Having secrets can sometimes get you nailed! Alex Harris thinks finding a place to celebrate her one-year anniversary sounds like a good idea, but when her husband arrests her sister for murder she has some serious thoughts about staying married to the guy!
Her sister Samantha is clearly keeping a secret and refuses to give the police an alibi, but when she asks Alex to help solve the crime and clear her name, Alex is only too happy to jump in and prove her husband wrong. And then the police turn their attention to Samantha's husband - another suspect with no alibi.
Could her sister or brother-in-law really have killed a local building inspector over his refusal to pass their new sunroom addition? Alex doesn't think so and sets her sights on several others who had more than a good reason to nail the guy. Something sinister is going on in this coastal New England town where the bodies seem to be piling up. Fans of Janet Evanovich and Cleo Coyle will love this series.
©2015 Elaine Macko (P)2016 Elaine Macko
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
In this story, an unlikable character gets killed and nearly everyone is suspect. I love when authors can take a serious subject such as murder and present it with both the seriousness it deserves and with levity. Author Elaine Macko carries this out with finesse by injecting functional and dysfunction-- all very realistic-- relationship issues in to a rather fun reading/listening experience. Clever quips, quirky relationship toggles, and mutually nulling affects of pitting self-flagellation against self-justification, keep all the backstories bobbing in along with the progression of this "who done it. Macko keeps it a light and fun and packed with family interactions (there's even a pet), thus making a nice contribution to the genre.
Narrator Michelle Babb does a great job with both male and female voices. There is one comment: For all characters, she injects pauses into her flow of speech that seem incongruous to what I would consider the natural flow of speech. I get the impression Babb's broken cadence is an issue of deliberate style rather than an inadvertent flaw. Either way, I found it distracting and, by the time I finally got used to it, I had nearly reached the end of the book.
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Nailed is well worth a listen. This is a standalone audiobook I had not read any of the previous seven books and had no trouble keeping track of the characters, nor did I feel like I was missing important information that may have been in the other books.
I received a review copy for my honest review
Nailed, An Alex Harris Mystery (The Alex Harris Mysteries Book 8), by Elaine Macko is a light, entertaining cozy mystery. While it doesn't break any new ground in the cozy genre, it is well worth a read, or in my case, a listen. This is a standalone novel. I had not read any of the previous seven books and had no trouble keeping track of the characters, nor did I feel like I was missing important information that may have been in the other books. The book has a very large cast of characters. I gathered many were recurring and others were potential suspects. Ms. Macko did a good job of weaving a mystery that leaves the reader guessing well into the book, though once the solution is revealed, it makes sense and did not come entirely out of left field. Kudos for that. My one complaint was the willingness of everyone (i.e., potential suspects) to talk with Alex. Though Alex had received some press for solving previous murders, I still found it a bit convenient that total strangers would willingly chat with her so freely.
Michelle Babb did a fine job with the narration. She injected the necessary levity and sarcasm that I felt that Alex would have in her thoughts. The book is told in a first person narrative. Michelle also was also able to make all the characters sound credible and didn't tip the author's hand, metaphorically speaking.
I recommend this book for lovers of mysteries, especially those in the cozy genre. I enjoyed it enough that I will look for future additions in the series as well as previously published volumes. Three and a half stars.
I was given a copy of the audio version by Michelle Babb in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
I didn't read the print version
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The book was good but had a lot of characters. It did keep you wondering right to the end who was guilty.
Nailed is a delightful--left me frequently chuckling and smiling--story about a small town with a gone-bad and now dead home contractor, Alex Harris is a budding detective and hilarity ensues with all her family members.
I thought this book was really well written for a new author. I enjoyed reading a book from a newish author that did not resort to stereotyping of characters (size, personality) In actuality, there were a few 'sexy;" comments but written classily most likely in due part to the author's gender.
Part of the reason I was drawn to this book was the contractor theme (I'm in the business) as well as the baseball theme (my child plays). I laughed all the way through the dead body scene in the port a potty.
Murder at Fenway Park?
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Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
Nailed, 8th in the Alex Harris mystery series by Elaine Macko, is an amusing and engaging mystery. Even though part of a series, it is easily a stand alone book. The action-packed story grabs the reader right from the start and with plenty of twists to the plot, keeps the interest to the finish. Characters are fun, realistic and relatable. The narrator, Michelle Babb does a great job with the character voices, making the listening experience an enjoyable pleasure. I'm looking forward to catching up on the other books in the series.
I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
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This is book 8 in the Alex Harris mystery series and I haven't read the previous books. Book 8 is the first to become an audiobook and it also caused a great deal of wonder - why? But the plot was of interest to me, so I'd give it a try.
I didn't feel I missed anything in the story, but at some points I knew I'd be better off if I had started at book one. The story is well-plotted, well-written and the characters has a lot of personality. The author did a very fine job in creating this story and I'd also like to read the rest of series, but only read - NOT listen…
The narrator Michelle Babb disappointed me a lot. She was just reading the book without knowing what was coming. She wasn't at all prepared for the next scene and almost spelled out every word, like it was a good-night story for the kids. She paused many times, just to pick up the last word in a sentence. I was so annoyed, that it took me a long time to finish it, because I paused the book to pick it up again after another book.
Many reviews here are giving the narrator 4 and 5 stars and if I should buy this book based on these reviews, I'd be furious and would return it ASAP! I really hope this book will be re-recorded and another narrator would do the rest. This is really an insult to both the listener - AND the author as well, who has actually created a great story.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an HONEST review.
Off the cuff, I'd have to say no, but I don't know how fair that is. I hate starting a series in the middle due to the fact that a lot of details are established as are the characters' personalities. Jumping into the middle of a series can make you miss out on 'falling for' the characters (for lack of a better term).For instance, I really, really disliked Alex. For me, she came off as a slightly arrogant, selfish, foolish person. I didn't understand what could possibly make her new husband put up with her interfering ways, withholding evidence, making him sleep in the guest room for doing his job, and implying by action that he wasn't all that good at it anyway. Why or how they came to be together was an utter mystery to me.
Then there were some of the decisions and actions she made throughout the book that just cemented my dislike. She seemed judgemental and her tactics left much to be desired even for an amateur detective. She had done this 7 times before, after all.
BUT I have a feeling that a lot of the scenes and quirks that left me eye-rolling in annoyance might have had me chuckling in an 'oh, her' manner had I been more familiar with the character. For instance, she seems to look down on people who have smartphones, doesn't respond to texts, and seems a bit technology illiterate, but then whips out an iPad at one point and seems to be able to operate it just fine. Oh, and is there some endorsement deal with Honda, because why else does she mention her car and compare it to those of other people so much? These may well be established, even humorous personality traits well established in the previous books. I just don't know and never had the chance to grow to appreciate them, if they are.
If it were up to me, I wouldn't be leaving a review at all. But I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and didn't have time to go back and read the 7 books before this one. So here we are. I'm left leaving an unfavorable review for a book that was clearly written more for tried and true fans of the series and not newcomers.
There are no mixed feelings about this performance, though. And there are any number of people I can think of who would have done a much better job: Orlagh Cassidy, Lorelei King, Barbara Rosenblat, just to name a few. Babb's reading was more distracting than immersive. She has this halting delivery that sounds like she's doing a table read, seeing the words for the very first time. Or like she's a very good automated system. This made it hard to determine which character is talking during the dialogue and made the entire book drag.
Her reading probably knocked my enjoyment of the story down a whole star-level so I'm glad I can review the story and performance separately.
I try to abide by the unbiased and honest part of the Audiobook Boom process, so I've pointed out the things that genuinely kept me from enjoying this book. That said, I don't necessarily know how *fair* this review is, as it's kind of like coming into the middle of a conversation and telling both sides that they're wrong, even though you don't have all the facts. So, grain of salt for this one.
In looking over a few of the previous reviews, I have to say that Melstamps hit the nail on the head (pun definitely intended). "Nailed" is a well crafted cozy mystery with some humor and lots of interesting characters. I didn't guess the killer, but the clues were definitely there. I'll definitely be interested in the previous books in the series.
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Elaine Macko did an excellent job with this novel. The characters, though many, and plot are very well written and developed. She has the ability to weave an excellent mystery with some levity added to it. This book is well worth read/listen.
Michelle Babb gave a very good performance with this novel. She adds the correct amount of levity, sarcasm and urgency where required. She has a nice tone to her voice and performs both male and female characters extremely well.
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