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A brand new female vicar. An accident-prone nun. Two friends. Two killings.

Annabelle and Mary are best friends. But when one gets framed for murder, can the other one save her?

Assigned to St. Clement's Church in an inner-city borough just outside Hackney in London, Reverend Annabelle Dixon brings an enthusiasm and drive to her clerical position that baffles her mentor, Father John, but which soon gains her fans and admiration.

Annabelle is not your typical vicar, but her strengths prove to serve her, and those around her, very well. When she plans to meet her longtime friend, Sister Mary, a Catholic nun visiting from West Africa, at a local café, little does she know that she will soon find herself embroiled in a mystery of deadly design. Their meeting place is awash with horror, with Sister Mary standing in the middle, shaking, her hand over her mouth and a dead woman at her feet.

Armed only with a note, a disappearing dart, vague hints, and a love of cake, this quick-thinking, quick-footed holy woman must gather the clues, pacify a detective, and find the real perpetrator before both she and her friend wind up in jail. 

Part Sherlock, part Father Dowling, Annabelle is a new kind of detective – one who sees the truth in the most unlikely places. If you love solving puzzles, then this suspense-filled, endearing, cozy mystery is just for you. Enjoy following our amateur sleuth as she careers around London. It will have you guessing until the very end! 

©2015 Alison Golden (P)2017 Alison Golden

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The story is great! I love Alison's writing.

While I enjoyed hearing the story live, the narrator left something to be desired. In my opinion she sounded excited the entire time. Sometimes the story line required a change in tone. It's still worth the listen.

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Fun Mystery

I loved reading this book, and listening to it in a British accent was delightful. Following Annabelle through the streets of London as she solves her first case was fun. I was surprised and well entertained. I would recommend this to cosy mystery fans.

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disappointed

The characters were likable , yet there was no other option as to the thief/murderer. The voice of the narrator seemed high pitched and shrill.

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Fun English Mystery

I love reading this series. The Vicar is someone I would love to actually meet. The narrator in this audiobook really brings the story to life. She does a great job at changing accents for different characters. I will confess that at first I had a bit of trouble with the strong accent but I got use to it quickly and really enjoyed this audiobook. A wonderful audiobook for my library. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Fun little cozy

What a difference it is for me, as an American, to read a British book with my American accent versus listening to it being read by someone with an appropriate and genuine British accent. World of difference! This is a delightful book and very well performed and completely entertaining! I would recommend it!

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British Story with a British Narrator!!

Reverend Annabelle has a major issue with the London Public Transit system. Without a car, she has no choice but to use the system to meet a childhood friend, who also happens to be a Catholic Nun visiting from West Africa. Arriving at the local cafe where she was to meet Sister Mary, she sees a crowd surrounding a woman lying near an outside table of the cafe. She also sees Sister Mary standing in the crowd with a shocked expression on her face. Sister Mary explained that the woman had died practically at her feet. It seems that Mary has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and has earned the nickname of "The Accidental Nun".

Later, Mary remembers a note passed to her by the dead woman, so they pay a visit to the lady mentioned in the note. When the second lady also dies in the presence of Mary and Annabelle, Detective Inspector Cutcliffe immediately suspects the two women of both murders and feels he has enough evidence to hold them.

Can Annabelle keep herself and Mary out of jail and discover the real culprit? Can she convince DI Cutcliffe of their innocence?

Good characters and great interactions - Plenty of twists, turns, and humor to keep you interested. With this story taking place in England, the British narrator really brings the setting to life.

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Reverend Annabelle Sleuths in London

The narrator was upbeat and I soon came to like her voice and performance.

This prequel takes place in London, before Annabelle moved out of the city. I enjoyed Annabelle and Sister Mary going around town to investigate and learning about how they met and that they had been friends for years. I also enjoyed the talk about cake. Yes, I love to eat it! Some very expensive emeralds are involved in the story. The murderer came as a complete surprise. I thought the case would be hard to solve, but Annabelle figured it out. The detective was kind of annoying because he thought Mary and Annabelle were guilty, but a detective has to have suspects.

I liked the ending where Annabelle said she wanted to go to the country. Everyone was supportive and it gave me the warm fuzzies.

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The Start of the engaging Annabelle Dixon series

Death at the Cafe is a pleasant cozy mystery written by Alison Golden. The plot revolves around best friends Vicar Annabelle Dixon and Sister Mary who become embroiled in a murder investigation, first because they were at the scene and Sister Mary witnessed it, then because Sister Mary becomes a suspect. In order to clear Sister Mary of the murder, they investigate it themselves.

Ms. Golden's writing is very descriptive giving readers a clear picture of characters, settings, and events. She makes Annabelle and Mary sound like people I would like to know.

Ms. Missen does an adequate job of narrating the story. She has a pleasant voice. My main problem with the narration is her inflection often doesn't denote the punctuation. I don't really know how to explain this in print but I'll try. Normally when reading aloud, a person's voice usually indicates the end of a sentence by kind of tilting down or levelling off the last syllable of the last word in a sentence. Ms. Missen often tilts it up so that I'm expecting the sentence to continue. It then disorients me for a bit until I realize that one sentence had ended and another began. I hope you can understand what I mean. She either improves on that at some point or I just adjusted to it as it didn't seem to bother me as much later in the story. In other areas Ms. Missen does a fairly good job. Now in all fairness I do want to point out that I am only finding one other book that she had narrated at the time she did this book so she may just still be learning this profession. It will be interesting to listen to some later works to see how she does in them.

This audible book was gifted to me when I requested a review copy but the opinions are my own. I have, however, purchased many of Ms. Golden's ebooks.

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Perfect for a quiet evening. I really enjoyed it.

What did you love best about Death at the Cafe?

It was well written, which makes it a good listen.

What about Julie Missen’s performance did you like?

She has such distinct voices for each character. She's easy to listen to, and you don't get the characters mixed up.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would have listened to it in one sitting if I'd been able to.

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A fun mystery!

What did you love best about Death at the Cafe?

A wonderfully enjoyable entry into the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series. Unlike the later works, Reverend Annabelle is located in London and serving as an assistant in a large church. When she goes to meet a childhood friend, Sister Mary (a Catholic Nun) to catch up on old times a murder occurs and, thus, begins a rapid series of events. Thinking about it after listening to the terrific performance by narrator, I realized that it most closely resembles a Hitchcock film, such as, “The 39 Steps” in which an innocent person is dragged into events and suspected of a crime. The story is well paced, the characters wonderfully drawn, and the vocal performance top-notch. The realization of whodunit is my favorite scene as it is logical, but unexpected when the book is first read. I’ve been a fan of the series for a while and when I got the chance to get a free copy of the audio book, I jumped at the chance; to me, the mark of a good book is being able to reread, or listen again, to a work. I am delighted to do a review for the audio book The book certainly manages to be enjoyable, even as I knew what happened. I recommend the book, and audio book, to anyone who enjoys a good whodunit.

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  • Lolah
  • 02-26-18

A great story with the fabulous Rev. Annabelle

I listened to the audiobook of this story and it was an excellent way to be introduced to the character of Rev. Annabelle if you've not met her before. I love these cozy mysteries (which just means there's no swearing, adult content etc in them, not that they're any less of a mystery story), and Rev. Annabelle is a very funny character, with her ability to solve mysteries, run a church and her obsession with cake (with which I can relate!). I had read this book, but Julie Missen does such a fantastic job of bringing it to life that it was like a whole new story. Highly recommended for all lovers of cozy mysteries, Rev. Annabelle, or just someone looking for a mystery with a difference.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions