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  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie

  • By D. B. Levy on 11-28-18

Charmingly written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This was a well done mystery with a hint of romance. It stays true to the period it's set in while allowing the heroine to grow into herself. It was fun, well written and narrated, and I'm really looking forward to the next book!

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

  • State of the Art Heist

  • Booker Brothers Detective Agency, Book 1
  • By: Maisie Dean
  • Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Kacey Chance is an aspiring actress with a cute face and a plucky attitude. She's trying to break into Hollywood, but it isn't easy. She was the prettiest girl in her hometown, but in LA she's a dime a dozen. When a friend offers Kacey a job working at a detective agency, the young actress jumps at the opportunity. The detective agency is unlike any she's ever seen in the movies. It's run by three handsome, single brothers and their sassy grandmother. Her first day at the agency is anything but boring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE STAGE IS SET...

  • By Mary Lou PagePrincess Hoffman on 01-27-19

Cute story, Hope there's more to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This was a cute, humorous, light read. I'm a big fan of cozies & this fits the bill and had some real promise for the series. The only problem was that it was about as deep as a kiddie pool, as far as delving into character development and background, we barely got our feet wet - BUT there were some interesting tidbits revealed, hints of, hopefully, much more to come. For me, this felt more like a novella prequel to an established series - the "0.5" book that's released after you've read books 1-3 so you can go, "oh, that's how they all met". But, like I said, for a quick light, funny read it was good. Marie Hoffman did a good job with the narration as well. If there was a 3.5 ☆ option, I would have given it. I am looking forward to seeing what more is offered in book 2.

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

  • You Can Lead a Horse to Murder (Secrets of Sanctuary Cozy Mysteries) (Volume 1)

  • By: Tara Meyers
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, and her first client lands her in the middle of a murder mystery. When the evidence points to the horse as the cause of death, she vows to protect him. But horses don't talk and neither do the dead, so Ember has to rely on her intelligence and instinct to get to the truth. A truth buried under layers of small-town secrets. Some that are big enough to get you killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Jan M on 11-06-18

Really, really good!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I was prepared to like this book, but I didn't just like it, I loved it! The setting was one I could easily identify with having grown up in rural areas of the PNW, so I loved that. The premise was unique as well, as our heroine, Ember, is a veterinarian who gets sucked into the mystery to prove the innocence of her patient, a horse. I also really loved all of the characters, human and animal, they were really well developed, believable, and mostly likable. I can't wait for the other books in this well written series to be available on Audible!

I also thought that Ms. Dukehart's narration was great, though she's a bit of a fast talker so slowing the speed to .90 made it just right .

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

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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 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

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
  • Adorable pet-based cozy mystery

  • By blueskies982 on 01-18-19

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 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

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?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MEREDITH POTTS!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 01-08-19

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 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 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 381

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 FRIEND 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 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

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 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

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
  • Collection of Daisy Mc Dare books

  • By Suzan on 08-14-18

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.