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Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise Audiobook

Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise: DS Abby Foulkes, Book 1

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On leave from her job in Newcastle upon Tyne following the death of her lover, DS Abby Foulkes is on Skiathos with their young son, Johnny. But just as they begin to relax, Johnny finds human bones in a wood near a Greek monastery on a hillside above Skiathos town. It isn't long before Abby discovers that this isn't the first set of bones to be found. When someone disappears from the Hibiscus Fruit hotel where they are staying, Abby is drawn into the mystery.

©2014 Alison M Gray (P)2015 Alison M Gray

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    Shoshana Hathaway Atlanta, GA 10-21-15
    Shoshana Hathaway Atlanta, GA 10-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Vacation from Hell"

    On leave from her job in Newcastle upon Tyne following the death of her lover, DS Abby Foulkes is on Skiathos with their young son, Johnny. But just as they begin to relax, Johnny finds human bones in a wood near a Greek monastery on a hillside above Skiathos town. It isn't long before Abby discovers that this isn't the first set of bones to be found. When someone disappears from the Hibiscus Fruit hotel where they are staying, Abby is drawn into the mystery.

    Although not categorized as such, this is very close to being a cozy mystery. It differs from most cozies in many respects, but there is little direct violence, and, for the most part, murder is dealt with indirectly and circumspectly.

    There are 2 stories in one. First, there are the crimes, past and present, and the investigation by the Greek police, with Abby as unasked for help. She must overcome the natural resistance of the local investigators, which she does, and she becomes an integral part of the investigation.

    But alongside that story is Abby’s own story, one of love, loss, and terrible grief. She had come to the Greek islands to begin the healing process, and ended up falling into the worst “vacation” ever. However, she finds new friends, one of whom is also learning to begin his own healing process, and she slowly comes to terms with her loss, her family, and herself.

    The story line is intricate, and, for the most part, well developed. I did find that the clues leading to the real villain were sparse and subjective, so, in that regard, I don’t think the author “played fair” with her readers.

    On the other hand, her characters are excellent, and she manages some of them, especially those with hidden motivations, extremely well. Her characters are 3 dimensional and interesting, and while some of them are despicable, there are enough sympathetic characters to keep the reader interested and invested In them.

    The writing is vivid and eminently readable, and the author has an excellent sense of place, and can evoke the Greek islands with such vividness that this reader could picture them easily, and, in fact, would like to have been there.

    While the narrator did a professional and competent performance, I found her narration a bit flat. She modulated her voice nicely, but I suspected that she would have read anything, including a local phone book, using the same phrasing and expressions. Still, she has a pleasant reading voice, and listening to her didn’t distract me much from enjoying the book.

    I give the book 4 stars and the narrator 3 stars. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    josie Asheville, North Carolina 09-12-16
    josie Asheville, North Carolina 09-12-16 Member Since 2008

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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    "A good brit cozy hybrid"

    okay, I would not classify this as a cozy. But it doesn't quite fit the British mystery as I am used to. I listen/read a lot of British mystery and there is a much harder edge and frankly is much easier to believe. I wouldn't say this is watered down at all. I loved the in-depth characters and the relationships and inner dialogue felt quite real. The main character, DS Foulkes, seemed a bit naive and new to be a DS but maybe she'll wise up in future books. I really liked her humaness - she makes mistakes that any grieving person could make. I very much liked her and definitely want to read/listen to more.
    The narrator was okay but maybe could have been a bit more lively.
    I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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    Andre Higgins 09-07-16

    Snyguy

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    "A good mystery that keeps you guessing."

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    I liked this book, although at times it annoyingly slow. I would've liked more depth about the mystery of the spiral pattern bones, but I guess that'll be addressed in a following book.
    Loved the characters and I liked that Johnny was removed from the story once his character had seemingly nothing more to add to the plot. About the plot..... it kept me guessing all the way to the end. I must have changed my mind on who the killer was at least 6 times, great job.

    I'm reviewing the audiobook version so I must point out the superb job of narration, I love that voice. A little criticism would be that the audio of the first hour or so should be edited and cleaned up a little, there is a lot of lip smacking between sentences that can get a little distracting. It eventually disappears so I figure it's sloppy editing.

    All in all it was a good book and I believe I'll pick up the following one.

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    Jason Engler 08-25-16

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    "Bones without Booth"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    The story was a little slow. Despite the book revolving around the mystery of the bones, they never make progress in the case. Instead, they get distracted by more personal unrelated crimes. That irked me a little. I suspect we won't learn who is behind the spiral of bones until book 3.

    The narrator did a fine job, but I found her voice a little flat at times.

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    Vickie 08-23-16
    Vickie 08-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I found this book to be so so at the very best. The story was not able to capture my attention. It could have been the characters who were totally flat to me. What I am trying to say is everything just fell short. This book just did not work for me. I received this book at no cost to me for my honest review.

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    Elaine M. 08-23-16
    Elaine M. 08-23-16
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    "Not What I Expected!"
    Where does Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unfortunately, Hibiscus Fruit does not place as high as I would have liked and expected. I would place it in the top 50 out of the 250+ audiobooks I have listened too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a favorite character as I had a difficult time trying to relate to them.


    What aspect of Lisa Angelini’s performance would you have changed?

    Lisa Angelini did a decent job of narrating. Her performance, to me, was not what the book required. She has a very pleasant voice to listen to, however, she could add some inflection and emotion. At times, the narration was monotone and fell flat. I began to lose interest and struggled to complete the book. I believe the book would have been much better if the narration was better.


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

    No, there was no particular moment in the book that moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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    Amber 08-19-16
    Amber 08-19-16
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    "Great Book!"
    Have you listened to any of Lisa Angelini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but she did a great job narrating this book and really brought the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good mystery book. It kept me guessing throught the book who the killer was. The book did start a little slow, but it was more interesting the farther into the book I got. The characters were in-depth and I could relate to them. Overall, this is a good British mystery book.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Amazon Customer 08-17-16

    I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.

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    "Mystery on a Greek Island"

    This is the first in a new series.I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a good job. I loved that I didn't guess the murder right off. I did find the book a little slow at points. I love that it takes place in the Greek Islands. I will be looking into book 2. I received this book with the understanding that I would leave and honest review.

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    Jroc123 05-04-16
    Jroc123 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    The book started slowly but it ended well I liked it because even though it was a slow starter it kept me in, I would invite my friends to read it

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    littlebear514 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Geared More Towards the Cozy Mystery Fan"

    An ok story... the title is very strange. I understand that that is the name of the hotel, but it's still an odd name for a book. That made me reluctant to start it.

    Overall, the mystery aspect of the story is decent enough, though I didn't particularly care for the book as a whole. It is very slow going at times and I wasn't able to connect to the characters. I would recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries.

    The narrator did a decent job.

    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Deedra
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    "Hibiscus Fruit"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    narrator


    Would you recommend Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very slow moving book.The plodding of the story nearly made me give up on it.Lisa Angelini does a very dry reading,sometimes it sounds like she is recording in a can.Abby takes her son on holiday to try to work through her husbands death.She is a police woman.On the island her son finds bones and a story of other bones,murder and betrayal plays out.s.l.o.w.l.y...
    There is a lot of disbelief by many people in this book.The back and forth repetitive observances surrounding this is at times unbearable.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review

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  • Mary
    10/14/15
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    "Complex Mystery Thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would to some one who likes this genre. It is a complex mystery thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise?

    When the children were rescued from the traffickers.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was a bit monotone at times. There could of been more tone inflections and variances in the characters voices.


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

    This was not an all in one sitting listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The book has a bit of a slow start and drags a bit initially. Bear with it as the book gets more interesting.

    Also there are are too many distractions in the story which do not apply to the actual story. I'm thinking that the extra information and distractions such as who murdered Abby's domestic partner and the Bone Killer serial killer will be further developed and put to rest in subsequent volumes of the series.

    Sweeping aside the distractions and the parts that drag, this is a fairly decent mystery thriller. It is through sure serendipity and good fortune that the villain is identified and caught as there was almost another victim.



    “I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”

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  • Tiasdolls
    9/10/15
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    "A Good Storyline"
    What did you like best about Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise? What did you like least?

    I thought the general storyline was strong. By the end, it felt like there were perhaps one too many plot lines (the mystery of Rafe, the mystery of Joe, the bone murder mystery, the kidnapping/murder mystery of one of the hotel patrons, the stolen art aspect, the human trafficking aspect, the mention of Abigail/Johnny in danger at home and abroad aspect)


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought Ms. Angelini did a great job with the multitude of characters. Unfortunately, the technical aspect (pacing, mouth noise) was distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this audiobook from the author via Audibookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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