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  • Tart of Darkness

  • The Chef-to-Go Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Dani unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town and pursues her true passion - cooking! She opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students as well as providing personal chef services. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives. But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too similar to her Dime Store series

  • By Amanda L on 04-16-18

It's a good start to a cozy series

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't like the couple of references to tie ins to characters from the Scumble River series. It reminds me of that cheesy thing that network shows do with "cross over" episodes where characters from different shows interact. I hope that doesn't become a regular occurrence. I would like the series to stand on it's own and not be the author's inability to leave another series behind.

Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Swanson? Why or why not?

I really enjoyed the Scumble River series so I picked up this one. It has a lot of similarity in key traits and layouts of the characters. I hope the familiarity doesn't become so transparent that it feels like a re-write of that series, but it needs more books to tell.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator's voice was good over all. Clear distinction in voices of characters, but oddly, the main character's voice was the least believable and a bit stilted by over annunciation of the dialogue. I'm hoping this smooths as she reads future books.

Any additional comments?

Overall a good start to a cozy series. I like how Denise Swanson really develops the characters and provide good detail in her story telling.

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  • Long Time Gone

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

After more than 20 years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wince if you're from Seattle

  • By Peter on 09-13-05

Great story, weak narration

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Would you try another book from J.A. Jance and/or Tim Jerome?

I really enjoy the Beaumont series from JA Jance. It's always disappointing to hear a change in narrators as I think most of us get used to, or even like, the particular narrator doing a series. But the story itself on this one was really good and a good departure from some of the previous work.

What didn’t you like about Tim Jerome’s performance?

The voice characterization of two of the support characters, Amy and Ron Peters, had inconsistent voice and accents. Most of the time a Scottish/slightly brogue accent would creep in during the speaking. The inconsistency was annoying as was the brogue since neither character was introduced as having that background.

  • Tombstone Courage

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

With grit, courage and dogged determination, Joanne challenged the status quo -- and won. Now, as newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, she must battle the prejudice and hostility of a mistrustful, male-dominated police force -- and solve a grisly double homicide that threatens to tear the sleepy desert community to pieces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Novice sheriff

  • By Sassy1980 on 11-03-12

This is no JP Beaumont

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

Reviewed: 02-01-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The overall story is interesting, but the pace is too slow.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Jance? Why or why not?

I picked up this series because I thoroughly enjoyed the JP Beaumont series and completely exhausted Audible's offerings in this category. So I really wanted to like this series, but this second book in the series is pacing even more slowly than the first. I'm 3 hours into the book and we still don't have a murder yet...

How could the performance have been better?

I find that the narration overall is fine, except for the voice of the daughter, which is grating on a level of fingernail-against-chalkboard. Every single line that the narrator delivers from the daughter comes out as a whine. It makes me wish the lead character would talk with her daughter about her attitude.

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