Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.
Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn't all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
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Once again Linda delivers a wonderful, fun, suspenseful, romantic and clean read! It is so easy to get addicted to this series. The further you go into this series the more you get to know Amelia and Rick - who are both delightful! Each book could be read as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend you read them in order only because of the developing little romance between Rick and Amelia.
Another real fun cozy mystery, which I again listened to from audible.
There were a few surprises, so it kept you guessing through the end. Even though this was a nice mystery it was the little things that I really loved and kept me interested.
I loved the part about trying Calamari for the first time. I myself have had it several times - deep fried with dipping sauce - YUM!
With my love of ghosts and ghost stories - I loved the part about the haunted hotel! This was great, fun and interesting (it is a real place).
And finally, I loved the part about zip-lining! Now this I have never done, but it is on my "bucket list" LOL (I'll get to that later). I have always wanted to try zip lining. It looks like so much fun! I'll let you know if I ever do it.
OK, now back to the bucket list. That is another developing theme that is carried throughout the series. In the first book Rick had a bucket list and he convinced Amelia to start one too. So now in every story they cross off things and add them to each of their bucket lists.
If you are a lover of cozy mysteries - this series is perfect for you!
Thank you Linda Weaver Clarke for sending me this audio for my honest review!
I love these Amellia Moore mysteries. Amelia and Rick are so real. They are great together and the stories are very good too.
The stories are always top notch. I love Amellia and Rick.
Amelia and Rick
Several with Amellia and Rick.
I absolutely love the way Diane Lehman reads these books. I don't usually care for the readers but I love her. She is my favorite.
With the talented Diane Lehman narrating The Mysterious Doll, I do believe she adds an extra level of enjoyment to the audio!
There were so many! However, because I'd had previous experiences with elk, I really enjoyed the snippets about the elk around Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains. Here's a short snippet from that scene: Estes Park was set in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountain National Park....
When I visited a few years ago, there were actually elk grazing on the golf course."
"Are you serious?"
"Hey, every year in October they have an Elk Festival. That's why I came here. I wanted to see it 'cause it was on my bucket list."
"An Elk Festival?" Amelia laughed.
"You have the most awesome things on your bucket list. Mine seem boring compared to yours." Amelia raised her brow curiously. "What was the festival like?"
"It was awesome. They had an elk bugling contest, elk seminars, Native American music, dancing and storytelling. They even had bus tours that took you to see the elk grazing in the fields. It was great. I loved it."
"Wait a minute," said Amelia as she tilted her head to one side.
"What's an elk bugling contest?"
Rick grinned. "It's the call of the elk. Anyone can compete. Whoever sounds the most like an elk wins. You can use a horn or just your own voice. When I was there, the man who won used his voice. It was really something."
Amelia's eyes widened with curiosity. "How did he do it? What does it sounds like?"
Rick chuckled. "Well... the call starts out with deep rich tones. Then it quickly rises to a high-pitched squealing sound and immediately drops down to a bunch of grunts."
Diane Lehman continues as the talented narrator of this series. Her voice is extremely clear with perfect inflections. She differentiates between the characters to where I have no problem knowing who is speaking. She's quite versatile as throughout the series she's voiced multiple accents and sang in different genuine-sounding voices. She has more treats in store for listeners in this book so prepare to be amazed! I look forward to hearing more of her performances in the future.
I did want to listen to The Mysterious Doll in one sitting especially as the suspense of solving the who-done-it came to a head!
I've enjoyed every one of the books in this series so far and look forward to traveling again soon with Amelia and Rick! I hear that the next book, HER LOST LOVE, will have our detectives in pursuit of a lost love in northern Arizona and southern Utah. I can't wait! I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys endearing cozy mysteries.
I love reading, I come by it naturally. My grandfather was a school teacher and writer and the rest of my family are huge Bibliophiles.
Yes! The narrator does a wonderful job and keeps the story alive. She makes it feel like you are watching the book through your eyes.
She did a wonderful job with all of the voices and keeping the readers attention.
I loved the twist at the end, I didn't see it coming. I also loved the very end with Amelia and Rick on the beach.
I love the Amelia Moore Detective series. I was interested to see that this book was going to stay in the States, as most of her other books in this series had taken its readers all over from Bali to Ireland and even Mexico. This book was a local mystery that took them to Denver and all over Colorado. While in Colorado they stayed in a haunted hotel and went to an awesome car show. Not only do these books have great cozy stories, they also take you all over the world. Amelia and Rick, her partner, take on a case of the Missing Doll from a local museum. When an employee goes missing at the same time, they are hired by his girlfriend to find him and prove his innocence. Also, Amelia and Rick's relationship starts to flourish more and more as they find out more about each other. I can't wait to read the next one!
Amelia and Rick are hired by Pauline Jones to find her missing boyfriend, Sam Whitaker. He has disappeared at the same time a valuable porcelain doll has gone missing from the museum where he works. Pauline is upset since she knows he's not a thief and it's not like him to just disappear without telling her where he's going. They start investigating and are led to Denver, Colorado. The more they learn about what's happening, the faster they realize they need to locate Sam because someone else is looking for him, too.
When I was first reading the series from the beginning, this was my favorite one to date and listening to it reminded me why. Rick and Amelia's relationship develops more in this book as she loosens up and starts to open up to him. They work together and have fun together and make an amazing couple. They complement each other well as they have different skills and abilities that help them solve the case.
This is a fun series to both read and listen to! They're written in a way that you don't need to read (or listen) to them in order since each case stands alone but you'll want to so you can experience Rick and Amelia's relationship from the beginning. I'm looking forward to listening to the next one!
Yes, I would listen to the Mysterious Doll again. The characters were interesting and now that I know who did it, I would like to hear it again.
I like Rick. He is always so calm and it's comforting to know he has those amazing skills to get he and Amelia out of tough situations! I like the way the narrator portrays Rick (I think she does his voice and inflections the best!) I also like the fact that Amelia is now "carrying" and becoming a stronger character in her own right now.
I love it that I don't have to worry about anything inappropriate (no bad language and no uncomfortable scenes) In Linda Weaver Clarke's books. The story is engaging and the developing relationship between the two main characters is fun. Thank you Linda Clarke for another great story!
Amelia Moore strikes again! Along with her always unforgettable sidekick, these two took me on a journey that I’ll never forget. I love how this author melds mystery with real life. Her seamless storytelling allows us to get to know her characters up close and personal as they work together, battling danger and piecing the mystery together.
I love the bucket list concept that Amelia and Rick have going. Every spare moment that they have they use to help the other achieve their goals. It’s great for both their personal and professional relationships. I also enjoyed the slow growth of their personal relationship. It really added a lot to the tale for me.
Once again Weaver Clarke has created a mystery that had me trying to unravel each and every aspect of it as the characters drew me in. This series has definitely captured my attention and the characters will always have a place in my heart.
Yes , I would listen to The Mysterious Doll again because it was an interesting story, full of twists. With any book you always pick up more of the story the second time around.
Diane Lehman does an excellent job of narrating this book. There are several different people and she has a special gift for separating them out to make them unique. Her voice is also easy going and enjoyable to listen to.
I have listened to all the prior books in this series, and this one is my favorite. This is the fourth book in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. I enjoyed learning about the different places Amelia and her partner Rick travel to, and about the progress of their relationship. Overall this book made me feel happy.
I look forward to listening or reading the next book in the series.
This was an action packed adventure for Amelia and Rick. Starting with a missing doll and missing man who may/may not be a thief that send our duo on a chase across the country. Amelia really shines in this one, staying one step ahead of the FBI as well as a thief of international caliber. She and Rick piece together the reasons for the missing doll and discover it's significance is beyond any historical value.
On a personal level Rick and Amelia learn more about each other and grow closer together. It was nice to see Amelia not push Rick away so much. She seems to finally be ready to let the relationship grow and move forward. I was cheering inside!
The Mysterious Doll ranks very highly. I know that if I want to listen to a fun mystery with lovable characters I need look no further than any of the books in the Amelia Moore Detective Agency series.
Having read the earlier books in the series, there are many endearing things that I love and look forward to reading with each new instalment; Amelia and Rick completing another item on their respective bucket lists, travelling to a new place, the burgeoning romance between the pair, trying new food and solving a complex mystery.
The Mysterious Doll case is a wonderful addition to the series. The case is intriguing and a real puzzle. Rick and Amelia are really cute as a couple and they make a good team when solving a case together. The author adds some twists and turns along the way as well as a good deal of humour.
A fun, light read, suitable for the whole family.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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