• Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain

  • By: Robin Merrill
  • Narrated by: Darlene Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Samantha Cooper is missing and her boyfriend is desperate to find her. Desperate enough to hire Gertrude, Gumshoe.

Thrilled to have her first real client, Gertrude gets right to work. But is she really ready for a real case? Can she catch a kidnapper without getting herself kidnapped?

©2017 Robin Merrill (P)2017 Robin Merrill

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Great Series - Highly Recommend!

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Another fun and entertaining adventure with Gertrude and Old Man Crow [Calvin]. Even though Gertrude is gruff around the edges and absolutely blunt - the manner in which she investigates cases, learns about new technology, interacts with possible suspects, and ultimately saves the day brings a smile to my face. Gertrude is a unique character for cozy mysteries. I loved how she was thinking about her cats being left alone after being kidnapped. I absolutely adore Calvin and Gertrude's interactions. And the fact that she gets angry when people believe or act as if she is elderly tells a lot about her feisty character. This is such an enjoyable series - highly recommend!

The narrator, Darlene Allen, who narrates all the Gertrude Gumshoe books, is pitch perfect and does a great job with Gertrude's zingers.

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Gertrude

Another great book about Gertrude. These are good cozy mysteries. Gertrude solves a kidnapping in this book. There is enough clues to keep you interested. I highly recommend this book if you like funny mysteries. Darlene Allen did a great job narrating this book. She brings these books to life. if my review is any help will you please click the helpful link below. Thank you.

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Each Are Funny & Good Plots

Shopping on the internet is proving fatal as woman go missing. Gertrude saves the day by solving. Good series and narrator. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Case of the Internet Yard Sale

Multiple women who shopped on an internet yard sale site are disappearing. The virtual site called 'Vardsale " is the hunting ground for a kidnapper. Gertrude stumbles into the case and becomes a hero. Each Gumshoe case is funnier than the last. If you need a smile, introduce yourself to Gertrude. I was gifted this from the author.

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I enjoy this series.

This is a fun series. Crazy adventures of Gertrude and her antics. It always a quick listen with fun involved as she somehow ends up solving the crime.

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed listening to this book. I enjoyed listening to Gertrude's antics and found myself laughing throughout. I think you will also enjoy this book.

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I need my walker!

Robin Merrill has a way of making you love Gertrude and all her antics. I'm pretty sure that Gertrude is a member of my family. She's funny and quirky and determined to solve crimes. And she finally gets her first paying client!

I listened to this on Audible and the narration by Darlene Allen was spot on!

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Summary:
Gertrude’s got her first paying case. A young acquaintance comes to her with the strange case of his disappearing girlfriend.

Additional Comments:
• The connections in the mystery are tenuous as best.
• Gertrude’s still got spunk and a helpful neighbor with a car.
• The villain is kind of sad.
• I read these out of order. This is where she meets the mysterious Dave.
• They’re not exactly deep thinker kind of mysteries, but they’re fun fluff pieces.

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Gertrude’s a trip every time you meet her.

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sue the lonely

I listened to this in a box set. The "collector" is a true loon. Loneliness in exchange for jail time seems fair. Cray cray and beyond. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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AS FUNNY FOR UNDER 18 AS WELL AS ADULTS!

This is the first Gertrude Gumshoe I have listened to but I have listened and read books by Robin Merrill before and enjoyed them. Gertrude is an older woman that likes to get involved in any mysteries that may happen in her community. This book looks into the deception that happens on the internet more and more. This is definitely a cozy mystery, you will laugh more than you will sit on the edge of your seat . I don't mean that there's no mystery because there is but it is light and a nice way to spend an afternoon.
I received a free code from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to this book on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.

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  • Kim Norton
  • 07-26-22

Entertaining Easy Listening

An entertaining and easy listening adventure for Gertrude Gumshoe. Develops the characters in the first two books. Could also be read as a stand alone book. Great alternative heroine and a good storyline. Well read with good characterisation.

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  • col2910
  • 02-22-22

Enjoyable enough

A bit of a cozy mystery and not my usual cup of tea, but I enjoyed it upto a point and at no time were my ears ever in danger of bleeding.

Gertrude - a geriatric busybody with a walker, an improbable, implausible, unlikely investigator - looks for a missing woman with the assistance of Calvin, a near neighbour. The missing woman didn't return home after arranging a meeting to settle an online Vardsale purchase. Gertrude sets up a fake profile and starts arranging local meets to question site users and hopefully snare a kidnapper.

Needless to say she does and after a low speed car chase and another meet, gets kidnapped herself. It all ends how you'd expect.

Unbelievable, improbable, a real stretch and more, but somewhat surprisingly I was mildly amused and entertained. It did what it was supposed to do.

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A couple of earlier books in the series have been enjoyed on Audible before - Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe and Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill.

Read - (listened to) February, 2022
Published - 2017
Page count - 104 (3 hrs 16 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible

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  • Julie
  • 04-08-20

One man's junk is another man's treasure

I enjoyed this book but it was very different to the previous books. In this book Gertrude just asks a lot of questions before getting herself in a pickle. What is different about that you ask? ....well that would be giving away plot spoilers. Let's just say all Gertrude's cats get feed my Calvin. Still a very funny book with Gertrude's blunt questioning technique. It is a stand alone book so you don't need to have listened to the other books but if you are a first time listener to the Gertrude series I don't think you should start with this one because this book did seem shorter than the others and you might not get the full Gertrude effect. Also In this book I got confused with how old Gertrude is meant to be because she uses a walker, doesn't know how to use the internet but was referred to as a spring chicken and is rolling around on the ground with a kidnapper. Other than that I enjoyed it and off to start the next book.
Gertrude has got her first paying case. A missing women. The only clue is a name and an appointment time. Her boyfriend has no clue what it means but with Calvin's reluctant help they work out the missing woman was addicted to shopping and sell on the internet, at YardSale. Soon Gertrude is hot on the trail of a kidnapper but she gets more than she is bargaining for.
I like the narrator and she does make Gertrude sound elderly.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.