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Linda

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  • Murder by Mocha

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha?

    Ronna says: "Coffee, chocolate and murder!!"
    "Chocolate Chaos"
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    The mystery starts early in this book, and continues until the end. Clare Cosi manages a coffee house. She is also an amateur sleuth whose significant other is a detective for the New York Police Department. Clare's adventures as a detective are probably unlikely, but very entertaining. She is smart and usually sensible enough not to put her life in danger.

    This book had enough plot twists and interesting characters to keep me entertained and interested. I found Clare to be a likable protagonist. Narrator Rebecca Gibel has a pleasing voice and a deft talent for character voices.

    This book is a later entry in a series, but stands on it's own. I look forward to reading other books in the series. This one is a winner for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect.

    Dayna Jolly says: "Enjoyable"
    "Promising "Cozy" Series"
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    I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.

    One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.

    The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.

    Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.

    I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.

    The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Justice There Is None: A Duncan Kincaid / Jemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes - and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. This case sets off warning bells for Duncan: It's far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way.

    N. McCurdy says: "Possibly my favorite"
    "Skillful Blend of Past and Present"
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    So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.

    The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.

    Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.

    I look forward to listening to more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Susan Fryman says: "Blackberry Pie Murder"
    "Good Light Reading"
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    I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
    This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
    I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
    This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
    This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary Caine Mysteries, Box Set 1, Volumes 1-4 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By MJ Elliott
    • Narrated By Jim French
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Nine full-cast Hilary Cain Mysteries by British author MJ Elliott. Set in England in the 1930's Hilary is employed by the British tabloid Tittle Tattle Magazine as their in-house "Girl Detective". Hilary is an independent spirit with a gift for solving crime.

    Carolyn says: "Dear Hilary,"
    "Just OK"
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    I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.

    The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.

    I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked: A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Everyone - including mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance - loves Arsenic and Old Lace. But something wicked has poisoned a local summer stock production: The star, aging Hollywood beach-blanket hunk Shane Petree, butchers his lines - while getting top billing in bed with wives and teenage daughters around town. No wonder somebody wants to draw his final curtain. A pompous prosecutor tries to pin a murder on Max, Annie's own leading man. Unless Annie can prove her darling's innocence, their wedding date's off!

    Miriam says: "Death on Deman always something good!!"
    "An Excellent Series"
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    I read a number of these books when they were first published over 20 years ago. This is the first Audible edition I've listened to. For me the stories stand the test of time very well.

    Carolyn G. Hart populates this series with a number of recurring characters who have very different personalities. For me, much of the enjoyment of these books is the way these characters interact with each other. Annie Laurance, proprietor of the bookstore Death on Demand, is a no nonsense young woman who has worked hard for everything she has. Her charming fiancee is Max Darling. Max comes from a wealthy family, He is very smart, easy going, and hard working when he needs to be. The two of them balance each other very well.

    I classify this as a cozy series. It takes place on an island populated by a number of interesting characters. The mysteries are complex and well plotted. The pace is brisk. There are a few mild expletives that might be offensive to readers who have low or no tolerance for these words. Some sexual sitations are part of this mystery, but they are not discussed in an explicit manner.

    For me this is an entertaining story. Kate Reading is an excellent narrator. I plan to revisit many of these books on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia.

    beatrice says: "Pretty Good"
    "Promising Start to A Series"
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    I'm always on the look out for a good cozy series. This is a promising start.

    The things I didn't like are due to my personal taste and may not present a problem for other readers.

    One thing that I don't like, even in a cozy, is inept police. That is an issue for me in this book. I'm reluctant to go into detail in order to avoid "spoilers".

    The story is set in a small town, and the protagonist is a bookseller. The author has made a good start on establishing what I suspect will be recurring characters that I find appealing. The emphasis is not on graphic violence or sex.

    This was book 1 of the series. I intend to read at least one more book in the series, probably skipping to book 3 or 4.

    I am partial to narrators who have good diction, pleasing voices and don't "overact" charaters. Cassandra Campbell is good in all these areas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Harrison Geillor
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.

    Cidney says: "Why is no one making a movie out of this?"
    "Funny, but . . ."
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    I'm not a zombie fan. I knew that when I bought the book, but it was a daily special and I chose to take a chance. I live in Minnesota, and I'm a fan of Garrison Keillor.

    I did laugh out loud a number of times during the first dozen chapters. However, the longer I listened, the less I laughed. The body count got higher, and the humor got darker. Eventually it wasn't funny to me any more. I wasn't entertained and I wasn't interested any more. I didn't care how it ended and I stopped listening.

    The author does a good job of mimicking Keillor's style. And the narrator does a good job of mimicking Keillor's delivery. But be warned - there is plenty of gore, a high body count, and very, very dark humor. If that isn't your taste, you may want to skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Brightwell
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

    Sally says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Didn't Work For Me"
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    This book has an unlikely premise - an inept Scotland Yard inspector receives assistance in solving crimes from his housekeeper. He's so inept he doesn't even realize she is helping him.

    I don't want "realism" from cozy mysteries. What I look for are interesting characters (quirkiness helps), at least moderately complex plots and a good narrator. A little humor adds to my enjoyment.

    The narrator of this book is fine. However, the characters seemed bland to me. The inspector was so clueless he annoyed me. There wasn't enough humor to overcome these problems.

    I listened to about 70% of the book and gave up. I just didn't care how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Dollar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    At the annual Harvest Festival carnival, while everyone else is playing games and having fun, someone commits murder. As Deborah investigates, she must struggle to win a carny's confidence while a dark web of dangerous secrets begins to unravel.

    Tim says: "Colorful writing and characterization, good plot"
    "Slow Dollar - Great Read"
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    I discovered this series on Audible less than a year ago and am already a devoted fan. When I want to listen to a book with a great plot, a good mystery and characters I like, the Debra Knott series is the first place I look.

    One of the things I enjoy about this series is that Margaret Maron has constructed it in a way that allows Debra Knott to be involved in a number of different "environments." This adds alot of variety and interest to the stories.

    The pace of the story is brisk, there are plenty of new characters along with the continuing characters. There is a great sense of "place".

    It might be best to read these books in order. However I started with one of the more recent books, and have read earlier books after that. It hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the series.

    C.J. Critt is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1201)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Still Surprising After 50 Years!"
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    I graduated from high school in 1961. I first read the book around that time and it was shocking and thought provoking for me. I was living at home and hid the book in fear that my parents might causually pick it up and start to read it.

    I held onto that book and read it again about 20 years later. The audio book was the third time I had experienced the story. This time it did seem a bit more "talky". The ideas aren't as shocking as they were the first time. Still, there is food for thought. And even with the "talkiness", I found the story engaging and entertaining.

    Younger readers might want to view this book as a "period piece". The technology and attitudes are vastly different from what exists today. However, as one who lived at that time, the attitudes portrayed are advanced compared to the reality of the time.

    Narrator Christopher Hurt is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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