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Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1 | [Denise Swanson]

Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1

Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.
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Publisher's Summary

Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

©2012 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-18-12
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "If you like mystery you Must read this one"

    I have not read a book this good in a while. Devereaux Sinclair has moved back to the small town she grew up in to help her grandmother who is sick. She gets pulled into a murder investigation when a gift basket she created is found at the murder scene. The story is realistic and fun. The characters are enjoyable. The dialogue is fun and witty. The mystery was solved at the end of the book by the author and not me. If I could give it 10 stars I would. The only thing I do not like is that I have to wait while for the next book in the series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Honaker, VA, United States 06-16-12
    Sue Honaker, VA, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Definitely not what I expect from Denise Swanson!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. I have been listening to the Scrumble River series and thought I might also enjoy this. I enjoy mysteries, but this had a lot of throbbing body parts, touches that sent shivers down someone's back, and other things that you don't usually find in a good mystery. Another reviewer was correct when she said it was 1/3 mystery and 2/3 sappy. I think Ms. Swanson may have been trying to make it sexy, but failed miserably.


    Has Little Shop of Homicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the cozy mystery genre, but I'm not really sure what genre this belongs to. I definitely will not check to see if there is another book in this series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment! I enjoyed the Scrumble River series from Denise Swanson and hoped this would be as good. It seems that Denise Swanson is trying to go in a steamier direction.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi Worcester, MA, United States 03-17-12
    Kathi Worcester, MA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "What a disappointment!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure who would like this book. It was about 1/3 mystery and 2/3 sappy, cliched, silly romance. It would be an insult to fans of romances to suggest they would like it.


    Has Little Shop of Homicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm a long-time mystery fan, and it would take more than one book to turn me off to the genre. However, I won't read any more books in this series.


    What aspect of Maia Guest’s performance would you have changed?

    There was something funny about the way Jake was voiced -- what I suppose was intended to be kind of a sexy whisper.


    What character would you cut from Little Shop of Homicide?

    Jake (though Devereaux would have had to have some other way of getting access to information about the police investigation).


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Swanson's Scrumble River series from the beginning and was looking forward to this one. It's particularly disappointing that this book isn't better because there were some good elements. I actually did like Devereaux quite a bit, at least when she wasn't mooning over Jake. The mystery itself was pretty good, and some of the other characters were entertaining. I feel like it could have been the beginning of another very good series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dover Plains, NY, United States 03-26-12
    Amazon Customer Dover Plains, NY, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun story - speaker not my favorite."
    Would you try another book from Denise Swanson and/or Maia Guest?

    I like DS very much and I really wanted to like this one. I just couldn't get past MG's voices. Poppys voice was very hard to listen to. Very manly and why so quiet? The voice of Jake was just silly...is he out of breath? Or is that supposed to sound sexy? I will still read DS but not listen if MG is the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Shop of Homicide?

    I enjoyed the scene in the police station after the Grandmother was picked up. Dev is talking to the chief and Grandmother cuts in with a completely with it and snarky comment for the cheif.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice were not good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No because they would propably only use the same five actors that are in any movie :) Plus I like my own interpretation of a story.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sonia Barbados 02-28-14
    Sonia Barbados 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "More Romance than Mystery"

    I was looking for an amusing but intriguing mystery. This is not it. It's really a romance novel with a whodunnit as a means to get the two main character together. I am not a romance novel fan so I couldn't make to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christine Marlton, NJ, United States 06-06-14
    christine Marlton, NJ, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Cute easy read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Cute, easy read. Nice little detective story. I always enjoy these and would recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-04-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Average Mystery"

    This was a good mystery, but nothing particularly unique. There weren't many twists and the narration was average. I had a hard time believing the portrayal of Jake's voice. Plus, there was a little too much focus on the romance angle for my tastes. I don't think this was enough to entice me to read any more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan St. Catharines, ON, Canada 03-25-14
    Megan St. Catharines, ON, Canada 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I Never Made it Past Chapter 4"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have to be honest. The narrator was driving me insane but the book was equally as bad so it was pretty much a hopeless scenario. If I knew how to return it for a refund, I totally would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably the next book in the Enchanted Inc series.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't remember where my problem with the book began, but I can tell you the moment the love interest said (I'm paraphrasing):

    "I'll try to help you Darling, but I must warn you - my life is in danger!"

    That was the end of the end. Seriously. I can clearly tell that no one taught this author the benefits of "show don't tell" as a narrative tool, but there's no excuse for the editor that decided to publish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Larkspur, CO, United States 03-25-14
    Dave Larkspur, CO, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Proof that a narrator can make or break a book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an interesting story, if a little predictable. If you enjoy this genre then you will likely enjoy this read as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Character development was a little weak beyond the main character but the story here is in the mystery not the characters themselves. The role of the Deputy US Marshall could have been developed to a much greater extent and added considerably to the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was by far the weakest part of the book. Too many of the male characters sounded weak and even effeminate and the best friend character, supposedly a hot young thing sounds like she is dying of emphysema. I found the narration grating at times and detracted from the story itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Chatfield, Mn, United States 03-03-14
    Laura Chatfield, Mn, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I think I would have loved this book... if..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't even know how to say this in a nice or not offensive way. The book itself seems to be something I could end up loving enough to follow her entire series. But... The narrator. Oh no, no no no!! Her actual voice is not bad, but all the other voices she tried to take on, range from pretty bad to OMG what was she thinking?!? Poppy sounded like a creepy troll or someone on her death bed. Ick, just horrible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maia Guest’s performances?

    Good grief NO!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Very Enjoyable Cosy Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this story. I'm a fan of romance and cosy mystery and this book combines the two. I didn't guess who the murderer was, although my list of possibles included the perp. Devereaux was a likeable main character with an interesting history. I enjoyed Jake, and Noah, Dev's ex high school sweetheart, was interesting. I imagine he will become more important in future books in the series. If you like cosy mystery with a romantic subplot, you'll definitely enjoy this one. My only reservation was the voice artist. She was quite good but could have been better. I found it a bit weird that she gave one of the female characters a deeper voice than the men.

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