Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered. Maddy wants no part of the investigation, but before she knows it, she's on another of her infamous snoopathons.
Was it bargains they were hunting or something else?
©2008 2008 by C.R. Corwin; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Irascible, fearless and unapologetic, Maddy is a heroine cozy fans will embrace." (Publishers Weekly)
terrific story; wonderful narrator; wish audible had more of this author to listen too! highly recommend this book and heopefully will see more in the future!
Someone who doesn't want any
I didn't care for the reader or the main character. To me it was just a
I don't know
Nothing, just didn't care for it.
This is a slow, easy story that reminds me of a modern day Miss Marple. The mystery revolves around the lost member of a royal family and hidden identities, all a little far-farfetched for me but the character building is well done and I found myself listening for that reason, even though I didn't care a fig for how the case ended.
The shrill, bleating, sarcastic voice of the main female character was just too much. The character stated she was 69 years old. I am 64 and have many friends in their 60's and 70's. None of them sounds like the shrewish portrayal here. I know the reader was capable of a pleasant, low, soothing voice because she used it for other parts of the book. Horrible to listen to.
Being from small town USA I could see the character and her antics... I love the artist reading and I LOVE the character... made me laugh all through THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Every time the hero had to chat with the detective.... witty, sweet and ol' lady chide... loved it...
All of it... fabulous
Maddy is trying a little too hard to reincarnate Christie's Jane Marple, the sly, meddling old lady who is smart as a whip. It worked for Christie, because, back then, 60 was ancient. Even the recent TV portrayals of the old Marple character show an older, but even-toned sensible lady with a mind like a steel trap, rather than the wobbly, crackly voiced icon. Betty White is 90, and she has a lot of the sass of Maddy, but certainly not the crackly, formerly stereotypical "old lady" voice. And Maddy is only 69! That is younger than Jane Fonda. So, the crotchety crackly ancient voice narration is way over the top, and is distracting to the point of caricature. What 60-something woman do you know that says "good gravy"? The story is interesting, although drags on to allow further performance of the sassy crackly Maddy. It would be so much more consumable and relatable if Maddy were just a sage, smart older career woman who could match wits with the best of them--without the corney sayings and over the top charicaturization. Women in their 60s are former bra burners, and wouldn't be caught dead saying "good gravy" in a crackly witch's voice. The narrator is clearly talented; using a mature, clever characterization would be so much less offensive and more compelling. Also, the character of Maddy seemed to go to great lengths for shock value in everything she says or does. That also conflicts with the unexpected wisdom we expect from such a character. The appeal of the Miss Marple and even Betty White's personae are that these apparently sweet women come out with the most unexpected things. Maddy tries too hard.
I'm actually not done yet with the book, which I expected to be too short, as it was only one download; but it seems longer than actually longer ones. The murder still isn't solved, but so much time is taken up with Maddy's snoring and wisecracks, while the plot seems stalled for long periods of time. I'd probably read another of this author's books, but with more appropriate narration, and less time spent on Maddy's eccentricities. It's not really character development; rather caricature development.
This books takes off right from the start. Smart, funny dialog. I want to check out her other books in this series.
The narrarator was perfect for this book!
I laughed out loud all through the book!
It's rare to find an author who is both tender and funny! I plan to buy other books in the series!
The story is precious. "Cute" is another word that comes to mind. I didn't dislike it (yes, I know, it's damned with faint praise.) It was OK. I'm sorry, but that's just the truth. The narration was good. I found it easy to follow the characters. Having said that, the plot was not challenging. I do like the character of Maddy Sprowls. I appreciate her humor and take-no-prisoners attitude, so I got to chuckle a lot over her antics. I enjoyed the story and can't discourage you, the reader, from giving it a try if you understand what you're getting. It's a "confection", not a masterpiece.
This is light reading with a simple story line. Maddy Sprouls is the crotchety newspaper librarian in the prerequisite small town full of the usual eccentric characters with secrets to hide. A murder ensues. Maddy solves it. End of story.
It's a good book for light reading, very light.
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