Bright Treasures

Bright Seas Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Lisa Leslie
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Annie Acorn Audio is pleased to present Bright Treasures, written by Annie Acorn and narrated by Lisa Leslie.  

Angelique MacDuff paused as the knot in her stomach tightened. Across the pavement of Bright Seas’ Main Street, the shop waited, but whether it beckoned or warned her to turn and run, she couldn’t have said.  

Sixteen months ago, her husband left the tarmac’s safety in their newly purchased delivery van and drove off a precipice northeast of town. There had been no screech of brakes before their van had headed straight for the cliff’s edge, where it had left the Earth and, for a moment, hung suspended in the air before plunging into Bright Seas Bay.  

Death had been attributed to a fractured skull. At first, she hadn’t cared about the cause. As time passed, though, she had taken comfort from the fact that her husband hadn’t drowned. Then, she had begun to question.  

So opens the newest, full-length cozy mystery from internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens author Annie Acorn. Once again, Ms. Acorn weaves together an interesting cast of characters, as a tangled web tightens around them. Filled with an abundance of clues, we bet you still won’t solve this unique puzzle before the end.  

You won’t want to miss this one!

©2018 Annie Acorn Publishing LLC (P)2019 Annie Acorn Publishing LLC

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This story could have been told in three chapters. Narrator was okay. Characters are vague

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Slow Paced

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

I am a fan of cozy mysteries. However, I found this one to be very slow paced, most of the characters were a bit daft, and the paranormal element a bit odd [I am not against paranormal elements but it did not seem to completely fit]. It also jumped from the past to the present to the paranormal without any real set up - so at times, I got confused as to what was occurring. Finally, the mystery of the murder doesn't happen until very late in the book - at which point, unfortunately, I didn't much care.

The narrator, Lisa Leslie, did a nice job. She used different voices for the various characters, which helped to differentiate them.

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Extremely good

I found this audiobook to be extremely enjoyable. It has a great combination of mystery, suspense and drama. The narrator has done a wonderful job of bringing each character to life.

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I loved it!

spirits, love, mystery, family-dynamics, friendship, small-business, small-town, pets, dogs

This is the perfect book for listening to on a dingy day while doing chores or doing single color knitting! Two recently widowed ladies, one youngish with a delightful small dog and the other middle aged become fast friends, start working together in a small business and mentor others. Two men, one younger and recently divorced and the other middle aged and harboring a love he couldn't act on before find that life is better in the small town of Bright Seas. Three very elderly ladies live together in a very large house with the youngish grandson of a dear friend and all four sometimes communicate with people residing in another dimension. Was there a murder? Who did it, how, and why? A super read!
Lisa Leslie aces narrating this challenging collection of characters!
I won this audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

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Great listening entertainment

Great story with a lot of interesting characters and a mystery right up until the end.

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Bright Treasures

This was a good book.I found it confusing.I had to start over three times.I didn't know dead people were talking for awhile.The overall story was good,but overly long. Lisa Leslie was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Fun Cozy Mystery with a Paranormal Twist

I love cozy mysteries and romances so this one I was pretty drawn to. Without giving the story away I will say that I did find it very enjoyable and the narration was very well done and I give it 4 stars. The reason I gave it 3 stars overall was mainly due to the fact that although the pace of the book truly fits the story I tend to like a slightly faster paced book. I also thought the story was a bit confusing in the way it jumps around from current to memories and then throws in a paranormal aspect to it, which is fun but you definitely have to pay closer attention to this book. If you like a story with a journey that is a little slower to unfold then I would highly recommend this book, but if you are drawn to a more intense mystery/thriller then I think you will find this one too slow.

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

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Mystery

I love mysteries and this does have potential but I just found it slow going. I actually put it down and went back to it a few times.
I would still recommend it if you don't mind the slow pace.
clean read.

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it took me three times

I will explain I gave this book five stars because the book was good it was with a lot of details a lot of characters it was confusing and I stopped the book free times I wasn't concentrated enough I listen to all your books and I couldn't got her myself to listen to this book about when I was at home alone very calm I could listen to the story and understand each and every character for what it was and then I did enjoy the story it will might take you some time to understand because the story isn't complicated but you have a lot of characters and you need to listen to all of them to understand what the story is about but I liked it overall I liked it a lot

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this was an ok book

This book as just okay it was sort of difficult to follow. I had no idea that some of the characters were talking from the grave when it first began. The story has the potential to be really enthralling but it lacks in the details. The characters were likeable enough but it seems like the author glanced over a lot of the back story. I felt like this should have been book two not book one in the series. Overall not a bad read. the narrator did a pretty good job with the material available. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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  • Norma Miles
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Nothing surprises me in Bright Seas.

Richard McDuff's dream had been to open Bright Treasures, an Antiques and Edibles shop in small town Bright Seas, where he'd grown up. He' d spent months collecting items for sale and he'd leased a shop for three years. Then he died. Sixteen months later his wife was still desperately missing him and unsure what to do. But with a year's lease left on the premises, she decided to go ahead in honour of her husband. With the help of her elderly but vivacious and cooking loving landlady, the business becomes an instant success, and Angelique herself draws the attention of newly returned home lawyer, Jack, who had also been Richard's best friend.

So far, so good. Interesting characters (although it does seem that everyone is a bit batty, mostly elderly, and all related to one or other of two families) and with the potential for - well, almost anything from romance to mystery. However, it seems that the young window's dog has better instincts than most of the inhabitants although it takes intervention from above to get ex wife and best friend determined that someone.murdered her busband. Ho hum, only a year or so late. It all turns into a bit of a farce, then, though there is a brief period of tension build up towards the end as the actions, with timings, of various townspeople are spliced together prior to a final denouement.
Narrator Lisa Leslie is excellent, reading with clarity and good intonation. Her voicing of the disparate protagonists is individual and interesting.so that each is separately identifiable, and the text well performed without being overdramatic, thank goodness.

This reader is not averse to the paranormal, nor divine intervention, or reincarnation, etcetera, but some of the content of this book just seemed daft, I'm afraid, though good for a laugh at times (exchanging text messages with a dead relative, for example). I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Bright Treasures, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Although the characters were delightfully eccentric and well developed, the main storyline mystery was poorly conceived: a great pity. But perhaps now that this first book has been sritten, introducing the strange little town of Bright Seas, author Annie Acorn can continue to expand on the daily lives of these deliciously bizarre but very real people and find a decent mystery to focus the attention of the inhabitants. Yes, including the dog.