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Shirley Lafon Strand

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  • A Magical Match

  • Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 9
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiance, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t get enough of Lily and Oscar!!!

  • By Amy E Pruitt on 04-07-18

Delightful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Another winner. Another great story in the witch world of aunt

Cora's closet, cupcakes, scary dudes, and a sweet toothed gobgoyle

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Wind in the Door

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill. But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons - actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, and to take Meg and her friend Calvin O'Keefe on a terrifying, wonderful journey into galactic space - where they must battle the force of evil to save Charles Wallace, and themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • by Julian, 8 years old

  • By film karma on 04-09-12

Dragons and Science

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Love this. It's a compelling Young adult novel with metaphors, science, and fantasy galore.

  • Shot in the Dark

  • The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 17
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

A smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot - until a gunshot turns the landmark coffeehouse into a crime scene. As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi fixes a date for her wedding, her ex-husband is making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Shirley Lafon Strand on 04-28-18

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This writing team produces yet another winner! I just love these bright, articulate, and zesty cozies!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In a Witch's Wardrobe

  • Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving this series

  • By Beatrice on 12-24-12

delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Love the rollicking and intriguing series. the narrator is spectacular as well. now, on to the next one

  • Mirror, Mirror

  • The Barbara Holloway Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Chaos has descended on the Valducci family. Gina Valducci's grandmother and mentor, the founder of the family's thriving nursery business, has died. Her death sets off a string of seemingly unrelated events, including two horrific murders. Gina's colleague Jeff stands out as an obvious suspect, with plenty of motivation, opportunity, and means.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Believe me I wish it wasn't my true opinion

  • By OkImListening on 08-25-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

I love this series. The characters are believable and full of life. The plot was outstanding.
Smart. Sassy. Great Courtroom Drama and Great Out of the Courtroom Drama.
As someone who grew up in Eugene OR it is also fun to recognize some of the places the characters frequent in this series. Ms. Wilhelm keep writing!

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,290

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Excellent. Interesting and vivid. Great choice as narrator too as Mr. Welliver was believable in the film versions of these stories.

  • A Dash of Death

  • The Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Claudia Bishop
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Helena Houndswood is the epitome of class - at least when the camera's rolling. Behind the scenes, the celebrated expert on stylish living is just a garden-variety snob with a heart of stone. She's furious to learn that a group of decidedly déclassé Hemlock Falls women has won the design contest sponsored by her television show, It's a Beautiful Life. Now one winner is missing and another is dead - but just how far would Helena go to avoid mixing with the unwashed? After all, murder is so tacky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisty and fun plot

  • By Shirley Lafon Strand on 06-26-17

Twisty and fun plot

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Enjoyable! An interesting and fresh plot admits a beautiful setting. Inn keeper sisters are clever and believable.

  • The Deep End

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 1
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

It's 1974 and Ellison Russell's life revolves around her daughter and her art. She's long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper's death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband's proclivities and his crimes - kinky sex, petty cruelties, and blackmail. As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Marginally Less Bland Nancy Drew

  • By Rachel on 12-28-17

What a delightful, twisty ride!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

Loved this one. I'm hooked now and am looking forward to more from this author.

  • Murder, She Barked

  • Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Jeanie Kanaley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Cozy Mystery

  • By stuzmate on 01-20-16

Good story.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Fun and fast moving story. The narrator sounds a bit childish in parts. But, the story makes it go away.

  • Dead Cold Brew

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case. Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear. After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. While the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series!

  • By Marcia L. Berbeza on 01-14-17

Wonderfully Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

A delightful story. Emotionally poignant in places. Laugh-out loud worthy in other places. Just fantastic.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful