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 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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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Read from May 16 to 17, 2013
Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: Dare I say that A Little Shop of Homicide was a steamy cozy mystery? Had a bit of a kick in the romance department *hubba hubba*
Story Thoughts: Quirky, Fun, and a little outrageous is what I would call a Little Shop of Homicide. It was a fantastic afternoon read with a who-dun-it that was a little off the beaten path. It was fun, saucy, and sassy. In fact, the romance was a little hot and heavy for a cozy mystery. That was actually a fun surprise for me since romance is my favorite genre to read. Nothing over the line but it was fun to see that element get a little more time. I was a little disappointed in how the case played out but otherwise Little Shop of Homicide was a fun and engaging read.
Character Thoughts: I am a sucker for quirky characters! Little Shop of Homicide is full of them and they shined. There might be a triangle brewing (not happy about that as I am OPPOSED TO LOVE TRIANGLES) so in the future I might not be as happy but for this entry the characters were fantastic. Dev was a great leading lady: smart, fun, and independent. She has insecurities, a back story that will make you want to hug her, and great friends. It will be fun to watch her tackle life in future installments as she also has a penchant for landing in the middle of trouble. Also, her back story needs delved into and hopefully some resolution there.
Narrated by Maia Guest/Running Time 8h 55m
The narration was fun, light, and had good pacing. It was a quick listen and the production levels were pretty good. I wasn’t a fan of the male voices but loved her version of Dev!
Final Thoughts: Fun beginning to a series that I will be continuing :)
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It is in my top books!
She made the characters come alive! Great voices and really delivered the emotions and humor!
Yes! And I wanted to jump right into the next book when I finished!
Yeah!! Another win from my purchases on Audible!! Such a great find!! Maia Guest is a terrific narrator who really brings this story to life!! I am definitely adding her to my list of VO artist to follow! She gave me such happy ears!
Now on to the story! Terrific plot that was creative and well paced. Loads of details and twist to keep you on your toes, but not so many you can't follow. The story had your attention from the very start and did a fantastic job of keeping the reader/listener engaged.
Dev was a really great character who was relateable, likable and had just the perfect mix of sass and sarcasm! I really was rooting for her the whole book! She also has quirky friends and a sassy Gran who round out the supporting cast.
I was head over heals for Tony as a love interest. Who can resist a bad boy cop? He was just too yummy! Throw in a possible triangle with her high school sweetheart Doc Noah and suddenly a girl has choices to make!
While this book has a touch of romance it is not the main element of the story. So, the steam factor is low. Nothing more than some super steamy kisses! It was actually sweet, definitely reminded me I can not live on smut alone!!Although, if the books progress the way I think, I do expect to see a bit of bedroom action for Dev!
The mystery was very well handled and kept you guessing most of the time. It wasn't difficult to pick up the clues and discover the murderer but it wasn't a slam dunk in chapter one either. I like to play detective along with the characters and this really filled that need. Great storytelling all around!
Denise Swanson is a new author for me but I am sure to grab the next book in this series and follow the journey. She left just enough mystery around for a gal to want to see what is next!
I like the mystery setting of the small midwestern town; much like Swanson's Scumble River series, I like the setting and the characters-especially single gal Devereaux, who lives with her quirky grandmother, and owns the local dime store.
Don't tune out after the murder is "solved"-the ending is a doozy!
Devereaux will be every reader's favorite character-she is trying to start her life again in her home town after her stint working for a crooked investment backer in the city. And she is making a go of it, even with family baggage that doesn't easily go away in a small town. She really finds herself in a pickle, and has to rally all of her resources to solve the mystery of who killed her ex-boyfriend's fiancee!
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