Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she's been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, she discovers that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered. In order to save the spa's reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer.
The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie's Diner, the dead woman's husband (the mayor) and his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it's up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.
Dianne is the author of two best-selling series: the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Coyote Series.
©2015 Dianne Harman (P)2015 Dianne Harman
Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!
This is a fast-moving, entertaining "whodunit" mystery, complete with recipes from Liz Lucas' upscale Northern Californian spa. As a 52-year old widow, Liz is now managing the spa, lodge, and guest cottages on her own, with the help of loyal staff. A dead guest is the last thing she needs for the spa's reputation--especially considering that the small town police chief is a lecherous slob and the guest is the new mayor's wife. So Liz is forced to play detective herself, and the result is a fun adventure filled with new love, old friends, and devoted dogs (every mystery needs a really smart dog!)
From long conversations on the lodge's balcony overlooking the ocean, to multiple visits to the nearby town of Red Cedar to interview important leads, the pace and atmosphere of coastal Northern California imbue this novel with a unique flavor. And since Liz is quite a cook, every meal is an imaginative feast (and all her recipes are included at the end of the novel). Her new romantic partner, Roger, is smart, successful, and totally enamored of Liz, which definitely doesn't hurt!
I admire how Liz trusts her intuition, verging on ESP, a sense she's called her "niggle" since childhood. There are a lot of male characters who "trust their gut," and it's about time that female intuition is respected and reinforced. (Let me tell you about my "chills of rightness...")
Narrator Erin deWard displays an especially wide range of styles and voices as she moves from the heroine's internal reveries to the fast action scenes, and each character is completely recognizable by voice alone. (My one quibble is the amount of "vocal fry" apparent in the low masculine voice of Roger--it's a bit grating.)
At just under five hours, this is an ideal listen at the airport, beach, or waiting for an appointment. The narrative is straightforward and easy to pick up again (if you don't listen in a single sitting as I did). I think I can add that there's even a happy ending without spoiling the plot! Enjoy...
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I loved that it was a cozy mystery, but also had a mix of humor, and an antagonist (the local police chief). Often times in these mysteries the cop will be the love interest or close friend. I liked that this switched it up and had him be a villain so to speak; an overall slimeball who Liz cant stand, and you understand why! It also had humor mixed into some parts, which I enjoyed.
The plot definitely kept me interested. I was curious to see things unfold and once I suspected who the killer was I was still trying to understand why he/she did it and put all the pieces together.
I enjoyed the southern sassiness of the local town gossip, the owner of Gertie's Diner.
Yes, and I did
If you enjoy this book like I did, make sure to check out the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, also narrated by Erin deWard and written by Dianne Harman.
Love the cozie mysteries. It ranks high.
Liz, makes me chuckle.
Nothing particular, loved the whole story.
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On a scale of one to ten, about an 8!
I can't think of one.
All of them were exceptional, but Bertha stands out in my mind the most.
Vengeful hearts make for bad company.
5 out 5 of Hearts
I haven't read or listened to one of Dianne Harman's audio books before, so when I discovered she had some, I raised my hand, so to speak.
The narrator did an awesome job of narrating this story. If the scene called for the characters to be upset, you heard an upset character.
This is an intriguing series to me simply because Liz Lucas is a widow and in her fifties. My generation ROCKS! Solid plot, with mysteriously twisted turns that kept me guessing to the end. Chock full of a emotions like being scared, fear, anger, frustration, loss, and more.
Well written, realistic and believable world with a picturesque quality that helped me to stay focused. I listened to it a few times.
Luckily, I was chosen to receive a gifted copy for review purposes only. No renumeration was involved.
I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.
I received this book free with the understanding I would leave an honest review. This is the first book in this series. I enjoyed the book the story is light and interesting. It is narrated well and all in all it was and enjoyable read. I will look forward to reading or listening to more of this series.
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Liz Lucas Mystery series written by Dianne Harman and narrated by Erin deWard. Liz Lucas is a fifty two year old widow and believes that she has been giving a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco. That is until she discovers a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered. In order to save the spa's reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer.
The narrator Erin deWard did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Liz has a spa. Liz has lawyer boyfriend.Liz has an employee that ends up dead.No one in town can resolve this case but Liz.The cops are 'buffoons',the descriptions of the 'perps'are taken from every tv show we've ever seen,The killer is ...omg I can't even stand it,crazy killer type.The characters are stereotypical,as is the story.Erin deWard is better at narrating this book than the first one.
I was given this book free for an honest review.
Top of the list. Twists and turns keeps you guessing.
When someone snaps you can never guess what they will do next.
Liked when the dog shook "hands" when he met people.
Laughed when the girls' faces got really red after a facial. Been there, done that!
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Quick light-hearted, slap-stick mystery.
I just couldn't get into this story as much as the Cedar Bay series. Dianne's cozy mystery's are all fun, light-hearted and an enjoyable afternoon listen. The recipes are a bonus.
For me this one was a struggle. While there are no shortage of suspects as usual for me the story was just missing something. I didn't like the characters
There were just too many things that would never happen, example ;
The police would be informing family of a death. Not the owner of a spa.
I think I will stick with the Cedar Bay and High Desert series which are always enjoyable.
Erin deWard usually does a great job with her narration. This one does not flow as smoothly as her other narrations. Sounds stilted sometimes especially in the beginning of the book. I don't know if this is the way the dialogue is written in the story or her narration. This narration just does not reflect how good of a narrator she actually is.
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