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  • Surviving Doodahville

  • By: Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The summer of 1983 - the era of big debt, big hair, and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Kassandra Lawson is excited about starting her senior year of high school. She has a crush on a local hunk, and her best friend, valley girl extraordinaire Liz Hendricks, insists on helping her snag the hot guy - for sure! July starts out uneventful for Kee and her parents. Her father, Kevin, is a partner at a CPA firm, and her mother, Gail, works as a secretary at the police department. The small family lives an idyllic life in sunny Hacienda Heights, California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #Redneck Pride is alive!

  • By Barb (Paging Through The Days) on 07-16-19

Surviving Doodahville

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-19

How would you feel if you were told, when you were a teenager, you would have to just pack up and leave to another city? What about all of your friends? What about school and classes? What about that boy that you really like and have been trying to get to notice you for the entire year? And just like the snap of a finger, you are moving from California to Arkansas, which is a major change, especially for the 1980s. Things that were socially acceptable in California, didn’t mean that it caught on for the little town in Arkansas. In fact, a lot of things didn’t quite catch on in Daltville, AKA Doodahville. Both Fontainne and Hansen have quite an interesting story, one that readers will find themselves immersed in rather quickly.

Kassandra Lawson has been officially uprooted from her nice and cushiony life in southern-California. There has been a death in the family and in the Lawson family, everyone sticks together during a crisis, even if that means traveling to Arkansas to attend the funeral with everyone else. The deceased woman was a mother to Kee’s father, so it was kind of a big deal to go and pay their respects. Once they arrive in Daltville, Arkansas, Kee is under the impression that it is just for the funeral, but the Will says differently. Lurelene passed some reality down to Kee’s dad and it appears that the town is in real need of a cleanup. With more secrets than Kee can count, everyone is dangerous and Kee knows that she isn’t cut out for southern life right away. She didn’t need the polecat to spray her before she came to that realization. Unfortunately, she didn’t really get much of a vote. When her family decides that this move to Doodahville is the best possible decision that they could make for the future of their family, Kee is forced to agree—even if it did come a little late and after a broken heart. What lays in waiting for her in Arkansas? She is about to find out…

Surviving Doodahville, written by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen, is an interesting read. The character development is terrific, although the lingo may somewhat be misplaced according to the era. Roberts does an amazing job with her narration, allowing every character to have a different voice. While Roberts is relaying the story, her vocalization not only entertains the reader, it also provides a sense of personality for each character. The beginning and middle of the story are fantastic as far as pace; however, the ending feels very rushed and scenes clipped to the point where the reader might have expected more description. Other than these two concepts, the story appears to have been written well since Robert’s narration was nearly impeccable. The cover is also eye-catching and quite appealing. If you are a reader of women’s fiction, satire/humor, and contemporary fiction with light romance, you may want to try this one out and see if it is meant for your eyes.

This audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Surviving Doodahville by Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen.

  • Remnants of Ash

  • Reign of Fae, Book 1
  • By: CK Dawn
  • Narrated by: Sydnee Fullmer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Mere mortal. Fae hunter. Oh, and the apocalypse? Yeah, that happened! She's an unstoppable human. He's an immovable beast. But the fae have scorched the earth and humans are next.... Chloe Etain, stumbled into an ancient war between the light and dark that has culminated in her world being thrown into darkness and pre-industrial chaos. Vampire-like creatures roam free, feeding on unsuspecting humans. Chloe knows the truth though and, possibly, how to stop it. But as a mere mortal, what can she do? That's when the fates step in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was cute

  • By DabOfDarkness on 07-15-19

Remnants of Ash

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-19

If your world went into utter chaos and destruction tomorrow, how would you survive? Would you have the will to survive if you lost all of the people who meant anything to you? In a post-apocalyptic world, it is kill or be killed. In Remnants of Ash, Dawn takes two characters who are unlikely to pair up—and they are forced to save what is left of humanity. This story will pull readers in just enough to give the reader a sense of foreboding and then it’s over.

Chloe Etain is a college student, making her way through the world on her own when the war picks up its pace and obliterates the earth with something called the Scorch. The Fae have really put survival to the test with these vampire-like creatures scouring the earth in search of their next meal. Meeting up with Bram has been the best and possibly the worst thing that could have happened. Bram is mysterious, sexy, but most importantly, he is a hunter and very lethal. As their journey rapidly continues, both individuals must learn the ways of this new world and each other. Can they work together? Can they survive against the impending doom that lurks at their destination?

Dawn has a very short story with the first installment of the Reign of Fae series, called Remnants of Ash. Short stories are totally acceptable for certain genres; however, this specific series seems to have a lot going on which is not conducive to this type of writing. In such a short time frame, the story loses space for a well-written backstory on characters and the plot is virtually thrown together which appears sloppy. In this story, characters appear a bit underdeveloped and scenes typically smoosh together fairly quickly, which may leave readers with confusion or complete loss of interest. Since this review does compliment the audiobook, Fullmer kept up with the quick pace fairly well; however, some wording was slurred together and there were mispronunciations through the story. The story itself has the capacity to be five-star worthy if the author ever decides to lengthen this installment and add more “meat” to the characters and scenes, and categorizes the book correctly. The development process of this story could definitely use another look. If you are a reader of post-apocalyptic, science fiction, magic, fantasy with a small amount of romance, you may enjoy this read. Since this is the first installment within the series, readers are able to jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn.

  • Haven Divided

  • The Dragon's Brood Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Josh de Lioncourt
  • Narrated by: Reay Kaplan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Emily Haven and her friends have been given the seemingly impossible task of uniting the worlds - a mission they failed once before, in another lifetime. But Emily made a promise, and she intends to keep it. A small boy risked his life to save hers, and while Michael sets out to rejoin the Dragon’s Brood, she heads east with Celine and Corbbmacc to rescue Daniel from a band of desert slavers.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed Book 1 a little more

  • By DabOfDarkness on 07-15-19

Haven Divided

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-19

Would you feel sadness if you entered into another world and didn’t know if you would ever return to this one? For those who have parents, children, and friends, you would imagine that this would seem like a very difficult concept to broach. But if you didn’t have anyone…would you think about it any differently? De Lioncourt takes one seemingly ordinary sixteen year-old girl and thrusts her into an extraordinary world, much like Alice in Wonderland, only without the rabbit and the doped up Caterpillar of course. Readers will get hooked by the adventure and trials that Emily and her friends face for their survival.

Emily Haven is still in this different world, filled with magic which has been divided in two. She has been given a mission and that mission is super simple, just reunite the two worlds back together…the world that she now resides in and the world that she was born in. Yeah, like that is simple! Knowing that mission lingers in the background, Emily and her friends have taken a short detour based off of a promise. She keeps her promises and in the first installment, she promises a little boy that she would come back to save him from the slave mines. With imminent war between Marianne and The Dragon’s Brood hanging over their heads, the three friends and Rascal go in search of the boy using a vision that she’s had of the desert. They run into several obstacles along the way, on this seemingly longer than normal, adventure of theirs…but what they find could cause havoc on the small group. The people that they run into, are unknown to Emily and could be the end for them all if they don’t play their hands carefully.

De Lioncourt has a spellbinding fantasy, filled with creativity, adventure, and darkness looming in every corner of the world. There are a couple of long excerpts in the beginning of this book before the reader makes it to chapter one, which is a bit odd. The pace is very quick much throughout the entire read, which makes it easy to breeze through the pages. The characters are mysteries, filled with curiosity, determination, and the shear will of living to see another day. The author ensures to create flawed characters that must face their own demons and the ones that are after them in this new world. Emily and her new friends have a long journey ahead and each character will learn more about themselves as they go. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, the narrator enlivens the story with her vocal and emotional differentiation. Every character is unmistakably different in tone and sound. There are a few words here and there that appear to be mispronounced; however, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel. Also, there are words that seem to be misplaced as well, though this is not very common. If you are a reader of dark fantasy, you may be interested in picking this book up. This is the second installment in The Dragon’s Brood Cycle Series; therefore, we are recommending the first installment be read prior to this one since it is a direct continuation of the adventure.

NOTE: This story is tagged as a coming of age fantasy; however, due to the graphic detail of the violence and language that is produced in this story, it would be recommended for an audience over the age of 18.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Haven Divided by Josh de Lioncourt.

  • Haven Lost

  • The Dragon's Brood Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Josh de Lioncourt
  • Narrated by: Reay Kaplan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven, heroine of the girls' hockey team at Lindsey High, has spent her young life keeping two secrets: her rapidly deteriorating home life and the seemingly supernatural power that makes her a star on the ice. When she begins seeing visions of a lost and ragged boy reflected in mirrors and shop windows, a series of events unfolds that tears her from 21st-century Minneapolis and leaves her stranded in another world with horrors to rival those she has left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great new author

  • By Sheila Medlam on 10-27-15

Haven Lost

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-19

Would you feel sadness if you entered into another world and didn’t know if you would ever return to this one? For those who have parents, children, and friends, you would imagine that this would seem like a very difficult concept to broach. But if you didn’t have anyone…would you think about it any differently? De Lioncourt takes one seemingly ordinary sixteen year-old girl and thrusts her into an extraordinary world, much like Alice in Wonderland, only without the rabbit and the doped up Caterpillar of course. Readers will get hooked by the adventure and trials that Emily and her new friends face for their survival.

Emily Haven is a hockey player, but she has this gift. She has a sensation of knowing what is going to happen, like an enormously powerful gut feeling…you could say. Leaving her world to come to this new one filled with unrecognizable creatures and danger around every corner, she has lost everything and now she doesn’t know what this new world will bring. With visions of a boy looking back at her through mirrors, she starts to piece the puzzles together that something is very wrong in this new world and she may have been sent to find and save him. At first, Emily knows nothing about where she is and she is immediately placed as an apprentice in Marianne’s castle, but soon transitions into a knight’s role. It becomes very apparent that she has entered into a war between Marianne’s knights and the Dragon’s Brood. Forced to pick sides, Emily goes with her gut and sticks to her original plan of finding the boy; everything has to work itself out after the rescue mission, right? Little does she know that her life may hang in the balance, and the danger that she has brought to her new friends may ultimately be death.

De Lioncourt has a spellbinding fantasy, filled with creativity, adventure, and darkness looming in every corner of the world. In the beginning, the pace feels rushed, but then evens out to a steady and enjoyable pace. The characters are mysteries, filled with curiosity, determination, and the shear will of living to see another day. The author ensures to create flawed characters that must face their own demons and the ones that are after them in this new world. Emily and her new friends have a long journey ahead and each character will learn more about themselves as they go. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, the narrator enlivens the story with her vocal and emotional differentiation. Every character is unmistakably different in tone and sound. There are a few words here and there that appear to be mispronounced; however, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of dark fantasy, you may be interested in picking this book up. This is the first installment in The Dragon’s Brood Cycle Series; therefore, readers are able to plunge right into the story.

NOTE: This story is tagged as a coming of age fantasy; however, due to the graphic detail of the violence that is produced in this story, it would be recommended for an audience over the age of 18.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Haven Lost by Josh de Lioncourt.

  • Trail of Blood

  • By: Steve Wands, Keith Latch
  • Narrated by: Matthew E. Berry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Occult investigator Sam Logan receives a cryptic call about a man’s missing son that leads him and his partner, Carter Mason - a disabled veteran - into a small town infested with vampires. With each hour they spend in town after dark they discover just how deep the infestation runs and just how unlikely father and son will be reunited. Trail of Blood is an exciting, blood-soaked, pause-resister for fans of The Lost Boys and Hellblazer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By timj26 on 06-19-19

Trail of Blood

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-19

If you had the choice of remaining as a human or living as an immortal, what would you choose? That seems like a loaded question, right?! Some would jump at the immortal bit without question, but others may ask what the consequences are. Would you have to kill other humans? Would you have to drink blood to survive? Do the things like stakes, garlic, and sunlight hurt you if you do decide to play favorites to the undead? Wands and Latch collaborated on one very detailed and graphic vampire mystery that will have readers on edge.

Sam Logan is an investigator and not just any investigator, he deals with the monsters that go bump in the night and that includes vampires. When he receives a call from a man who hasn’t been able to reach out to his son, he fears that the vampires may have already taken him. This leads Sam and his partner, Carter to investigate more into the town. Upon arrival, it appears to be almost a ghost town. Usually when an infestation gets this bad, they have to call in the authorities to wipe out the whole town, but Sam and Carter take it upon themselves to look for Joe’s missing son. What they discover is much bigger than they could have ever imagined and quite frankly, may be too dangerous to get out of alive.

Wands and Latch have an interesting view on vampires in this story, one that sticks to some of the vampire lore along with some original content as well. The character development could have been better, considering that there is really no back-story and characters are thrown into the mix so quickly, it may be easy for readers to feel lost or confused throughout the action. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Berry was a very noteworthy narrator. Almost all of the characters had vocal differentiation and he really seemed to get into the scenes with vigor. The pace is quite fast, but overall the story is entertaining. The narrator does not seem to have any issue with mispronunciation or grammatical quips; therefore, it is safe to assume that the story is well-written. If you are a reader of vampire mysteries and paranormal/occult investigations, you may want to pick this up for a quick read. After listening to this audiobook, it is our recommendation that an audience over the age of 18 is preferred due to language, violence, and sexual content.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Trail of Blood by Steve Wands & Keith Latch.

  • Painting of Sorrow

  • By: Virginia Winters
  • Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The painting and the woman, both hiding in plain sight. And a killer who targets both. Sarah Downing, an art conservator hiding in witness protection, identifies a lost masterpiece by Caravaggio. History says it burned in WWII Berlin, but here it is, on her easel. Someone betrays Sarah - an agent, a friend? Soon she is fighting to save the painting and herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painting of Sorrow

  • By Turning Another Page on 06-24-19

Painting of Sorrow

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-19

Art and history will be forever intertwined in a loving embrace. For what was painted in history often resurfaces in the rarest of times and in various or exciting ways. It takes a keen eye and a particular appreciation to enjoy all types of art pieces, but for Sarah Downing, she can spot them as they come. Winters has depicted an invigorating story with elements of mystery, suspense, wonder, and history allowing her readers to get lost in the wonders of art.

Sarah Downing is an art conservator who has a couple of secrets up her sleeve. From what appears to have been an immensely gratifying life of an artist, she has her PhD and resides in a nice and cozy little place in Ontario. Then, she comes across what she believes to be an original Caravaggio masterpiece that was thought to have been destroyed in fire during World War II in Berlin. With the hype following the lost masterpiece, Sarah becomes engrossed in wanting to save the painting after everyone is trying to hush her up about testing it. She doesn’t intend for her past to make a breakthrough in her search for answers though. Sarah’s ex-husband is released from prison and makes his way to Sarah’s neighborhood after ten years of hiding. With her death in mind, being the woman who put him away in the first place, he isn’t going to stop until he gets what he came for. Not even witness protection can save her this time as she hides the painting and makes a getaway for Italy. Knowing that there has to be some type of leak in the program for Jimmy to be able to find her after all these years, she takes it upon herself to run. She knows that she will fight until her dying breath to save herself and this painting from destruction from those who are after her. The only man that she wants to run to, having a love for the art piece the same as herself, may already be in danger along with everyone else who has tried to help her and knows too much. Can she find a safe place to rebuild her life again or will it be too late?

Winters has an alluring mystery mixed in with the beautiful world of art history. The characters are well developed and original. While the story is a bit slow in the beginning, the story does pick up a little once the ex-husband comes into the picture. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Ferguson’s vocal relay is clear and concise throughout the story. She does provide differentiation between characters, but she is a very slow narrator. From the relay, it appears that the story is well-written; however, the narrator annunciates each word too drastically causing either a clucking over exasperating word formations that sound forced. If you are a reader of art mysteries and suspense, you may want to look into this book.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Painting of Sorrow by Virginia Winters.

  • ToxiCity

  • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 3
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond, Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When three bodies turn up in rapid succession, all in landfills or waste disposal dumpsters, rookie cop Georgia Davis is drawn into the investigation. Teaming up with her detective boyfriend Matt and his friend, Detective Sergeant John Stone, Georgia must work out who's responsible for the killings, but there's little evidence to go on. The case also tests the strength of Georgia's relationship with Matt - complicating the situation is the daughter of a real estate mogul, who also happens to have her eye on Matt. Who's behind these gruesome killings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tight, Gritty Grip on All Kinds of Melee

  • By Espanolish on 10-08-16

ToxiCity

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-19

Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? What type of organization would have all of the right people in their pocket? Hellmann has a lot of action and some adventure in this third installment. Georgia Davis teams up with Detective Sergeant John Stone and her boyfriend Matt in this gripping case.

Matt Sanger gets involved in a homicide case with the victim being a school teacher. Detective Sergeant Stone finds more bodies with the same motive and both are forced to team up in hopes of finding the connection. When leads disappear faster than they can track them down, Georgia lends her assistance when she detects that something isn’t quite right with the little neighborhood as well. People seem to be dying and the only thing that they can catch a break on is that it has to do with the daughter of a real estate hotshot who has her eyes dead set on Matt, especially when she becomes a the target. Striking quickly and with precision, Matt and Georgia have to find the missing pieces of this puzzle quickly or they may lose an innocent woman to this killer.

Hellmann has a great story, filled with heartbreak, secrets, and vendettas. The characters are well-developed, but the pace is very slow. This installment seems to focus more on the boyfriend more than it does Georgia, which is a bit odd. It was expected for the story to focus primarily on Georgia instead of Matt, but it appears that Georgia is the supporting cast in this story. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Hellmann switches it up and has two narrators for this installment. Richmond and Shetterly have the male and female vocal differentiation covered, but since the pace is so slow…it seemed to drag a bit through scenes. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story entertaining to read. This is the third installment within the series; however, it is a back-story of the characters; therefore, it can be read as a standalone without losing any misinterpretation from previous installments.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Toxicity by Libby Fischer Hellmann.

  • Doubleback

  • The Georgia Davis P.I. Series #2
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman. The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Money can't buy happiness but it sure is a start"

  • By Norma Miles on 06-07-16

Doubleback

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-19

Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? What type of organization would have all of the right people in their pocket? Hellmann has a lot of action and some adventure in this second installment along with two main characters, Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman from another hit series. Readers are sure to be entertained with this one.

Georgia Davis, a former police officer suspended from the force, has taken up a new gig as a PI. After the last year with the investigation of a young girl who had been murdered on the Northshore, Georgia is now getting back to a semblance of a life–until Ellie Foreman calls–with another case. Ellie, a video producer from another book series, has been introduced into this second installment and she has been roped into some pretty dicey stuff. A friend of a friend’s daughter has been kidnapped and the woman won’t go to the police for fear of never seeing her daughter again. So, Georgia rides on up to see the woman and sure enough, nothing is ever as it appears. When the girl is brought back to the house and some hefty amounts of money get moved in and out of the bank that this woman works for, Ellie suspects that something else is going on. Not really knowing what she is up against until the body count starts racking up, Georgia and Ellie find that they are in some serious trouble after an attempt on Georgia’s life. They are in it now until the very end; what cards to they have on the table to find out the truth and keep each other alive long enough to relay the information to the police.

Hellmann has a great story, filled with animosity, determination, greed, and power. The characters are well-developed, but the pace is very slow. This installment introduces another main character from a different book series which is great; however, this book goes back and forth in first person, which is a bit odd. This series is called the Georgia Davis Series, not the Georgia and Ellie Series; therefore, it was expected the introduction and the story would focus on Georgia, but have Ellie as a background character or supporting cast. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Kaminsky’s voice relay was entertaining. Her narration is clear and the character differentiation livens the slow pace up quite a bit. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story to be a good fit for you.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann.

  • The Wonkiest Witch

  • Wonky Inn, Book 1
  • By: Jeannie Wycherley
  • Narrated by: Kim Bretton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Alfhild Daemonne has inherited an inn. And a dead body. Estranged from her witch mother, and having committed to little in her 30 years, Alf surprises herself when she decides to start a new life. She heads deep into the English countryside, intent on making a success of the once popular inn. However, discovering the murder throws her a curve ball. Especially when she suspects dark magick. Additionally, a less than warm welcome from several locals persuades her that a variety of folk - of both the mortal and magickal persuasions - have it in for her.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jan on 08-11-19

The Wonkiest Witch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-19

If you were entrusted with an inn or even a house in a will, what would you do with it? Would you keep it and try to fix it up? Would you sell it and use the money for something else? Alfhild Daemonne and her adventures begin in this first installment. Readers are sure to enjoy Wycherley’s fun banter among characters and the witchy mystery running a muck in the town, making it clear that someone doesn’t want Alf there.

Alf is a witch, much like her estranged mother but she holds her magic back from the world because of the loss of her father. Upon inheriting an inn from her father, she packs her bags and heads straight for her new life. Arriving at the wonky and quite charming inn, she is ecstatic to get started on the renovations, but where does she start? The locals aren’t too friendly and don’t seem to take well to her being there, but one of the women recommends a handy man who is perfect for the job. With little money to start the work of getting the inn back to its glory days, the handy man works out perfectly and he is handsome to boot! Of course, there is no shortage of bumps in the road and the biggest one happens to be a dead body which clearly appears to have been caused by dark magic. Alf is determined to not let that stop her and her new life, but others may be plotting to destroy her newly found dreams whether she likes it or not. Being the newbie to the town, she may not have any choice other than to turn to her magic to help her through this pickle.

Wycherley’s story is light, but fun with a charge of mystery to liven the pages. The characters are energetic and well developed; however, the plot is a bit predictable. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Bretton did a fantastic job with her narration. The characters all had a sense of personality and pace was enjoyable. The story appears to be written well; however, this opinion is based on the clear and effortless vocal relay by the narrator. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and paranormal or supernatural fiction, you may enjoy this read. Since this is the first installment within the Wonky Inn Series, readers are able to jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley.

  • Easy Innocence

  • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption, Greed, and Prostitution …

  • By Snoodely on 11-09-16

Easy Innocence

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? Hellmann has a compelling novel, one that will reel readers into the first installment and have them longing to jump into the next one by the end of it.

Georgia Davis, a former police officer suspended from the force, has taken up a new gig as a PI. She’s been hired to investigate the murder of a school girl from Chicago’s North Shore. When everything is nice and tidy, cleaned up really well and an innocent man is handed to the DA with a bow, that is Davis’ first clue that something smells fishy, like a cover up. Knowing that she won’t have the same privileges as a cop, she makes due with obtaining the information in various ways. For starters, talking to all of the girl’s friends and the families of those friends–making some enemies along the way. Once the snooping starts, things start spiraling down pretty quickly and she is able to find some loose lips. She knows that she is on to something big when someone tries to make a hit on her, but that won’t stop her from finding the truth. Can Georgia find the killer in time before an innocent man is sent to jail for life?

Hellmann has a great story, filled with animosity, determination, greed, and power. The characters are well-developed and the pace is steady with the exception of the first few chapters. Some of the characters appear to falter in personality, which is a tad contradictory. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Richmond’s voice relay was entertaining. Her narration is clear; however, she provides limited vocal differentiation between characters. This shouldn’t hinder the enjoyment of the novel though. If you are a readers of crime thrillers, suspense and mysteries, you may find this story to be a good fit for you. Easy Innocence is shrouded in secrets and crimes of passion encompassing both adults and children; therefore, it is advised for an audience over the age of 18.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann.