While doing renovation on the old New Orleans home inherited from her great aunt, Jules discovers an old safe filled with letters written in French - and code. Enlisting the aid of a local French teacher, the beautiful Gen, Jules slowly begins to learn the truth of her great grandfather's death....
©2014 Kate Owen (P)2015 Less Than Three Press, LLC
The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey
This is a nicely done, sweet, funny story that avoids (perhaps due to it's length) all the crap that seems to permeate most of the genre. Which is to say that it eschewed such staples as the old she's too good for me; she deserves better, misunderstandings, miscommunication, or believing random rumors for no better reason than useless drama. Jules and Gen are a great couple and Jules's friends Michael and Beth are good characters. The mystery stays mostly in the background and is pretty predictable if not cliched. I'm looking forward to the next release from this author.
It is a murder mystery with an abrupt ending. The characters were interesting the story ends the moment the true killer is revealed, which majorly sucks. I was reading for the main characters not that.
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The story was fun and the dialogue between characters was entertaining. The narrator was perfect. I hope this author and narrator do another story set in New Orleans. Definitely worth a credit or purchase.
I loved this book. I listened to the audio version. Owen has a deft touch with dialogue and banter that made this story so delightful that I listened to it again within two weeks. E. V. Grove was excellent as the narrator; her accent added to the story instead of detracting or distracting, and I can't even imagine this story without her voice in my head now. The mystery that brings our two Louisiana belles together is interesting and keeps you wanting to know what happened to Jules' aunt. And at every turn, these two engaging characters keep you wondering what will happen between them next. An excellent book, and one that will have me looking for this author, and this narrator, in the future.
I liked the story. The only thing that didn't work were:
I only *think* I have an idea of what the two blondes in the story look like.
The narrator was on a mission. "Simma down now..." Where's the fire? I thought of a record turn-table... on high... Liked the narrator, generally, but I was out if breath just listening....
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