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High school geometry teacher, Donna Russell likes her life well-ordered and logical, even if it is a tad solitary at times. But when a charming co-worker at the local food bank disappears just before Christmas, Donna is left with more questions than solutions.

After the missing man's neighbor, muscle-bound EMT Sam Holton, volunteers as Donna's crime-fighting sidekick, sparks fly between them. Donna wonders if Sam can be trusted, or if he's trying to throw an unknown into her calculations - and her life.

And when police recover a body from the icy Niagara River, Donna is faced with the most frustrating equation of all: can murder plus mayhem ever equal romance?

This story is part of the Pelican Book Group Christmas Holiday Extravaganza.

©2011 Barbara Early (P)2012 Barbara Early

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Horrible audio

The story wasn't bad but the audio was horrible. Fading in and out, very long pauses.

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New Author for Me

This was the first time I came across this author. I think I will be looking for more of her books. She has written a great mystery with a fun romance story included. It is a clean book that I can recommend to other readers. And the narration was good as well. That can make or break and audio book for me.

I requested this audio book from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

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A missing man, then a dead body and the neighbor of the man, upsets her ordered life, and wonders how love could fit into this equation. Delightful given audio for my voluntary review

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Who knew volunteering could be so dangerous...

Gold Frankincense And Murder is a charming cozy style mystery set at Christmastime. It's relatively short, the e-book is about 72 pages and the audiobook is a little under 2.5 hours in length, and is an easy read/listen.

I listened to the audiobook and other than a few awkward pauses between scenes and chapters I really enjoyed it. The narrator's voice is a little different than in your average audiobook which was something I greatly appreciated.

If you like holiday cozy mysteries that leave you trying to guess whodunit, quirky and blunt heroines, handsome guys, and a faith element, Barbara Early has you covered.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

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  • 10-24-19

Great story read well

the narrator has a perfect accent for the story. I enjoyed this one and would listen to other books by this narrator and look for other stories from this author.

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Not my favorite

This book started out on a sour note with fatphobic language used to describe characters. There's also racism , and Donna, the main character, is judgmental. The Christianity in this book is an afterthought. The ending was odd: It felt like the book just stopped.

The recording was decent, but the narrator mispronounced some words. it was also odd that the chapter numbers were not vocalized.

I received a code from Penguin to download this book for free. It didn't impact my review.

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" My name's Sam. "

Donna is a pleasant but rather timid maths teacher who helps out each Saturday at her local Food Pantry. Still ever hopeful, but not really expectant, of a budding romence, she was bot h annoyed and upset when her co-worker, Niall, fails to come in for work two weekends in succession. She decides to find out why, but, arriving at his apartment, discovers that he's not there and hasn't been for a week. She also 'discovers' his hunky neighbour and friend, Sam, transferring her obsession from will go him. With his help, she continues to rather clumsily nvestigate the disappearance.

This quick and easy to read cozy mystery is fun, totally unbelievable and, occasionally, heavy with Christian message. Narration is by Madison Brightwell, whose deliciously warm voice really helps the story to run. As It is written in the first person Ms.Brightwell really takes on the persona of Donna, and, in so doing, brings her to life. With a bouncy, clear rendering, including differentiated voices for the characters, she gives a good performance although the overlong pauses between chapters initially caused this reader to think that something had gone wrong with the playback.

Overall, Gold, Frankincense and Murder, was a very enjoyable short (a little under two and a half hours) cozy mystery, until near the conclusion, which felt rushed, as if the actual crime solving was irrelevant to the action. I received the book as a freely gifted complimentary copy, at my request, from Audiobooks Unleashed. Thank you. It was a lightweight, fun read made special by the narrator.