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Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. Join her as she protects the sexy client she'd like to strangle, dodges the terrifying loan shark, and hunts down the bad guy.

A fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before.

Please note: As shown in the sample, the Australian heroine is not given an accent in this audiobook. This decision was made because the series is set in the US, and early listeners found it easier to listen to and get immersed in the story without continually switching between accents.

©2016 Chelsea Field (P)2017 Chelsea Field

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I found the book narration pretty good, the book was funny but when I went back to purchase book two I couldn't get the Audio Frustrating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A humorous & fun cozy mystery

The premise to this series is so intriguing & I love to go "behind the scenes" of a poison taste testers world. I also really enjoyed the chemistry & banter between Izzy & Conner, plus the addition of Etta as a character was brilliant!
I was a little bummed that Izzy didn't have an Australian accent.. this was compounded by the fact that her roommate Oliver was British & he had a British accent. So if Izzy is Australian, why does she have no accent at all? It was just strange, but not a deal breaker. The narration was done well & really brought all the characters to life.
I was provided this audiobook & voluntarily reviewed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Treat yourself to a fun book!

Absolutely loved this book! There was plenty of action with some laughs along the way! Could not stop listening! Believable characters, tightly woven plot and wonderful performance! Buy it now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

A funny, beautifully written mystery with awesome characters and great narration. Lighthearted and lots of fun. Especially if you're a foodie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Fun ride

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, but it's an interesting premise. That's the first thing that caught my eye. A professional taste-tester turned amateur sleuth. How does that not catch your eye?

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nikiya's reading was decent. However, the main character is supposed to be Austrailian but there isn't a hint of an accent. This annoyed me throughout the book because it was mentioned often and was one of Isobel's defining characteristics. That said, the accents that were given to the other characters--including some accents that came out of nowhere and didn't make sense--were not very good, so that may be why she opted out of doing Isobel's.

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Isobel is very immature for her age. I liked her overall, but the only way I could continue reading the series would be if she grew more as a character in the subsequent books. She didn't take her job very seriously even though she was in desperate need of cash and the job in question involved ingesting poison so that it doesn't kill the person you're hired to protect. I'm all for a strong, smart-mouthed female character--they're my favorites--and I know the book was supposed to be funny, but there's a thin line between quirky and annoying and a few times Isobel crossed it. Fortunately, it was only a few times.<br/><br/>I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily reviewed this story.

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I loved it!!!

Chelsea Field is a new author to me and Nikita Palombi is a new narrator to me. I found this book to be original and a fun listen. Although the main character is Australian, the narrator did not give her the accent. I thought this was a fun, light mystery that was perfect for relaxing. The story is not overly suspenseful, but cheerful with the quirky characters and action. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and.or publisher. This book is part of a series and is a standalone listen.

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Bizarre

First person tale recounted by an American woman even though the main character is from Australia. Note to audible.com - get narrators who sound at least close to what the character in the book would sound like. The story's premise is rather disgusting - people are trained and their bodies resistance built up to eat poison for rich people who need their food tested before they eat it. There's kind of a tepid love story. The heroine does many stupid things, and the story ends as a cliff-hanger so you have to buy the next one to find out what happens next. Sigh. Pretty adolescent stuff. You can do better.

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Why not hire a reader that could do an Australian accent?

The story itself wasn't bad, with an interesting premise and a mystery to solve ( albeit far fetched) but the reader drove me crazy. The main character is from Australia and her accent is mentioned a couple of times, but the performer gave her more of dry Midwestern drawl( I sped it up to 1.25x to make it less annoying). There were a few Mexican characters that had French accents, or sounded over the top. I suppose if I hadn't heard really great performances, I wouldn't have minded this one, but I found it grating. All in all, the book isn't bad, but I would have been disappointed to use a credit on it.

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Wish there was an Australian accent

This book was great and I know there was a disclaimer about the character not having an Australian accent but I would have loved to hear it. I think it would add more substance to the character!

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 07-30-17

Good for cozy fun

A funny cozy mystery. Meet Isobel Avery an Australian, who new home is now USA. She has started a new profession and meet a few colorful friends. She has started a new profession and meet a few colorful friends. Unfortunate for her, what she does is secret and much of what goes on in the organization, too, but this is the only job that pays enough to eliminate her financial obligations.

Buoyant by the opportunity to settle her debts she left behind, she still could not control her inquisitiveness, nor looking for the secrets of her first assignment. I really enjoyed the chemistry &amp; banter between Izzy &amp; Conner. Of course there is sexually innuendo between them, but I am anxious to discover if Izzy will be promoted to another position in the organization.

The disappointment is the lack of the Australian a accent.