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Publisher's Summary

The best of intentions shouldn't include murder. 

An HR specialist and trauma counselor, Stacie is on the board of a fledgling non-profit foundation set up to benefit victims of domestic violence. After a slashed tire, attempted break in, and a murder, Stacie isn’t buying coincidental bad karma. Someone wants her off the board - at any cost. Her fancy surveillance equipment, impressive alarm system, and a ferocious Maltese dog offer only so much protection. That may not be enough when politics are involved. Enter Kevin McNair, a smooth talker with piercing blue eyes. Can she trust him with her heart or her life? 

©2018 Cynthia A. Riccio (P)2021 Cynthia A. Riccio

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Fun cozy mystery

Overall fun listen mainly due to fast pace and good narration. Unfortunately, not as enjoyable as the first book in this series. There are too many unbelievable coincidences and far-fetched actions.

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great mystery

I admired Staci's Independence, strength, and smarts, but her overlooking her security system was scary to me. Corruption and greed were lethal. I would have never guessed the villain. I had someone else picked out and was wrong. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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Great mystery, well written, narration too fast

I enjoyed the story and flow of the writing itself a lot, but had to slow down the playback speed a bit; while the characterizations of the people and relationships was really great, the narration felt a little rushed in terms of speed. Frequently I had to rewind in order to be able to catch up; slowing down (0.9x speed) brought it to perfect-to-me listening speed :)

Otherwise a very very enjoyable book :)

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Bad Luck or Deliberate?

I enjoy Christa Nardi's tales featuring Stacie Maroni. Stacie is intelligent, independent, and passionate about her causes. She is a board member of a foundation that helps victims of domestic violence. In this book, someone is working to have her removed from the board. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this series to others who enjoy this genre. Naomi Rose-Mock's narration is great and adds to the story's entertainment. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Mystery

Interesting and enjoyable murder mystery. I liked this audiobook. Naomi did a great job with bringing this book to life.

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Nice story

This book was easy listening. Narration was well done. Easy book to listen to while doing other things.

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what's wrong with the board?

Foundations, Funny Business & Murder is the second installment in the Stacie Maroni Mystery series by Christa Nardi. I listened to an audio version of the book.

So, who is taking the members of the board out and why? I found this well-written, well-narrated, and entertaining. I found it interesting how emails went to some members and not others of the board and how there were more people invited to the board then there were slots.

Lots of twists and turns. Looking forward to installment number three.

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Great Second Installment!

This is the second book in the Staci Maroni Mystery Series, a cozy mystery. Staci’s adventures are captivating! The story has a well crafted plot, fast-paced, and entertaining. I liked the characters, the mystery, the intrigue, and the suspense. Naimi Rose-Mock did a great job with the narration. Looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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Intriguing

Always a pleasure to continue a series with familiar characters. The story changes but the players are very different.

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A Fabulous Mystery with Fantastic Narration!

Well written and beautifully narrated with engaging, well developed characters, and just the right amount of mystery, suspense and intrigue, this story grabbed my interest from the first words, held on, and didn’t let go until the last words were spoken. I found myself completely drawn in and completely immersed. I started listening after dinner and the next thing I knew it was midnight and I was hearing “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program”, and enjoy it I did, five fabulous stars worth! This one will be listened to again, and again!

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  • Fred Jones
  • 11-04-21

Super cosy mystery

Loved it, a great story full of suspicious happenings and accidents,, intrigue and double dealing, dodgy characters and murder. Stacie is on the board of a new non profit organisation set up to help victims of spousal abuse, when she arrives for an emergency meeting a body is discovered. I loved the story, the main characters, the dodgy politicians and the pets. Great characters, intelligent and involving mystery with a suitable convoluted ending. The narration is excellent well performed and easy to listen to. I devoured it in one session and am looking forward to the next one. I received a complimentary copy from the Author and am leaving a honest voluntary review

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  • caroline wright
  • 11-01-21

Really enjoyed it - nice and easy book

This was entertaining and I am starting to really engage with the series as this is my second. Again I learnt a lot regarding how foundations work plus gambling addictions, not forgetting the love life.

The narration fully suited the story.


I was given a free copy by the author but this in no way influenced my decision.

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  • Julie
  • 10-12-21

Funny business

I enjoyed this book. This is the second book in the series and is just as good and captivating as the first book. There is so much going on in this story that the blurb just doesn't do it justice. There are a lot of characters, many of whom we have already met if you have read or listened to the first book, but you don't need to have to enjoy this book. The author weaves background information nicely into the story, as well as fleshing out the characters, making them likeable and human. I liked the fact that the main character didn't come across as a hopeless female but was capable, despite still needing help from her over protective friends. The mystery was interesting and took lots of twists and I look forward to the next book.
Stacie is called to an emergency meeting for the non-profit foundation her deceased husband set up for women of domestic violence. It seems The board has to many members and after a mix up with email address nobody knows who should actually be on the committee or even who is in charge. Before the meeting can get under way the man who called the meeting is attacked. Then Stacie herself is shot at, her tires slashed and a tracker placed on her car. The press also seem to be doing there best to cause trouble for the foundation by interviewing some of the members, including a sports star and two opposing politicians. Can Stacie, her friends and the police get to the bottom of what is going on before somebody else gets hurt? Her love life despite all her friends attempts at getting her back out on the scene might just have to be put on the back burner, especially when she doesn't know who to trust.
I like the narrator, she has a special way of bringing the story and characters to life.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Robin Beattie
  • 09-28-21

Power reputation greed excellent story

Plenty of action suspense on social issues With bereavement issues and envy over who is her next boyfriend