Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery

A Happily Everlasting World Novel: (Un)Lucky Valley, Book 1
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: (Un)Lucky Valley Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Michelle M. Pillow comes a cozy paranormal mystery full of mischief, magic, and gnomes—and brimming with romantic possibilities.

Some people just have all the luck. And then there are people like Lily Goode. Abandoned at a young age, Lily and her brother, Dante, have never had it easy. So when Lily learns she has inherited an old house her estranged mother left behind, she thinks it could be the opportunity to make a fresh start. But she quickly learns that things aren't exactly what they seem in Lucky Valley. The mysterious accidents and strange hallucinations have Lily wondering: Has her luck run out—or simply taken an otherworldly turn? Gifted, prolific performer B.J. Harrison brings the perfect blend of suspense and charm to Lily's tale. 

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B.J. Harrison performance was hands down one of the best I've listened to. I loved how each character had their own voice and accent and was easily distinguishable between the characters. He was also did a great job projecting inflection into the tone of the characters throughout the story.

- Audible listener, Cheri, on B.J. Harrison's performance on The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
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About the Author

Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance novelist and best-selling author whose recipe for success includes a dash of romance with a pinch of cozy, combining genres of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, shifter romance, comedy, and vampire lit. With a penchant for coffee and adventure, she's penned more than 100 books—and counting. Expect to hear even more from this versatile and prolific writer.

About the Performer

B.J. Harrison doesn't limit himself to narrating a particular genre or author. With more than 300 audiobooks to his credit, this accomplished and veteran performer has voiced everything from paranormal romances to American classics.

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I loved it!

I enjoy listening to it and I can't wait until the next book to come out. The book reminds me of Kristen Painter style of writing, so if you love her writings you'll love this book.

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Entertaining....

A little dragged out at times but still kinda fun. Loved the characters: Lily, Nolan, Dante, and especially Polly, she was so crazy.

A G-rated read.

As always B.J. Harrison was great.

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Terrible book!!

Stupid. Worst I have listened to in a very long time. Not even good enough for a pre-teen. I love paranormal and cozies for this was a terrible example of both. I did not like it and definitely would NOT recommend it.

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Hooked from the start

I loved listening to this book and didn't want to stop! And the end! I was not expecting the twists that the characters had to go through. On to the next one!

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QUIRKY, PARANORMAL, COZY MYSTERY, ROMANCE

BETTER HAUNTS AND GARDEN GNOMES is the first book in the (Un)Lucky Valley series. I believe you’ll need to read them in the order of release.

Perfectly quirky, paranormal, cozy mystery romance. This is fun and entertaining with a cast of characters with an amazing array of powers. I thought it was a great start to this new series, and there were tons of belly laughs.

Narration: B.J. Harrison does a beautiful job of providing the voices for the different characters – I especially loved Aunt Polly.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via Audio BookCrave, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: BETTER HAUNTS AND GARDEN GNOMES
Series: (Un)Lucky Valley #1
A Happily Everlasting World
Category /Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers, Cozy Mysteries
Recommended for: 16+ due to mature matters
Listenability: OK for ears
Received from: Michelle M. Pillow (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Better Haunta and Garden Gnomes

You just have to love Aunt Polly.
This was a great addition to the Everlasting World, I enjoy the new characters in the strange new town setting. I was glad this Aunt Polly was included.

I would recommend this book.

Good narration.

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So Many Gnomes!

I completely enjoyed this book. The concept was unique, and the story was well fleshed out. The characters were satisfyingly flawed, so relatable, and lovable. Aunt Polly is spectacular, and wierd, and so humorous! Listening was a pleasurable escape! I adore the gnomes, so many gnomes!

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Hit and Miss

This was my first story with Michelle M. Pillow. There was a mixed bag of things I liked and weren't as fond of but overall a solid supernatural cozy mystery. It was an easy enough listen with some interesting flavor but I found myself much more interested in the secondary characters of the crazy Aunt Polly and her Gnomes, which I frankly wanted more of and less of the main character. The concept of the overall theme that the Goode family is somehow cursed with bad luck making the whole town dislike the family and any descendants while interesting creates some problems in and of itself. When main characters have too many antagonists and hardly any allies it feels hard to continue or feel an investment in developing the characters there. The curse on Lilly is so virulent at times it makes it almost unbelievable that a character who is already established as a drifter would want to stay in what appears to be a hugely inhospitable environment. I craved more details and explanation surrounding the developing magic and understanding of Lily and her brother Dante's abilities but it was more passing information. Again I have listened to much worse, and there were things I loved as I mentioned above, but I could also see where the story could have been pushed to the next level. I think that speaks to some seeds that the author has planted, but I think I was also struck by how many characters have the archetypal chip on their shoulder and aren't very invested that the audience themselves can start to feel confused about investing in the characters and story. I always love the narrator B.J. Harrison but with the large cast of characters in the story I noticed some of his female voices being recycled for different characters. Overall I think this is a promising start and I am interested to see if further development of characters and town will occur in the next installment.

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Sweet cozy mystery

This starts off slow, but definitely ramps up by the end! I love that it has tremendous depth by tackling serious issues that aren't normally touched in this genre. At the same time it is also has the ability to induce surprise snorts and giggles! This was a fantastic read, already have downloaded the next!

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Garden Gnomes and witchcraft

This is my first book by Michelle Pillows but definitely not my last. I found this little cozy mystery to be funny, mysterious, and addicting. I think the storyline was on point and creative. I fell in love with the characters because the were relatable and strong. The narrator B. J. Harrison was phenomenal and brought the story to life. I received this audio book upon my request. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily of my own volition.

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  • 05-21-20

dlightful entertainment

This charming story has it all - mystery, romance, the dark and the light with plenty of humour, excellent and enjoyable characterisation, and a pace that keeps you hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, and would highly recommend it.
The dark moments are quite impressive but never too threatening - the humour is always fun - the actual writing is excellent, the romance is sweet without being sexual - and there are some very original elements.\
I shall be off to buy the second in the series.