©2006 Blaize Clement; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)
I wasent sure about this book, not my normal cozy mystery. But it's a really nice change. I thought I was into the series more then book one, because she wasent talking about her past. But it is. That was nice too though, normally a lot of time is wasted on the story of there past and how they got to where they our now. I like it!
The narrator is very good to, that can be very important in an audio book.
It is a good listen save for the horrific editing. Unbelievably poor and distracting.
Although she handles the material quite well, if she had any say in the audio production she should at least listen to the finished production and voice object to poor qualitiy.
If you can forgive too long pauses and run-on chapter sequences the material is worth it. Maybe, if it is possible, ebook form may be less annoying.
My wife and I got to the 7th Track of Disk 1 and stopped. We even restated at Track 7 the next night but realized we had enough. The writer makes it quite clear that she does not write for an audience that have any type of conservative pro-American view points.
I think she should not have showed her animosity to American Workers at such a time when there are so few "good" paying jobs. Apparently, she never had to really work in the Real World!
Although the mystery was a little predictable the story was good and the it was an easy enjoyable read. Especially enjoyed the way the animals were worked into the development of the story and the discussions of the animals.
Not in one sitting as I listen to books during my 1.5 hr/day commute. However, as I neared the end, the book was interesting enough, I chose to continue listening once I reached home to find out the resolution of the mystery.
The narrator was good on the main character and most of the women but I felt her men were somewhat lacking. While this was mildly annoying, it didn't detract from the story.
Intriguing story of a ex-officer turned animal caretaker
This is the first opportunity to read her. Now I'm a fan.
The main character has a few rage issues she needs to deal with but otherwise I found it a very entertaining mystery. Since she's a pet sitter you also get to be entertained by a few animals. There were twists and turns, a few surprises, and some great characters. There are, of course, some bad characters which is what you would expect in a murder mystery. There were a few loose threads that could have been tied up but they may be in future books in the series. Unfortunately Audible only has two books in the series so far.
The narrator was perfect for the book and brought all the characters to life. She was even pretty good with the male voices.
This was a fun and quick read. I liked the cat sitter aspect and I also like the heroine's attitude and at times salty language! There were a couple of parts where I actually laughed out loud. It was a good start to a series, but I'm not sure whether or not I will continue with the entire series. This is probably one that I would pick up if was in the mood for a light read. The characters are fun and I can see that there is plenty of room for character development as the series progresses.
I listened to this through Audible and the narration was fine. However, the editing drove me nuts. There were long pauses at times, sometimes between chapters and sometimes for no apparent reason. At other times, the chapter was announced so quickly, it sounded like a continuation of the previous sentence. Also, the book was broken up into two parts for easy downloading; normally, there is a sensical reason for the stopping point. Not here - it abruptly stops and then starts again, seemingly in the middle of a paragraph - they could have done a better job with that.
A fun entrance into a geographical area and career far different from my own, Clement creates a protagonist and cast of characters who are quirky, smart, and full of unforeseen layers. When one needs a digression from "real life" (at least for most of us), this could be it. I will add that the final solution is quite dark, and readers with delicate sensibilities may not enjoy what they find here. For myself, I've just downloaded the sequel!
Enjoyable "chick" mystery.
The plot was relatively predictable but the story kept up a decent pace. I wasn't suprised by the ending but enjoyed the "ride".
There were times when the narration was too fast, especially when one chapter ended and another began. The words ran together and it was irritating at times. It isn't enough to keep me from listening to other books by this narrator.
I thought by the title that there might be some humor in the book, but that wasn't the case. If you are looking for a lighthearted murder mystery, this really isn't it. There were parts of the book that were very sad, but not enough to evoke tears.
I enjoyed the story and will listen to other books by this author and narrator. If you like mysteries and animals you will like this book.
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