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A Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Box Set 1

Books 1-3
Narrated by: Nano Nagle
Series: A Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery, Book 1-3
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Welcome to Waterfell Tweed, where things aren't as cozy as they seem....

Sandy Shaw was happy with her life running the village cafe and bookstore, until a series of murders in the sleepy village cause everyone to second-guess just how peaceful things are. 

Join Sandy as she sets out to solve the killings, and get peace restored, in this box set collection of the first three books in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series. 

This box set includes Once upon a Crime, A Tale of Two Bodies, and A Valentine's Kill.

Each novella is a cozy mystery, meaning they are safe from swearing, sex, violence, and cliffhangers. Each audiobook can be listened as a stand-alone, but the series is best enjoyed if listened in order.

©2018 Mona Marple (P)2019 Mona Marple

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Light, Clean and Entertaining

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, the first three titles of this series are presented together. Each one is a quick read and a standalone story.
Book 1: Once Upon a Crime
Sandy owns a bookshop/cafe in town. Reginald announces that he is opening a bookshop right near Sandy's store. Soon thereafter, Reginald is found murdered and Sandy is implicated. Sandy starts to investigate to get herself out of this mess.

Book 2: Tale of Two Bodies
A homeless man is killed in what appears to be a hit and run. Soon thereafter, one of Sandy's employees is severely hurt in the same manner and the police appear to be blaming the wrong suspect. Sandy gets involved to clear her landlord's name.

Book 3: A Valentine's Kill
Dick Jacobs, the health inspector, has come to town and he has a reputation for shutting down businesses for violations. He's already shut down one business and has his sights set on Sandy's Cafe. But, before he can begin the inspeion, he is found murdered. Sandy begins to investigate and begins to suspect Tom, her possible romantic interest.

Each of these cozies is very clean - no swearing and no sex.

I enjoyed the characters in these cozies - Sandy, her sister Cassie and her BF. There's lots of small village gossip, running the shop and you kind of feel like your part of the small town life. The mysteries, to me, seemed a little thin and Sandy seemed to solve them out of the blue - suddenly she'd say, "I know who did it." But, that didn't really bother me as I enjoyed the characters and the small town feel.

The narrator did a very good job. She was clear, held a good pace and conveyed the personalities of each of the characters very well.

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  • Sandra
  • Wilson,Texas Usa
  • 04-20-19

Super good

sandy shaw runs a book shop and cafe and becomes involved in murders and mysteries she solves on her own really great series interesting characters even better crimes

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Waterfell Tweed Cozy set 1-3

I really enjoyed this 3 book set! Sandy owns a bookstore/bakery.When a man is found dead,one who said he was going to be her competition,she must prove she did not kill him. This sets her up for seeking out the true culprits in future murders in her little town. Nona Nagle was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 05-13-19

Story Okay, Narration Great.

The authors writing in and of itself was good, but the story just wasn't intriguing to me. I found Sally and other characters hard to relate to and it just wasn't very captivating. I think it had potential to be really cute, just was missing something.

I really liked the narrator and thought they gave a really good crisp and clear performance. I would be interested in listening to another audiobook they narrate.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Cozy Mystery

I love cozy mysteries so this was perfect for me. I did however, figure out who did it early on but I loved the characters in the book and the small village drama.
Since this is a clean book it is suitable for all.

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Very relaxing and... addictive:)

It's 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars for the story, really...

This is a very enjoyable, relaxing and addictive box set of cozy mysteries set in an English village of Waterfell Tweed... And - which for me is a big thumb up - while listening I had a feeling of stepping into the worlds of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders - though with a bit less violence than those two usually contained:)

The first book in the series introduces us to a whole set of colourful individuals, and though each of the books is a standalone when it comes to the criminal plot, they should, I feel, be read/listened to in order for there is continuation when it comes to the personal lives of the characters - and these small bits and pieces make for an interesting part of the story, too:)

All the books are equally good, with crimes of passion rather than cold-blooded murders and solutions that surprise the reader... That's the only small fault of the books, really; I feel there are too few clues on the way to the end and the fact that Sandy kind of solves the crimes out of the blue... or maybe it's that I just concentrated too much on the personal forgetting to pay attention to the criminal...:) But all in all, it's a fantastic set for all cozy mystery lovers:)

Narration by Ms Nagle is very good, too. She's a new narrator for me, but I like her interpretation a lot. She does vary voices enough for me to easily follow the dialogues but she doesn't overdo them, especially the male ones. She reads at a good pace and conveys the emotions and the personalities of the characters very well. All in all, a great interpretation of the series.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow! Lots of interesting people in Waterfell Tweed

I like cozy mysteries, and this series is great! These books will make you want to visit Waterfell Tweed and enter Sandy's Books and Bakes, settle in with a good book, a latte and a slice of cake while you listen to the locals interact. Just watch your back so you don't become the next murder victim!

Mona Marple has created a village with many mysteries and lots of suspects. Enjoyable listening, especially since Nano Nagle does an outstanding job with the narration. It is nice to hear the book in series, as there is carryover in the storyline from one to the next.

I received a promotional copy of this book and this is my honest review.

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Very good series

This was a very good set of audiobooks. The narrator does a great job of voicing each character. There is a great combination of suspense, mystery, murder and humor in each book.

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Very Entertaining

I really enjoyed this book set. Each book in the set was only a couple of hours long, so there was no unnecessary filler in the books. All of the characters were very likeable. I have always had a love/hate relationship with cozy mystery style books because the main character always comes across as nosy, rather than helpful, and all the other characters are generally unlikeable except for the occasional sidekick. However, this book series is different. I found myself hoping that most of the characters weren't the culprit because I liked them all so much. I finished the series several days ago, and I am still missing the characters and wishing I could listen to another book. When the next box set comes out, I will definitely buy it. If you are reading the books, then these are awesome, quick reads that are great for beach days or relaxing by the pool. If you are listening to the books on audible, then you will be pleased with the ease of listening. The narrator is great. I was taken by surprise at first when the first few lines were read out loud and the narrator seemed so incredibly happy and loud. But, then I realized it's because these are actually happy, feel-good books. You won't find the answers to life, the universe, and everything in these books, but you will find peace, and relaxation in them. I received this box set for free, by my request, from Audiobook Boom, but the review is completely my personal opinion.

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the beautiful & Cozy bundle

I liked it a lot it was a very great bundle of books it was enjoyable and very fun the Mysteries were interesting I liked it a lot the narrator was great as well

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Ruby
  • 05-07-19

Enjoyable

I quite enjoy cosy mysteries, they are a pleasant listen and I usually like to fit them in between gory thrillers or while I'm at work to relax.
This was no different, set in the British town of Waterfell Tweed really made me feel at home, coming from a small village myself. Although where I live is nowhere near as exciting.
This is a boxset of 3 separate stories, so great for a short listen and I had a break between each one to listen to something else, the stories are gripping but fun...hopefully there will be more to this series.

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Kate
  • 05-06-19

A sweet treat for cosy mystery lovers

Waterfell Tweed itself is a rather twee village which feels as though it could be anywhere across Britain, as it doesn't have a very distinct regional personality. This makes it easier to imagine it being the 'local' country village with which each reader is familiar, but does make it a little more difficult to imagine the author's vision.

This series is best described as 'chick lit' though I do wish there was a better term for it. The mysteries are a little predictable but that goes with the territory when reading a cosy, and the books are all lightweight listening with sweet, clean, ‘girly’ themes and emotionally-driven plots. I haven't listened to many other books in the ‘women’s fiction/rom-com’ genre but once I got to know the characters I enjoyed it. I needed something that was very easy to listen to this week, and it was no chore at all to sit back and drift off into a little bookshop bakery.

These books feature several female characters from various generations, and initially I felt that I would have preferred the stories to have been from the perspective of one of the older women; perhaps Dory of the 'Black Widows Club'. But, regardless of age, the common thread linking all three books is that they are predominantly stories about women, perhaps even more so than they are mysteries. The investigations into the various deaths are just the mechanism by which we come to learn about how the women of the village really live. Sandy slowly comes to see that behind closed doors there are widows rebuilding their lives, sisters learning to be a family, mothers struggling to feed their kids, and wives battling their husbands' addictions. Once I understood that, the books grew on me with each subsequent title in the collection.

I would listen to other Waterfell Tweed collections like this one, as they are great for days when I need to rest and not invest my attention in anything too cognitively or emotionally draining, but still wish to be entertained.

There were two plot points that I found irksome, and the first involved Sandy's sister, Coral. Coral's previous career as a journalist is frequently referenced but never really utilised. My second gripe was with Sandy's love-interest. Their acquaintance started out well and looked like it was going to be a nice, slow burn with a few bumps in a road which would ultimately bring them together. But it all felt a bit unbelievable when Sandy suddenly declared her love for someone she wasn't sure if she had actually even been dating. Instead of feeling romantic it seemed rushed to give the collection a Happy Ever After.

There were a few niggling inconsistencies in the books, which was only noticeable because they were packaged into a trilogy which I listened to back-to-back.

A lovely touch to these books is the inclusion of several recipes. Some are part of the main story, and others are included at the end.

The narrator, Nano Nagle, has a pleasant and expressive voice which brought each of the characters to life very nicely. She handled the broad age-ranges well, and all her characters had personality. I found her delivery a little languid so sped up the audiobook to 1.10x playback speed, which made it flow better to my ear. This is always personal preference, however, and I know many people who usually slow down narration, for whom Nano Nagle's performance would be perfectly suited just as it is.

Overall, I feel that this collection of novellas would be the perfect lightweight summer holiday listening for anyone who enjoys cosy mysteries and village bake-sales. They may be good fun for people who like M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, though they are rather different in tone, and for anyone who enjoys stories about a community of women. (Though my favourite pick in that particular genre is Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.)

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 04-18-19

Easy listening

I love cozy mysteries and this boxset made for a good, entertaining listen.
The stories are short which means you can listen to one full story in a few hours.
Each individual mystery is very well written with good, fun characters. The mysteries are not overly complicated but they will still keep you interested and guessing. I really enjoyed the narrator's performance and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.


I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-15-19

Books: her closest friends and greatest teachers.

Set in the small, very windy, village of Waterfall Tweed, all three stories in this book centre around Books and Bakes, a cafe and bookshol, and it's owner, Sandy.

Book One: Once Upon a Crime.
Sandy's shop was struggling. Although the cafe with it's delicious came selection was reasonably successful, no one seemed interested in buying books. Then Sandy becomes prime suspect in the murder of a man who had announced his intention of opening a top of the range bookstore opposite her own shop. Sandy needs the help of her sister and her loyal customers to try to clear her name.

Book Two: A Tale of Two Books.
The major bouse, left empty when the owners left for a very long vacation, and been occupied by squatters, which annoyed many of the village's inhabitants. When one is killed in a hit-and-run incident, Sandy feels remorse because she had earlier refused him a job. When another young man working in her kitchen is also hit by a car, Sandy and handsome neighbour Tom try to work out what is happening.

Book Three: A Valentine's Kill.
With the shop doing well and romance in the air, Sandy finds her emotions stretched when Tom himse!f becomes a murder suspect and he suddenly becomes cold towards her.

The books, individually, are quick to read and not taxing. The writing style is direct and simple with uncomplicated snappy sentences. There is a lot of eating and drinking, mostly coffee and cake, with recipes liberally sprinkled throughout. Despite frequently detailed descriptions of the characters, they remain essentially two dimensional but become familiar as they reappear in the different bolks. It is a fun read with intriguing mysteries and having the first three books to read in sequence is a bonus as the background story builds as the cafe-bookshop develops. Interestingly, although Wendy's main love is books, their is a noticeable absence of any literary references along with the obsession with food.

Nano Nagle has a pleasant English voice, easy on the ear, clear and with good intonation.She modifies the emotion according to the text and voices each protagonist individually, even if some of the characters seem to have disproportionately rough accents. It is a good reading but one which, for this reader, did not quite fit the stories but nevertheless helped breathe life into some of the numerous characters.

An enjoyable, if rather flat, read in an interesting location - the cafe. The who-dun-it? aspect is also intriguing, allowing the reader to assess and guess at the perpetrator from clues dropped along the way. My thanks to the rights holder of this Waterfell Tweed box set who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Recommended for fans of non taxing cozy mysteries who enjoy the chance to work out the perpetrator in advance of the ending.

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  • Christine R
  • 04-11-19

Enjoyable Light Hearted Listen

I did enjoy these 3 books. The characters are likeable and the stories light hearted, for murder.

I will be looking out for others from this author, it was a good find.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.