Lively and endlessly entertaining, full of mysterious twists and turns, Maggie Barbieri's Murder 101 plunges listeners into a great story from the first sentence. Gayle Hendrix performs the story of Alison Bergeron, professor at the idyllic college on the Hudson River, St. Thomas. After finalizing her divorce and having her car stolen, detectives tell her that her car's been found complete with the body of a student in the trunk. Funnier than expected, dramatic and romantic, this is a mystery that listeners will keep coming back to.
Safely away from the chaos of Manhattan, St. Thomas, a small college on the banks of the Hudson River in the Bronx, is supposed to be tranquil, bucolic, and serene. Unfortunately, English professor Alison Bergeron has found it to be anything but. Recently divorced from a fellow professor and even more recently without a car - it was stolen - she has been hoofing it to school. One Friday evening, two NYPD homicide detectives drop by her office. The good news is that they found her beat-up Volvo; the bad news is that the body of one of the students in her Shakespeare seminar was in the trunk.
Not only are Alison's chances of getting the car back bleak, but suddenly she's the primary suspect on a list that includes, among others, the murdered student's drug-dealing boyfriend, Vince, and the girl's father's business rivals (he's head of an old Italian family . . .).
Accused of a crime that she didn't commit, Alison enlists her best friend Max's emotional support and services as an amateur sleuth. Their fumbling efforts to clear Alison's name could land her in even hotter water with Detective Bobby Crawford, the handsome investigating officer (and former altar boy) - not to mention the nuns at St. Thomas….
Maggie Barbieri's charming professor and down-to-earth detective make an unlikely but lovable team in her delightful debut mystery.
©2006 Maggie Barbieri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This is lightweight but satisfying. It's probably only a 3.5, but I upped it because it was enjoyable. The pacing is good, the characters are fun, and the plot is interesting enough. Although romance hovers, it adds to the plot rather than interfering with it. Such melodrama as there is, is of a comical nature rather than overblown and stupid. There's a touch of Evanovich -- not nearly as fall-down funny, but definitely some laughs, and some zany co-stars.
I enjoyed what I heard of the story, but the narrator was horrid. At 50 minutes of listening I had to quit. I'm going to buy the book and finish reading it, I can't tolerate listening this to it a minute longer.
The narrator's voice is very sing-songy -- and quite monotonous, her pacing and interpretation are grating. There is little or no distinction in character's voices. Male voices are really weak.
I will try another book in this series - the story is ok - the narrator seems to get mixed up in her voices sometimes. Then I find myself getting mixed up too.
I recommend trying book 2 - the story line is fine and leaves the reader/listener wondering.
a bit dry and seems to get character's mixed up.
It was worth a drive to and from the lake as well as on a long plane ride. Not sure I would want to start and stop - again it is my issue with the narrator.
I would change the narrator. This book had a good story. However, the narrator didn't quite fit. I pictured the main character to be late-thirties college professor. When I hear the voice of the narrator, I picture a sixty something. It was really hard to get past that!!
There wasn't too much character differential.
I think that if this was read by a different narrator, it would be a great reading. As it is, I didn't pursue the next book because of the narration.
I enjoyed the story it was funny and had some action. I read the other reviews and they didnt like the reader. I am not a big fan of the reader but it wasnt enough to make me quit the book. I am going to continue the series, but I do hope there will be a change in the reader. She doesnt have a bad voice, but some thing is off with the ending of a word. Again, it is not enough to make me quit the story.
No. I can't stand the narrator's voice. It's too annoying....I don't know if I'll continue the series...
Seems well written and witty.
Her voice is too nasally. I typically get used to a new voice after a few hours...not used to this one yet.
"Couldn't even get past the first chapter!"
A different narrator. She was so dull AND had a speech impediment. Impossible to listen to. She had no differentiation between characters. When she DID try to make it different it just exaggerated her speech impediment. I was really excited about listening to this book and now am going to return it and buy it in hardcopy as I couldn't listen past the 1st chapter ...and i didn't even finish that!
No idea. Couldn't get past the extremely annoying narrator and her speech impediment.
Please read above. It was so bad. So so so bad. I couldn't listen to her drone on anymore. She had terrible inflection that she used in exactly the same way for every sentence she read.
Extreme disappointment. Not in the author. In the narrator and whoever produced it.
Release it again with a different narrator. PLEASE!
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