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  • Easy like Sunday Mourning

  • A Page Turners Novel, Book 2
  • By: Jennie Marts
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 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

Single mom Maggie Hayes puts up a tough front to hide her loneliness, spending her days in the courtroom as a lawyer and her evenings as a closet video gamer. Another heartache isn't worth the risk, not after her husband left her last year for a Hooters waitress. When she decides to try dating again, a cute video-game-designing nerd seems like a safe bet - until he becomes the prime suspect in a murder. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud moments

  • By Layla on 08-04-18

Bears in the Outhouse

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Bears in the Outhouse
The opening was a beautiful back-to-nature scenario which rapidly turned into a delightful farce, abruptly interrupted by . . . murder. Okay, you already knew this was a cozy mystery so that should be no surprise or spoiler. And if you enjoyed the first book in the series you'll remember many of the cast of characters. But if you are starting with this story, they are each introduced and any relevant tie-ins from book 1 are explained as you read, which is useful to remind you of who's who even if you did read book one! Ensemble cast with a different lead character for each episode means the series premise is sound. The development of clues and cohesion of the team is delightful, and there are several surprise twists and plenty of action for a camera, or even the radio drama narrator Jennie Marts' flexible voice creates from the script. Humor, mystery, romance--enjoy!

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  • Tabitha: Bride of Missouri

  • American Mail-Order Brides Series, Book 24
  • By: Amelia C. Adams, American Mail-Order Brides
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

An orphan since she was 10, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives. Tabitha: Bride of Missouri is the 24th in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loves me loves me not.

  • By Marla on 07-18-18

Good Intentions

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-05-18

That phrase (Good Intentions) is often preceded with The Road to Hell; but if intentions are actually from the heart and sincere, can they really be evil? This is a delightful twist on a mail-order bride story which showcases our heroine but allows some of our side characters a chance in the limelight, in a warm, loving tale with a great deal of gentle humor. Narrator Meghan Kelly expertly characterizes each voice, bringing the audiobook to life.

  • Lawfully Rescued: A Bounty Hunter Lawkeeper Romance (The Lawkeepers)

  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: R. William James
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Bounty hunter Logan McGuire is aggressively hunting down a desperado who killed someone dear to him. A saloon woman, Paulina Flanders finagles herself into accompanying him, since she’s holding back valuable information about the criminal. Word gets back to the outlaw that Paulina is a witness to his crime, and Logan McGuire is on his trail for the bounty money. Both Paulina's and Logan’s lives are in danger, especially when a woman assists the killer in trying to murder Paulina. Will Logan’s friend Woody come to the rescue - or will he cause more havoc? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 11-03-18

Perils of Paulina

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I've probably said this before but it remains true: author Barb Goss manages complex plots which are consistently entertaining while presenting plausible people. This story is an excellent contribution to the Lawkeepers series being offered by various authors, and provides a movie-worthy script with a fair number of Perils of Pauline moments (perfectly apt and apropos, since our heroine is Paulina!) for narrator R. William James to skillfully emote. Meanwhile, a proposed venture between two of the women promises material for a spin-off series! Hint, hint, Ms Goss!

  • Meredith Potts Cozy Mystery Anthology

  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Marley Welling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Private investigator Melanie Cooper's life is upended during her morning jog in the forest when she discovers a mysterious woman with a bump on her head, a bloodstain on her sweater, and a nasty case of amnesia. Melanie races against time to find out the woman's identity, how she ended up wandering the forest frantically, and where that bump on her head came from. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok stories, not ok narrator.

  • By Amanda on 07-24-18

Light & Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Author Meredith Potts is talented and imaginative and these are light and fun "cozy" tales. That said, they are somewhat formulaic in resolution despite wildly disparate concepts. I listened to a box set audio of stories that come from different series, with different heroines, but each protagonist has a knack for observation and helps the local police/her boyfriend on murder investigations; each is told in a highly detailed, first person account; and each adopts a fairly aggressive and confrontational interrogation technique which basically doesn't vary from suspect to suspect nor investigator to investigator. Despite this structural sameness, there are usually interesting details and clever motivations that set each story apart and, frankly, keep me "reading." From a college campus to Alaska at the start of winter (with temperatures of cold, frigid, and frozen)--five novellas in all--each setup is unique.

Narrator Marley Welling's high-pitched, determined voice is perfect for each female lead (except, maybe, the septuagenarian), but she is basically reading aloud rather than acting; I also found myself disagreeing with many of her pronunciations, but overall enjoyed the various stories and trying to figure out Whodunit.

  • The Case of the Haunted Address

  • An Aggie Underhill Halloween Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 9)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It’s Halloween night, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are invited to a haunted house by a handsome vampire. Little did they know that they were about to encounter something incredibly spooky. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Halloween listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-28-18

Don't Go In The Haunted House!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

If you are unfamiliar with Aggie Underhill (as I was) you will know not much more about her by the end of this short but hauntingly fun Halloween mystery. However, the byplay and interaction is its own entertainment and I know you will remember, from your own life, similar situations to many of the scenes. This short story is narrated charmingly by Eliza Anders whose characterizations invite me to want to know this group--or at least "Agsie"--better. Perfect for the holiday!

  • Blaze of Glory

  • Book 1
  • By: m. garzon
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Last year, I had it all: two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can't help myself. If it can't be horses, it has to be this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 07-04-18

Black Beauty, Black Stallion, Horse Whisperer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Coming of age riding, showing, jumping, playing polo, exercising thoroughbreds at the racetrack--can you say horse-mad? Except this is someone who grew up on a farm/ranch/stables dedicated to horses and has been learning all about them since she was young. There is a strong story line, taking Téa ("TAY-uh") and her twin brother Seth through their last years of high school with their step-dad and his extended family with all the angst and drama of high emotion. But the drama and dramatics are well-told and compelling and, while I may disagree strongly with several of the actions taken, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, especially as narrated by Kasi Hollowell, whose vocal range is excellent, bringing added drama of its own to highlight the action.

  • All Jacked Up

  • Beach Pointe Romance Series, Book 3
  • By: Mysti Parker
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Avery Price needs quick cash to save her bridal shop. When she discovers a way to win $50,000, she jumps at the chance. The only catch is, she has to get married or at least stage a convincing wedding. Her best bet is Beach Pointe’s most eligible bachelor. But he hates everything to do with marriage. Veterinarian Dr. Jack Maddox is a magnet for every gold-digger in town, but Avery is the only one who's ever walked out on the chance to share his bed. When he finds her in his kitchen in an apron, he’s shocked that she’s changed her mind, but there’s a catch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dool

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-23-18

All Families Are Weird

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Here's what I had to say after READING the book:

This may well be my favorite of the Beach Pointe series and they are ALL clever, interesting, well-written, nuanced, and otherwise delightful romances that, despite sharing overlapping characters, each stand alone, focusing on different couples. But, considering the overall story arc of the three together, I'd recommend reading in order should you have the opportunity.

I learned early that ALL families are dysfunctional in their own way, but some folks have a whole lot more to overcome in life than others. Okay, what actually happened is I knew my family was weird and then I started paying attention to other families and realized our weird was "normal." But in third grade I had one friend who lived way off in the woods in a really small house with a dirt floor and an outhouse. And when I went over to play with her, her dad was sitting around in a dirty t-shirt, unshaven, and drinking. And one day she stopped coming to school and I never knew anything more about her other than that she was beautiful and shy and almost as tall as I. Her story has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of this novel, but I was reminded of her when reading Jack's background.

So here we have a light romance which has real people with real issues--and a few twists and kinks to make it stand out from the crowd. Great summer read!

And here's my UPDATE: I have now had the opportunity to enjoy narrator Meghan Kelly's superb acting of this well-imagined tale and am smiling broadly with remembered enjoyment as strong as my first reading.

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  • Make-Believe Wedding

  • Make-Believe Series, Book 2
  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Molly Beluga was abandoned at the altar and has no intention of heading back there anytime soon. When she crosses paths with an arrogant fireman, she knows better than to let her heart get involved. She can’t face the idea of having it broken again. A serious journalist working for her family’s newspaper, her only plan is to focus on her career and to train her dog to behave. Tim Holden left the family newspaper to become a fireman with the Atlanta Fire Department. After a lifetime of watching the newspaper business consume his family, he has no time for journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sweet romance!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-12-18

Once Burned . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Not only are they reluctant to get involved with the opposite sex, their families have been a-feuding for 3 generations. Here's a new and delightful spin on "Romeo and Juliet" that, especially as narrated by Amanda Stribling, will keep you smiling. Plus--dog!

  • Christmas Witch List: A Westwick Witches Cozy Mystery

  • Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries, Volume 4
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
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    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Cendrine West is looking forward to a cozy Christmas Eve dinner when a blizzard blows in, bringing with it a flurry of unexpected guests. But tipsy witches and mischievous magic spell a recipe for disaster, especially when a guest turns up dead. Cen’s sleuthing exposes a Santa-size sack of trouble, and everyone’s a suspect, even her hunky sheriff boyfriend. Is it a deadly accident by a drunken witch...or something more sinister? Murder is on the menu, and only magic can uncover the truth in this witchy, wacky Yuletide thrill ride!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Westwick Witches cozy mystery Book 4

  • By Adriana B on 06-26-18

All I Want For Christmas . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I've been following this series on audiobook, quite deftly narrated by Petrea Burchard, and have watched Cen become ever so gradually more adept at spells and witchcraft. Like Samantha in "Bewitched," she rather considers it cheating to use magic for things she can do herself (no, wait, that was what Darren thought). However, each story so far could easily stand alone, so if this is your first introduction to Westwick, you will feel right at home. This Christmas pageant introduces you to some South Pacific lore--based on historic events!--as magic is overcome by old-fashioned greed and guile.

  • Witch & Famous

  • A Westwick Witches Cozy Mystery
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

A Hollywood movie shoot comes to town and journalist Cendrine West is eager for a scoop. Her witchy family also wants in on the action, but shenanigans with the stars soon turn to Tinseltown tragedy. Bodies are piling up faster than a coven's worth of curses, and everything points back to Cen's starstruck family. They will stop at nothing in their quest for supernatural stardom, even if that means meddling in a murder investigation. The witches have created one spell of a mess and given the killer a chance to get away with murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There making a movie here?

  • By Troublemer on 04-20-18

I'm Ready For My Closeup!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Westwick goes Hollywood in this latest chapter of the Westwick Witches saga. Being a witch may be glamorous and fun, but it doesn't pay the bills; so Aunt Amber entices a director to bring his crew to the sleepy town for some location shooting. Murder and mayhem commence. Petrea Burchard provides an amazing range of voices as she narrates this lighthearted and entertaining tale (which is comfortably standalone).