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To solve or not to solve? When a visiting professor is found dead, English major Pepper Brooks is caught in the middle of the investigation. Literally. While the detectives focus on crime scene forensics, Pepper can't ignore the Shakespearean clues left by the killer. With the help of a handsome library clerk, a dog named Hamburger, and The Bard himself, this unlikely sleuth might just close the book on this case.

©2017 Eryn Carpenter (P)2018 Eryn Carpenter

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Enjoyable Cozy Mystery

Although I have listened to several books written by Eryn Scott, this is a new series to me. I was a tad anxious as the heroine is in her early 20’s and a student, not a trope I usually enjoy, however there was no need to be worried.

The narrator Margo Chervony is new to me and I enjoyed her performance as she brought this cozy mystery to life for me. One of the unusual and most enjoyable things about this book was the literary references to Shakespeare which I found highly entertaining as Pepper sifted through the clues.

This was a a book filled with secrets, miss communication and clues to satisfy my detective spirit. The intrigue and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to this story.

There are several twists, turns and surprises in Literally Dead as Pepper, Olivia and Alex follow the clues and I have to say that I was taken by surprise on a couple of occasions.

I cannot wait for more in this series.

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she doesn't own a copy of Hamlet? Seriously?

Literally Dead was a moderately enjoyable cozy mystery. That being said, there was one fact that bothered me, likely way more than it would a normal person, lol. The main character is a English major, who loves Shakespeare and seems to be able to quote his work with no issue, and yet she didn't own her own copy of Hamlet? I realize it was just a plot device to get her to go to library and introduce a love interest, but an English major with a serious love of The Bard doesn't actually own copies of his books? That just seems to be a totally unnecessary push at the boundaries of suspension of disbelief.

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Fun light read

There was some true blue corniness that was almost cringe worthy (but really, what bookworm doesn’t create situations like that?). The narration was well executed and I highly enjoyed The Who-done-it aspect of the story.

Parents: rated G/PG for someone dying but you should get that from the title honestly.

FYI: If you’ve recently suffered loss of a loved one, this may be healing or triggering


—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Margo was a good narration and added to this story. Also the reference to Shakespeare I enjoyed, didn’t know how she would weave that in, and was a nice touch. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Cute cozy

Good cozy with a great continuation in stoneybrook. I didn’t guess the killer and has lots of literary references if you enjoy that. Can’t wait to read the next one

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Fun Lighthearted Mystery

This was a fun lighthearted murder mystery that kept my attention. A sweet little escape that just brought a smile to my face!

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So much fun and a great storyline!

I loved everything about this book— the plot, the setting, the characters. :))))) I looked forward to listening to this on my morning walks. Had me guessing until the end. On to the second one in this series! The narrator did an awesome job and really had a feel for the characters. Fun, fun book!

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Literally dead, humor, literature, mystery

with all of the above mentioned how could this book, be anything less than perfect fun. Enjoy.

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GREAT READ

PEPPER, OLIVIA, ALEX , FERGIE - GREAT CHARACTERS! AN ENGLISH MAJOR AND A NOT-QUITE-A-POLICE OFFICER MAKE A SURPRISINGLY ENCHANTING PAIR. LOVE THE REFERENCES TO THE CLASSICS, NOT JUST THE BARD, BUT DICKENS AND EVEN EMILY DICKINSON. WHETHER OR NOT YOU LOVE THE CLASSICS, READ AND ENJOY! I AM ON THE HUNT FOR BOOK 2.

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Shakespeare and murder!

ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth

Light cozy with a little romance. College student Pepper has had a rough year since her dad died of a heart attack, but one professor helped her muddle through but now is the chief suspect in the murder of a colleague. Pepper teams up with a young man close to graduation whose father is the lead detective on the case. Unfortunately, Pepper has a tendency to leap before she thinks and that causes lots of problems. A nice read and not overlong and complete with lots of Shakespeare quotes!
I have the audio and Margo Chervony does the perky teen very well!

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 06-12-18

A great start to the series

A fun cosy mystery with a hint of romance and a decent mystery.
I loved the literary references and how they tied in with the murder. I thought Pepper was a fun character and I enjoyed following her investigations and the drama that came with it.
Some suspense is a must have for me when I'm reading a mystery and this book had quite an exciting ending. The identity of the murderer was not obvious for a good portion of the book and I was taken by surprise when the murderer was revealed.
The narration was very good and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more works performed by the narrator.

This was a good, entertaining listen and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the author/narrator at my own request.

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  • Michelle Nieuwoudt
  • 03-11-21

Shakespear Entertwined

I loved this cozy mystery. How this self made detective just wants to solve the murder and how shakespear pops up every now and then. Easy to listen to but keeping you listening till the end.

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  • Helen
  • 05-04-20

Amazing book

Amazing
Loved this book from start to finish great storyline
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  • Julie
  • 03-22-20

Work of art

I enjoyed Erin's stoneybrook mystery series so much that I just had to give this new series a go to. Glad I did, it is just as much fun and a great start to a new series. I liked the characters and the spark between them, romance is in the air? It doesn't detract from the mystery and In some way enhances it because he it the police chiefs son and keeps letting information slip. The home life was fun, I especially liked the naming of the dog. Also growing up reading Nancy Drew I loved all the comments about what she would do, Shakespeare plays also plays a part in the story. The only down side is how quick the main character was to accusing the suspects without gathering all the fact first, it did mean there was plenty of suspects to accuse and kept you guessing. All in all a fun light hearted humorous mystery.
Pepper stumbles over the guest speakers dead body in her favourite professor office. The suicide not was a line from Macbeth but surely an English professor wouldn't write it down wrong would he? The police already suspect murder before Pepper points it out but In doing so, she points the finger at the professor. The two professors had a history and Pepper fears that if she doesn't step in and investigate the professor might be arrested for the murder. With help from an unlike source, the campus library in the form of the new staff member and the books, Pepper must piece together the clues left behind by the killer just like her childhood hero Nancy Drew.
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with the voices, even the ones needing accents.
I was give this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.