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  • Lemon Tart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Josi S. Kilpack
    • Narrated By Diane Dabczynski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cooking aficionado turned amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller tries to solve the murder of her beautiful young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously lured from her home while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie’s search is the woman’s missing two-year-old child. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!

    Sallie says: "Loved it!"
    "Spoiled by the main character"

    I was hoping to like the first book of what looked like an interesting series and go on to read the other books, but the main character was so annoying that I don't want to see any more of her. I had a hard time believing that an adult would have to have it explained to her by her college-aged daughter that she was being unreasonable to expect the police investigating a murder to give her -- a neighbor of the murder victim -- regular updates on their progress. She expected to waltz into a lawyer's office and have the lawyer tell her all about the affairs of a client. She got all indignant about a detective asking her to hand over some documents that had belonged to the murder victim and claimed that she had given them all the evidence she had while managing to hide a business card that the murder victim had had. She seemed immature and naive for her age.

    On the other hand, the mystery was interesting (though the amateur detective only figured out what had happened when the murderer confessed to her) and the narrator was good. Still, I'm not inclined to give the character another chance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

    Beatrice says: "If you like mystery you Must read this one"
    "What a disappointment!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure who would like this book. It was about 1/3 mystery and 2/3 sappy, cliched, silly romance. It would be an insult to fans of romances to suggest they would like it.

    Has Little Shop of Homicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm a long-time mystery fan, and it would take more than one book to turn me off to the genre. However, I won't read any more books in this series.

    What aspect of Maia Guest’s performance would you have changed?

    There was something funny about the way Jake was voiced -- what I suppose was intended to be kind of a sexy whisper.

    What character would you cut from Little Shop of Homicide?

    Jake (though Devereaux would have had to have some other way of getting access to information about the police investigation).

    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Swanson's Scrumble River series from the beginning and was looking forward to this one. It's particularly disappointing that this book isn't better because there were some good elements. I actually did like Devereaux quite a bit, at least when she wasn't mooning over Jake. The mystery itself was pretty good, and some of the other characters were entertaining. I feel like it could have been the beginning of another very good series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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