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Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1 | [Toni L. P. Kelner]

Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.
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Publisher's Summary

When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

©1993 Toni L. P. Kelner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    K. 04-07-14
    K. 04-07-14
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    "Glad this book was on sale!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration, primarily. I don't think this narrator was "bad", just not suited for this story. I had a hard time telling her characters apart, and was especially bothered that the main character and her aunt sounded to be almost the same age.


    What was most disappointing about Toni L. P. Kelner’s story?

    I'm only about an hour into it, and I'm very turned off by the overt racism. As other reviews have stated - this book was written and seems to be set in the 90's, not in the 50's. Granted, the main character expresses her dismay at her relative's comments, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they are there to begin with.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gayle Hendrix’s performances?

    Perhaps, depending on the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    So far, not so much. If I ever listen to the rest of it and change my mind, I will come back and edit my review.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 04-07-14
    Doug Wilkie 04-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Will definitely buy other books by the author"
    Where does Down Home Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good mystery with humour blende in.


    Any additional comments?

    First book I have listened / read from this author. I enjoyed the book and will get more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 04-01-14
    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 04-01-14 Member Since 2014

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Waste of a credit"

    Why, oh why did I waste a credit on this? Lame storyline, narration overkill, weak writing - ugh! I would say more, but I have wasted enough time on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 03-30-14
    Cynthia 03-30-14
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    "I'm from NC as is the plot."

    Granted, the book is 20 years old. There are very few mills left and I haven't seen anyone in a Klan march since the 1990's. It seems like the plot was designed as a computer program.... if we are at point A, how did we get here? and the heroine works backwards to determine who murdered her grandfather. But it bothers me that every path she picks is correct (except for actually picking the murderer because that would be too easy). It does, however, make it a very logical book. I was not happy with the quality of the reader's voice.... she made it a little too Southern. On the other hand, the plot actually had everyone in the her family as the list of suspects. Makes the family reunion a little more interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Thompson 03-23-14
    F. Thompson 03-23-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Too many words too little plot"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A lot less stereotyped characters
    A lot less padding
    A believable set of accents


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Murder and Mendelsohn by Kerry Underwood


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accent was way off, too unbelievably "folksy".


    What character would you cut from Down Home Murder?

    Quit the book after two hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 06-07-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An RC Cola and Moonpie Wrapped in a Lite Mystery"

    No dirty language or porn, oops, I think they call it romance nowadays. Sort of a young married Mrs. Marple mystery. A great book for the beach. All set in a pecan pie of the South.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-31-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Book, enjoyed it a lot."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book was very enjoyable. Kept you guessing, A good "Who Done It".


    What does Gayle Hendrix bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gayle Hendrix does a good job w/ the accents of the characters from the South. Makes you feel like you are there.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. 03-23-14
    E. 03-23-14
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    "Oddly choppy transitions"

    The reader is engaging, but the production/editing is a bit odd, as if somebody just scissored out six inches of tape here and there to speed things up. I thought it might be an amateurish abridgement, but this is supposedly unabridged. It sounds from time to time as if it's being cut off suddenly at the start of a word, then abruptly picks up (with a bit of a pop) on a different word. I suspect it's just bad splicing, although surely this is all digital now and this could have been corrected.

    Oh, and the story is okay but nothing particularly original, IMO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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