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  • Greyhound at the Gravesite

  • Pets Reporter Mystery
  • By: Kyla Colby
  • Narrated by: Lane Cannon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Samantha Hodges is ready to get as far away from crime reporting as possible - especially after what happened in Chicago. Writing for the paper in her pets-obsessed hometown will be easy. Except that she’s not really into animals. And her first interviewee turns up dead.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great cozy mystery

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 10-19-18

Really liked it!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This was a really cute new cozy mystery! It was a fun start to a new series and I'm anxious to hear more. I will say that I hope future installments are a little longer as I tend to look for around 8 hrs of listening at least to spend my credits on, and I think this series could do that in future books easily. I loved the unique setting of this book, a dog obsessed town & told from the perspective of a "pets reporter" who used to be a crime reporter in Chicago, lots of potential there! I also really appreciated that I didn't notice one single bit of foul language in this book, Kudos Ms Colby, keep it up!

Lane Cannon also did a good job with the narration. There wasn't much difference between characters' voices, thus the 3 stars, but overall she was really enjoyable to listen to. If I could have given 3.5 stars I would have. If she had differentiated the voices more this would have been a solid 4 or 5 star performance.

The recording had a couple of small issues, it had a tinny quality, but it wasn't overpowering or even distracting once you got used to it. There were also several times when the recording repeated a handful of words over again, I didn't memorize specific instances from the book, but it would be something like 'she looked in the mirror and saw, she looked in the mirror and saw...'. It didn't ruin the book, or even distract much, but it was noticeable.

If you are a cozy mystery fan, give this one a try. You won't be sorry!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Murder and Layer Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Volume 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson has solved every case that she has ever investigated. Only this time, things are different. She's fresh out of leads. And the clock is ticking. It has been over a week since Mark Wilcox was murdered. Not only is the killer still at large, but a panic has taken hold of the idyllic small town of Treasure Cove. Will Sabrina find a way to catch Mark's killer, or will this case go cold?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder and Layer Cake

  • By Christy D on 10-18-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

The writing style wasn't bad, but I didn't realize before getting this book that it picked up 15 years after the end of a previous series, so this book really felt like a device to catch up with characters you're supposed to already know. It also felt pretty awkward that you're plunged straight in the middle of the murder investigation. The narrator also uses odd emphasis, not very natural.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese?

  • Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep.... With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors - from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instance Fan

  • By JennsPage on 05-17-18

Good story, not good narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Really liked the story. Loved the setting, characters, animals, and food descriptions. The narrator, however, sounds pretty stiff, talked too fast, and didn't do voices (especially accents) well at all! I'm hoping the next book is read by someone else.

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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Georgie's growing up!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I am a huge fan of this series (and all of Rhys Bowen's books). Throughout this book I found myself thinking back over how much Georgie has grown up since the 1st book. It was heartwarming to see her preparing for her married life.

I also have been fortunate to have experienced all of these books through the voice of Katherine Kellgren, until now. She was the voice of Georgie (and all the other vivid characters) and did such a superb job (probably my all-time favorite narrator), so it was a little tough at times hearing another voice in this book. Overall, though, Jasmine Blackborow did a great job of picking up this well established series. While she wasn't Katie (obviously no fault of her own) she did a good job in her own right, and mostly kept the voices similar for all of the long lived characters we know. I would have given her 5 stars, except that sometimes her representation of Georgie was a bit whiney - if I could have given her 4.5 stars I would have.

  • The Steam-Pump Jump

  • A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 263

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-18

More St. Mary's please!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

As a huge fan of the St Mary's series (and pretty much everything Jodi Taylor writes) this was a little morsel to feed my addiction. Love any story told by Markham, and though we don't see much of Max here at least the terrible cliffhanger that "Argumentation" left us with is resolved. I really loved seeing the dynamic of Markham & Max taking care of Peterson & look forward to the results of their intervention. And Zara Ramm is fabulous as always-she really is the voice of St. Mary's! One happy customer here, now just anxiously awaiting the next full length book!

  • The Snowman Killer (Alaska Cozy Mystery)

  • By: Wendy Meadows
  • Narrated by: Sheree Wichard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Sarah Garland, a retired homicide detective who's gone through a painful divorce, seems to have found her peace at last, as a coffeeshop owner in the sleepy (and freezing) small town of Snow Falls, Alaska. What she didn't expect was for her past life to catch up with her. Or for her new life as a mystery writer to inspire a deadly killer to target her.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Killer Snowman

  • By Penny M. on 07-23-18

not very good

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I struggled to finish this one. The writing was amateurish, the plot was unbelievable, and the narration was almost painful to listen to at points (terrible accents, annoying character voices, odd inflection). I'm not sorry to say that I was not at all impressed.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Daisy McDare Six Book Cozy Mystery Set

  • By: K.M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Donna Soto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Daisy McDare's vacation plans go awry when a washed-up rock star turns up dead and the local detective thinks Daisy's cousin Addison is the killer. Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before her cousin goes to jail for a crime she didn't commit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Six Cozy Mysteries

  • By Jan M on 07-07-18

very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I am a huge cozy mystery fan, and as such was really prepared to love this. That said, here are the words I would use to describe the writing and story: awkward, choppy, stereotypical, predictable, cringeworthy, undeveloped, rushed, annoying, meh, blah. In fact this story was so hard to pay attention to that I found myself drifting off thinking of adjectives to describe it. I have never met so many stereotypical characters in one book before! And we are given no reason to like the main character. I don't think I need to go on.

As for the narration... a good narrator can often smooth over some flaws in the writing. That was not the case here, unfortunately she added to the confusion.

Overall, this was a very disappointing listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI

  • The Long-Lost Home
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts the days and wonders how she will ever get back to England in time to save all the Ashtons - who, she now knows, include herself and the Incorrigible children, although their precise location on the family tree is still a mystery - from their accursèd fate. Her daring scheme to escape sends her on a wildly unexpected journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent conclusion to a clever series!

  • By megan on 06-26-18

Excellent conclusion to a clever series!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

To start with the author's work... Maryrose Wood has come up with a very witty, clever, and fun series here! I have really loved every minute of getting to hear the story of the Incorrigible Children, Miss Lumley. There have been so many fun & funny twists and turns along the way, and this final book doesn't disappoint. I know this series is considered children's lit, but it's such a smart body of works that I (a 33 year old woman) loved it. These books would be loved by anyone from about 7 to 97! Kudos to Ms Wood.

Now, that said, I move on to the narrator(s). I originally came to these books through the narrator of the first 5 books in the series, Katherine Kellgren, who is one of my all time absolute favorite narrators. Her works are PHENOMENAL! (Seriously, if you liked this series, check out the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, also narrated by Katherine Kellgren, it's awesome.) So, when I first started started listening to this book, I was like, "Wait a minute, this isn't Katherine Kellgren! Why would they replace her??" Then I googled it & found my answer. Katherine Kellgren died of cancer in January. 😢 (A real loss to recorded books of the future!) So, we get to listen to this last book with the narration of Fiona Hardingham instead. I say get to because she really did a great job with this book, especially having such big shoes to fill! Of course, some of the voices were a bit different & some words were pronounced slightly differently, but overall she did a great job of making it a relatively seamless transition between narrators. And, I will say that not only does Ms Hardingham's work stand up well next to Ms Kellgren's, but it's obvious that she is also a talent unto herself.

Now, I think it's right back to the beginning for me so that I can relive the entire series in order again, now that I finally have the last book. And, I'll get to hear Katherine Kellgren's amazing voice again. ❤

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  • Everything Bundt the Truth

  • A Dinner Club Murder Mystery
  • By: Karen C. Whalen
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Recent widow Jane Marsh is determined to recapture a rich, full life. She strives for youthful fun by riding a bicycle downtown on her lunch hour in a suit and heels, smoking cigars, eating at hipster restaurants, and re-entering the dating scene, even if her dates prove to be peculiar. Her most fervent desire, though, is to join an exclusive dinner club. She auditions, but is barred when her housekeeper is found murdered, and she and her guest list become the suspect list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Troublemer on 12-05-17

Wanted to love it, but couldn't quite get there

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Based on the description and other reviews I went into this one wanting to love it, but I just never made it to that level. The story was decent, but I would gave liked the characters to be developed quite a bit more. Even the main character didn't get much development, and the characters in the dinner club were so vague that I could rarely distinguish one from another until the end of the book. The high spots for me were the descriptions of her dates & her relationships with her sons & later "her girls". The narration was also a little shallow for me. Ms. Simmons was a good reader but, while not monotone, her voice was rather low pitched, slow, and deliberate throughout. This performance is just read, not acted.

Overall, it was not bad, but I had hoped for more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Iced: A Resort to Murder Mystery

  • By: Avery Daniels
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime. She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival (now reporter), the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what's best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn't understand her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIBLE lead character! Ruins the book

  • By Christina on 09-07-17

Good story, but narration needs some work

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

The story was good, if a bit formulaic, and the possibilities for other locations in future books of the series was intriguing. The characters are off to a good start & I would be interested to see further development in future books... if I weren't so distracted by the narration.

Ms. Marlowe wasn't the worst narrator I've ever heard, but her reading was slow paced & halting - in a manner that no one actually speaks in (though upping the speed to 1.10 helped that a little). She also consistently mispronounced words with a "hard" consonant sound separating the syllables (making "didn't" into "di-nit", "satin" into "sa-in", "Brittain" into "bri-an", etc.). I found that particular quirk to be very annoying & distracting! I think that with improved narration I would have gotten much more out of the story. Hopefully with more practice and some coaching Ms. Marlowe will improve in further performances.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.