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Lost & Found: A humorous private investigator murder mystery

A Daisy Dunlop Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Diana Croft
Series: A Daisy Dunlop Mystery , Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Daisy Dunlop’s heir hunting career has gone to the dogs, and only one man can bring it to heel.

A humorous female sleuth and private investigator murder mystery novel

Hot on the success of her first case, British female sleuth Daisy Dunlop can count the offers of work on one finger. An empty bank account and the need to prove to her business partner, private investigator Solomon Liffey, that she is an asset, not a liability, calls for drastic measures. Terror has to be overcome as she answers a plea to find the one thing that gives her night sweats and flashbacks. An animal. A missing stud poodle, to be exact.

Solomon’s amusement at Daisy’s new case is short lived when the arrest of his former girlfriend, Lisa, leaves him with the full-time care of his young daughter, Molly. A dead man is discovered in Lisa’s bed. Now he needs to help find the killer before Molly’s safety is compromised.

When Daisy realizes the dead man is linked to her current case, Solomon and Daisy are forced to work together to rescue the dog and uncover the killer’s motives. Would the sexual prowess of a poodle really incite someone to murder, or is the real motive hidden somewhere in Solomon’s secret past?

©2015 JL Simpson (P)2018 JL Simpson

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-22-18

Pretty Good

This is a pretty good follow to the first book. Daisy is a bit annoying and I think it's odd that she keeps kissing Solomon. But I will probably get the next book.

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  • SandraL
  • 10-08-18

Fun murder mystery

This book made a very enjoyable change after reading a gory serial killer thriller. It is a fun murder mystery and Daisy is a delightful heroine. There are some amusing bits where I giggled to myself and the story moves along at just the right pace. The narration by Diana Croft was brilliant. She got all the voices just right. Well worth a listen.

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  • TG
  • 09-30-18

Light PI listen

An enjoyable, private investigator listen.
With some humour and the story tied up nicely in the end.

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  • N Simon C
  • 09-27-18

An amusing PI crime caper with brilliant narration

The story: I came to this expecting it to be (from the blurb) a British equivalent of another American series of comedy crime novels. I was not disappointed at all. This is a nicely paced, quite humorous story, that starts out as a missing person case but escalates to murder. Many of the jokes hit well and given the northernness of the main character I connected with some of them. There was some great banter between the two protagonists and the story moved on in a fairly believable but comic vein, with some mild twists and turns.
The audio: was brilliant. I have never heard any of Di Croft before, but she nailed the huge variety of characters and accents, on the head. The pacing of the story was kept up and the jokes' timing on point, I did, genuinely, feel in the moment, along with the characters.
I would recommend this for 8 hours of really enjoyable listening, a decent story with some laughs and smiles.

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  • D. J. Paterson
  • 10-26-18

Enjoyable funny PI yarn

I’m going to start off by saying this isn’t my usual fare, and I think I probably enjoyed it all the more because of that. I listened to the story via Audible (lasting 9 hrs and 36 mins, and brilliantly read by Diana Croft), and found it very entertaining. The characters work their way through the story with a gentle humour that isn’t supposed to be ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny, but which will keep a smile on your face for the majority of the mystery.

And yes, we do have a mystery here. A stolen poodle. Oh, and murder. But the main joy here is watching the interaction between Daisy and Soloman as they get themselves into all sorts of trouble and strife. Great characters, and perfect for this humorous private investigator murder mystery.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 10-20-18

A rollicking romp.

This was fun! Certainly not the most in-depth book I've ever read, but an enjoyable romp with entertaining characters and brilliantly narrated by Diana Croft.

Daisy Dunlop is a nutty private investigator along the lines of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. She has teamed up with her husband's best mate, Solomon, to work on a case that involves a missing poodle. Suffice to say she is petrified by dogs.
The interaction between Daisy and Solomon forms a large part of the book, they are not involved with one another; Daisy is madly in love with her husband Paul, but they seem to manage to get into rather a lot of compromising situations.

Other characters are less detailed and some of those involved with the crime became rather a cast of thousands for me. The crime itself trundles along at a steady pace but then we suddenly get an overload of information which was rather confusing on audio as it's so difficult to rewind when driving etc. This aside, I enjoyed the narrative and the excellent narration and would certainly consider listening to the first book. Hopefully the third book will also be available on audio at a later date.

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  • Furny
  • 10-20-18

Smut, Mutt's and Mystery

Because I am new to audiobooks this felt like a big book when I first downloaded it and I spent more time than normal completing it but listening to it certainly kept me entertained whilst doing errands, housework and whilst out running.
I really enjoyed the bubbling chemistry between Daisy and Solomon, the characterisation was brilliant and the narrator did a job great with the accents to really bring the characters alive.
The smut and humour was what really made the story whilst they worked to solve the dangerous mystery.
The ending rather surprised me and it felt quite sudden but took nothing away from the story.
I have not read the first in the series but never felt I was at a disadvantage as the story sucked me straight in. A very enjoyable listen.
My thanks go to the author in providing me with this arc in return for a honest review.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 10-10-18

Fun story

This book made a very enjoyable change for me. Daisy is a fun main character and knows her mind. I did giggle to myself a few times and the story was amusing. Diana Croft was brilliant really kept the story ticking over. She got all the voices spot on. Worth listening to.

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  • Lindsay
  • 10-10-18

Love it

This is a funny romp of a story about a missing dog that slowly turns into so much more. I loved the characters in the book and can’t wait for the next one as they are so likeable and relatable.

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  • Chris Christo
  • 09-29-18

Great Story with an Excellent Narrator

This was a super entertaining audiobook! Intriguing story with humour and drama in equal measures. I loved the characters and the story. And best of all, this is read by my favourite narrator. Diana Croft has a gorgeous voice anyway but she has a great talent for performing each character so differently that it’s easy to picture everyone involved in the story. I highly recommend any of the books she narrates. And this one being a great murder mystery too, you can’t go wrong.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-26-18

Warm and funny

My go-to genre is psychological thriller with an occasional foray into murder, torture and world annihilation, so Lost and Found was something of a gamble for me. I had no history with JL Simpson, a brand new author for me however, this wasn't my first date with the narrator, Diana Croft. Having listened to other audio books narrated by Ms Croft, I felt extremely confident in choosing another with her at the helm. In fact, I've now spent so much time with Ms Croft's voice in my ear, I'm thinking I should buy her a ring or something, to show my commitment. The story was funny, I didn't find it laugh out loud, hilariously funny, but I giggled and smiled along with the plot. It was a little bit too long, but the right-on-the-button, gets-it-right-every-time, comedy timing in the performance by Diana Croft kept the story jogging along nicely. With myriad characters of both sexes, from different parts of the UK and Europe, this was a challenge for any narrator. But therein lies the rub; Ms Croft isn't ANY narrator, she is a voice performance artist par excellence and turned an enjoyable listen into a thoroughly pleasurable experience. Well worth a listen; you can thank me later!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-18

no substance

Very ordinary plot and bizarrely obsessed with body parts. Unfortunately a stinker. A good one to miss.