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BARTLESVILLE, OK, US
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  • Clouds in My Coffee

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 3
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors' party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she's shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again? Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellison, what have you done?

  • By Grandma on 06-20-19

Ellison, what have you done?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Another great one from Julie Mulhern, skillfully narrated by Callie Beaulieu. Mrs. Wolford's museum gala is here and members of the family start to arrive … several unexpectedly. Before long Ellison has a houseful of guests in her home and they all bring baggage that is a bit heavy to handle. Mrs. Wolford's sister, "Aunt Cis", has arrived from Europe and Ellison's sister, Marjorie, arrives from Ohio with an array of revealing dresses that cause many men's eyes to focus on her while her eyes are wandering. Now it seems that someone is trying to kill our Ellison. But, why? Hunter Taft and Detective Anarchy Jones are ready on the spot to protect her yet things keep happening. This one is loaded with twists and turns and of course what would a Country Club Murder book be without a body. I am hooked !!! I have been telling my friends how much I love these books. Now several of them have joined me too … even including a husband of one of my friends !!! I recommend that you start with book #1 of the series, "The Deep End", so you don't miss out on how beautifully the characters are introduced and develop. But, even if you jump in right here I know you'll be hooked by these books too. They are bright, funny, intelligent and so hard to put down, everything that a "cozy mystery", or really any mystery should be.

  • Guaranteed to Bleed

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 2
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, "Tell her I love her." Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way. Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly rebellious daughter is missing, and there's yet another body in her hostas. Mother won't be pleased.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another body

  • By Grandma on 06-20-19

Another body

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Ellison and her daughter, Grace, have just returned from a trip to Europe intended to give mother and daughter a chance to recover from the murder of Grace’s father and several other murders. At a high school football game it has started again. Ellison has stumbled over another murder victim and she is found with blood on her hands ... and shirt.
I am loving the wonderful characters in the Country Club Murders series and there are plenty of twists and turns in this plot to keep the most committed mystery fans guessing.
A great read.

  • Look Alive Twenty-Five

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867

There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I waited for this???

  • By karen on 11-14-18

Better than #24 … but not much

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I kept hoping that "Hardcore Twenty Four" was a fluke in its disappointment, but" Look Alive Twenty Five" was not much better. (At least Diesel wasn't in it … but Wolf, another magical character from the lower quality "between the Plums" books was in this. Actually, he could have been left out and it wouldn't have changed the storyline in any noticeable way.} I have been a rabid Stephanie Plum fan and have read and listened to all the previous books in this series. Janet Evanovich has given me many, many hours of laughter (often laugh out loud laughter) and enjoyment that I hate to be giving her a bad review. It makes me feel disloyal. But I kept falling asleep and starting over. Even the normally outstanding professionalism of narrator Lorelei King couldn't save this one. This is more than a book too far, it is two books too far. I guess it is time to put an end to Stephanie, the bumbling bounty hunter.

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  • Hardcore Twenty-Four

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

This Jersey girl hits hard - 24/7. The blockbuster Stephanie Plum series continues with Hardcore Twenty-Four from number one New York Times best-selling Janet Evanovich.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stephanie in a Rut Through No Fault of Her Own

  • By Sarah on 11-16-17

Don't waste your time … or money

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

The long awaited #24 was a total disappointment. I have loved the Stephanie Plum series and while the quality of plot and character development has lagged in some recent books, they have still been entertaining. "Hardcore Twenty Four" belonged with the fluff in the "between the Plums" books (and it didn't even come up to their lower standards.} Diesel is a total waste of time as a character and Stephanie is becoming a different person with her supposed interest in him. It is one thing for her to be mostly in a relationship with Morelli and also being involved with Ranger, "the man of mystery", when that relationship is in some kind of "time out"; but to add this third guy is demeaning. This plot is way too contrived with the zombies and brain drain stuff. I kept going with this because I have enjoyed the others and I kept hoping the book would improve. If anyone happened to read this book first, before any of the other books, they would be completely baffled by the many wonderful reviews of the earlier books in the series. This lacks the humor and color of the previous books. I also think that the Lula character is being insultingly short-changed. As a "former ho" with a very limited education the character was starting to pursue some classes. She could have been allowed to add trivia knowledge to certain scenes and it would have allowed some growth, even if the trivia was misapplied or not quite on the mark. She has become no more that a slapstick sidekick without the depth and grit that the original Lula had. The positive note for this is Lorelei King. Her professionalism as a narrator tried to save this production. After all the laughter, humor and colorful characters that Janet Evanovich has brought to the other books; she is completely off the mark with this one. I think it is time for Stephanie to bid a wistful farewell to Ranger and in some humorous scenario get on with life by marrying Morelli and learning to be a housewife and mother to more than Rex, the hamster, and Bob, the dog. Give her poor mother something to iron over, instead of reaching for pills and booze. I really am sorry to be writing this as Evanovich has brought so much enjoyment in earlier books.

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