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.
yes, I've read her Scumble River Series and enjoyed them more
I wish I hadn't read the Scumble River series first. To me this series seems like its a tree branch from the other series.
Yes, she isn't very good. I like the narrator from the Scumble River Series
no, the story line was ok
I like Denise Swanson's Scumble River story line as you can tell, but this one is too similar.
I'm a single mom and architect & to avoid boredom bought a fixer-upper so I LOVE Audible, it is the only way I get to enjoy a book anymore!!
READ FOR FUN!!! Had to write this because the leading review was total sour grapes! If I hadn't listened to the sample I probably would have passed on this perfectly delightful light summer reading mystery. It flows nicely and keeps you interested in the characters, her writing is good, not overly sappy or melodramatic (something often found in lighter reads). This book just tickled me pink, I bought the second one before I even found out whodunit!
Jake Del Vecchio is well written, not the perfect 'knight in shining armor' but a total good guy with his own flaws - very well written and developed.
Those who enjoy VERY light story lines and ... Nothing else nice to say.
Not the genre. But I won't continue the series or listen to anything else from the narrator.
It was awful. All voices other than the main character (which I'm sure is her voice) were terrible. They just sounded like sick/and or long term smoking versions of the main character.
I enjoyed the story. the narrator's voice while reading male parts, especially Jake's , is a bit irritating. not enough so that I couldn't finish, but markedly so. I was interested in the book initially because the setting was near KC. I used to live there and loved it. I had hoped there would be more description or at least some specifics of the city mentioned. even something super simple like the fountains. however, besides some references to snow, the descriptions were so vague they could have been about any town in any state. the story was easy to follow and entertaining enough, so I'll go ahead with the 2nd in the series and see how it goes.
Story was ok. Not too exciting but ok. But the narration was horrible. As long as the narrator was reading the main character part it was ok but any extra person...they all sounded as old folks with nasal speech . Please don't try so hard .
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.
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.
This was a wonderful comedy, romance, suspense story. I know it seems a strange combination but it really works and I loved it.
I thought that Maia did a great job as narrator, it was very easy to tell who was speaking and she did male and female voice's equally well.
It made me laugh but not cry, it caused frustration and several times I found myself holding my breathe.
This was a great story.
"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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