Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....
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"The best traditional mystery series being written today." (CrimeSpree magazine)
"I enjoy every minute of every book of this series." (Charlaine Harris)
Cozy Mystery Addict!
This whole series is great, characters you like, mysteries that keep you guessing . I wish the first books in the series had an audible version.
Solid performance again and again.
I like the story and overall I believe it is written well, but at least 3 to 4 times a chapter I hear, And Skye bit her lip. It must be bleeding by this time because she is biting her lip or cheek all the time. Other than that I am really enjoying the story and like the series. This is only the second one I have listened to, but I intend to buy more of them on Audible.
The narration was just fine, but I found that the story was an awkward mix of young adult, mystery, and modern romance. None of these genres was pulled off successfully, and I found the transitions from whodunit to high school melodrama to button-popping romance unintentionally comical.
The characters weren't unlikable, just a little one dimensional. The mystery was short-story-worthy at best. It reminded me of the "Encyclopedia Brown" books of my youth, only with murder instead of missing pets and whatnot and sex instead of...well, something else. Either way, a disturbing combination.
There was also a lot of filler. Sentences like (paraphrasing) "[Character X] brushed a lock of her hair behind her ear" or "[Character Y] stared into space for 14 minutes" occurred frequently, without adding to the characters or moving the plot forward in any way; they seemed like literary tics, as if the writer were saying, "Um..." between sentences.
When I bought this book, I didn't realize it was in the middle of a series I hadn't read. I can't say, though, that that contributed much to how little I enjoyed it..
Yes, I liked the reader's voice and the pace of the story. She differentiated between the voices of various characters very well.
The plot kept me guessing till the end as to who the murder was and what were their motivations.
I like her as Skye, Ms. Leto's voice hit just the right note for the 34 year old school psychologist.
I love the way that Wally relates to Skye, he knows how to treat a woman properly.
I loved this book so much that I've bought the rest of the available series on Audible and the earlier books on Kindle. I'll be listening/reading it again and again.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
In the last book the narrator suddenly changed the voices of two characters which was really annoying. In this book, one of them, Skye's mother May, sounds normal again. Thank goodness for that since she has a prominent role in this book. In fact I would say there is way too much May in this book. Bunny still doesn't sound right. The book centers around a cooking contest, which gives us that good small town atmosphere. As usual the victim is a snooty, insulting woman. There is a secondary mystery of a missing teen. I enjoyed the mysteries well enough but I have to say that some of the characters were not strongly drawn enough that I necessarily could tell them apart. That was inconvenient when some of them were suspects. I was very happy to see more maturity from Skye in this book, she was less reckless and at one point I was sure she was going to do something very stupid, and she didn't do it! So I was all around satisfied with this installment and ready for the next.
Murder of a chaocolate-Covered Cherry ranks high and matches the quirkiness of books I've read by Janet Evanvich (Stephanie Plum) or Deborah Coonts(Lucky O'tool). It was well written and I could see it play out in my mind. I would read other books by Denise Swanson that are similar to this.
I really didn't know who did it until just a page or so before it was reveled. I don't think I'm a push over either.
I think most were good. I really couldn't pick one.
I didn't laugh as hard or much as I do with some of the other books but I did find myself yelling for heroine not to go back into the building.
When looking for an enjoyable story Ms. Swanson seems to be a good choice. Will listen to more of her books.
This book is okay, easy to get through but has too much drama between Mother and Daughter.
Perhaps. There are other mystery writers I prefer.
I was not crazy about her voice.
Yes because I spend a lot of time in my car and like to listen to audio books to pass the time.
Denise Swanson is an author that I wasn't familiar with and I now find myself downloading other books by her. Her books are a fun read!
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