J. Wilson

Prineville, OR United States
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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 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

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

not the Denise Swanson I know...

3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Would you try another book from Denise Swanson and/or Melissa Moran?

Yes. I have read all of the Scumble River books.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The idea of owning a mansion and running a chef to go business was interesting. The ex-boyfriend coming to get his book back was unnecessary.

Which scene was your favorite?

Did not have one favorite scene...

Was Tart of Darkness worth the listening time?

Not sure...

Any additional comments?

What I objected to in this book was all the foul language and sexual innuendo. I am not a prude by any means and have read my share of salty books. When I go to a Denise Swanson book, I expect it to be clean and fun--something I could read with the family. If this is the way Ms. Swanson chooses to go in her new series, that is her prerogative, but she will be going without me.

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  • Judgment Call

  • Joanna Brady Mysteries
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Having Joanna back.

  • By Mara on 08-14-12

Love Joanna Brady!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Judgment Call to be better than the print version?

No. The narrator was awful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always, Joanna was my favorite. She is a strong woman who does the right thing even when it is not the easy thing.

What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

This narrator's voice was so grating that I could hardly listen at times. Maybe she was going for sexy or maybe she just had no energy. I wish they could re-record this wonderful story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel like I was finding old friends again. I was shocked at the new information that came at the end.

Any additional comments?

Tell publishers to think very carefully before they select a reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful