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Double Shot: A Cue Ball Mystery | [Cindy Blackburn]

Double Shot: A Cue Ball Mystery

Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.
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Publisher's Summary

Murder meets menopause. Take a guess which wins.

Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.

©2012 Cindy Blackburn (P)2014 Cindy Blackburn

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    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 07-17-14
    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Anothery exciting mystery!"
    What did you love best about Double Shot?

    I love all the puns & tongue twisters and all the fun! Example: candy Pop's puppy Puddles piddled a puddle on the floor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the excitement and adventures that Jessica ventures into! Never a dull moment with that girl.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Miller – was your favorite?

    Jessica by far, but Candy Pop runs a close 2nd!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a lot of laughs. Especially in the opening segment, made me Laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the stories This author Cindy Blackburn writes! She is so much fun. Lots of excitement, adventure & fun along with danger & love too! I really enjoy all the voices the narrator adds to this story. There is nothing like taking a good story & making it even better!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina L Carr 09-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun, light listen!"
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    I really enjoyed this second book in the Cue Ball Mystery series. Jessie the main character is fun as she bumbles through solving a mystery, I love her house mates! Cindy Blackburn writes a light, easy listen that is enjoyable from first hour to last, I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. Caroline Miller, our reader does a very good job keeping things interesting and is a good match for this series, her voice melds well with the characters and provides an easy listening experience. I will look for her other books in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-08-14
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a fun and engaging light mystery!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was just hootin' and hollering through the whole book--just loved the relationship between Jessie and the Captain, and the antics is the pool hall were entertaining. The character of JEssie's mother is well placed too, although I found the reationship among Jessie and her friends a little weird since they seemed like they wouldn't have stufff in common.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Shot?

    I couldn't get enough of Jessie's "undercover" pool games!


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but really enjoyed her as a narratori


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one setting!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 08-19-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Great cozy mystery"

    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE

    Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale's new beau, because shes to old to say boyfriend, Captain Wilson Rye needs her help apparently besides himself there's not a good pool player on the force and hes in desperate need of a shark to help solve two murders so naturally he asks his girlfriend to go undercover for him. Jessie in turn enlists the help of her best friends Karen Sembler and Candy Poppe.

    The Wade on Inn is the last known whereabouts of both the victims.and after a quick makeover for Jessie, who apparently is to recognizable from all her publicity over the last murder, unfortunately to much time in the dye leaves her looking like a Munster no worries a push up bra from Candy Poppe and no one will be looking at her face not even her beau.

    Most of the story takes place at the Wade on Inn with its cast of unique characters. there's a bible toting bouncer, two blue hared old lady's and Avis Sage one of Jessie's fathers old colleges to name a few. Jessie who is now using her moms name as her cover plays pool most of the time she should of just staid home though because Candy and Karen are the real investigators in this one.

    We are introduced to Jessie's mother in this book. Unfortunately Adele Nightingale is still telling her story's threw out the main story and Jessie is still bemoaning about her age and now how Wilson is 5 years younger than her. And now we have to listen to her incessant jealousy over Tiffany Sass a young police officer that is working closely with Wilson.

    The murderer is more obvious in this book and you can most likely guess. The book is all from Jesse's point of view. Overall not as good as the first book but still a humorously good read with behind the scenes action between Jessie and Wilson.

    The book is again Narrated by Caroline Miller which I thought was a good choice. She makes it easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi 08-10-14
    Cyndi 08-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm hooked"

    This series is fun, a little humor mixed with a mystery. I am hooked on this series and find myself wanting to know what's happening next in all of the character's lives. They are all so different, yet fit together perfectly. Sometimes, I feel like I live in the same building! The narrator does a wonderful job as well!! When I first started listening to this series I figured I would enjoy it, but never thought I would become hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Swanson 11-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Impressed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, writing and narrating.


    What could Cindy Blackburn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too many over-used phrases in the book, maybe it was not proof read by anyone before publishing? Disjointed story, not sure what it really going on with the characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sounds like a library book reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the first book an tried the second hoping it would have been improved, but it was not. The overuse of weird phrases makes me wonder if the writer forgot she used that same phrase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ....other times in same book? The relationship, if you call it that, between Jess and her "beau", "soon to be ex beau" is unclear as they don't seem to really do much together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DogsMom 09-21-14
    DogsMom 09-21-14
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    "Second book in Cue Ball Mystery Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Double Shot the most enjoyable?

    I liked the way the narrator differentiated characters with her voice.Especially those lines sounding surprised.It was nice to hear more from characters we met in the first book in this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Shot?

    When Jessie as Tessy tries to convince Goldilocks that as a police officer she must take action.Also Jessie's relationship with her mother.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Playing with PoisonEqually enjoyable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Going Dark Undercover


    Any additional comments?

    This can be listened to as a stand alone, but listeners will also enjoy the first book in ths series. It is a light, humorous read about good friends who watch out for each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 08-22-14
    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 08-22-14
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    "A mystery in a pool hall!"
    What about Caroline Miller’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Miller did a nice job of giving each character their own voice and characteristics. You knew who they were without having to 'tag' each one with a 'said ...' or ... said 'x'". The main character of Jessie had a nice voice and pacing. Ms. Miller's performance kept me listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Double Shot is the second in the "A Cue Ball Mystery" series. Jessie is a writer who is dating a police officer. When he needs some help with a case Jessie and her 2 neighbors Candy and Karen help out. Going undercover, Jessie discovers some of the secrets in the 'Wade Inn' bar.

    This is a solid mystery that kept you guessing until the end who did it. I like Ms. Blackburn's style of story telling but I do think at times she tends to repeat catch phrases such as "I prayed for strenght". I have not listened to book 1 yet but other than a few short mentions such as "last time you almost ...' I believe this to be a book that can stand alone from the series.

    I would recommend this book to my friends who like a good mystery. This book is for everyone ages 16 and up. There are some romances scene when Jessie is writing her book but for the most part nothing is extremely steamy and there is no foul language at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Booms Walsh Madison, WI, United States 08-15-14
    Holly Booms Walsh Madison, WI, United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2011

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    "cozy mystery with an enjoyably mature heroine"

    Easy, fast-paced cozy mystery with a lot of humor. Despite the cat that is almost a character herself, the book didn't fall into the traps of many cozy mysteries and get too "precious". The heroine was refreshingly smart, brave, and not superficial. Jess is 52, and is able to stand up for herself without obsessing about the man in her life. I enjoyed the unusual angle of Jess being a pool shark, and the Wade Inn was a great location for the investigation. The trio of friends were very funny, as was Jess's mother. The murder mystery never got too scary. A fun summer read. Recommended for fans of Janet Evanovich's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Schnabel Indianapolis, IN United States 08-10-14
    Townsend Schnabel Indianapolis, IN United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Cindy Blackburn books are always enjoyable!"
    Would you listen to Double Shot again? Why?

    Probably not, but I''m not one to reread anything. There are too many books I want to read the first time!


    What other book might you compare Double Shot to and why?

    Well, obviously, Playing with Poison (the first in the series). Maybe a modern day Agatha Christie.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The secret sleuth in all of us can identify with Jesse.


    Any additional comments?

    A light, entertaining read. Fun to continue with the characters from Playing with Poison. An unlikely bunch of friends, but really, that's kind of like real life, isn't it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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