©2005 Mary Monica Kuhfeld; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
This series is a new one for me. This was easy listening. It also had you hooked until the end. I could not guess whodunit. I can't wait until more of her books are on audible.
I may listen to this story again. I am a Jackie-of-all-crafters, and when I'm doing a long, rather boring job (spinning pounds of alpaca into yarn, for example), I like to listen to a pleasant-on-the-ears story that makes the tedium a little less...tedious. This book fits the bill. The characters are interesting and out-of-the-ordinary, and while the mystery plot is original and detailed, the ending is not, so while the cast of characters may not always do what you think they're going to do, the good guy always wins in the end. Ho hum, but OK if you're not going to give this book your full attention.
There are several things I like about Monica Ferris's stories, the first being that the main protagonist is a single woman of a certain age who is NOT slobbering over a man, but is instead focused on running her business and living her life. There are other core characters who are slightly formulaic but still interesting, and peripheral characters that vary from book to book vary greatly and give a unique and interesting twist to the story. I like that Ms. Ferris is willing to write outside of the box, which is why she is one of the few authors who I listen to over and over again.
Enjoyable cozy mystery
When the cat tried to comfort Betsy. Also when Betsy realized a friend might be in serious trouble.
I think this is the first time I've heard a book by Melissa Hughes. It is hard for a new narrator to come into the series. However, I think she did a very good job.
Each book in the series is fairly short. This makes it easy to listen to them in one sitting. I enjoyed this book while running errands and cleaning house today. It made an otherwise boring day move swiftly and enjoyably along.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
IF YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE SERIES, SO FAR THIS ONE IS VERY INTERESTING.
GAUDIE IN A PICKLE.
WHILE I LOVE MONICA FERRIS AND HER WRITING, I AM SORRY, THAT GAUDIE HAS TO BE GAY TO BE INTERESTING. I LOVE GAUDIE, BUT OBJECT TO THE LIFESTYLE.
West Sunbury, Pa.
All I can say is, read my reviews on the preceding books. I am sure the rest of the books will get the same great raves.
This was pretty good light read. I wish the entire series was on Audible. I gave it 4 and not 5 stars because while it is entertaining I figured out the killer before it was revealed. I gave it 4 stars because I liked the characters and the flow of the story. I will buy the next few books that are available on Audible.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - This is a light-hearted mystery about a young gay man (Godwin or "Goddy") accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend. Goddy works in a needlework shop called Crewel World, which is owned by Betsy, the main character. Betsy is an ameteur sleuth, and she sets upon proving Goddy's innocence. The story is obviously meant to be a simple small town whodunnit. IMHO, the mystery is not particularly interesting or complicated, there's no humor...the whole story is just "fluff." Also, I just never particularly cared for Goddy. His being gay could have added a clever dimension to the story, but he was just whiney.
NARRATOR - The narrator does a pretty good job with most of the characters; however, I thought Goddy sounded like a matronly older woman rather than a 20-something gay male.
BOTTOM LINE - This book is basically a waste of time, and I won't listen to any more in this series.
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