heat, but I have to go with Rook. Rook's boyish enthusiasm over the crime as well as how his source connections are legion and always seem to give him some advantage that amazes and confounds Heat.


    What three words best describe Robert Petkoff’s voice?

    clear, modulated, fluent.


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

    Yes, I listened to and from work as well as fell asleep to it each night. I'm restarting it right away.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Acknowledgements and his thanks to the Castle characters and the actors themselves. Amusing Castle finish to a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chopping Spree: Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (58)

    For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isn't just booming - it's skyrocketing. But as her friend Marla is constantly warning her, "success can kill you." Goldy knows she needs to slow down before she breaks down, and she vows she'll do it - right after her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Mall's Elite Shoppers Club.

    ot in the garden says: "A complete disappointment"
    "not my favorite"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've disliked the story line for son Arch and Goldie's doormat behavior. I guess this is how teenaged, mass-murdering gunmen get their start.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable, but satisfying.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Julian, as always. He's the most level-headed character in all the stories.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I'm addicted to serialized cozy mysteries, I have purchased and listened to the whole series a few times, but every time I listen I become more annoyed with Goldie's unending capacity to allow herself to insert herself into situations that are none of her business. I hope her newest story (The Whole Enchilada) takes a different turn. If not, I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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