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  • The Green Pearl Caper

  • Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Phyllis Entis
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Celine Sutherland is dead - her body half-hidden under the Atlantic City Boardwalk - and Damien Dickens, P.I. killed her. Detective Lt. James Holmes found Damien's gun and wallet near the crime scene, and discovered Celine's cash-filled, emerald-studded evening bag hidden in Damien's apartment. Sylvia Sutherland, Celine's older sister and CEO of the family's tobacco empire, insists that Dickens pulled the trigger. And the Sutherlands carry a lot of influence in Atlantic City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1

  • By MANI on 05-08-17

A Nice Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Any additional comments?

This reminded me of watching black and white movies with characters played by Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant. Though this starts in the summer of 1979, it had an older feeling for me. This is a true detective style read. It has been many years since I have read a book of this style.

It certainly has a great deal of picture painting with the detail presented through out. This is mostly a positive though sometimes, I found it a bit too much. However, that is just a personal taste.

I liked that we follow Dickens on a discovery that has twists to it, but also helps hold the reader to conceivable conclusions. It isn’t random information pulling that comes out of nowhere.

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  • The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper

  • Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Phyllis Entis
  • Narrated by: Harry Dyson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Real estate mogul Derek J. Turpin, a chocolate company, and a journalist present the Dickens Detective Agency with its greatest challenge yet. After returning from a honeymoon cruise aboard a sailing ship, Damien and Millie land a plum assignment - a trip to Montreal to run a simple background check on a chocolate company. But, their plans are disrupted when a fellow passenger from their cruise comes to them for protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By MANI on 06-07-17

The Expanding Dickens Agency

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to be better than the print version?

Yes, hearing a story being presented is better for me as an audio learner

What other book might you compare The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to and why?

This is in line with the rest of the Damien Dickens series

What does Harry Dyson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A little more feel to it than just an internal monolog

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I preferred to listen to it in parts

Any additional comments?

The Dickens agency is expanding in all sort of ways in The Chocolate Labradoodle by Phyllis Entis. This detective novel, though taking place in 1980 has a classic feel from an era before. The dynamic actions taken to protect a client and friend while operating under the pressure of a corrupt, power wielding developer keeps for an interesting story line. It certainly has some surprises and a connecting plot that makes you want to see how it all turns out. It contains a great deal of description in geographic locations, character and even eateries.

This is the second novel in the series that I have had the privilege to review. In this case, I received a complimentary audio version of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful