We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
The Unraveling of Violeta Bell: A Morgue Mama Mystery | [C. R. Corwin]

The Unraveling of Violeta Bell: A Morgue Mama Mystery

Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.
Regular Price:$19.57
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper?

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.

What the Critics Say

"Irascible, fearless and unapologetic, Maddy is a heroine cozy fans will embrace." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.3 (192 )
5 star
 (35)
4 star
 (55)
3 star
 (64)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (20)
Overall
3.3 (143 )
5 star
 (24)
4 star
 (42)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (17)
1 star
 (14)
Story
3.5 (142 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (15)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Donna Burley, WA, United States 03-31-08
    Donna Burley, WA, United States 03-31-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Great book, the Best of readers"

    A truly enjoyable book. This was my first C. R. Corwin book, and what a surprise. She's entertaining, and keeps you guessing. I especially enjoyed the narrator, Suzanne Toren. She brings Corwin's books to life with so much animation. I will definitely be listening to the rest of her books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nora Port Huron, MI, USA 05-30-08
    Nora Port Huron, MI, USA 05-30-08 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Good reading"

    This is a great book. We listened to this on the way to Florida from Michigan. The charaters and story have some laugh out loud humorous moments and dialog. Good story. Even our 16 year old son enjoyed the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marilyn Salem, OR, United States 09-27-11
    Marilyn Salem, OR, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I want more of this series"

    I bought it because it was on sale and sounded worth trying; now I'm very frustrated because Audible doesn't have more of these! The story was fun and entertaining -- light compared to most of the mysteries I read and listen to, but not light on the story content. It was a great story and the narrator was perfect for the character.

    So Audible, where are the rest of these??

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-23-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    161
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    307
    131
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "an appalling accent"

    This may or may not be a good book. The reader's accent made it impossible for me to get past the first 3 minutes. Do yourself a favor and listen first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 11-27-11
    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "grumpy and negative"

    The narrator did a good job portraying a person that I really didn't like. The story was OK, but I won't EVER get another book about Violeta Bell.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 10-11-12
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    84
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    344
    54
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mama Mia"

    This is an old fashioned mystery with a twist: our heroine. She doesn't pack, she isn't young and she does need her sleep. For me, at an age closing in on that of Mama, a plot is not sufficient to make a book a good read / listen. I like to feel I am learning something, about an occupation, a place or a period in time (or in the future) I know little or nothing about. Here, the hook is the perspective of a character who has already lived a life.

    If this helps you decide, I plan to spend a credit on another Morgue Mama story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    EBeth Book Kentucky, USA 05-18-12
    EBeth Book Kentucky, USA 05-18-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little fun from a savvy old gal"
    If you could sum up The Unraveling of Violeta Bell in three words, what would they be?

    Light, fun, mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Violetta's brother, 'the Prince'. I can't explain why without spoilers - let's just say he gets to know the victim better after her death.


    Any additional comments?

    This is no great novel, but is good fun. A female protagonist in her 60s is past giving a darn about what other people think, but cares very much about getting justice for a woman she never knew.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kat5 Maryland 03-16-12
    Kat5 Maryland 03-16-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    225
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More Corwin please! Wonderful reader."

    I don't understand the negative reviews for this audible book. The heroine is cantankerous and that is her charm. I have met women like Maddie, she is the older working woman who LOVES her job and does not want to retire, just because she has reached retirement age. How refreshing to think there are women who love their work and their late in life new man. It is charmingly played by the reader who puts a lot of heart into the performances with distinct voices for each character. I have listened to hundreds of audible books (long commute) this is one of the best performances I have ever heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 11-09-11
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 11-09-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    103
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    493
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It gave me a headache and bored me!"

    Thank God my iPod lets me set the narrative on a faster playback or I could of never finished this book. It's just plain silly, not charming.The narrator is very talented, but for some reason she choose to use a most irritating voice (think nails on a blackboard) for the main character. Instead of sounding like a woman in her late 60's, she sounds like a 102 year woman who has lived on an isolated farm in Kansas her whole life. Pass the aspirin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patricia Auburn, ME, United States 09-30-11
    Patricia Auburn, ME, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hummm??"

    It sounded like a good story but the narration is so distracting that I couldn't concentrate. I had to stop listening to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 22 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.