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Kelsey M. Gilmer

Hartville, OH
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  • Premeditated Peppermint

  • Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Christmas is Bailey King's favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric's executive producer is found strangled to death - and Eric's the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Kelsey M. Gilmer on 01-14-19

Great series

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

As usual, so fun to visit Holmes County, Ohio! This is one of my favorite mystery series, for a few reasons. Bailey is always growing and evolving and so does the story and what she wants to achieve. I like that it isn’t just someone going to work and finding a body constantly. Plus the town is always so heartwarming and I feel at home every time.

  • Priscilla Pratt Mysteries Box Set #1-4: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery Series Box Set

  • By: Melissa Monroe
  • Narrated by: Cindy Kay
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Priscilla Pratt is the friendly vampire who owns Fangs in Fondant, the best bakery in picturesque Bellmare, Massachusetts. But Priscilla keeps getting mixed up - in murder! Whet your appetite for mystery with this cozy mystery audiobook box set! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampire sleuth to the rescue...:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 12-25-18

Really Enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

3.5 Stars

I enjoyed Priscilla Pratt! She is quite a character and the side characters were also well developed and added depth to solving the mysteries. I loved that this series avoids so many of the irritating tropes that can crop up constantly in cozies. No stupid detective who blames the MC for everything that goes wrong and gets away with various degrees of brutality or a heavy handed romance where the MC is constantly being saved. The plots also move steadily along without any spoon feeding or repetition of already discovered information. I didn’t love Avalon, she was annoying and didn’t add enough interesting tidbits to overlook her irritating personality.

However, the setting is great. I thought Monroe did well setting up a unique background for Vampires and their history. I also enjoyed the prejudicial aspect and found it relevant to things were trying to overcome in society now, without it being heavy handed. I always enjoy the baking aspects in books and this was welcome but didn’t overwhelm the mystery. I’ll be reading more of Priscilla Pratt and found it to be a really enjoyable read.

  • Vita Nostra

  • A Novel
  • By: Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin. As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her domineering mentor directs her to move to a remote village and use her gold to enter the Institute of Special Technologies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark but beautiful

  • By J. OBrennan on 11-19-18

A great book.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Great character development with an amazing story. I hope there is another book they shows the progression of the main character.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,297

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

A bit Random but interesting information

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Twain certainly was a character and his feast list shows his personality and his past. There are parts of expanded thinking on his food items that don’t necessarily relate to Mark Twain. It was still interesting. #TwainsLife #UniqueFeast #Audibleoriginals #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Fortune Teller

  • By: Gwendolyn Womack
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house. When she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history. As Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating premise

  • By Frances on 08-14-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

The Fortune Teller reminded me of the way ‘Circe’ reads. It was captivating. The two readers were great and added to the story. There are smalls stories of lineage tracing down thru history that make up a lot of the story alongside Semele’s and both were done well with smooth transitions. My one gripe is it felt like Semele would one minute be talking about her gift in terms of having it for her whole life and the next be doubting she could use it. That was frustrating, but a small portion. Really enjoyed this.

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

Compelling but dull at times

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

It was worth listening too and I liked it, but there was less of the amazing Telemachus’s families power and more of their day to day to life with a sprinkle of powers here and there. It was written well and had interesting characters, but it came across as plodding along through small, daily problems most of the time. It wasn’t what I was expecting from the description.

  • The Quiche and the Dead

  • Pie Town Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Kirsten Weiss
  • Narrated by: Renée Chambliss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she's living a nightmare. After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust, and Val must expose the truth - before a crummy killer tries to shut her pie hole.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took a bit to warm up

  • By Kelsey M. Gilmer on 08-21-18

Took a bit to warm up

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

It was a slow starter. I enjoyed most of the characters, but there were a few of the typical “completely awful” people that seem one dimensional and a given in certain cozies. However, I liked the story enough to ignore that I was annoyed by them and they were only there to be a foible of irritation to the main character. Charleen annoyed me at first, but she grew on me as eccentric and lonely. I did think some of the MC’s decisions were things she went along with rather than tried to turn to her advantage, but that is sort of tackled with a decision later on to do things differently. Not bad, but not the best and a tad cliche. Still I enjoyed it and I’ll read the next.

  • Contagion

  • By: Erin Bowman
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project - including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried - and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!

  • By Kelsey M. Gilmer on 08-01-18

Yes!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this, sci-fi can be hit or miss for me. Plus contagions have been done before, but also hold the potential for lots of tension. Happily, Contagion was well written, engaging and performed well. The tension was good, the reveals were interesting (although I guessed a few) and the storyline had enough uniqueness to not feel like a retread of well worn ground. I listened to it in two days and now I’m sad it’s over. I’ll definitely be getting the next and I recommend this one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

  • Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Kirsten Weiss
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Maddie Kosloski's career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she's certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But then a fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present, making her wonder if a ghost could really be on the loose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable cozy

  • By Kelsey M. Gilmer on 07-30-18

Enjoyable cozy

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This one was good. The heroine was smart, the paranormal museum was interesting and the surrounding characters were unique. It wasn’t very bland, as some cozies can be. I’ll be getting the next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Hits all the right notes

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The narration was stellar, great story and detailed writing that fit so well as an expansion on the original tale. I LOVED IT!