Retirement is a time for knitting, gardening, and an occasional quiet lunch with friends, according to Kathleen Williamson. Her sister Andrea has an altogether different point of view. When the sisters go to the Canaan Valley to search for paintings mentioned in a document found in an old hotel once owned by their grandparents - paintings that might be Monets - Andrea immediately becomes involved in tracking down a murderer. Kathleen would much rather be looking for the paintings, but she goes along with Andrea, since the victim was their hotel-keeper, murdered just down the hall from their room. The question is: Does the murder have something to do with the elusive paintings?
There are many clues and many suspects, including hotel staff, valley residents, and the mysterious foreigners who come from the Eastern Seaboard for skiing. There are also many types of danger-icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and a killer who doesn't care how many people die in the attempt to make sure the right ones do.
©2011 Helen Haught Fanick (P)2013 Helen Haught Fanick
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
If the older sister's voice hadn't been so wobbly (trying to portray her elderly status?), the performance would've been better . . . but that said, this was a good listen . . . I'm not so much into the signs of the moon, although farmers have sworn by it for centuries . . . what made this one a worthy listen for me was the historical aspects, the two sisters searching for the lost Monets . . . the setting in the mountains of West Virginia . . . and the cozy mystery . . . well done . . .
i enjiyed the stoey but the audio was frustrating. It sounds like the narrator keeps leaning away from the microphone. The sentences srart out strong but get very faint by the end and are hard to hear.
No one I know
I'm listening to A Victorian San Francisco Mystery now but I think I'll go back to something by Laura Lippman after this.
I chose this book because it was set in West Virginia, my home state. The performance was so bad that listening was painful. I have no idea what kind of accent Leinweber was attempting for the older sister or the niece; both failed miserably. I'm not even sure if the story was all that bad or if it just seemed bad because of the reading.
I couldn't enjoy the book with the narrater sounding like she was breathless for most of the characters. I was distracted With her gasping out the text and failed to connect with the characters. Maybe if I was reading to myself I could've gotten into it. But for free I can't complain to much I suppose. Maybe I'll read it on my kindle and reevaluate at a later time.
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