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Publisher's Summary

A funny, fabulous, cozy mystery filled with quirkiness and a sweet serve of lesbian romance. 

Bess Campbell has escaped to the windswept Australian coastal town of Port Bannir, determined to begin her life again. She is loving her fresh start, thanks to her fun job running a hip gallery, her territorial chickens, and a lot of self-help books to find her new, better self. 

Port Bannir local Margaret Gale runs an austere maritime museum, and rules her staff with an iron fist. She has no time for that crazy modern gallery or upbeat, earnest Bess sweeping around town on her hipster bicycle. 

After a heated dispute over an antique collectible dildo, there's little hope Margaret and Bess will ever see eye to eye. But when Port Bannir is rocked by a senseless murder, both women find themselves implicated. Can they work together to expose the truth - or will the truth prove far too dangerous? 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Jess Lea (P)2019 Tantor

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Great story!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The deadpan humor was awesome! I loved Bess and Margaret's interactions. It was cool to "see" them grow and develop into the strong women they are. The supporting characters gave the story more depth and were also easy to like (especially the HAGs :-) ). I was also impressed with the narration. The characters, narration and the mystery made this a must listen!

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Fun read

I enjoyed this book so much. It’s a rare find to have characters in a lesbian book who are normal , average looking women not beautiful or rich but interesting. A fun read, or listen. And a few interesting historical facts thrown in. Ching Shih, female pirate.

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A Curious Woman!

I just finished A Curious Woman and it was absolutely fantastic. Cat Gould does a fabulous job as always. I loved the story, the twists and turns and Genghis the rooster. It really makes you wanna keep listening.

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Two Wounded Souls

Bess Campbell moves to a remote Australian coastal town to restore her soul and find her better self. Margaret Gale runs the local Maritime Museum. Bess runs the crazy Cabinet of Curiosities. When murder rocks the small town they are drawn together to find the killer. Will their lives give them a second chance at healing and romance. Great performance and story. Recommend.

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I had a hard time with this and the ending is just eh. good writing style though. I'd certainly listen/ read more books by this site author but this was hard to get into all the way to the end.

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Well, it was Ok

I had some credits so at least it didn’t cost me money... the story was OK and narration didn’t help it much, I loved the accent but it seemed as Cat Gould was bored reading this book and so was I.

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  • 09-25-19

Simply stunning

An outstanding novel that is narrated to perfection by Cat Gould. Highly recommended and unmissable.

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  • M. A. Mccormack
  • 08-23-20

A real find

I really liked this book. The internal monologues, the language, clever asides. Really loved it. The story is excellent. Did not guess the baddie AT ALL.

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  • Ange Elson
  • 11-06-20

Small town Australian murder mystery and a dash of romance.

A book doesn’t capture a more lovely and nuanced view of small town life and how history does often play out than this little gem of a book.

A book filled with lovely tension between the unexpected love interests and a compelling mystery with interesting twists and turns. Very funny on places.

Not my usual taste, but I found I could not stop listening.