Meet the girls of Portman's Creamery. Led by Irene and Chrissie Garcia-Galvan, they take on the cases that can't be solved and find the ones who did it. Join Pippa, Becca, Mary Beth, Stacey, and Winky as they solve some of their toughest crimes. The latest one takes place within a chocolate factory. When a young woman is found in a vat of chocolate, the case throws everyone into the world of modeling, scandals, and secrets.
©2014 Cithara Susan Patra (P)2015 Cithara Susan Patra
I was provided a free copy of this book by the Narrator for review.
I don't like to write negative reviews so I will be brief.
As far as mysteries go, this mystery almost seems geared towards children. At least that is my opinion.
The story doesn't flow very well and it was very difficult to remain interested.
The narration was not well done. I felt like a child being read a bedtime story. The narrator sounds like she is reading to children.
Not something I will recommend.
I love audio books.
"Wrapped in Death and Chocolate" has a decent mystery at it's core but just about everything else is a little too absurd for me to have enjoyed it. This book is about a detective (an actual detective) who gets a murder case and goes to a group of women who "solve crimes" in their spare time aside from running their ice cream shop. Outside of the fact that this premise is ridiculous, (why would a detective need the help of a bunch of uneducated, non-police people to help solve crimes? where the hell are the other cops???) the actual "solving" of the crimes were just these women standing around talking about what might have logically happened (but mostly talking about how the "case" was affecting one of the women). It was hard to listen to.
I hate when books about women belittle their intelligence (why couldn't these women have just been cops? Why was there so much concern about the one who knew the victim's ability to keep her room cleaned and groceries bought? It felt so sexist and weird). The narrator also had an inflection to her voice that I found very irritating. She didn't mix it up at all, just that same inflection throughout. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
The story was ok, but I just couldn't connect with the narrator. It felt like the book would never end.
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I would, it's a great story.
When the body was found in the chocolate vat.
The end when they pieced it all together. As a child we watched a lot of mystery movies as family fun and reminded me of that.
I just finished listening to C.S. Patra’s Wrapped in Death and Chocolate. It reminded me of Nancy Drew, a good old fashioned murder/mystery. I really enjoy those types of books depending on my mood and I was in the mood.
Stacey is a college student, she and a group of other college students help run an ice cream shop and on the side they solve crimes. In this case, a body was found in a chocolate vat at a plant. Each clue they stumbled across led them to a new lead until they finally solved the crime.
The narrator Abbi Fox uses a clear voice. At first I wasn’t sure her voice fit the story but after a couple chapters I warmed to it and found I really enjoyed her voice.
This is the type of story that’s great for all ages. There’s no gore or explicit scenes.
I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review
Well let me think. I really do not like writing bad reviews but......
This book had a good chance at being good but, like the other reviewers, why would a police officer ask and give confidential information to a group young adults who don't seem to have time to even sit down.
Please C.S. Patra take another stab at this book and give it better bones.
Now about the narrator Abby Fox did a good job with her voices.
Sorry but I have to score you 3-4-3
It is all a matter of personal taste. I could have read it much quicker and would have still enjoyed the story. It is a good, wholesome story.
I have not read a comparable book to this one lately. It is a cute, quirky story. I enjoyed the characters very much.
I was not thrilled by the narrator. The audio performance was very rough.
With the simplicity of the plot I would not consider making it into a movie. However, I recommend this book. It is a good read/listen.
I was voluntarily provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for this pure, unbiased review.
I've rarely met an audio book I didnt like. I love rom-com, cozy murder mystery, and self-help.
Took a little time to get into this book but enjoyed it in the end. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Yes I Would Recommend The Book;The Plot Is Light And Carefree...
Sure I Would...I Like The Author's Writing Style..
A School Teacher... She Reads Like The Audience Is All School Age Children Instead Of Using Her Natural Voice..
The Middle And Ending Were Far Fetched But I Suppose It Was A Decent Read...
I Was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
I will try another book from Patra. The story has potential and the characters were satisfactory. Fox as a narrator left something to be desired . There was little distinction between characters it was hard to know which character was speaking and the voices were all also similar.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the search for the killer in solving the mystery of who why and how. The least interesting part of the story was the by play between characters unfortunately.
I did not care much for the performance itself. The different characters are indistinguishable by voice or inflection and there was a certain monotone reading aspect throughout the entire book.
If the book were a movie I doubt I would see it. I'm not sure there is enough storyline for a movie.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This is my honest and unbiased review.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
Wrapped in Death and Chocolate was an okay listen. It was an easy listen but didn't have a lot of substance. The plot was interesting but was repetitive. It went in circles. It could've used more editing and finer details. The characters were one dimensional. On the other hand, I wasn't able to figure it out right away.
Abbi Fox's performance was good. I liked listening to her and I think she saved the story. She had a clean read with nice voice inflections.
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"Not as good as I thought it would be."
There was a lot of things that I did not like about this book. I found Stacey one of the main characters hard to believe and really annoying. She would say one thing and do another. She kept saying that she is not upset over the death of the model since they used to be friends but they grow apart and were more like acquaintances. she would then go and get upset over her death and yet she tells her friend that she is not, she kept doing this through majority of the book. I kept thinking just make up your mind in what you are feeling!
She would then say that she had to solve the case and yet they work as a group but it had to be her who solved it. She would get upset about the boss of the chocolate factory for thinking about his factory instead of the murder and yet she is doing the same thing. Instead of saying lets solve it for the dead person sake, she thought and said that she had to solve the case. Guess who solved the case. Yep you guessed it! Stacey did. I thought she was being selfish and she did not really care for the dead model even though she said she did.
I guessed who did it and why before they did and I found them to be so slow in figuring things out and they were meant to be the best, since the police went to them for help.
I felt this book was more fantasy, in that everything fell in to place and they could get away with a lot of things that they wouldn't be able to do in reality.
This is not the best narrator that I have listened to but she is not the worst.
This audio book was given to me for free at my request by the author and I provided this voluntary review.
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