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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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Loved the story

Reminded me of Perry Mason. The characters would say something and I would see Perry and Della saying that same thing. I liked this one enough that I also listened to the second book in the series. I was given a free copy by Audiobooks Unleased and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Not for me

I tried to listen to this book but it didn't catch my interest. I finally gave up and returned it.

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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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  • Julie
  • 02-21-20

Quirky mystery

This is the first book by this author that I have read but I enjoyed it. The quirky and unusual cast of characters are what made it fun, I think it is the fact the characters were elderly or retirees and played up the fact that they were doddery when In fact they were more up with the times than anyone knew, in fact one is a hacker and is beating the younger generation at video games. The mystery was good and I loved all the breaking and entering to get clues and the mishap that ensued. Think of a modern day Sam Spade setting.
Martin and Della run a private detective agency and when they received a letter asking them to pick up a doll from a pawn shop they had no idea of what was to come. The doll belonged to a man killed just minutes after posting the letter and when they try to return the doll to the owner they put themselves on the radar of a killer. It is not long before both there home and office is broken into but why would someone go to so much trouble for a cheap China doll? It is only after they stumble across what looks like a suicide that Martin, Della and the team pull out all the stops and do some of there own breaking and entering. Especially as they are worried about how the suicide would effect Martin, a retired policemen. Can they find out what the killer is really after and just how many deaths have been ruled as suicide? When they are actually murders.
The narrator is right for the part, as the story is about retires but speaks quite slowly, so I set the story to be read at a faster speed and then she sounded fine.
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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.