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Grave Shift Audiobook

Grave Shift: Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Before the long nightmare ended, Darcy would often wish her mother had not opened that letter from an unknown woman. But, she did open it and shared it with her daughter, plunging both Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker into a tale of an unsolved mystery, a web of secrets, and the discovery of an unsuspected traitor.

In tracking down clues about the disappearance of a young woman, Darcy and Flora leave their hometown of Levi, Oklahoma, and drive to Amarillo, Texas, then back again. Following leads that have long been covered, both women find more than one surprise including some discoveries about themselves.

©2014 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess (P)2016 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess

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    Jan 01-26-17
    Jan 01-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about Grave Shift?

    I really liked this clean cozy mystery. I loved the unexpected twists in this story. The narrator did a very good job conveying the accent of people from Oklahoma.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darcy is my favorite character. She is the lead character in the book. Darcy used to be an investigative reporter. She had an endearing personality. I also really liked her mom.


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

    Michelle Babb did a very good job with the voices. I had a slightly harder time trying to distinguish the various male characters. Darcy's voice was very interesting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the reaction to the earthquake. Having been in an earthquake before, I thought the author did a fantastic job conveying the unsettling feelings the characters experienced. I also like the fact the story almost had 2 mysteries in it. (1) disappearance of Andrea (2) stalker of Darcy.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I found this book to be both a standalone and part of a series. This is the first cozy mystery that I have listened to. I enjoyed this book very much and will look at more by both this author and narrator. I found both to be very talented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-09-16
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-09-16 Member Since 2017

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "GREAT COZY MYSTERY!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Grave Shift the most enjoyable?

    its well written and well performed...also it keeps you guessing!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darcy and Flora...they are a great team!


    What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

    I love Michelle, she always brings a great performance to the table!


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

    Yes...and I practically did!


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    Darcy and Flora are a mother/daughter sleuthing duo....and when they get a letter asking them to investigate the death of another mothers daughter, they take on the case...as they get into details, things get kind of dangerous and some things come to light that were meant to be kept secret...this keeps you on the edge of your seat and was narrated really well...I recommend this to all my cozy mystery lovers 100%!!!!

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    med c 08-23-16
    med c 08-23-16
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    "Book 2"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Grave Shift by Barbara Burgess and Blanche Day Manos is an average mystery. The two main characters, mother Flora and daughter Darcy, are both widows. The daughter, a reporter, has come home to heal and regroup after the death of her husband. This is the second book in a series but there are no spoilers and this book stands alone.


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    Anne Rightler 03-06-16

    Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.

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    "Lighthearted Mystery"

    Grave Shift is a fun whodunit that keeps a reader's interest. Apparently second in a series (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery), it is easily read as a stand-alone book. Darcy and her mother, Flora, are sweet talked into investigating the 2-year-old disappearance of a local woman when they get a letter from the woman's mother asking them to help find her daughter. The author keeps you guessing right up until the end. The story is interesting and the characters are charming. With earthquakes and mountain lions, first and second husbands, a little romance, and lots of investigating, these two women are bound and determined to solve the mystery of the disappearing woman. Michelle Babb does a great job of narration on the audiobook, giving each of the individuals a unique voice. Her voice is easy to listen to and makes the listening experience a pleasant one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny's review 02-24-16
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    "Jenny's review"

    A great Mom and daughter team cozy mystery. Flora and Darcy are at it again when they receive a letter in the mail about a missing woman, a case that was never solved. So many twists, turns and heart pounding adventure on every line I listened to. Michelle Babb has so much talent and a great voice in making a story come life. I listened to this story in two days and I am planning on listening to it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BuildItLikeBeal 02-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ho Hum & Comfortable."

    Not thrilling and not mysterious. This listen was just slow. The story was slow, the narrator was slow. It was a nice story, but it was not gripping like I would have expected. I kept waiting to be sucked into this world and go through it alongside the main character, but it just never happened. Some of the descriptive passages seemed to placed in the story just to place a descriptive passage into the story as if were some kind of writing assignment.

    I really had a hard time with the slow drawl of the narrator and found her a chore to listen to. A little southern drawl would have been nice and added to the flavor of the story, but it just seemed over the top and prevented me from really becoming fully immersed.


    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Kelly watley 02-15-17
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    "Excellent Cosy Mystery"

    ‘This crime thriller is beyond perfection, disturbingly amazing and impossible to put down! Looking forward to more of the author's works. I already love".. Michelle Babb is a True Pleasure to listen to.. she adds deppth and detention to all the books she narrates..

    I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review." 

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    Darc 02-07-17
    Darc 02-07-17
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    "Mother and Daughter Sleuths!"

    An enjoyable cozy mystery. This is the first book I've listened to in this series. I liked the mother /daughter team of Flora and Darcy, who find themselves solving a murder mystery. The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed and easy to differentiate .
    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    cyndi 02-07-17
    cyndi 02-07-17

    I've rarely met an audio book I didnt like. I love rom-com, cozy murder mystery, and self-help.

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    "loved it!"

    I started from book 2 but definitely want to listen to the rest of this series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    KathleenW Wasatch Mountains, Utah 02-05-17
    KathleenW Wasatch Mountains, Utah 02-05-17
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    "This is a book where 3+5 = 4"
    Where does Grave Shift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    To me the performance of the narrator rated in the top 10 of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far. The story, however, dragged it for me all the way up to near the end, when it began to zip. It was due to the narrator, that I was willing to go along for the ride.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have picked up the pace and have them do more than sitting and talking to people or driving to talk to the next person. The ending is nicely spectacular and creative,so I don't think the entire book is boring. The narrator made it possible for me to fall into setting and the voices of the character when the story began to drag.


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

    This is my first listening to Michelle Babs narration. I hope to find others that she has done so I can see if she is actually from the area that the characters are from or if she has an entire closet full of voices. I am from New York State and did not find anything hokey about the country voices that I heard, but then I haven't heard a lot. It didn't make me squirm and I didn't feel like she denigrated the part of the country that the people were from.


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

    No, it wasn't a gripping story. At least until the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be willing to read the author's other works, since I don't like to dismiss an author after one read.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    2/17/17
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    "Three and a half stars!"
    Would you recommend Grave Shift to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book was ok. I think it needs shortening down. The main character tends to think a lot and that slowed the book down. I would still recommend it if you like mystery with no violence/language/sexual content.


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favourite?

    The narrator is good in this book. She had a southern accent which suited the story. I could imagine the characters quite clearly. I thought the narrator was very good compared to others that I have listened to!


    Could you see Grave Shift being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I could image this being made into a TV series, since it is clean, has suspense, mystery and is suitable for all.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/8/16
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    "Great author"

    I miss the first narrator. It is always disconcerting not hearing the voice you have associated with the characters from the first book.

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