When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....
©2000 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm so excited that Audible is going to put the first books in this series online. They are a fun light listen and I really like the characters. The narrator is great as well. They aren't deep and engrossing like some books but it's great to listen to something that can make you laugh and just enjoy the act of listening!
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.
There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!
Mystery with a kick
Skye and Simon's first encounter, too funny and all too real to many of us.
I love audio books so I can do something else while listening, consummate multi-tasker. Khristine is easy on the ears, especially when they are old ears. Easy to understand her and good tone and inflection while reading.
Can you believe this town is close to Chicago?
Light and entertaining. Skye never thought she would have to eat those words so carelessly said at her graduation, lesson for all of us. Loved the interaction of all the characters and will be fun to see how they all develop. (I started listening towards the end of the series.)
Your mileage may vary
The story is okay; not interesting enough for me to read another book in the series, but I'll finish this book. The narration (and probably some blame to the other production staff) is just unacceptable. I didn't know this author, so I previewed the first several pages as a Kindle book sample.
Therefore, I know for a fact that the narrator said "investigator" when the correct word was "instigator" within the first several pages of the book. Then shortly thereafter she said "debauchery" where that word made NO sense, but the word debacle would have made a lot of sense.
Really, nobody on the production staff helps with errors in reading the book, when their whole job is to record someone reading the words in the book?
Then she mispronounced the word indelible. Then there was yet another word problem (at least four mistakes within the first several chapters) that I can't even remember now. Plus she doesn't have any interesting voices. You can't even readily tell when she's reading words attributed to a man versus a woman.
Then I noticed her intermittent speech impediment. I went to several years of speech therapy, so I'm probably much more sensitive to hearing this stuff than others, and it is truly intermittent. Makes me wonder whether she has just a bit of a problem on the days when she's tired.
To sum up: the multitude of errors and the poor production (everyone listed in the credits is responsible for me/us hearing a recording of the words the author wrote) this just took the experience below acceptable. I expect an occasional error, because we're all human. But this one has problem after problem.
I had listened to several of the later books in the Scumble River series on audible and was very pleased to see the earlier ones start appearing. This series provides a lighter mystery that I enjoy.
This book is seriously dragging on. Its spending so much time on small town drama and background information that there is no Mystery to this mystery
an actual mystery
i felt no connection to the chracters voices were drab
don't download this book
Yes! I like narrator, and the story .
It did it had twists
her voice is easy to listen to and I could see the characters
I thought this was a good introduction to the series and I liked that the lead character held a professional position outside of the culinary or home repair type positions that are in most cozies. I thought the narrator was decent but not outstanding. Overall it was worth the listen and I plan to carry on with the next book in the series.
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