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  • The Black Cat Sees His Shadow

  • Bad Luck Cat Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Kay Finch
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The town of Lavender, Texas is buzzing with tourists, and local businesses are pulling out all the stops for the annual Pumpkin Days Festival. On the eve of opening day, Sabrina comes face-to-face with her doppelgänger, Tia Hartwell, a caricature artist at the festival. The similarities between the two women are striking, including their matching black cats. Sabrina learns that her new twin Tia has an enemy: bad-tempered jewelry vendor Calvin Fisher. When Fisher is found slumped over dead in his pickup, Tia tops the suspect list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope this series continues

  • By Lynda Turpin on 06-04-18

I really hope this series continues

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

These books get better with each one. I was glad to see that Aunt Ro was still independent, but not as caustic, selfish and self-absorbed. It's good for a main character to have strength and stand up for themselves, but not at the expense of others who are trying to help them (unless they are the "villain"). I definitely enjoyed this book and really hope that the series continues.

  • The Black Cat Knocks on Wood

  • A Bad Luck Cat Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Kay Finch
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe's antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding. Then, an uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident - right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects something more murderous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying this series

  • By Lynda Turpin on 06-04-18

Enjoying this series

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I was glad when this series became available in audio. I really like the characters - love the cat. Aunt Ro is still a little too selfish and self-absorbed, but all the other characters are very well written and I am really enjoying this series. Moving on to Book 3.

  • Black Cat Crossing

  • A Bad Luck Cat Mystery
  • By: Kay Finch
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can't avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx - especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder. The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe's awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect blend of humor and mystery

  • By M. Gibson on 10-15-17

Glad this series is now in audio

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Very entertaining. Like the idea of showing that black cats are not bad luck. The characters are good, although Aunt Rowena could be a little less selfish and self absorbed. We'll see how she develops as the series progresses. Downloaded books 2 and 3 so I can continue listening.

  • Fit to Die

  • Supper Club Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

James Henry, a lovable librarian, has gotten used to being back home in Quincy's Gap, a tiny town in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He has a job he adores, a group of close friends and fellow dieters who call themselves the "Flab Five", and is actually thinking about starting an exercise regimen. Six months after starting a low-carb diet, however, James and the Flab Five have fallen off the diet wagon. A new ice cream shop has opened in town, but so has the Witness to Fitness weight loss center, run by the zealous Veronica Levitt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Low Cal Plates. Lifting Weights and Deadly Fates

  • By Debbie on 02-08-18

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Book 2 in the Supper Club series. I'm glad that this series is being released in audio. I started the series previously, but am not able to read printed books or to even easily read ebooks, so audio books are my primary way to "read". In the second entry in this series, the main characters are developed even further, and are becoming more familiar - like new friends that you are getting to know better. I was glad to see that James and his father are forging a better relationship, and that James and Lucy eventually cleared up misunderstandings. While the mystery is well developed, the characters personal lives are as important to the plot as the solving of the mystery. The fact that all of the "Flab Five" have ups and down in their battle to lose weight makes them more real and it is easier for the reader to identify with their struggles. This is a good book in a good series and I look forward to future releases.

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  • Twelve Slays of Christmas

  • A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
  • By: Jacqueline Frost
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

When Holly White's fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime - exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society, Margaret Fenwick, is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly's family tree farm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Christmas Treat

  • By Beatrice on 10-15-17

Absolutely loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

I absolutely loved this book (and have already listened to it twice). After I finished it, I checked to see if there were more in the series. Sadly there weren't, but I'm hoping it will become a Christmas tradition for a new book in the series to come out every year. Reindeer Games is a magical place and I would love to have grown up there. I loved the mystery, romance, and magic of this story. More please.......

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  • Carbs and Cadavers

  • Supper Club Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

James Henry, a kind-hearted professor of English literature, is forced to move back home to Quincy's Gap, a tiny town in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, to care for his aging father. Shortly after moving into a house that hasn't changed since his childhood, the overweight, divorced, book-loving cheese puff addict accepts a position as head librarian and joins a supper club for dieters who call themselves the "Flab Five". Avoiding carbs is almost impossible in this deep-fried, all-you-can-eat Southern town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great series by Ellery Adams.

  • By Lynda Turpin on 12-13-17

Another great series by Ellery Adams.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

So glad that the Supper Club series is now being made available in audio. This is a great series and those of us who can no longer read printed books (or even have trouble with EBooks) are fortunate to now have it available.

This is a very real group of people. They are people with their own personal issues who help each other stick to a difficult goal. They are not always successful, but they don't point fingers and shame someone for slipping from their goal. They instead encourage them to keep going. Their struggle is something that many of us can relate to.

The mystery was entertaining and I didn't suspect the murderer until just before the "reveal". Overall it is a great book and I can't wait for others in the series to become available in audio.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Not a Creature Was Purring

  • Paws & Claws Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia. Inspired by her German heritage, Holly's grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly's mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancée home - and she'll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in Wagtail

  • By Rachel M on 05-20-18

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I have always loved this series, but this book is my favorite so far. I REALLY want to live in Wagtail. It's a magical place and perfect for animal lovers like me. The characters are so familiar that I felt like I was going home for the holidays. I enjoyed seeing a little bit of the softer side of Aunt Bertie. Homes' fiance is a spoiled little princess and her family members give dysfunctional a whole new meaning. The mystery was very well crafted - I didn't figure out the murderer until the end. And the ending of this story was perfect! It was just what I was hoping for. Cannot wait for the next in this series!!

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,354

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Excellent new series

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I've read all of Ellery Adam's other series and I believe that this might very well be the best she has written to date. The characters are not perfect or glamorous, but they have a lot of depth to them. Each has their own scars, physical and emotional, but they are willing to reveal their darkest secrets in order to help others. I like the idea that comfort scones or certain books can help people to heal emotionally. I'm looking forward to many more entries in this intriguing series.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 666

In her first foray into the sleuthing game, resourceful, red-headed Hannah Swensen must find the right ingredients to solve two perplexing murders. One chilly morning on her way to The Cookie Jar, Hannah discovers Ron, the dairy delivery man, shot dead in his truck. When she begins to investigate, she suspects the dairy owner. But when he, too, is murdered, Hannah must look further afield for the culprit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read

  • By Thomas Straub on 12-12-12

I enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Any additional comments?

I'm giving this 5 stars because I really enjoyed this book. However, at the end of the book, Hanna had two possible "love interests". I enjoy romance in my mysteries, but something that I cannot stand are romantic triangles. Having the woman go back and forth trying to decide who she is serious about drives me crazy and detracts from the story for me. So, I went through the book descriptions for the remaining books and didn't get a clue as to whether this would continue. However, when I read through reviews, I saw a comment for book NINE that said they wished Hanna would make up her mind who she wants to marry. So even though I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to others, I doubt I will purchase the additional books, simply because my personal taste is not for romantic triangles in cozy mysteries. However, I would stress that the story is well written (and well narrated) and I believe that those who don't care about that one aspect of the storyline would likely really enjoy this series.

  • Twelve Angry Librarians

  • Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: Miranda James
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Charlie Harris is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie's old nemesis from library school. It's been 30 years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book production problems

  • By Kimberly on 02-28-17

I adore this series

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Any additional comments?

I have all of the books in this series and have listened to them more than once. I love Charlie and Diesel and the other quirky characters in the book. I anxiously wait for each new book to come out. It is just too far in between, but I listen to the prior ones again to get me by until the next one.

When I started the first book, I thought it was strange for a female to be narrating a book with a male primary character, but she does an excellent job with all the voices and I would now have trouble listening to the books with anyone else narrating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful