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Grave Shift

Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Before the long nightmare ended, Darcy would often wish her mother had not opened that letter from an unknown woman. But, she did open it and shared it with her daughter, plunging both Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker into a tale of an unsolved mystery, a web of secrets, and the discovery of an unsuspected traitor.

In tracking down clues about the disappearance of a young woman, Darcy and Flora leave their hometown of Levi, Oklahoma, and drive to Amarillo, Texas, then back again. Following leads that have long been covered, both women find more than one surprise including some discoveries about themselves.

©2014 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess (P)2016 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess

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Book 2

What did you like best about this story?

Grave Shift by Barbara Burgess and Blanche Day Manos is an average mystery. The two main characters, mother Flora and daughter Darcy, are both widows. The daughter, a reporter, has come home to heal and regroup after the death of her husband. This is the second book in a series but there are no spoilers and this book stands alone.

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GREAT COZY MYSTERY!!!

What made the experience of listening to Grave Shift the most enjoyable?

its well written and well performed...also it keeps you guessing!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darcy and Flora...they are a great team!

What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

I love Michelle, she always brings a great performance to the table!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes...and I practically did!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Darcy and Flora are a mother/daughter sleuthing duo....and when they get a letter asking them to investigate the death of another mothers daughter, they take on the case...as they get into details, things get kind of dangerous and some things come to light that were meant to be kept secret...this keeps you on the edge of your seat and was narrated really well...I recommend this to all my cozy mystery lovers 100%!!!!

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 01-26-17

Great Listen

What did you love best about Grave Shift?

I really liked this clean cozy mystery. I loved the unexpected twists in this story. The narrator did a very good job conveying the accent of people from Oklahoma.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darcy is my favorite character. She is the lead character in the book. Darcy used to be an investigative reporter. She had an endearing personality. I also really liked her mom.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Michelle Babb did a very good job with the voices. I had a slightly harder time trying to distinguish the various male characters. Darcy's voice was very interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the reaction to the earthquake. Having been in an earthquake before, I thought the author did a fantastic job conveying the unsettling feelings the characters experienced. I also like the fact the story almost had 2 mysteries in it. (1) disappearance of Andrea (2) stalker of Darcy.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I found this book to be both a standalone and part of a series. This is the first cozy mystery that I have listened to. I enjoyed this book very much and will look at more by both this author and narrator. I found both to be very talented.

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  • Jan
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  • 01-11-17

What do you know about ranching?

cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, women sleuths

This cozy is rather more intense than most, but that's not a bad thing. The characters are engaging and certainly memorable. As the plot unfolds, the reader becomes more and more involved in the story. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers. I'm glad that this is part of a series as I really enjoyed it!
As always, Michelle Babb adds a lot to both the story and the characters.
I requested and received a free copy from a giveaway.

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Lighthearted Mystery

Grave Shift is a fun whodunit that keeps a reader's interest. Apparently second in a series (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery), it is easily read as a stand-alone book. Darcy and her mother, Flora, are sweet talked into investigating the 2-year-old disappearance of a local woman when they get a letter from the woman's mother asking them to help find her daughter. The author keeps you guessing right up until the end. The story is interesting and the characters are charming. With earthquakes and mountain lions, first and second husbands, a little romance, and lots of investigating, these two women are bound and determined to solve the mystery of the disappearing woman. Michelle Babb does a great job of narration on the audiobook, giving each of the individuals a unique voice. Her voice is easy to listen to and makes the listening experience a pleasant one.

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Grave Shift

I enjoyed this one! A fun mother and daughter cozy mystery. Narrated nicely by Michelle Babb. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Entertaining and light cozy mystery

Darcy and Flora receive a letter from a mother in distress: her daughter has been missing for two years, and the case has gone cold.

I never miss the chance of listening to a cozy mystery, especially if it is narrated by Michelle Babb. This was an entertaining story with a couple of twists and turns, and charismatic characters. This is the second book in a series but it can be read as a standalone.

The mystery happens in Levi, Oklahoma, and Amarillo, Texas, and there is some family history which complicates the investigation.

Michelle Babb’s narration was excellent, as usual bringing the characters to life, and keeping the listener engaged. You just can’t go wrong with Babb.

It was a light and entertaining listen, an average cozy mystery, ideal for a lazy day off.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A very good series

I love this narrators work. Always good clean fun to listen to her bring books alive and this story did not disappoint. I'm a fellow Oklahoman I love stories that take place here. The story really resonates with my childhood growing up in wide open pastures and "the woods". It makes the story more real in my eyes. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice cozy mystery

Interesting storyline, great characters and good narration. I found it quite enjoyable. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Fun Adventure with Mother/Daughter Investigators

Any additional comments?

After receiving a letter from a mother desperate to find her missing daughter, the mother/daughter duo of Darcy and Flora set out to investigate the daughter's disappearance. During their investigation, their hometown in Oklahoma suffers not one but two earthquakes. Between interviewing the suspects and the earthquakes Darcy and Flora’s adventures become dangerous. Is this a case of foul play or a voluntary disappearance? Can Darcy and Flora solve this mystery without coming to harm?

This is the 2nd book in the series but my 1st book. Grave Shift is a very entertaining story. I really enjoyed meeting the mother and daughter team. Being a daughter and a mother of a daughter, I really relate to the mother and daughter's personalities. It is a well-written story with a great mystery. The author supplied several red herrings throughout the storyline to keep the suspense going until the end of the story.

I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb is a fabulous storyteller. She has wonderful comedic time, accents, and diction. Being able to listen to Michelle’s version of this book really adds your experience of reading this story.

I was given an ARC of this book in hopes I would submit a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-03-18

Pressure can build over fault lines.

Following the death of her husband, Darcy Campbell takes time out from her job as a reporter to recover, gently, back home with her mother, Flora, also widowed. A friend suggests she write a book about the local area, filled with anecdotes and the legends and myths of the Native American population. But when a letter arrives for Flora from the still anxious and grieving mother of a woman, missing without trace for two years, they decide to see if they could help if only by going to visit her. The two older women become friends whilst Darcy uses her investigative reporting skills and contacts to try to find out what had happened to the twice married and independently wealthy missing daughter.

This cozy mystery is as much about the people and locations as it is about solving what might, or might not, be a crime. The mother-daughter sleuthing team are well characterized with nice cameo portraits of the other protagonists. Told in the first person from Darcy's point of view, a picture is also painted of her home town in Oklahoma and the people living there, as well as of the ranch in Amarillo owned by the missing woman. Conversations are family familiar and the comfortable relationships feeling real. This is further enhanced by Michelle Babb's fine narration. Her warm, Texan accented voice is clear, well modulated, full of expression and follows the text immaculately, bringing it to life. Her character voicings, too, are distinct and individual. As always with this narrator, a fine performance.

An enjoyable book, second in the series, but losing nothing by not having read book one. I will probably look out for later Darcy and Flora mysteries, revisiting the duo as if returning to old friends. Recommended to all who enjoy their crime in a cozy package.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-17-17

Three and a half stars!

Would you recommend Grave Shift to your friends? Why or why not?

The book was ok. I think it needs shortening down. The main character tends to think a lot and that slowed the book down. I would still recommend it if you like mystery with no violence/language/sexual content.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favourite?

The narrator is good in this book. She had a southern accent which suited the story. I could imagine the characters quite clearly. I thought the narrator was very good compared to others that I have listened to!

Could you see Grave Shift being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I could image this being made into a TV series, since it is clean, has suspense, mystery and is suitable for all.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-16

Great author

I miss the first narrator. It is always disconcerting not hearing the voice you have associated with the characters from the first book.

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