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  • The Dough Must Go On

  • Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series, Book 9
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Showbiz comes to Oxford in the form of Britain's hottest new talent show, and tearoom owner Gemma Rose gets a peek behind the scenes when she's asked to cater for the event. But with the Old Biddies, entering the contest as England's first "granny band", and her little tabby, Muesli, stealing the limelight, Gemma soon ends up with more than she bargained for... and that's before she comes across a frozen dead body! Now, she's on the trail of a murderer, with four nosy old ladies giving her a helping hand, while also dealing with her embarrassing mother, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming cozy

  • By Christina on 02-15-19

A charming cozy

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

The big flaw in this story is that the person who was murdered is extremely unlikeable. It’s hard to feel a deep desire for answers when she’s so awful, so I didn’t really get invested in solving the crime. Otherwise it’s well written, charming & well narrated too!

  • Shelter

  • By: Robin Merrill
  • Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

She begged God to rescue her. He said, "Go." So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn't exactly hers, with a dog who wasn't exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple Story . . . of what church SHOULD be

  • By Debbie on 01-28-17

Perfectly done with great characters!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I have read all of the Gertrude Gumshoe mysteries, also written by Robin Merrill, and in them the lead character is Gertrude (who is featured in this book). I knew that at one point Gertrude lived in a homeless shelter, so it was really fun for me to see her origin story and actual meet the others who live at this homeless shelter.

The main character in this book, Maggie, found herself leaving her old life on a whim after God spoke to her that she needs to go. She winds up at this church which is also a shelter, and she sees God work in her life in many ways. The story is really enjoyable and honest. None of the characters are “perfect” which is exactly the point. We see their flaws, and it’s very authentic. I really enjoyed everything about this novel, the narration did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Another hit for Robin, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

  • Murder and Cherry Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 5
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Sabrina Daley's life changed forever when her sister went missing 30 years ago. It ended up taking more than a decade to discover Jessica Daley's body and arrest the man responsible for her murder. Ever since that tragedy, missing-persons cases have triggered a deep emotional response in Sabrina. So when Sabrina's friend Angela Hummel disappears one day, Sabrina can't help but be torn up inside. As Sabrina begins searching for Angela, she can't help but wonder if this new case will have a familiar tragic ending.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appropriate, clean and exciting

  • By Yuri on 02-14-19

A suspenseful missing persons case!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This book covers a missing persons case which has many similar parallels to Sabrina’s missing sister. That makes this case very personal to Sabrina & David, and it also made it much more suspenseful as a reader! As the duo interrogate suspects the clock is ticking on finding Angela. Will she be found,band will she be found alive? This is the perfect length for a cozy & very well narrated too!

  • The Deadly Dinner Theater Affair

  • By: K. M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

When Daisy McDare attends a murder-mystery dinner theater performance, she worries that a real-life death will occur during the show. Is she just being paranoid, or does she have every reason to be concerned?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dinner Theater

  • By PattyH on 02-05-19

This was so fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This was so fun! Daisy goes to a dinner theater which is a murder mystery theme. But the catch is that Daisy has a hunch that a real murder will take place under the guise of dinner theater, so the entire time she’s worried a real crime is taking place under her nose. The fun part as the reader is that the entire time we don’t know what’s real and what’s not. Daisy suspicion becomes the readers suspicion as you watch the dinner theater play out. This book is short & sweet, but it keeps your guessing every step of the way!

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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 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

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

Pros & Cons of narration

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I know that there is a lot of criticism about the new narrator, and so I went into this expecting it to be terrible. But honest to goodness I think she does a spectacular job. Her Georgie is spot on, she narrates everyone so well (even Queenie is a dead ringer). I would say Belinda is the most off, as she was the one place I felt like it could use improvement. Perhaps even the Queen could use a tweak. But overall the main characters who we interact with in this book (Georgie, her mother, grandad, queenie, Darcy), they are done incredibly well & kept me fully immersed in the story. The pace, story & characters were so well done. Jasmine had big shoes to fill and I believe she did a really fantastic job. Please give it a chance, really listen at least halfway through before forming an opinion. I think you’ll find it’s quite good!

  • Running from Arrows

  • A Running Store Mystery, Book 2
  • By: T.C. Wescott
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

One of Lacy's beaus has a bow. Unlike Cupid, his arrows kill. There's more than romance in the air this Valentine's Day! Running from Arrows is the fun, twist-filled, romantic cozy mystery romp you've been waiting for! Valentine's Day is coming up and Lacy is single. If that's not bad enough, she has a secret admirer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will fall in love with these characters!

  • By Christina on 02-05-19

You will fall in love with these characters!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This is book 2 in the series, and the characters are so well developed and multi dimensional that you will fall in love with them. Ruby is my favorite, she’s so wise yet mysterious & always sits back and assesses the situation, quietly solving the mystery. But the best part is the friendship between Lacey, Ruby & Stacks.
The story line of this book was also my favorite. Lacey has a secret admirer and with each passing chapter we get closer to figuring out who it is. And wow will you be shocked, because that sets off a ripple of further events which left me shocked in the best way. This is well written, narrated & overall a perfect cozy! Highly recommend ! I was gifted this book and offered my honest review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Robot Revenge

  • A Winston Wong Mystery Novella, Volume 2
  • By: J. J. Chow
  • Narrated by: Noah DeBiase
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Winston Wong, expert seniors’ sleuth, takes on a case in his local neighborhood. When the captain of the block, a reclusive robot inventor, has a fatal fall, Winston suspects foul play. But was it the ambitious events coordinator, the slick banker, the eco activist, or the tiger mom? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun cozy mystery featuring a nerdy detective

  • By Loralee Petersen on 01-24-19

Love this “new to me” series!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This was the first book I listened to in this series and I LOVED it! Winston (the main character) is so perfectly written & narrated; he’s got spunk, and lots of charm. His sister comes to town & she has even more spunk and humor. Together the two of them investigate a suspicious death in their neighborhood. All the characters in this book feel so well developed, and even though I just met them, I feel like I know them. That to me is the mark of a good story. Further, the mystery itself is enjoyable and quite a challenge to solve. 5 stars all around!

  • A Wrench in the Works

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Chloe is the cohost of a popular home-repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after 10 years, she has returned to her quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design. But Shannon quickly realizes things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wrecked work

  • By Jennifer on 02-01-19

A cozy delight

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Out of all the books in the series this one was my favorite. I really enjoyed meeting Shannon’s sister, and the interaction of them together on set & at home. When a string of murders (and attempted murders) begin to plague a renovation Shannon has to jump in and investigate to help clear her sisters name. The mystery is well written, the characters are perfectly narrated & there are plenty of red herrings!

  • Grace Space: A Direct Sales Tale

  • By: Robin Merrill
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Darcy was 24, living with her parents, and struggling to make her student loan payments. So, when she heard that Grace Space Independent Consultants make $40 per hour, she could hardly wait to sign on the dotted line. That signature launched her into a crazy adventure full of embarrassing blunders, kooky characters, and sidesplitting laughs, and it's not long before she starts to wonder if the purple dream is too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming story with an excellent message........

  • By Katie on 12-08-18

A lighthearted Saturday read!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

If you’ve ever had experience with direct sales then this story will be extra fun to listen to! But even if you haven’t, the story is so well written that you get thrust into the world of “pyramid schemes” and all the quirky characters that come along with them. Everything about this book is cozy, lighthearted and endearing. The narration gives Darcy a naive & sweet personality that I felt such a connection to by the end of the book. The best part is that all of the characters are flawed & real, and that goes along with the side characters as well. Gertrude is a particularly fun gem of a character who thankfully got her own spin off series (Gertrude Gumshoe).
The book keeps you entertained from start to finish & leaves you feeling happy at the end. Highly recommend it!

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  • The Floating Light Bulb: An Eli Marks Mystery

  • The Eli Marks Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: John Gaspard
  • Narrated by: Jim Cunningham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

When a magician is murdered in the midst of his act at the Mall of America, Eli Marks is asked to step in and take over the daily shows - while also keeping his eyes and ears open for clues about this bizarre homicide. As Eli combs the maze-like corridors beneath the Mall of America's massive amusement park looking for leads, he also struggles to learn and perform an entirely new magic act. Meanwhile, the longtime watering hole for Uncle Harry and his Mystics pals is closing, so in addition to the murder investigation and the new act, Eli must help the seniors find a suitable new hangout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By Beatrice on 01-24-19

The best of the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I’ve listened to all the books in this series, and this one was my favorite! It felt like it held more adventure, more fun characters & more magic! If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries & magic, you will adore this series. It’s charming, it’s lots of fun, and it contains so many behind the scenes of magic!