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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was something funny about the way Jake was voiced -- what I suppose was intended to be kind of a sexy whisper.
Jake (though Devereaux would have had to have some other way of getting access to information about the police investigation).
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.
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.
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.
Voice were not good.
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.
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.
Probably the next book in the Enchanted Inc series.
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.
This is an interesting story, if a little predictable. If you enjoy this genre then you will likely enjoy this read as well.
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.
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.
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.
Good grief NO!!!!!
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.
The story might have been fine, the mystery part was reasonable, but the characters lacked development as if they’d been dropped into the plot as afterthoughts without continuity or grace. The romance parts were so poorly written that I cringed when listening to them. I’m perfectly aware that love scenes can be very difficult to balance between too little and too much. If an author wishes to ‘fade to black’ that’s fine, and if they can be more graphic with polish, I’m ok with that too, but these were neither, and were all absolute clinkers with no rhyme nor reason. If the romance aspect of the book had been less heavy handed, the mystery parts might have held up better, but getting yanked out of the story repeatedly made me sure I won’t want to explore any more of this series again.
The narration was flat and uninteresting, though I’m not sure I blame the narrator since she had so little to work with.
I liked the story really well, however, the reader M Guest didnt make me happy. I didnt mind her voice, except for the other characters she read. I didnt like the voice for Poppy. She made her sound like she was so emotionless and over 110 years old. I also didnt like the timing on her reading. There was a lot of humer in this book but you couldnt tell with the timing being off. Not sure who was to blame for that. I would like to continue the series to find out what is up with her dad, but if Mia is reading I probebly wont.
"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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