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  • Reservation Revenge

  • Shandra Higheagle Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Paty Jager
  • Narrated by: Ann M. Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Upon learning a cousin is suspected of murder, potter Shandra Higheagle travels to the Colville Reservation to support her family in any way she can, including the insight she receives from her Nez Perce grandmother in dreams. When the tribal police and FBI refuse to look for additional clues or suspects, Shandra becomes even more determined to uncover the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reservation Revenge

  • By MEdy on 06-23-18

Favorite in Series so FAr

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I really enjoyed this book. I believe this is my favorite book so far in the series. Author Paty is a wonderful writer. Shandra finally accepted her “gift” and never hesitated when her family needs her help. She heads to the reservation to help clear her cousin’s name. Shandra partnered with her another cousin Velma since Velma lived on the reservation to question the people involved. I really enjoyed Shandra and Velma’s investigation, Velma has a big personality which really added to this storyline. Even though Ryan couldn’t be with Shandra, in the beginning, he checks in with her and heads to the reservation as soon as he has time off from work. Ryan and Shandra are good for one another and we finally learn what Ryan has been dealing with from his past. The mystery was great, I kept changing who I thought the murder was as the investigation continued.

I was lucky enough to hear the audio version of this book. Narrator Ann M Thompson is a gifted storyteller. She really brings the story to life. I listened to this book in two days but only because I had to “adult”, I definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers.

I was given a copy of this book in hopes I would give a review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own and in no way been influenced.

  • Chameleon: The Choosing

  • The Forest People, Book 2
  • By: Maggie Lynch, Maggie Faire
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jacobs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Camryn Painter's powers come at a steep price. It's one thing to master her chameleon abilities in the ancient forest world she now calls home, but another to use her abilities wisely. With the life or death of an entire civilization in her hands, Camryn must bond with a thunder dragon and join a battle she has little chance of winning...unless she can face down her own inner demons without destroying those she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Continuing a great story

  • By Kitty ranma on 11-19-18

Wonderful Book About Accepting Change

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This book picks up where the first book leaves off. I have really enjoyed getting to know the main character Camryn better . I liked this book a little bit more than I did the first book. Both books are well written, and I feel that the author Maggie Lynch's storylines are getting stronger with each book. This is a book of learning to accept yourself, change, loss of someone close to you, and responsibility. The book does have some heavier topics such as the death of a loved one but the story is well developed and written in a way that you can enjoy even the darker topics. Camryn is starting to accept her new life but she needs to become more confident in herself. I look forward to seeing how her character develops in future books.

I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Rachel Jacobs does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. She uses great accents, timing, pace, and diction giving the listener a great experience with the book.

I was given a copy of this book in hopes I would provide an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own and in no way have been influenced. I recommend this book to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Young Adults Genre fans.

  • Undertones

  • Sweetwater Canyon Series, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Lynch
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Balancing a career and a relationship is never easy, and it's even harder when you are on the road and everyone wants a piece of you. As a music major who sacrificed everything to become master of the upright bass, the last thing Michele Scott thought she'd be doing is touring with an Americana and Bluegrass band. But to tell the truth, she loves it. Not so much David Blackstone. Even though he's irresistible, the thought of balancing her career, life on the road, and a long-distance relationship isn't for her. Her music gives her life, yet her heart yearns for something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By G C on 06-19-18

Emotional Journey

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This is a well-written book about following your dreams, letting go of your past, and listening to your heart. The characters are endearing and likable. Most of the characters have some baggage from their past they are dealing with and slowing overcoming. The story will take you on an emotional rollercoaster from the sweet introduction of a love interest, to the anger of an assault, sadness of disappointment, and back to the happiness of true love.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator Sonja Field helped the story leap off the pages. The accents, time, and diction helped to give the story an even more realistic tone of voice. I felt like I was seeing this story take place before my eyes.

I was given a copy of this book in hopes I would provide an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own and have in no way been influenced. I recommend this book to romance fans.

  • Killer Descent

  • A Shandra Higheagle Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Paty Jager
  • Narrated by: Ann M. Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Once again, Shandra Higheagle finds herself a suspect in a murder investigation when an ex-lover is found murdered on a Huckleberry ski run. A past she'd planned to never divulge now must be shared with the first man she's trusted, Detective Ryan Greer. Ryan puts his job in jeopardy when he's booted from the case and uses all resources plus a few extra to prove Shandra is innocent. The information leads them down a road of blackmail and betrayal of the ugliest kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By kelly lauffenburger on 04-16-18

I Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Any additional comments?

Shandra finds herself once again a suspect in a murder when her past returns to haunt her. The body of her ex-boyfriend and art professor turns up at the huckleberry ski run near Shandra’s home. Shandra finally has to deal with the ghosts of this relationship. She has to share the details of her past relationship with this controlling man with Ryan. Ryan puts his job in jeopardy as he tries to clear Shandra’s name.

This is a very exciting addition to this series, but can still be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. We finally learn why Shandra has trouble trusting men and has reservations about being in a relationship. The characters are wonderfully complex. Great mystery with a sweet love story interwoven within the storyline. The mystery has several twists and turns to keep you guess. A great series can't wait to read more of this series.

The narrator for the audio version of this book Ann M Thompson is a gifted storyteller. She is able to bring this book to life. She has a pleasant voice, great accents, pace, and timing. Her storytelling is a wonderful addition to an already great book.

I received an audio copy of this book in hopes I would give a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have no way been influenced.

  • Karma's a Killer

  • A Downward Dog Mystery
  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate’s problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning. The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate dives deeply into the worlds of animal activism and organizational politics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun dogie mystery

  • By cosmitron on 04-04-18

Animal Rescue, Yoga, and Murder

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

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Kate Davidson has agreed to teach a Doga Class (Dog Yoga) at a fundraiser for a no-kill animal shelter that her boyfriend Michael was hosting. During her Doga Class, a group of protesters going by the name HEAT showed up protesting animal ownership. Later one of the member’s of HEAT showed up at Kate’s yoga studio claiming to be Kate’s long-lost mother Dharma. Shortly after Dharma is accused of murder another one of HEAT’s members. Kate decided she couldn’t let Dharma go to jail without trying to clear her.

Kate and her German Shepard Bella have really come along way since the first book. Bella still has her issues but Kate with Michael’s help has made great strides with Bella’s health. I really enjoyed how all of the characters have become more complex with each book. I love that this series helps to promote pet adoption and animal rehabilitation. The mystery is well developed with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guess which suspect was the murderer.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The Narrator Anne James is wonderful with her accents and diction. You have no problem distinguishing between the characters. She has great pace and timing which is a great asset to the story.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves animals, yoga, and cozy mysteries. If you can get the audiobook you will be in for a great listening treat.

I received a copy of this book from the Author in hopes I would give a review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are honest and my own.

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  • To Cache a Killer

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply. A weekend in a beautiful state park in Iowa buzzes with fund-raising events, a search for ninja turtles, a bevy of suspects, and lots of great food. But are the campers in the wrong place at the wrong time once too often?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 5

  • By med c on 03-30-18

Another Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

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Frannie, her husband, and friends are camping this time they are at a beautiful state park in Iowa. In addition to participating in a few fundraising events, the gang is geocaching in and around the park. Although Frannie doesn’t find a body this time the police do. The body is found near one of the geocache sites. Frannie can’t resist helping in the investigation.

This series quickly became one of my favorites. I have never been camping but this reading these books makes it sound like so much fun. Especially this book, geocaching sounds like a lot of fun. I have looked up geocaching sites in my area because of this book. The characters are so much fun to read about. You can tell they have been friends for a long time and truly enjoy their time camping together. I really enjoy the banter between the friends especially between the Shoemakers and their brother-in-law. The mystery keeps you guessing with its twist and turns and there is no shortage of suspects. I was very surprised by the ending.

I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb is great at bringing the characters to life. She is great with the characters voices and timing. Being able to listen to the book is a real treat.

I received this book in hopes I would give a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have no way been influenced.

  • Tahoe Blues

  • By: Aubree Lane
  • Narrated by: Sandra Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When Cara Lee Greene finds that the glitz and glitter of casino life isn't all that it's cracked up to be, she divorces the Lake's self-proclaimed King of Tahoe, and tries to separate herself from the rich and powerful Alexander family. In her quest for a new life, Cara is able to reconnect with some old friends. She finds a new home, a new love, and a new piece of jewelry around her ankle. Under house arrest and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Cara must rely on a funky group of misfits to uncover the truth and set her free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Peachesnbeal on 10-03-18

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Any additional comments?

Cara Lee Greene cannot wait to have her divorce from the wealthy Duncan Alexander and her ex's family in her past. Her last commitment to this family is to host the gala for a big fundraiser to help clean up Lake Tahoe. A short time after the gala Cara Lee is brought in for possibly embezzling money from the fundraisers' account. Who is setting Cara Lee up is it her Ex, another member of the Alexader family, her new landlord, or one of her friends?

This story grabs you from the start and keeps you entertained throughout. There is something for everyone... from a suspenseful mystery to a budding romance. I really love the characters in this story; the characters are complexed and interesting. One of my favorite characters is Cara Lee's elderly next-door neighbor Mrs. Grimes. Mrs. Grimes is a spunky old lady who knows a lot about the Alexander family's history and their criminal activity of the past. I laughed out loud several times during Mrs. Grimes, Lisa, and T.J.'s investigation. Cara Lee is a smart lady but while under investigation she lets her imagination run away a few times on who might have set her up, but in her shoes, we might all do just that. T.J. is a wonderful chose of a boyfriend, especially after her womanizing Ex-husband Duncan. The setting of Tahoe and the casino is a great addition bringing in the family's corrupt past as an explanation for why Cara Lee is being framed. The mystery is full of twists and turns keeping you guessing until the end.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The Narrator Sandra Parker was wonderful in bringing the story to life. She was great with accents, pace, and comedic timing. Overall a great bonus to an already great reading experience.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to mystery lovers. I was provided with a copy of this book in hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by others.

  • Best Left Buried

  • Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Blanche Day Manos
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Darcy Campbell might have expected life in a small Oklahoma town nestled in the beautiful Ozark foothills to be as idyllic as the scenery. That, however, is not what she finds when she returns to her hometown of Levi after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisty!

  • By Jan on 02-11-17

Past and Present Brought Together

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Any additional comments?

Flora and Darcy are excited about building their new home on Flora's mother's property. While covering up an abandoned well on the property a package containing old gun is found. Also inside the package appears to be some kind of writing. Darcy deciphers the writing to realize this was information about a secret marriage of her grandmother. Also suddenly there are multiple people interested in this property. Does this secret marriage and sudden interest in their property have a connection?

This mother and daughter duo have a wonderful relationship and work well together while investigating their family's history. I really like that Flora doesn't discourage Darcy even though she was clearly upset in finding out that her mother kept a really big secret from her. This is a very enjoyable storyline and mystery. There are several twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader pondering what is really going on with the family property? I really loved how the past and present are brought together to create this wonderful mystery.

I listened to an audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb allows us to experience Flora and Darcy's discoveries on another level. Babb has great diction, accents, pace, and adds an emotional voice to help bring the story to life.

I recommend this book to mystery lovers. If you have access to the audio version I definitely recommend this version of the book. I was provided with a copy of this book in hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by others.

  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Linda Crowder
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Alaskan fine arts dealer Caribou King has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister's first child. When she discovers the body of Angela Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can't help poking her nose into the investigation. When Alex Tilamu shows up at Mrs. Nash's funeral, drunk and ranting about murder, Cara is convinced there is more at stake than a dilapidated house on the edge of the bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • By April H. on 02-15-18

Even better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Any additional comments?

It’s off-season in Coho Bay, Alaska, so like most shop owners, Caribou King has closed her fine arts store for the winter. However, being the only licensed realtor Caribou still has work to do. She heads out to check on one of the rental properties she oversees to make sure it the water has been shut off for the winter. As she enters the cabin she finds something disturbing… the dead body of the renter, Mrs. Nash. Along with Coho Bay’s one-man police force, Dan Simmons, Caribou sets out to find the killer. As they investigate they find more unexpected information and people who may be suspects. Will Caribou be able to sort through all this new info and find out the real truth for not only Mrs. Nash’s murder but some past deaths as well?

I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know of Caribou and her family a little better. I liked the little love triangle element added to the storyline. I have to admit I am like Caribou’s mother I have my pick on who is better for Caribou but also see negatives aspects with both men. The mystery aspect, however, is suspenseful with several twists and turns along the way. This is very well written mystery and just sucked me in from the beginning. I enjoyed the first book but I think I actually enjoyed this one a little bit more. The setting of it being winter in Alaska really added to the story’s plot and made me feel (as I expect Caribou and the others of Coho Bay) the urgency in finding the killer before some of the suspects were gone back to warmer climates.

I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb is a wonderful storyteller and really brings Caribou and the other characters to life. She has wonderful pace and diction which added to the experience reading this book.

I recommend this book and series to all mystery lovers. I was provided with a copy of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by anyone.

  • Chameleon: The Awakening

  • The Forest People, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Lynch
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jacobs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Camryn Painter is a 16-year-old freak of nature. Or possibly the savior of a civilization that isn't supposed to exist. She's a human chameleon...one who transforms into the image of whoever she sees. Escaping from a medical research facility, Camryn discovers a magical forest world. Not that she's welcome. Her new home is filled with faeries and beasts set on destroying her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next in the series on Audible!

  • By CuteAsADaisy on 04-03-18

Wonderful YA Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Any additional comments?

Camryn Painter is different, she can change her looks just by looking at another person. At 16 she finds herself an orphan, having recently lost her adoptive family and in an institution. She finally gets the courage to run away from the institute and finds that she isn’t actually alone. There are others that have been looking for her and expecting her to return to her place as one of the Forest People. Her return was prophesied, but will she choose to accept her place among these strangers as their Chameleon?

This is a wonderfully told YA Fantasy story about the coming of age and finding one’s true self. I really enjoyed the story. I really felt for Camryn as she struggled to control her involuntary changes and her desire for her own identity. I was happy when she found others to help her but completely understood why she might not fully trust them. The setting was beautifully described; these descriptions help explain some of what Camryn has been missing in her life and the journey she still needs to take.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator has a lovely tone of voice which added to the experience of this book. She was able to portray the different emotions that Camryn and the other characters were experiencing, such as pain, fear, compassion.

I would recommend this book to not only young adults but anyone one who enjoys a clean unique coming of age story or anyone that enjoys YA fantasy. I was provided with a copy of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by anyone.