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Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill

Narrated by: Darlene Allen
Series: Gertrude, Gumshoe, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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Gertrude is back! When she finds a murder victim at her local Goodwill, she tries to tell the sheriff's department everything she knows. Of course, they don't listen. So of course, she must solve the mystery herself. And the only way she can figure to do this is to go undercover - as the Mattawooptock Goodwill's newest team member. Anyone who knows Gertrude know this probably isn't the best idea. She'll probably get fired. Or arrested. Or worse.

©2016 Robin Merrill (P)2017 Robin Merrill

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Just as much fun as the first one

Gertrude is hilarious...so clueless in some ways yet determined to solve the mystery. She says the funniest things and I love the voice that the narrator has given her. I’m ready for book 3.

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Gertrude is my favorite!

I can’t explain just how much I love Gertrude! She is sassy, with a dry humor and 0 boundaries. She will say the first thing that comes to mind & doesn’t have much of a filter. She’s older in age & has her walker with her which makes many of the tense scenes comical. These are just some of the things that make her so special & why her sleuthing is so much fun! If you are into cozy mysteries & like a fun twist then you’ll adore this series!

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Another hilarious adventure for Gertrude.........

Murder at Goodwill is the second book in the Gertrude, Gumshoe series, but it could easily be read as a standalone. However, these books are so much fun that I highly recommend the first in the series as well. In this story, Gertrude finds a dead body while shopping on the discount day at Goodwill. She gets a job working undercover to investigate and is training behind the Pearly Gates, otherwise known as the sorting room at Goodwill to those of us non-hoarders. Between her experiences at the Goodwill and her misadventures at the Pound Store (a warehouse full of Goodwill castoffs sold for $1/pound), Gertrude finds both the murder weapon and the murderer. I never would have guessed the murderer or the motive, so it was a great mystery in addition to the laugh-out-loud scenes. It was fun to see Old Man Crow (her unwilling assistant) and Norman (the public CAP van driver) from the first book join us again.

Darlene Allen's narration is perfect for Gertrude. She also narrated the first book in the series, so the continuity was nice. Allen perfectly portrays Gertrude's rather crotchety (but secretly caring) personality as well as giving a different voice to all of the surrounding characters. Between Merrill's wonderful imagination and Allen's terrific narration, Murder at Goodwill is a must buy (with or without discount days!).

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Very Good Cozy Mystery!

This was a very good audio book! I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery of the story. The inflections and voice tones greatly added to the story line. The plot was excellent and kept you guessing. The book was very well written. This is perfect for the cozy mystery fan who wants something refreshing and original. The main character is a spitfire.