A body in a pool of skim milk.
An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds.
AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects.
Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T dumped you for his dental assistant, Little Miss Tooth de Lay, leading you to jettison your old life and invest what little you have left in Uncommon Grounds, which now appears - like your marriage - to be circling the drain.
©2004 Sandra Balzo (P)2012 Sandra Balzo
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book. The narrator has a flat, almost monotone voice and leaden pacing. Story may have been interesting--too bad I couldn't finish it!
Both the story and the narration are totally unremarkable. No emotions, no thoughts, just a passtime.
Honestly, just a relief that the story has ended.
There is no reason not to. Performance is decent, so if the story is worthy of listening, then why not?
Well I could've been doing housework, but I wasn't. :-)
Seemed a little contrived.
The narrator needs to slow down. I tried listening at 75% speed I was so frustrated with how fast she went--then it just sounded weird. I was getting more used to it by the end of the book,and it wasn't so frustrating that I couldn't finish.
I am a non smoker, and highly anti smoking and the character who smoked really annoyed me, and the way the author kept referring to her smoking really annoyed me too. Just a personal grievance though.
Like History, Business and Self-Improvement books. 32 year US Army veteran.
I would recommend this book to anyone liking mysteries. The murderer isn't obvious. There are plenty of side stories to keep you engaged.
Maggy and Sara. Maggy is funny and so is Sara. They both have a rye sense of humor and Sara is snarky. Frank the dog.
This was my first book.
There were plenty of laughs throughout.
I like mysteries and coffee references.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
The main character is very real-I like that in a protagonist. She leads a life I can relate to and understand.
The unexpected plot twist at the end.
Maggie, the protagonist
You'll Get a Jolt from that Espresso :-)
An avid book reader...turned listener.
The story is written very well and it held my interest. I usually listen while I paint or work in my studio so I'm not looking for a complicated story. I really liked the character development though sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between the different character voices.
There were a couple parts of the book that were fast paced, but i frequently felt on edge because of the way the narrator was reading. It seemed like she had an artificial urgency in her voice at parts when there was no need.
I felt like I was listening to a female version of a film noir inner monologue. For me,though, this didn't really distract from the narration, but I didn't find it necessary, nor did it fit with the words she was reading.
I really enjoyed this first book of the series and I will continue with it. The narration wasn't ideal, but once I became immersed in the story, I stopped noticing the affectations.
No. I gave up mid way. I don't know if it was the main character or the narrator that irritated me.
Maybe. If different narrator.
Xe Sand or the one that read "A world without end"
Not sure, I didn't finish.
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