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Randi Vickers

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  • Tart of Darkness

  • The Chef-to-Go Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Dani unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town and pursues her true passion - cooking! She opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students as well as providing personal chef services. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives. But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too similar to her Dime Store series

  • By Amanda L on 04-16-18

Too Much Angst

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

If you are looking for a romance, this may be more to your liking. I was looking for a mystery, & while the mystery aspect was ok the constant romantic angst was tiresome.

The inner monologues were both frequent & cringe worthy. Maybe this is aimed at a much younger audience? At any rate, not my cup of tea.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,601

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

smarmy romance to plot ratio was off

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The concept is interesting, & I enjoyed the spunkiness of Charley.

Any additional comments?

This book is too heavy on the paranormal romance and thus light on the plot & story development. The endless drooling over the spawn of Satan becomes tiresome midway through, and by the last quarter of the book is wince inducing.

I enjoy urban fantasy, but in this book it is eclipsed by the "relationship" between Charley & SOS. My main reason for writing this review is to remind myself not to purchase any of the sequels.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful