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  • Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Volume 6
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Halloween is still a week away, but disturbing things are already starting to occur in Sabrina Daley's picturesque hometown of Treasure Cove. First, a local restaurant burns down under strange circumstances. Next, one of Sabrina's regulars at Daley Buzz Coffee Company is found murdered. Can Sabrina solve both cases in time to treat herself to some candy, or will her Halloween night end with a deadly trick?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can Sabrina figure out who killed Allison?

  • By Baroness Book Trove on 10-05-18

Can Sabrina figure out who killed Allison?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts is a lovely, short, and is easy to follow along. I listened to the Audible version of it, and I loved it. Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder is in a coastal town named Treasure Cove in the fall. A week from Halloween which is a perfect beginning book for the spooky season.

The Main Character:
The main character in Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder is Sabrina Daley. She grew up in Treasure Cove than left and came back again to work at her family’s coffee shop. The story is from her point of view. It’s also a pretty short story, and I loved how you didn’t have to read the other books to get what the characters were talking about or their relationships.

What I liked about Sabrina
• Sabrina is a pretty interesting character. She works at her family’s coffee place, yet she was able to investigate one of her customers and friend’s death.
• She has a little corgi named Snickerdoodle which seems like a pretty awesome dog.
• Sabrina is very stubborn, and she loves candy.
• She is also a big fan of the little Ma and Pa shops around the town. She is trying to save them all, and it’s pretty awesome.

The Love Interest:
Sabrina’s boyfriend David is a detective. They seem like a cute couple.

The Villain:
I am not going to spoil this for anyone, but I will tell you that I was wrong about the identity of the murder. It was pretty entertaining to see who did it.

The Narrator
Ms. Beacom did a great job on narrating. The voices that she used were pretty cool. However, Ms. Beacon did confuse Sabrina’s mom’s voice with David’s voice, but it was still fantastic. She made the story very pleasant to listen too.

Five Stars
Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts was magnificent. I thought I knew who did it but I was surprised to see that I was wrong. It is a great book, and I loved it. I am giving this book a five-star rating, and I am recommending it to anyone that likes cozy mysteries.

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  • Brownies and Broomsticks

  • A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Bailey Cates
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,411

Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Mystery with your Magic

  • By Kathryn on 03-28-13

Can Katie prove her uncle is innocent?

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates is a good book. I listened to the Audible version of it, and I loved it. This book that made me feel like I was there with the characters. Brownies and Broomsticks is set in Savannah, Georgia when it was nice and hot, which was splendid as the last few days it’s been getting cold here in Montana. What a perfect book to listen to while doing my chores or taking a walk.

The Main Character:
The main character in Brownies and Broomsticks is Katie Lightfoot. She is a twenty-eight-year-old baker who is a recent transplant to Savannah, Georgia. Kate arrives there after a breakup with her fiancé. She is in Georgia to open up a bakery with her aunt and uncle. The story is from her point of view. I think this worked quite well under some specific circumstances that Katie had found herself in throughout the story.

What I liked about Katie
• Katie loves to bake, and she was doing that with her aunt and uncle by owning a bakery.
• She took in a dog hoping that she wouldn't have to take him to the pound. Thank goodness she fell in love with him instead.
• Katie is stubborn and didn’t take any prisoners when it came to trying to help to solve a murder.

What I disliked about Katie
• She didn’t at least try to entertain the notion of what her aunt told her about herself and her family.
• Katie didn’t trust herself or her instincts.

The Love Triangle:
This book is the first in this series, and Katie Lightfoot doesn’t know which guy she likes. However, before moving to Savannah, gave up on men for a bit to have a break. The two new men in her life currently are Steve and Declan. Steve is a newsroom reporter, and Declan is a fireman. They both like Katie but they hate each other. I have no clue which one she will choose.

The Villain:
I am not going to spoil this for anyone, but I will tell you that there are more than one. So, I figured out one just not the other. I liked how Ms. Cates was able to do this.

The Narrator
Ms. Parker did a great job on narrating. It was a bit hard at first, but toward the middle, I liked how she was portraying each character with her voice. It helped transport me to Georgia.

Five Stars
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates was magnificent to listen. I loved it so much. This book was excellent and kept me guessing about who did it. There was a lot of red herrings until we finally got to the real killer and when we got to that part, I was certainly shocked that I was wrong. It was great. I am giving this book a five-star rating, and I am recommending to anyone that likes cozy mysteries.

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  • Witchin' USA

  • A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Hadley Hunter has lived a normal life, in a normal suburb, with a normal job and a normal father. All that changes when a grandmother she didn’t even know existed dies and leaves her a fabulous lighthouse on Moonstone Bay Island. From the naked woman swimming in the ocean outside her back door to the hot sheriff who seems to be hiding a secret, Hadley is intrigued from the start. That’s before magical things start happening - including to Hadley - and a body washes up on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator almost ruined it for me

  • By Dawn on 01-27-18

For Hadley uprooting her whole life and learning n

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Witchin’ USA by Amanda M. Lee and Narrated by: Angel Clark was such an awesome book. I loved being able to listen to it while doing my chores or just other things around the house. It was a really great read. I loved all the characters in it and the way the scenery was described in the book made me actually believe I was there with Hadley.

The Main Character:
The main character in this book is named Hadley Hunter who just moved to Moonstone Bay Island, Florida because of an inheritance from her grandmother May Potter. Hadley is the main character because of the fact that she is the main first point of view character telling the whole story. She is a pretty relatable character in my mind with how she is dealing with discovering a whole family is still alive on her mom’s side that she wants to get to know. Of course by going to this island she is finding a lot of things out that she wishes she never did.

The things that I like about Hadley is that she doesn’t fall for some of the things that the islanders tell her throughout the story even though she should really believe them about some of the stuff that she is being told. Another thing that I like is that she doesn’t put up with either Booker or Gavin’s flirting with her all that much. She takes what she learns in stride and either believes them or thinks that they are all losing their minds.

The things that I dislike about her is the fact that she doesn’t think that her father could do no wrong when it came to raising her and letting her decide what she needed to know. I also dislike that she comes up with the most ridiculous things about what might have happened between her and Gavin.

The Who I think is the Love Interest
I’m only saying this title like this because I’m not technically sure. Even though all cozies go with the love interest being a cop it makes sense with who her love interest is. Granted this is the first book and we shouldn’t assume. I like to assume though and make predictions about stuff like this. Plus with the way they acted in the book it definitely seems to be that Gavin is Hadley’s love interest. It’s also a bit hard to do this part in any book review.

What I liked about him is the fact that he knows that he is hot and uses it even though Hadley isn’t really affected by his charms all the time. He is always there for her when she doesn’t really think of him coming to rescue her. He is also very considerate of her feelings and with how much she can handle about learning the truth about the island.
The thing that I don’t like about him is that he is overly confident in himself in the areas of being sexually appealing to a girl. The other thing I didn’t like about him is he laughs about some of the things that Hadley says when she is trying to be either serious or not to get to overloaded by some of the things that the town has given her to think about it.

The Villain
I can’t exactly say who the villain is since that will be a total spoiler. Instead I can give you a list of who I think the villain was when I was listening to it. They are Mark Santiago, Sarah Santiago, Wesley Potter, Ned who is a family lawyer for Hadley’s grandma, and Booker a guy who is basically the Jack of all trades for the island.

The Narrator
Angel Clark is the narrator for this book and I have to say she had me laughing throughout the whole book. She is very talented reading out loud on audible. I loved the different voices she was using for the girls and guys that Hadley met. Even Hadley’s voice at times was pretty funny. I loved that with Ms. Clark reading I felt like I was transported to where the book took place and was experiencing all of it with Hadley. It was pretty cool but also pretty terrifying at some points.

Five Stars
Witchin’ USA by Amanda M. Lee and Narrated by Angel Clark was such a great read. Well really a great listen to book. It took me a bit longer to do this book since it was over 10 hours of listening to. I am still giving this book five stars since it was so worth it. I had no clue who was the villain of this book at all until Hadley discovered who it was. I have to say that it definitely kept me entertained and thinking about this book even though I was supposed to be doing another book. I will so totally recommend this book to anyone that loves a cozy witch mystery books. Witchin’ USA is that good.

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  • The Choice

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Marie C on 10-13-07

The Choice is great

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

My take on this book: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks is a great book and keeps you guessing about the choices that Travis and Gabby had to make throughout the book. Nicholas Sparks in true fashion was making me cry throughout it as I was listening to the book and of course wondering what was going on with Travis and Gabby.

Travis Parker is a small town guy, that was having a good time to live his life the way that he has been for a while. He is a happy-go-lucky type of guy. Gabby Holland, a city girl, with a boyfriend that she has been dating since college moves in next door to Travis. These two meet with Gabby making a complete utter fool of herself over a misunderstanding. The chemistry between them is pretty instantaneous.

These two were funny, awesome, and complete romantics with each other especially throughout the flashbacks that Travis was taking us through. Mr. Sparks really knows how to really make someone fall in love with the characters, all the while keeping you guessing at his actual plan for the characters.

This is my first audiobook review and Holter Graham's reading of this book is superb. He has a really good voice for reading this Nicholas Sparks' book. I love the way he uses different voices for each character. The voice he uses for when he is reading something from a girl is pretty funny. Okay, his voice for reading all of the characters and just the regular things from the book is pretty awesome.

I will totally recommend this book for any adult readers that read my blog since I am pretty sure that this Nicholas Sparks book isn’t for teenagers but then again I could be wrong. Either way, I will recommend this book to anyone that asks me about it. Nicholas Sparks books can be read by themselves or with the audiobook reader if you are too busy in your life to sit down and read the book like a normal person. I am going to say that I love being able to do an audiobook and I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.

I am giving The Choice by Nicholas Sparks a 5-star rating because of course the book was fabulous and something that I love.

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  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,367

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

Spooky, funny, witty, supernatural love mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The story is wonderful. I loved the nerdy comments, the film references, and the witty conversations. The hauntings added just the right amount of spookiness.

Deacon is an unusual hero. He has the background of old money and yet the money he uses to rebuild the family home is from money that he has made himself in the tech world. I love that Deacon was extremely comfortable in his own skin, even though others didn’t agree with his decisions. He has an eclectic taste in movies and is a self-proclaimed Si-Fi nerd. Deacon has a way of making things fun even when it is serious. However, Deacon doesn't believe in the hauntings at first but he goes along with the others.

Nina is a great character. She starts out meek and afraid of her own shadow, who unfolds much like her beloved flowers. It just took friendship, love, and acceptance for her to bloom. She is extremely talented in landscape design. The indoor room that she creates is so easy to picture. I loved the ideas that Nina has for the gardens and the interior. She loves to dig and design but she truly has a heart of gold. Nina is highly sensitive to the hauntings on the island, it made me think that she was the one related to the ghosts.

The supporting cast is great too. They all make a wonderful team. Jake and Cindy with their little romance of sorts, along with Dottie and the others all fit together wonderfully with a comedic attitude toward finding the cause of the haunting. The way they each deal with the supernatural haunting on the island adds a real belief to the story. They form this wonderful family unit. It is extremely nice the way that they protect, support and work together.

The narrator, Amanda Ronconi does a wonderful job. She has a way of playing off the suspense in the story and the voices that she uses to add a warmth to the story are lovely.

This was the first book that I have read (heard) by Molly Harper, I truly enjoyed it and will be looking up some of her other books. The pop culture references and snarkiness is the best. My rating is 5 stars.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness' Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

  • Murder at Redwood Cove

  • Kelly Jackson Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Janet Finsilver
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

If it weren't for the fact that she's replacing a dead man, Kelly Jackson would love her new job managing the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast on the coast of Northern California. But Bob Phillips did plunge off the cliff to his death, and Kelly's starting to think it may not have been an accident. Bob's retired friends - The "Silver Sentinels" - are also on the case, especially when Kelly is attacked...and another body turns up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT.

  • By Very Precious on 06-01-17

Redwoods, surf, food, wine, & murder, oh ya!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver is witty and fun. I think she did a great job with the mystery. Her red herrings were superb. She did a wonderful job of introducing the northern coast of California. I grew up there and love the portrayal of the locals and the use of local culture and crimes.

Kelly Jackson is the temporary manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. She is our typical noisy busybody sleuth. She is there to replace the previous manager who fell from the coastal cliffs. Or did he? Kelly and a group of senior citizens investigate his death. They may have found more than they were looking for. Kelly is extremely nice and seems to be a very hard worker. She seemed kind of lost at the beginning of the story, but she feels truer to herself by the end. I love that she wears a cowboy hat and has a slight accent.

Ms. Finsilver’s descriptions of the cliffs, ocean, and fog were excellent. She even made me home sick a few times. I think I would like to visit the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. :-)

I enjoyed the story. The narration by Reba Buhr was lovely. I loved the accents that she added and the way she brought the suspense to life was wonderful. I will look for other books narrated by her on Audible.

My rating is 4 stars, I love the story and narration but alas I hate when I figure out the bad guy in the first quarter of the book. It is a great read and I will look for the 2nd book in this series.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness' Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

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  • Heirs of Grace

  • By: Tim Pratt
  • Narrated by: Leslie Hull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina. Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his 20s and they hit it off right away - and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk...and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected

  • By Kay D. Peddie on 07-21-16

Normal only Child to...OMG!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt is full of magic, personalities and finding your way in life. Bekah is the main character and the main heir. She is going to art school and seems quite lost. She has lots of attitude and opinions, some self-righteousness going on too. She is also independent with a touch bravery.

I liked the characters and there were many of them. The interaction between the siblings was crazy at times. The oldest daughter and the matter eating brother are ones no one would want on their family tree. The things that Bekah had to learn about magic and the way her father tried to assist from the beyond were insane but very entertaining.

I purchased the audible book on sale because it sounded interesting. I mean who wouldn’t want to inherit a magical house and find out that they had magical powers too. I am glad that I did as I found the quirky story was just what I needed for a business trip.

The story was narrated by Leslie Hull. I think she did a good job. She definitely brought the story to life. Her accents were pretty good. However, I still went back and forth between the narration and actually reading the Kindle book myself.

My rating is 4 stars, I love the story and narration. If you are looking for a fun read or would prefer to listen this is a great book for some summer reading.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness' Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

  • Her Fiery Viking: A Paranormal Romance

  • Her Elemental Viking, Book 1
  • By: AJ Tipton
  • Narrated by: Audrey Lusk
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

The heat is on when a curse Viking clashes with the woman of his dreams. Over a thousand years ago, a witch hexed four charming Viking brothers, each with one of the four elements. They live with these curses today, doomed to suffer for their past crimes forever. Mikkel just might be too hot to handle. He's an immortal Viking, cursed to burst into an uncontrollable ball of fire when enraged. After centuries of tragedy, Mikkel fears the fury within him will endanger anyone he lets get too close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Trisha on 05-09-18

Such a good short read

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Where does Her Fiery Viking: A Paranormal Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would have to say in the low 3.5-star range. I gave it 4 since I can't do half.

What did you like best about this story?

This book was a good read and it carries a big punch with a lot of things happening.

What does Audrey Lusk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The descriptions in the book painted vivid pictures in my head about the places and the people in the book along with what they were doing. The narrator for the book Audrey Lusk was also very good at bringing those pictures to life in my head. She did a good job with narrating and using different voices for each of the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a moment in the book that particularly moved me was the time with where Joanna and Mikkel actually had a good conversation.

Any additional comments?

I am giving Her Fiery Viking by A.J. Tipton and narrated by Audrey Lusk 3.5 stars because it did keep me entertained and guessing but a few things about it I didn’t like. I would recommend this book to my very adult readers that like to read smut. I also was asked to read this book by the author.

  • Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery

  • Jayne Frost, Book 2
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

Welcome to Nocturne Falls - the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus' niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now...private investigator. Sort of. When she buys a sealed box at an estate sale and cat-related circumstances cause that box to be opened, life in Nocturne Falls starts to go haywire. Jayne has no choice but to figure out what she unleashed and how to recapture it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 11-02-16

Mysterious pranks and a talking Spider…loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery to be better than the print version?

I don't really know since I just listened to the book.

What other book might you compare Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery to and why?

Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case, is the first book in the Jayne Frost Cozy Mystery Series.

Which character – as performed by Hollis McCarthy – was your favorite?

I really did like the voice Hollis McCarthy did for both Jayne Frost and Spider.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

My rating is 5 stars. I highly recommend this series and the Nocturne Falls series. I also recommend the Audible book, the narrator was top notch. Between the author’s story and narrator’s voices, this is so outstanding.