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Dead Letter

An M. Falcon Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Carol Herman
Series: An M. Falcon Mystery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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Martin Davies and Della Rose are more interested in having fun playing detective in their golden years than being detectives. Their team of enthusiastic blue-hairs is a treasure trove of unexpected skills and employ unconventional tactics. 

Behind the sweet, wheelchair-bound grandmother facade, Estelle is a master hacker with the online handle MeatGrinder56. 

Wendy, a semi-retired actress, lives her dream of being a super spy while scrapbooking fingerprints to go with her surveillance photos. 

Homeless veteran Mac, the team's eyes on the street, is invisible to the public. 

When a letter arrives from a deceased client asking them to retrieve a cheap china doll, the game turns fatal as they find more dead bodies than answers. When the killer decides that Della and Martin are getting too close, the couple needs to find the murderer before their fun comes to a permanent end.

©2018 Stacy Bender (P)2019 Stacy Bender

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Charming Mystery

Enjoyed engaging , charming mystery with quirky characters. Would have preferred a younger sounding narrator.

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An interesting story to listen to

Catherine Bender has developed a pleasant tale of mystery and intrigue. Della and Martin are well-developed as characters- almost quaint, but also endearing. The story keeps up with today's world yet weaves in some hints of nostalgia. I encourage you to check out other works by Catherine or Stacey Bender.

Submitted by d. o. allen, author of The Die and Pardon Me.

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Dead Letter

A cute cozy mystery with relatively laid back sleuths. Even though Della and Martin are in their golden years, they still have what it takes to get to bottom of the mystery. Who knew a relatively benign piece of mail could lead to so much trouble!

This was an entertaining listen written by Catherine Bender and narrated by Carol Herman.

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

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  • kevintheradioguy
  • 12-29-19

Is this a cookbook?

...because most of the book is a description of how people eat food, cook food, or talk about food. And it's extremely boring. Six chapters in, and we have listened to what each character has for breakfast, dinner, and supper, how they chat with their friends and are visited by their relatives, repeating the same insignificant information over, and over, and over again... and the plot hook only now has only been introduced. And merely to be drowned again with descriptions of food and restaurants. Honestly, when people buy a detective story they want a) a detective; b) a story. It's in the title. Not descriptions of pancakes and banana splits.

While the performance is quite enjoyable and nice to listen to, and I'd love to hear more of Carol Herman in the future, the story itself, watered down by descriptions of routine so much it's barely noticeable, is SO boring, that if anyone told me this is what they make you listen to in one of the circles of hell for punishment, I'd absolutely believe it. I believe that the writer would do better with stories that don't require as much pacing as detectives, since the pacing itself is absent in the book - it's like a thin layer of butter over a giant baguette - spread so thin, you are left to wonder if it's even there. I really regret wasting time and money on this.