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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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 :)
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!
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
The story line was just awful, i could not finish the 2'nd chapter. It kept getting worse.
This was an interesting premise, interesting characters, how the story/mystery unfolded was a little disjointed in some areas. I might read the next one we will see...
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.
A different narrator! Geez it was so painful to hear her interpretation of the characters voices! I did enjoy the book, the author was thoughtful and it was definitely not predictable. I did enjoy that there were unanswered questions that keep you wanting to pick up the next in her series.
Birdy! What a great character!
How doesn't she, I just didn't understand Poppy & Jakes voices?! Did Poppy have a bad case of laryngitis?! And Jake was so quiet that half the time I was at full volume. I just don't understand how the producer was listening to this and didn't call for a redo!!
I enjoyed the full written content.
Please choose a different narrator or have her fix those characters voices. I wont be picking up the next book in the series due to narrator.
This an OK read. Kinda cute, kinda cozy. I'm sure I would not have finished this in print. It's really a 2.5 star but I'm sweet & always round up. I'll try something else of hers someday. Maybe even another Devereaux Dime Store Mystery!
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