Josh and Emily Flanagan return to their hometown in upper Michigan to open a funky antique shop, which they hope will provide a sane and comfortable retirement. Both have pursued successful careers in Manhattan: she as an appraiser of antiques for an auction house, and he as an insurance adjuster in the field of art and antiques.
A man seeking to purchase an antique doll for his ailing grandchild opens up a Pandora's Box of hidden family secrets and intrigue that results in bitter hostility and murder. Josh and Emily, through brilliant deduction and imaginative enterprise, discover the clues that lead to the solution that lies at the heart of this mystery. As characters they are similar in conception to the witty bantering loving couple, Nick and Nora Charles of the famed Thin Man series created by the mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.
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This was a really fun book. I've listened to three books by Warren Adler, and I think this one is my favorite so far. I absolutely loved the marriage relationship of the Flanagans. They are so cute and funny together. The whole book is filled with humour, as many of the characters enjoy making puns. The mystery itself is good and has an interesting medical twist. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by Kevin Scollin. I enjoyed the narration and thought the voice went really well with the main character, and he didn't do "campy" female voices, which I appreciated. I don't know if this book is part of a series or not, but I would be really interested to read about more adventures of the Flanagans.
Overall this is really easy to listen to. No foul language or inappropriate moments described. It's a simple story of who done it that I was not able to figure out. Usually I can figure out who and why. I felt the acting was a bit overboard when the narrator was being the main character, otherwise it was OK. I almost didn't listen to the book because of his town with this character, but decided to go ahead and eat I'm glad that I did. If you like a good mystery you will like this book. I received this at no charge from audiobook boom for my honest and unbiased review.
I did not read the print version.
It was a decent story, not something I would go out of my way to listen to again. It seemed a little disjointed, a little forced.
I spent most of my time groaning at the bad puns.
This book was given at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
I received this audible edition for free for a honest review.. I truly enjoyed listening it's packed with heart pounding suspence. . wonderfully written and expertly narrated..
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Husband and wife retire and move back to their hometown in upper Michigan. Their business of selling antique dolls brings them into a mystery. Was the much loved older woman murdered or did she die of natural causes or accidental. The couple investigates and reason out clues to solve the mystery. Twisty tale and intriguing listen.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
I very much enjoyed the humour of the main character. The plot was well thought out and kept you guessing until the end.
I would actually compare this to the Donald Strachey Mysteries by Richard Stevenson. While the plot lines differ, the humour comes through in both authors.
Mr. Scollin's voice would be great as a radio announcer. Well modulated, with enough tonal changes to indicate different characters in the story.
I liked the back story of the dolls, why they were important.
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
This cute Small Town mystery is hefted with interesting characters, relationships, collectors of curiosities, and a bursts of darkness. Author Warren Adler meticulously toggled between complete and sometimes lengthy passages that were light and fun and those that hefty with staid seriousness. He didn’t so much blend genres as he proficiently excises one from the other and often keeps them totally but seamlessly separated within the same body of work. Flanagan, the flawed main character does not take himself too seriously and loves to fill the air with puns, one-liners, and all sorts tete-a-tete wordplay on idioms. He most often employs this kind of humor with this point-counterpoint with his wife, Emily, with whom he has shared “years of intimacy and companionship.” On the other hand, as a result of having had years of insurance fraud experience, Flanagan instinctively sniffs out trouble and incongruence, and unconsciously gleans from lessons learned as an investigator to solve problems into which he cannot resist throwing himself. Sometimes he does this at the expense of rocking tenuous relationships, a tendency away from which he wife tries to gently steer him. The primary riddle in this mystery is not just who committed a murder and why, but whether or not a murder was indeed committed. The story is fresh and with a rather unique locale backdrop. Despite having some elements of predictability, the narrative overall was pretty much unpredictable. I must add that the role of Caesar, Flanagan and Emily’s engaging dog, added an especially enjoyable layer of fun and interest, and helped to highlight particulars of several other characters.
I really liked the narrator. He was crisp and clear without losing a feel for a natural, flowing conversational voice. Well done!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you Audiobook Boom.
I have had the privilege of reading several of Mr. Adler's novels, I would rank Flannigan's dolls up there with the best of them. I have always felt that the journey was just as important as the destination. I had this book figured out pretty early in the novel however the writing kept me engaged so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written book. I received this book at no cost to me from the author publisher or narrator for an honest review even if I did not receive it free of charge I would gladly pay a full credit for it.
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.
Similarities to Nick and Nora Charles. The venerable detecting couple. Warren Adler gets it right, with both Josh and Emily Flanagan, playing straight man, er, person for each other's repartee. A fun romp. Not a deep serious murder whodunit, but with enough mystery to add something to the playful banter. Kevin Scollin was perfect. Good pace, that hint of sly wit as the dialogue moved quickly. He kept it under control for easy listening and comprehension by this listener.
I found the discovery and description of collectibles that the Flannigans came across interesting. The exchanges between the couple kept my interest.
The overall interplay throughout the work.
Lol Waiting with baited breath, I'm hooked...
Warren Adler is versatile. This is the fifth or sixth audio book I've listened to by Adler. Each one is different... Flanagan's Dolls is light fare. Very well written. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
""Step back in time to the way it was""
The idyllic town of Lakeside Falls, with it's superb skiing slopes in winter and courful country in summer, renowned for the cherry orchards, is a prime target for tourists and now the retirement home of the Flanagans, returned after years working away in the Big City. He, Josh, had been an insurance investigator and old habits die hard: he still pokes his nose Into anything considered a mystery - and somstimes gets it broken.
When a customer arrives in their curiosity antique shop looking for a very specific old doll for his sick granddaughter, dollar signs dangle in front of their eyes - the promise of money the Flanagans badly need. But, a!though the doll is found, Josh is not happy with the way it was acquired. Then the previous owner dies unexpectedly: of course there must be foul play!
This is a delightfully twisted tale of who if anyone, dispatched the much loved e!derly matriarch. But the real joy comes from the numerous characters who live in Lakeside Falls and in particular the repartee between Josh and his vibrant wife, Emily. If you enjoy puns and quick fire humerous dialogue you are in for a terrific treat.
It would be so easy to lose much of this wordplay fun, which often relies on similarity of sound but differences of meaning, when transferring the text from page to audio, but Kevin Scollin does a magnificent job. His voice is pleasant, easy to hear. His character voices are easy to distinguish in conversation. And above all he allows the punning and repartee to shine out.
This is a book of luxurious enjoyment for anyone who loves a good mystery, or comedy, or sparkling good characterisation. It has all three and much more. I was extremely fortunate in receiving a complementary copy of Mr.Adler's book , via Audiobook Boom, from the author, narrator or publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given. I wish only that I had been better able to convey it's wonxerful writing and fantastic fun. Highly recommended.
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