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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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  • All She Wrote: Holmes and Moriarity, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved "American Agatha Christie" and Christopher Holmes' former mentor. Anna's plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit's sore spots - traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J.X. Moriarity. For J.X., Kit's cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that's just as well, right?

    Anthony says: "Josh Lanyon does it again!!"
    "Great mystery and romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All She Wrote to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print but I really enjoyed the audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really great characters who were engaging and dynamic.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good narrator but some characters were a touch inconstant in the voicing.


    If you could take any character from All She Wrote out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    JX Moriarity, I have a bit of a crush!


    Any additional comments?

    Another great story that kept me guessing the whole time. I really did not know who to suspect!! Great story telling and a really well done puzzle. The end felt a little lackluster but overall the story really flowed.

    Holmes is once again dealing with a need to change his writing and relationship. He is dragging his feet in the love department and needs to get over a few things before he can really commit. In his career he really needs to get with it and step out of his literary comfort zone. So, he jumps at the excuse to visit his old mentor and help her with a writing workshop after she has a terrible accident.

    Cue the drama and murder plots!! There are so many curves and twist in this tale it is hard to decide who is the best suspect or if there is a plot at all. There seriously are moments when I thought maybe these people just have super bad luck! In the end I would have liked more justice but I understand why it turned out the way it did.

    The romance takes a steamier and more detailed turn. I was ok with the MM action, even though it ramped up a bit from the last book. It all made sense and was important to the dynamic of the couple. It was really well done and not at all uncomfortable. I really love Kit and JX as a couple, their varied personalities really compliment each other.

    I am now super excited for the next book but having trouble finding a clear release date!! Please let it be soon!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Dead: The Bree MacGowan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Bree MacGowan is back...and in just as much trouble as ever! It takes a lot to shock Bella Bree MacGowan these days, but that's what happens when she goes to Planet Hair and discovers a dead guy with diapers covering the bullet wound that killed him, and not a drop of blood anywhere. Bree takes things into her own hands... while bumping heads with sexy, stubborn federal agent Richard Hambecker. Can she get the goods and get out without getting in over her head?

    K. April Holgate says: "Serious breach of trust. I could not continue!"
    "Serious breach of trust. I could not continue!"
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    NO, No, NO!!!!!! I refuse to finish this book. Here is a nasty spoiler kids, the animals die in a house fire. Almost all the menagerie we have come to love over the course of three books is sadistically whipped out. This is what makes me wish I never started the series. I am not ok with this turn of events as all. It was a needless event that rips your heart out.

    The book is a bit all over the place like the second book in the series, but it stayed with the plot better. I just can not write a proper review because I am so distraught about the pets. It is such a breach of trust for the author to make you love animals through a series and then kill almost all of them and make you grieve with the main character. I was unprepared for this in a book that had been a cozy mystery. I am far from cozy now.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. I tried to continue because i like her read, but it just became to difficult with the subject matter.

    This is pretty much the end of this series and possibly this author for me. I have a hard and fast rule about animals and kids, never ever do I want to read about them being hurt or killed. It is sad because I enjoyed the first book and had hope the series would improve.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • California Schemin'

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Most people can relax by an idyllic riverside without fishing a dead body out of the water; Bree MacGowan is not most people. And as luck would have it, it's not just any old corpse she's tripped over this time. It's the late wife of Senator R. Carl Wallace, a paragon of upstanding American citizenship to anyone who looks...unless they look too closely. Which is, of course, exactly what Bree does, and what she finds is definitely more trouble than she bargained for.

    K. April Holgate says: "All over the place!"
    "All over the place!"
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    I have no idea what happened between the first book and this one, honestly it is a total different feel. The story is all over the place, hard to follow and the plot made little sense.

    It is mostly a series of Bree getting kidnapped, escaping only to get nabbed again. It was never ending and disjointed.

    Where was the sleep resort town angle of the first book? We popped in for a visit but didn't stay, cause Bree was kidnapped.

    I wanted to like the book and really tried to stick with the plot. There are some fun supporting characters who will have you in stitches. Unfortunately that is it for what i liked about his book.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. She is probably the main reason I kept listening well after I lost interest.

    Oh, please let the next book be back in town with that awesome supporting cast! And her feisty pet menagerie!!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thought, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlighting in Vermont: A Bree MacGowan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bella Bree MacGowan is your average country girl. She works two jobs to support her farm and the menagerie of stray animals that accumulate there; she's almost always covered in mud; and everyone in her small town of South Royalton, Vermont, feels free to comment on everything from her love life ("That Jim just isn't right for you!") to her expired inspection sticker ("Better get that car looked at!"). Is there any such thing as privacy anymore?

    K. April Holgate says: "Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
    "Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
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    I love a good cozy mystery, Bree definitely has potential for stepping in it Jessica Fletcher style! The only thing that bothered me in this book it that it could figure out if it wanted to be a romance too.

    Loads of great characters here, with just enough story building to keep you in the loop. I see plenty of potential for more mysteries in this sleepy resort town.

    The dynamic with her BFF Meg is perfect. Reminds me of my BFF and I, always pals but telling it like it is, possible getting in mud fights!

    The mystery wasn't overly taxing, it had enough twists and angles to keep me on my toes. I was guessing right until the dead giveaway, then it was obvious who the murderer was, if not the motive.

    The whole book comes from Bree's POV, which isn't a bad narrative. I love her quirkiness and her menagerie of pets! She gets some lovin throughout the book, but the bedroom door is barely cracked open.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. I could have used a hint more bass with the men, but that is just me being picky!

    I am eager to see what happens next for this cozy mystery series! Fun story kept be giggling!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reese: Rock Creek Six, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Handeland
    • Narrated By Bobbin Beam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Mary McKendrick, a head-strong school teacher who wants nothing more than to find a home in her adopted town of Rock Creek, Texas, takes charge when a band of ruffians attempts to destroy the town. Mary hires Reese, the mysterious, and reluctant, leader of a band of deadly Confederate veterans, to protect them. Reese is haunted by the war and what he did during it. The only constant in his life are the five men willing to come to his side whenever he calls them.

    K. April Holgate says: "A nice western romance"
    "A nice western romance"
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    This is the kind of Western romance my Gram loves, that is not an insult she reads some great books.

    The story is kind of loose in spots, it could have a tighter construction. It is predictable, it you read a lot of this genre. Still it was entertaining with a few intriguing twists. I adore the dynamic between the two leads. It was a delight watching Mary and Reese fall in love.

    The love happens kind of quick. Perhaps I should have said fall in liking. I have no doubt the emotions will grow, but it is early days. The bedroom door is half way open, not a lot of detail.

    Yeah for the mixed narrative giving us insight into the characters. We have the two leads POV and a few bonus narrations as well! Most of the tale comes from Mary and Reese, as it should be in a romance.

    The supporting cast is fantastic! I can not wait for these fellas to all fall! Cash and Rico are a couple favorites!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bobbin Beam, who does a fantastic read! I really enjoyed her voices, just enough accent to make it feel authentic. Great pace and energy throughout! I would definitely look for more of her work!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thought, ratings and opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Holds the Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Shoshanna Evers
    • Narrated By Scarlett Day
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    When Grace discovers her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Ian broke her heart three years ago so he could pursue a career as a Dom on a BDSM internet porn site, she never expected to be intrigued...and aroused. Ian looks damn good holding that whip. But can a girl who's always considered herself "vanilla" fire up her kinky side for love? To find out, she's going to audition for a chance to play Ian's sexual submissive - and maybe find her way back into his heart.

    Jade Onyx says: "Awesome Story, Great Narrator, Pulled Me Right In!"
    "Not light and fluff BDSM"
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    This book has a BDSM 101 kind of feel to it, but with a more curious angle. Grace is looking to learn more about her ex's new lifestyle. I don't think she is really into the kink, so much as into the kink with Ian.

    This book goes into detail of her research and their journey to finding one and another again.

    Plenty of playtime and just enough steam to keep a gal happy. I am not into whips, so that part wasn't as appealing. Still it will be right up other kinkster's alleys.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Scarlett Day, who has a great read. I enjoyed her pace and energy throughout the read. Terrific tone for both the male and female characters. She brought a great energy to the read, especially the naughty scenes!

    This is a super quick read, a yummy appetizer! I am interested in reading more of Ms Evers' work. She seems to go to a deeper place with her BDSM, touching on rougher scene play.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie and Ace: The Case of the Quick Quack Sneak Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Annual Rubber Ducky Race has the town of Huckleberry Springs buzzing with excitement...and suspicion. Everyone is sure someone is cheating in the race. Everyone except Ellie that is. This time, she doesn't think there's a mystery to be solved at all. Will the townspeople of Huckleberry Springs convince Ellie that the race is rigged? Will Ellie and Ace even take the case? Will the town "quack" up if they don't?

    Yaquelin says: "Who Cheated"
    "The best story in the series!!"
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    What did you love best about Ellie and Ace?

    They are an awesome team!! It is a really cute story that highlights their detective skills!


    What other book might you compare Ellie and Ace to and why?

    I love the mystery this time around. It definitely has shades of Nancy Drew or a cozy mystery, just geared toward a much younger age group!


    Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

    She does a great job with Ellie. She manages to keep her sweet and slightly snarky at the same time! great pace that really moves things along. Fabulous energy!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend listening to the author comments at the end! They are a real hoot!! I am sure kids will love the snarky comments!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie and Ace: The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutt

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Almost-world-famous detectives Ellie and Ace are back! At least Ellie is. But where is Ace? Could it be? Is he really.... Asleep on the job?! Even worse, has he become a sneaky snacker? A cheating chow hound? Ace no longer wants to take a bite out of crime, he just wants to take a bite out of dinner - Ellie's, that is. How will Ellie and Ace ever become world famous detectives if Ace has given up the sleuth business for good?

    Yaquelin says: "Case of Ace"
    "Cute mystery for kids!"
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    What did you love best about Ellie and Ace: The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutt?

    I love that this is like a starter book for kids who are into mysteries! I can see them moving on to Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and many cozy mysteries!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Ellie, even though she is a touch slow on the uptake with this mystery. It takes her a bit to discover what is wrong. Kudos to her for being the first to notice something was off.


    What does Tiffany Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great voice for this series! Youthful and exuberant, just like the story!!! She is also very easy to understand, something important to young readers. Her pace is just swift enough to keep a kid on their toes.


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

    I loved the reunion!! Such a happy moment!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend listening to the author comments at the end! They are a real hoot!! I am sure kids will love the snarky comments!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Were Oprah Winfrey: Little Nia's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Charles Thornton
    • Narrated By Hillary Hawkins
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    If I Were Oprah Winfrey: Little Nia's Dream is an inspirational story about an elementary school girl that was inspired by Oprah Winfrey's to guide her own life for success. Bullied by another girl she finds a way to change her problem into something extraordinary.

    K. April Holgate says: "I great story to help kids deal with bullying"
    "I great story to help kids deal with bullying"
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    If you could sum up If I Were Oprah Winfrey in three words, what would they be?

    creative solutions, bullying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Were Oprah Winfrey?

    I love the heart to hearts with Nia and her mom. It was also great to see her best friend being so supportive.


    What does Hillary Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great feel to her voice. Terrific pace, quick but not so fast kids won't understand. I love the way her voice has a youthful quality when narrating Nia and her friend.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very sweet read that could help kids who are being bullied. It may not be the answer for everyone, but it is a different approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Odd Balls: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy: A Cue Ball Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
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    Murder meets menopause. Take a guess which wins. A romantic vacation for...five? This wasn't exactly what Jessie and Wilson had in mind when they planned their trip to the tropics. The fun begins when Jessie's delightfully spry mother, Wilson's surfer dude son, and Jessie's rabidly hyperactive New York agent decide to tag along. What kind of trouble can these three oddest of odd balls possibly get into? Take a guess.

    Janet says: "A wild Christmas romp"
    "Cozy Mystery"
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    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE

    Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale and her Beau Captain Wilson Rye have planed a Christmas get away to Hawaii thanks to the ill gotten gains from the last murder, that surprisingly she was aloud to keep. But there plans are quickly interrupted by the addition of three to there party Jessie's mother Tessie and her agent Louise as well as Wilson's son Chris. Wakilulani Garden the hotel the group is staying at is the setting of most of the book.

    On there first night there the Bartender stumbles into Tessie's room, where a shirtless Chris is also visiting, and dies. Unlike the other books the islands police officer is inept and only ever arrests tourists for crimes so as the lone guests at the Gardens, minus two annoying ukulele players, he tries to pin it on Chris and Wilson regardless of more obvious suspects. So off Jessie and Wilson go to investigate some humor ensues when Tessie and Louise also go off to investigate unfortunately the story is in Jessie's point of view not Tessie's which in my opinion would of made for a better story.

    Pool really isn't a big part of this book they do learn how to surf though. Chris spends most of the book not there but when he is all his time is spent being rude to Jessie with not a word from Wilson on his behavior and worst than that not a word from Jessie. At least now we don't have to listen to Jessie wine about her age because Chris is doing it for her. Jessie dose have other things to bemoan though starting with wanting to know all Wilson's deep dark secrets and her apparent, although this is the first time we heard about it, fear of insects as well as harassing Wilson on his choice of shirts.

    I had so many problems with the plot i really don't know where to start and at the end there were still unanswered questions. Like the first book you are not given enough information to actually solve the crime and even when the killer is unmasked you still don't understand the reasoning of the killer. The atrocity that is Adele Nightingails story's continues threw out the book but when put next to the rest of the story don't seam so bad. The story is still humorous and the closed door action between Jessie and Wilson still continues but overall the story was a disappointment.

    The book is again Narrated by Caroline Miller which was the only saving grace. She makes it easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Shot: A Cue Ball Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.

    Terri B. says: "Anothery exciting mystery!"
    "Great cozy mystery"
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    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE

    Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale's new beau, because shes to old to say boyfriend, Captain Wilson Rye needs her help apparently besides himself there's not a good pool player on the force and hes in desperate need of a shark to help solve two murders so naturally he asks his girlfriend to go undercover for him. Jessie in turn enlists the help of her best friends Karen Sembler and Candy Poppe.

    The Wade on Inn is the last known whereabouts of both the victims.and after a quick makeover for Jessie, who apparently is to recognizable from all her publicity over the last murder, unfortunately to much time in the dye leaves her looking like a Munster no worries a push up bra from Candy Poppe and no one will be looking at her face not even her beau.

    Most of the story takes place at the Wade on Inn with its cast of unique characters. there's a bible toting bouncer, two blue hared old lady's and Avis Sage one of Jessie's fathers old colleges to name a few. Jessie who is now using her moms name as her cover plays pool most of the time she should of just staid home though because Candy and Karen are the real investigators in this one.

    We are introduced to Jessie's mother in this book. Unfortunately Adele Nightingale is still telling her story's threw out the main story and Jessie is still bemoaning about her age and now how Wilson is 5 years younger than her. And now we have to listen to her incessant jealousy over Tiffany Sass a young police officer that is working closely with Wilson.

    The murderer is more obvious in this book and you can most likely guess. The book is all from Jesse's point of view. Overall not as good as the first book but still a humorously good read with behind the scenes action between Jessie and Wilson.

    The book is again Narrated by Caroline Miller which I thought was a good choice. She makes it easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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