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Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1

Narrated by: Sheila Book
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Grab a special boxed set featuring romantic detectives, Grace and Jack, and their magical cats.

Magical white cat Tatania helps her human operatives solve mysteries without missing a nap.

In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her last living relative and all her money, hot Detective and WWI Aviator Jack Brewster gets the case. Grace is learning to lead her own life instead of just following it around. Startled by Grace's lack of deference to him, Jack recognizes his romantic equal.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Jack, Grace, and magical Tatania battle bootleggers to find a special collection of jewels. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.

One reviewer called A Christmas Feral a story that would do Charles Dickens proud. Judge Scrooge won't even heat his home for Christmas in this Roaring Twenties' short story. Judge Scrooge says that when you pay the bill, you don't feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute, Tatania and her companion Zeus teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Grace, Jack, Tatania and Zeus reveal the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion. With his heart still beating in a badly wounded body, Cher Ami soared above bullets and saved a lost battalion.

©2012 Mary Frances Matthews (P)2013 Mary Frances Matthews

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Mysteries + Cats = 5 star ratings

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

This was a box set, so you know I am always down for a few good reads all combined into one! I loved three of the stories but I didn't like A CHRISTMAS FERAL very much. Other than having Tatania using magic and an extremely brief inclusion of Jack and Grace, having Dicken's wonderful story altered in order to try and make it fit into the overall storyline seemed both forced and false.

The other three books were thoroughly enjoyable and I found them to be fast-paced, light, quick and warmhearted. Jack and Grace (and Tatania and Zeus, the magical, completely adorable cats) were extremely lovable characters with well-developed, three-dimensional personalities. The dialogues were crisp, sparkling, and authentic to the time period. (I'm quite well-versed in history but I hadn't known that many buildings had separate doors for men and women so learning about that was a real surprise.) I was really captivated by the marvelous imagery which made it very easy for me to immerse myself in the story. These books gave me a lot of smiles.

Overall, this boxed set is a wonderful series that I am very glad that I read. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories with romance, fantasy, and pussycats threw in.

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Grace,Jack and Magical Cats cozy set

I listened to the whole boxed set.It was good.Not great.I liked the last story best.Shelia Book was an ok narrator.Again ,not great.More practice maybe? I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Jan M
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  • 08-04-19

Great Box Set!

Grace, Jack & Magical Cats is a great box set by Mary Matthews. The stories are original and fun. I loved the setting of 1920's Coronado island. The characters, cats included, intrigued me. The narration by Sheila Book was fine. The production of the audiobook was lacking. I heard many doublets of phrases while listening. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Fun with cats and detectives

These are the first four adventures of Grace Wentworth, Jack Brewster, and their "magical cats," Titania and Zeus.

These stories are just pure fun,and work best if you don't worry about how that cats do what they do. Beyond saying that they are magical, there is no explanation attempted. If you've lived with cats, though, that can be explanation enough. Most of us who have are pretty sure they can teleport, at the least.

The time is the 1920s, the place is Coronado Island, California. It's the Roaring Twenties, and Prohibition, and most people think the economic boom will go on forever.

This is just a lot of fun, despite some of the events,and what the reader or listener knows is not too far off in the future. It's a real blow for Grace to learn that her uncle, her sole surviving family, has been murdered. Uncle Charles' unpleasant wife, Aunt Alice, is nevertheless set on doing her duty by Grace, until Grace makes it clear that she's not going to fall in line with Alice's (pretty conventional for the era) plan that well-born Grace should return to New York, or possibly Europe, with her and marry well-born money.

Grace is more set on finding Uncle Charles' killer, getting better acquainted with Pinkerton detective Jack Brewster, and becoming a detective herself.

The next two stories recount their first two cases after Charles' death and the formation of their own detective agency, Wentworth & Brewster. The fourth is the story of the unpleasant and unhappy Judge Scrooge, with Titania and Zeus standing in for the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

This isn't to be taken seriously at all. Just enjoy it!

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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This had some serious moments, but overall was a fun, witty, lighthearted, and entertaining set of mysteries solved by the purrfect detective team.

I listened to it at 1.75x speed.

I was given a copy of this for free as an advanced reader, but that has not affected my opinion or review.

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 05-26-19

Mysteries are an after thought for the lustful detectives

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I miss California. I loved it and hope to return one day. Combined with magical cats, I thought I struck gold when I came across this!!


Book 1
Flaws with the production. Repeated sentences, as if it was not cleared for distribution.

Obviously, the genre and audience is unclear. It’s definitely not a mystery & thriller. Maybe a cozy or maybe women sleuthing. But definitely not mystery & thriller.
Another reviewer on goodreads indicated it was once under Christian fiction or Christian mystery. Clearly, also not the case. This first book had more sexual innuendos than Moonlighting did. Surely romance.
Adding this to the aunt tipping a porter $5 is a classic fail for this time period. Divorce in the 20s? Highly unlikely. Like impossible. Unheard of.
Dialogue also didn’t feel authentic.
I’m not sure how much research the author did. Perhaps none.
The writing style, sentence structure, and vocabulary was See Spot Run simplistic and juvenile. If not for the suggestive lust between Jack and Grace, this could easily be read by MG.
Non climatic. Almost a scene from Scooby Doo ....

I liked the sleuthing and unearthing of secrets. Perhaps if the book description indicated this was a simple cozy sleuthing tale, I wouldn’t have expected more and been more pleased with the book.

Two more tales to go in this boxed set ....


Book 2:

As a cat lover, I’m giving up reading books about cat owners. It doesn’t do justice.

The second book in the series would hold its own as a stand alone. Grace and Jack are more lustful for one another than two dogs in heat. The innuendoes and various places they christian with their lust ... is just implausible in this era and place. Or maybe that’s just my remembrance of history.
She’s more willful than to be expected from someone who recently graduated from a finishing school in Europe; there was no indication of her strong woman’s suffrage leanings, although she had some inclination of the code meaning behind the Emeralds, Diamonds, Amethyst.

Did I mishear about a faulty investment in the railroad industry? One of the five primary investors of the hotel she stays in was a retired railroad executive. In history, grand hotels drove business to the area. So that comment was ludicrous. It wasn’t until the last few decades the railroads have seemed to become in dire straits to becoming extinct.

I like Grace and Jack less. The sub characters don’t add much either. They should have, since her uncle’s mistress and child popped up again, as well as her classmate.

I think this reminds me of those short cheesy reads from Reader’s Digest back in the day. It’s similar to a rough draft that didn’t get a second glance.

The narrator didn’t provide unique voices and it was difficult to know who was speaking.


Book 3:

A retelling that was more brief than the first two books in the series and had the most promise to be better.
Tatania and Zeus are our stars but with juvenile writing, fails to glimmer.
This is definitely my last cat book. I’ll continue to dote my kitties but seek dog books in the future. Unfortunately, authors who favor cats aren’t able to write a worthy book ...

This is my voluntary review of an audiobook received for free.

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Don't bother

Narration was just awful. Repeated several paragraphs in the story but changed for instance the $ amount of a gift or different scenario for same instance. Almost like the book was never poof read properly.

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I'm trying to finish the first book!

Would you try another book from Mary Matthews and/or Sheila Book?

I don't know. I truly think both the author and the narrator could use more practice. They seem to be fighting each other!

Who was your favorite character and why?

So far, my favorite characters are the cat and the horse! Nun said.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sheila Book’s performances?

If I finish the first book, I might attempt the second. I want to enjoy the story but the characters don't seem to be telling their own stories.

Was Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1 worth the listening time?

Still not sure.