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  • Crewel and Unusual

  • A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Molly MacRae
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. In the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF, hear rumors of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the new shopkeepers: Nervie Bales and Belinda Moyer. The opening is a success - until Belinda is found dead, stabbed in the back with a pair of scissors from Kath's shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Kat Harrison on 01-15-19

Well worth the wait!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I love this series so much. I read a lot of cozy mysteries and I would have to say this series is definitely in my top 5. I waited and waited for this new book to come out, and I was absolutely not disappointed. My only regret is that it’s over. I’m already looking forward to the next one. I listened to this twice, to make sure I didn’t miss any details, and I’m sure I will listen to it again (as I have done with the first 5 in the series). With each book, the characters become more and more like dear friends. I think one of the things I like about the characters is that they don’t become stale, they are always growing, but their basic personalities are always right there and familiar – like old friends you haven’t seen in a while, but once you are together again, it’s like it was yesterday.

Other reviewers will detail the plot, so I’ll concentrate on characters and basics. The mystery in this book, like the others, was very well thought out, with twists and turns that you could follow along with. If you just look at the premise, you might think that each book is the same – there is a murder, Kath and company get involved to the chagrin of the Cole, and they end up besting the law to solve the mystery. But that is so far from the truth. Each adventure is new and fresh. In this installment, there were new characters, and a new locale (The Vault) that provided a lot of possibilities. There were actually two murders in this book, and that added an additional twist.

Some of the characters introduced in prior books were strengthened and provided good plot enhancement (Angie & Aaron, Al & Inspector Bruce). Geneva has continued to grow with each book and has become very likable. The paranormal aspects are handled so well that I can totally believe the premise (and I was glad for Joe’s inclusion). And, of course, there is the usual crew (Kath, Joe, Ardis, Cole, Thea, John, Mel, Ernestine, Darla, the Spiveys, Ardis’ daddy…). They create a package that I love opening, and I really can’t wait to open the next gift from Molly.

Oh, and I don’t want to forget to mention that the voice artist, Emily Durante, who has narrated all 6 books in this series, is amazing. I am so glad that she has continue to voice the whole series. It is the perfect package deal.

  • Read and Gone

  • A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Allison Brook
  • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Twenty million dollars' worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton's long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life, and it's up to Carrie to clear his name. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really like this series....

  • By Lynda Turpin on 12-19-18

Really like this series....

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I enjoyed the first in this series and was looking forward to the second. I wasn't disappointed. The mystery itself was well written, with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. But I also enjoyed the character developments in the story. That is something that I enjoy about Cozy Mysteries in general - the fact that the characters and their personal lives are as important as the mystery. I like Carrie. She has grown more confident and comfortable in her life since the first book. The entrance of her estranged father threw her at first, but their relationship, and her relationship with Dillon, weathered the ups and downs. I like Carrie's aunt and uncle, and her library friends, who are always there to support her. And, of course, I like Smokey Joe and how he helps solve the mystery. Evelyn (and her friendship with Carrie's niece) is a sweet element in these books. This is a fun and entertaining series, and I hope there will be many more. I have listened to both books several times and I look forward to the next one.

  • 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

  • A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Jacqueline Frost
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline's Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend, Caroline, is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine's sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline's fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. Now, just 10 days before Christmas, Holly's up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christmas Read...

  • By Lynda Turpin on 12-19-18

Great Christmas Read...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I was so anxious for this second book in the series to come out, and I wasn't disappointed. The mystery was well developed and I wasn't sure of the murderer until close to the end. But I especially love the recurring and new characters in the book. One of the things I love about Cozy Mysteries is that the characters in the books, and their personal lives, are as important as the mystery. Holly, her parents, Evan, Ray, Caroline, Cookie (& Theodore) have become like good friends. I enjoyed the addition of Libby, and Christopher was a really fun character - with a twist. I like how close Holly and her parents are. I also like the close friendship that has developed between Ray and Holly. I have hope that Holly and Evan's relationship will move forward in the next book, and perhaps with Ray and Libby as well. I enjoyed the side story with Ray's mom. I have listened to this book multiple times and I'm looking forward to having another in the series next holiday season.

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  • The Coloring Crook

  • Pen & Ink Series, Book 2
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Life is looking rosy for Florrie Fox, manager of the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The bookstore's weekly coloring club is a source of friendship and entertainment, and no member is more vibrant than Dolly Cavanaugh. When Dolly's love of garage sales results in her showing up at Color Me Read with a rare book in hand, Florrie is astounded. The Florist was first published in 1760, and an original copy would be worth a fortune. That same evening, Florrie finds Dolly dead on the floor of her apartment, a corner of a coloring book page clutched in her hand. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very boring long and drawn-out

  • By Vince on 12-30-18

Enjoyed this very much...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The second in the Pen & Ink series. I'm really enjoying this series. The characters are well developed (although I would think by now that Veronica would trust Florrie more when she tells her things she knows about the losers Veronica is attracted to). There were some interesting twists and turns that I enjoyed. I like the relationship between Florrie and Eric. I thought this was a very good read and I am looking forward to the next installment.

  • To Catch a Witch

  • The Wishcraft Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: Heather Blake
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

When wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather's personal concierge company is hired by elite runner Abby Stillwell to organize the Wicked Mad Dash, a competition that takes place in the Enchanted Village, Darcy is more than willing to help her friend. As blizzard conditions rage on the morning of the race, Darcy's main concern is the terrible weather - until Abby goes missing...and is later found dead, buried in the snow. As Darcy investigates her friend's untimely death, she learns she didn't really know Abby well at all.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Engaging...

  • By LCL on 08-14-18

This series just keeps getting better...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I love this series, but this installment is my favorite so far. I loved so much about it. They mystery was well written and kept me guessing until close to the end. The new characters that were introduced were well developed and added so much to the mystery. But I especially love the interactions between the recurring characters. They have become like good friends and their personal lives really matter to me. Darcy, Nick, Mimi & Aunt Vi, The Elder, Missy & Archie, Harper & Marcus, Godfrey, Pepe & Mrs. P, Glenda,Vince, Noel & Liam, Evan & Starla...It might seem like there is an over abundance of recurring characters, but when you are reading/listening to it, it is perfect. Dennis Goodwin's character was so much fun this time around. I especially like the direction that Darcy and Glenda's relationship has gone. Glenda has evolved so much through this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle the difficulties that are bound to arise in the next installment because of Dorothy. I have listened to this (and the rest of the series) multiple times and I'm sure that I will continue to enjoy them again, as I wait for the next in the series.

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  • Six Cats a Slayin'

  • Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, Book 10
  • By: Miranda James
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

December 25 is right around the corner. The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel's help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as his neighbor Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party. Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always enjoy a new addition

  • By Dawn on 10-25-18

Great series, and this is the best of the best...

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I loved this book for a number of different reasons. I have enjoyed the entire series, but this is by far my favorite. I love the character advancements since the first books. The bonds that have developed between Charlie, his kids & spouses, Stewart & Haskell, Helen Louise, and even Azalea and Melba have made them a wonderful extended family who obviously care deeply about each other and work together to form a loving unit. And the “détente” between Charlie and Kinesha was very satisfying. The mystery itself was extremely interesting. Many twists, but it flowed together so well that it kept me hanging on, waiting for what was around the next corner. But probably my favorite "side story" was the kittens. I foster cats and kittens for a rescue, and often in books some of the cat elements just don’t quite fit with real life. But this was spot-on as far as what it is like taking on stray kittens. They are challenging, but they also give back by providing entertainment, helping to relieve stress, and giving unconditional love. I have fostered a number of Rameses, and couldn’t help but fall for him. I’m looking forward to hearing about him in the future. And I can’t forget Diesel…he was so adorable as the step-daddy to the kittens. It was such a sweet touch. I once had a long-term foster who did the exact same thing with several litters of kittens. The situation with Tommy and his Step-Father was handled so well that I felt extremely happy with the outcome. There was a lot going on in this book, but it all flowed so well that it was not "too much" - it was perfect for me. I have already listened to this book twice, and I’m sure it will be a favorite that is enjoy over and over. I highly recommend checking out, not only this book, but the entire Cat in the Stacks series.

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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 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • 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 23
  • 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 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

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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