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  • Murder, She Slopes

  • A Penning Trouble Mystery
  • By: Rachael Stapleton
  • Narrated by: Ellen Latzen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It's the week before Christmas, and investigative journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her husband - who just happens to be Penny's ex. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Tis the Season....for Murder!?!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 11-22-18

'Tis the Season....for Murder!?!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Murder, She Slopes: A Penning Trouble Mystery by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellen Latzen is the series to follow for all you mystery lovers looking to add some clean, fun...murder...to your collection! In this episode we meet up with Penelope Trubble again of Bohemian Lake (from Book 1 - which is FANTASTIC, by the way). It's a week before Christmas, and Penny's ex-boyfriend has been accused of killing the wife he married a month after he and Penny split up. Unenthusiastically, Penny agrees to travel to the wintry resort to help find the real murderer and, hopefully, clear his name. Like any good mystery, though, things are never that easy. As the plot thickens, the list of suspects grows, and more bodies begin to pile up, making everyone at Sleighs & Slopes Resort not quite who they seem. 'Tis the season...right?!?

Of the three storylines in the Bohemian Lake series, the one following Penny Trubble is my absolute favorite. These hilarious, real-to-life characters are a hoot! Rachael Stapleton's way with dialogue is fabulous and, as a result, immediately pulls the reader/listener in. Filled with suspense, red-herrings, twists, and surprises, this unpredictable outcome leaves you saying, "Wow, she is good!" Yes, my friends, Rachael Stapleton is one talented author! I cannot wait to hear what comes next for Penelope Trubble!

Narrator Ellen Latzen couldn't be more perfect for this series. She sounds exactly like I would expect a young woman of Penny Trubble's age to sound. The way she speaks in her "matter-of-fact" tone makes me feel like she's someone I've known forever. I own the Kindle copy of this book, too, and I fully understand that there are those who prefer reading to listening, but for me, Ellen Latzen's performance is well-worth the credit in this case. So many times, depending on the storyline, I feel that narrators turn a good mystery into a silly and unbelievable hunt for a killer. In this case, however, the narration made the storyline real and believable. I loved her performance, and I can't wait to hear her again in Penny Trubble's next adventure!

Murder, She Slopes: A Penning Trouble Mystery by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellen Latzen deserves 5 out of 5 stars across the board. From the entertaining and unpredictable storyline to the portrayal of all involved, this is one series you don't want to miss. Although it could be considered a stand-alone, you will enjoy it much more of you start at the beginning of the Bohemian Lake Mystery Series. The best part is getting to know the characters in all three Bohemian Lake storylines because they make appearances in each other's books. Before you know it, you will feel like you live there, too, solving cases right along with them. Happy listening!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Killer Finale

  • Chloe Cook Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Kayla Michelle
  • Narrated by: Renee Dorian Begley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When a loudmouthed, egotistical comedy club owner is found dead, Chloe's once sleepy hometown of Cape Cod is rocked to the core. Even worse, the police think one of Chloe's best friends is the killer. Convinced that her friend has been framed, the feisty, pie-loving cosmetics saleswoman is left with no choice but to take matters into her own hands to find the real killer herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing!

  • By Susan Patterson on 11-20-18

Chole Cook is a woman of all trades!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Killer Finale: Chloe Cook Cozy Mystery, Book 3 by Kayla Michelle, narrated by Renee Dorian Begley is a fun listen for those who are looking to relax with a clean mystery. This is the first time I have listened to an audiobook by both author and narrator. At just under three hours, I was able to finish it in one sitting - a nice escape from my own everyday stress that life brings. Chole Cook is a cosmetic saleswoman, but when her BFF is framed for murder, her sleuthing skills shift into full gear. I can't blame her...would you want to see your friend charged with a crime she didn't commit? Not me! And thus, the adventure begins...

Renee Dorian Begley's performance as narrator played a big part in my 5 star rating. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her, and I'm happy I chose the audiobook! Her inviting tone, character voices, and perfect pace made for an easy (and relaxing) listen, heightening my overall experience.

Killer Finale: Chloe Cook Cozy Mystery, Book 3 by Kayla Michelle, narrated by Renee Dorian Begley is an enjoyable 5/5 star, professionally recorded audiobook for all you amateur sleuths out there! It's a complete mystery that can be enjoyed in one sitting or over the course of a few days as you drive to and from work. I plan to seek out more audiobooks from both the author and narrator for future listens. This was a nice escape from my everyday responsibilities, and I think you will feel the same.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. Happy listening! :-)

  • The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

  • The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom’s beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran turned amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey of discovery. forgiveness and the human spirit.

  • By Wicked Queen on 10-12-18

This Is Us

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven written and narrated by Mitch Albom is absolute brilliance. From the writing and narration to the emotional connections, I loved every single minute of this audiobook. For those of you wondering if this is a religious book or a book about Heaven, my answer is no. In fact, it is more about life than it is about death. It's about learning how our actions and decisions impact our own lives and the lives of others, allowing us to see that we all have purpose, no matter who we are and where we come from. We all play a part in making the world go around. We all matter, and we all make a difference, even if we don't feel like it all the time. I listened to the whole audiobook in one sitting, pausing every so often to absorb and reflect on a particular message or lesson at that point in the story. The life lessons and words of wisdom throughout the book are thought-provoking and inspiring. At just under four hours, this is a book I will definitely listen to again; it is an experience within itself that leaves you feeling good about yourself and happy with the life you live. Easily relatable and entertaining, Mitch Albom's inspiring stories and touching novels are about us all. From feelings of insecurity and lack of confidence to the never-ending search for love, happiness, and acceptance, his characters live our lives, as we do theirs. Through these characters, the connections you make to your own life will make you smile, and I promise they will stay with you from then on, as your mindset will have changed. With so much inspiration and positivity to gain, I cannot recommend this book, and all of Mitch Albom's books, enough. Being a sequel, this one will be enjoyed more by those who have already read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, so start there, as your overall listening experience will be heightened. Not only is the writing superb, but the narration is excellent, making it easy to give The Next Person You Meet in Heaven written and narrated by Mitch Albom a very deserving overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. You are definitely going to love this one!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. Happy listening! :-)
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#Life #Death #sequel #connections #NextPerson #Heaven

  • Veronica Mars

  • An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
  • By: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
  • Narrated by: Kristen Bell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602

The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mars Attacks, succeeds!

  • By Alison on 03-30-14

You will LOVE this one!!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

It appears that I may be the only one in the universe that did not know Veronica Mars was once a TV show...oops! Well, I now want to binge watch it! Apparently, this book takes place years after the show has ended. Not knowing about or watching any of this episodes did not lessen my enjoyment of the audiobook, whatsoever. Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham & Rob Thomas, narrated by Kristin Bell was outstanding! I was immediately drawn into the storyline, which begins with the disappearance of a girl during her spring break vacation with friends. Knowing that some treat spring break as an "anything goes" week-long event, I was dying to know what happened to her. In enters Veronica Mars to help track her down - she's an awesome PI who stops at nothing to find the truth. Like any good story, though, the plot thickens; as Veronica digs deeper into the case, truths, lies, and secrets are revealed - making this much more than a girl who goes missing on a spring break vacation!

Kristin Bell's performance as narrator is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her from beginning to end. She brings life to the story in ways that others cannot, which is why I was disappointed to see that the next book in this series is narrated by someone else. I was so excited to finally find a series that I loved....then let down when she was not the one continuing as narrator. Booo! Kristin Bell rocked it, and you will love her!

Without hesitation, Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham & Rob Thomas, narrated by Kristin Bell earns a very deserving 5/5 stars. Even if you are like me and have never watched an episode, you will still love this audiobook! I am crushed that there are only two books available, but listening to this one was so enjoyable that I feel like I came out ahead in the end. I'm confident you will feel the same! I recommend this one to mystery lovers, as well as those who enjoy storylines that follow the lives of teens and young adults. Clearly, there's never a dull moment when Veronica is on the case!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. Happy listening! :-)

  • Murder and Citrus Cream Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove Series, Book 4
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

An old friend found murdered. His wife accused of the crime. And a sleuth struggling to discover what really happened. Sabrina Carlson finds herself navigating an emotional minefield when her friend is killed. Even worse, the prime suspect is the victim's wife. Can Sabrina hold herself together long enough to solve this case? Is the truth as heartbreaking as it seems? Or is there much more to the story than there appears to be?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good audiobook

  • By Nati on 12-01-18

Great opening to the book!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Murder and Citrus Cream Cake: Mysteries of Treasure Cove Series, Book 4 is another fun "Whodunnit" cozy mystery by the ever-so-delightful duo: author Meredith Potts and narrator Carrie Burgess! While I'm sure the print and Kindle versions of this book are great, I can't seem to steer myself away from the audio for the series - so much fun to listen to! In this episode we join Sabrina again on her quest to find the killer of a recent murder case. As the story begins, Potts wastes no time at all setting the scene. Right away listeners are introduced to the characters and conflict. Sometimes when I start a new book, it takes awhile to get into the storyline - not here! I was immediately drawn into the fast-moving plot and felt suspense about what was to come, mainly due to the events being so realistic. Even though this is part of a series, it can stand alone. Whether you start with the first book or this one, I think you will really enjoy the Mysteries of Treasure Cove series!

Carrie Burgess does a nice job playing both male and female characters. She is fun to listen to as she brings the story and dialogue to life. Everything sounds completely professional in terms of the recording and production of this audiobook. There are no unnecessary pauses, white noise, or distracting/confusing parts of the text. This made for easy listening and my overall experience definitely worth it!

Murder and Citrus Cream Cake: Mysteries of Treasure Cove Series, Book 4 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Carrie Burgess is an audiobook that cozy mystery fans (and even first-time listeners) will enjoy! So far, it is my favorite in series, and I give it a rating of 5/5 stars. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in series when it is released. :-)

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. Happy listening!

  • Killer Injustice

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: S.L. Crawley
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Two years after the murder of Sadie Cambridge, Hope Hadley is still reeling over her friend's death. When Walter Clayton is put on trial for the murder, Hope believes that at least justice will be served. So when Walter is astonishingly acquitted, it sends shock waves through the entire community. But Walter's freedom doesn't last long. The next day, he is found murdered. This is one case that Hope wants nothing to do with. Unfortunately, when members of the Cambridge family become prime suspects in Walter's murder, Hope begins investigating in hopes of exonerating them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such A Talented Amateur Sleuth...

  • By Teresa on 12-10-18

Really Good!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Killer Injustice: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery (Book 6) by Meredith Potts was very well done! I have listened to each of the audiobooks in this series, and I love the storyline. Little did I know until I started listening to this episode that there is a new narrator! Usually, I don't like when the narrator changes in the middle of a series, but this was quite a pleasant surprise! I feel like this change has brought on a whole new feel to series, causing Hope to transform into a more mature-sounding character, one that listeners will be able to take more seriously as she moves from case to case, instead of the "valley girl" tone in which she spoke throughout Books 1-5. Although I feel narrator Rachel Carr did a nice job as narrator in the first part of the series, I loved listening to new narrator S.L. Crawley! I think this change could potentially attract a whole new group of cozy mystery fans! Great job!

I'm sure I'm similar to most of you in the sense that I don't like when a book I love comes to an end. However, I also don't like when a book drags on and on with unnecessary information or ridiculous details just to fill time and space. I can't tell you how many times I've had to put a book down after realizing I'd read 30 pages of pointless details that were not necessary. Thank goodness that is NOT the case here! :-) I really enjoy reading books by Meredith Potts because she doesn't waste time with fillers. This audiobook is one of the shorter ones she has written, but it is a complete mystery within the pages of this book (meaning it starts and ends here - no cliffhangers, no continuation, no wondering what happens next). The plot is fast moving, and I love being able to decide if I want to listen in the car on the ride to and from work or if I want to listen to it all in one night before bed. With the looooong audiobooks, I'd have to drive to and from work for about 3 months before I finish it. Wayyy too long for me! So, a huge thank you goes out to Meredith Potts for thinking about listeners like me! Yay!

Overall, I rate Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery (Book 6) by Meredith Potts, narrated by S.L. Crawley 5/5 stars! I love the change in narration, and the storyline of this series is super engaging. I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy cozies or are looking for a shorter one to listen to. I'm definitely looking forward to the release of the next Hope Hadley audiobook!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • The Cinderella Murder

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696

In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

A good start!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, narrated by Jan Maxwell is the first book in the Under Suspicion series. I love the idea behind these books. Basically, it's about a reality tv drama series, called Under Suspicion, that re-opens and re-creates cold cases with the actual people affected by the original crime, in hopes that it triggers someone's memory or surfaces new eveidence in order to solve the case. The series opens with The Cinderella Murder, which is about a young female in college who was found murdered one night (years ago) on her way to an acting audition. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and found it to be fast-moving. Along with the main plotline, there are subplots that make the entire story even more interesting than it already is. This is the first time I have listened to a book written by the authors and narrator.

Jan Maxwell put on a great performance as narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her, and I felt everything was recorded and editied perfectly. I hope to hear more from her in the future.

Overall, I rate The Cinderella Murder about 4.3 stars. Had there not been so many characters to keep track of, I think I would have rated it higher. Either way, I still enjoyed it, and I purchased the next two in series. I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Candy Canes, Corpses and the Gothic Haunt

  • Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2
  • By: Rachael Stapleton
  • Narrated by: Ellora Sen-Gupta
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

House flippers Jack and Juniper are planning to ring in the New Year slinging tapas, vino, and beer in an old Victorian mansion that they've transformed into Bohemian Lake's first inn and taproom, but the mansion's poltergeist is out to dash their merriment with mean-spirited sabotage. Having laid otherworldly rumors to rest before, Juniper is skeptical, but the alarms aren't going off. When the mischief turns deadly, Juniper calls in a part-time paranormal investigator but the man's discoveries leave her thinking that her problem is more personal than paranormal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas Mystery

  • By Anonymous User on 12-08-18

Never a dull moment at Bohemian Lake!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Candy Canes, Corpses, and the Gothic Haunt: Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2 (Bohemian Lake, Book 4) by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellora Sen-Gupta is one of three mystery series all set around Bohemian Lake. I love this idea for a series, as a whole! I feel like I'm the "all-knowing" neighbor who keeps up on all the happenings at Bohemian Lake. While this audiobook could stand-alone, I highly recommend you heighten your experience and get to know all the characters that live here because they make appearances in each series - I promise, you will find your favorites! Rachael Stapleton has done an amazing job with the entire Bohemain Lake series! This one, The Haunted House Flippers Inc series, is unlike any other cozy mystery I've read. Its fast-moving plot is unique, funny, and filled with fun, lovable characters. Complete with renovations, resorations, and murder, there's definitely never a dull moment at Bohemian Lake!

The Haunted House Flippers series focuses on business partners (and romantic love interests), Juniper and Jack, and Book 2 takes place around Chrismastime. With the grand opening of their Victorian mansion, The Gothic Haunt Inn and Taproom, set to open on New Year's, Juniper has no time to waste. But, when odd occurrences keep popping up, including murder, Juniper realizes she needs to get to the bottom of what's been going on or there might not be any grand opening at all! Who would do these things and why? Isn't this supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year?

Ellora Sen-Gupta's narration is great. Everything is of professional quality with no interruptions or unnecessary pauses. Her pace is perfect, and she speaks clearly. This made for an enjoyable listening experience, and I'm happy I chose the audiobook over reading it. She also narrated Book 1 of this series, which I thought was excellent! When the next Haunted House Flippers audiobook is released, I'm looking forward to hearing her again.

I give Candy Canes, Corpses, and the Gothic Haunt: Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2 (Bohemian Lake, Book 4) by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellora Sen-Gupta a rating of ~4.5/5 stars overall. I recommend this book and series to cozy mystery fans, as well as lovers of the paranormal genre. With the holiday season quickly approaching, this would be the perfect audiobook to add to your library collection. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next at Bohemian Lake; I'll be here, eagerly waiting on the next release!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Mocha and Murder

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love small towns!

  • By Dee on 09-15-18

Whodunnit??!?

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Mocha and Murder: A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2 by Tonya Kappes, narrated by Madeline Mrozek is an excellent addition to this fun cozy mystery series, set in the small town of Honey Springs, Kentucky. Roxy, owner of The Bean Hive Coffee Shop, puts her sleuthing skills to the test once again, as she finds herself in the middle of yet another murder! I loved listening to Book 1 of this series so much that I jumped right into Book 2. I'm so glad I did! The characters are like old friends, and the fast-moving plot will keep you guessing through to the end. Kappes has done a great job with the development of this series; it is easy to see why it is so highly-rated!

Madeline Mrozek's performance as narrator is outstanding! She really is everything listeners want in a narrator - the total package, all around. Some people have "1-click" authors; well, for me, Mrozek is my "1-click" narrator. I don't even need to know what the audiobook is about if she is the one narrating it because I already know I'll be fully engaged and entertained from beginning to end. I also love that I can count on each one of her books being of superb quality, as they are all professionally recorded and edited. This makes for a very enjoyable and relaxing listen, without any distractions. She is an absolute joy to listen to, and I cannot recommend her work enough!

Overall, I rate Mocha and Murder: A Killer Coffee Mystery: Book 2 ~4.5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm very much looking forward to listening to the next in series when it is released on audio - hopefully, that happens soon! I recommend this audiobook (and the series) to lovers of cozy mysteries, as well as to those who enjoy hot coffee, loving pets, small-town gossip, and some good, clean....murder! Happy listening!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Scene of the Grind

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Roxanne Bloom quit her job as a lawyer, divorced her cheating husband, and moved to the quaint town of Honey Springs, Kentucky, where she'd spent many of her teenage summers visiting her eccentric and fun-loving Aunt Maxi. Roxy follows her dream and opens The Bean Hive, Honey Springs' first coffee house on the town's newly revitalized boardwalk. It opens just in time for Honey Springs' annual Honey Festival. Roxy's life couldn't be better. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great listen!

  • By Dee on 06-25-18

This is so good!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Tonya Kappes and Madeline Mrozek are a perfectly matched author-narrator duo! Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 is excellent! While I have heard many performances by the amazing Madeline Mrozek, this is my first audiobook written by Tonya Kappes - I can definitely see why she is a fan favorite!

Recently divorced from her cheating husband, Roxy Bloom quits her law practice and moves to the small, familiar town of Honey Springs to open Bean Hive Coffeeshop. As a teen, Roxy spent many summers there with her Aunt Maxi building life-long memories that she holds close to her heart, still to this day. They say you can take the girl out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the girl. In Roxy's case, returning to the small, inviting town was the fresh start she needed. It was so much fun getting to know the area and the people who live and work there! The descriptions were so vivid and precise that I could have mapped out the town (which I still might do before starting Book 2!). I quickly felt like I was Roxy, myself, and I was surrounded by people who had known me my whole life. In addition to getting reacquainted with those I (Roxy) hadn't seen in years, I also gained a new furry BFF and sidekick named Pepper. Things couldn't be more perfect!Unfortunately, my joy and excitement didn't last long, and I was reminded how quickly news (and small-town gossip) spreads from one side of town to the other when I (Roxy) found Alexis Roarke's dead body in her bookstore, the Crooked Cat. What's worse is that Aunt Maxi is the one suspected of murdering her. Oh no! Tonya Kappes has written an awesome mystery that will keep you engaged, entertained, and guessing up to the very end. Even the hardest to please will easily fall in love with these characters, their personalities, and the small town of Honey Springs, Kentucky!

Madeline Mrozek's performance is outstanding, as always! If you haven't listened to any of her books, you are missing out. She is truly a master narrator - her narration skills are noticeably a step above the rest! Because of her, books and series', that I might or might not have listened to, have become quick favorites. Every single one of her performances hooks me right from the start and holds me there through to the very end. She brings the characters to life, and makes listeners feel like they are part of the plot. As I stated earlier, throughout the story, I wasn't WITH Roxy solving the case...I WAS Roxy, and Pepper was MY dog! This doesn't happen too often. Madeline Mrozek definitely makes my overall listening experience so enjoyable and entertaining. I have all the confidence in the world that you, too, will feel the same!

Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 by Tonya Kappes, narrated by Madeline Mrozek deserves 5/5 stars across the board! From the easy-to-follow, yummy recipes spread throughout the book to the fun, quirky characters and town gossip, I loved everything about it. I already have Book 2 and plan to start it right away! I highly recommend this cozy mystery, and while I have only made it through Book 1 so far, I have a feeling the entire series is going to be awesome! I'm looking forward to finding out what the future holds. Murder, love, adventure...Honey Springs, I'm here to stay!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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