Makeup & Murder

Beauty Secrets, Book 1
Narrated by: Tonia Blake
Series: Beauty Secrets Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who knew selling lipstick was so deadly?

Beauty consultant Ziva Diaz is a girl boss who doesn't back down from anyone. When she's attacked inside a client's home and wakes to find a dead body, she gives up the safety of selling lipsticks for the dangerous role of detective. With suspects piling up, a killer on the loose, and her own life threatened, Ziva vows to solve the case and digs her high heels in even deeper.

The last thing she expected is finding another dead body - or befriending the murderer!

©2017 Stephanie Damore (P)2018 Stephanie Damore

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Great Cozy Mystery Book

This was a great little mystery. Ziva Diaz is a beauty consultant who wakes up to a dead body. She then proceeds to investigate the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book. I makes you try to figure out who the murderer is and it will surprise you. The narration was very good. She brought life to the characters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun Cozy Mystery

This was a bit different than most cozy mysteries I usually read. For one, Ziva is not interested in any of the detectives. She had a close encounter with the killer and decided to try to get to the bottom of the murder. Narration was good and brought the story to life. There were some twists and turns. I was surprised with the killer. I really did not see it coming. It is a fun book with a bit of romance and enough clues to keep you guessing. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this fun cozy mystery series. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A world I didn’t want to leave

Wow, I LOVED this book! It was even more amazing to listen to the audio because the narrator really brought it to life. This author can really write some great characters. I loved the lady who who was a busybody. I hope she is in more books. It was so fun to see how the character was a beauty consultant and how she was able to have an excuse to explore more clues. What a clever idea. I had a bad case of hangover when I finished. So hard to start another book when I’m living in this world. A world I didn’t want to leave. I was surprised at who the killer was. Also, I think the length of the book is just right.

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Great cozy!

Great cozy with excellent characters! Funny moments and some suspense as well. Great first in the series...can’t wait to see what happens next I received a free copy and left my honest review

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I tried listening to this book but I couldn't get into it. I finally returned it.

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WOW!!!!

Once I started listening I didn’t want to stop!! The story takes twists and turns and keeps you entranced!!! If you like mysteries this book is for you!!

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Makeup & Murder

This is a cute cozy mystery... Makeup consultant, Ziva Diaz, is going about her deliveries when she stumbles upon a crime in process at her client’s house. Being caught up in the mystery prompts Ziva to put on her detective hat and get to the bottom of things. Both the author and narrator did a nice job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Cozy Mystery

I loved this story. I can't wait to listen to more books in the series.

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Must.Love.Fashion

Must.Love.Fashion Perfectly narrated by Tonia Blake, our heroine, Ziva, initially seems . . . young. But one gradually realize her fixation on fashion and makeup isn't due to her being an arrested teenager but because this is her business. Funny and frequently campy, you will meet gangsters and dancers and matrons and mothers along with a few hunky fellows as a murder or two is investigated and solved. See if you can figure out "whodunnit"!

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Sweet Sugar!

The audiobook Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is such a fun book to listen to! This is my first book from both the author and the narrator. I love cozy mysteries, so originally that is why I was drawn toward this series, but after making it through Book 1, I feel like it could also fall into the Chick Lit genre, which is also a favorite of mine. Is there such thing as Chick Lit Cozies? If there wasn't before, there is now. Way to go, Damore! Makeup & Murder is fast-paced, super funny, and kept me engaged up through the very last word! It was so good! Because I only listened to the book, I cannot comment on the mechanics, in terms of spelling, punctuation, etc, but being a teacher who reads out loud often, I can say that when books have poor grammar it is difficult to convey the message and correctly express the words on the page. Narrator Tonia Blake did not seem to have any problem with that, whatsoever, so I can only assume this is a very well-written book. Her performance was excellent! As I got to know the characters better, particularly main character Ziva, I felt like Blake was no longer a narrator, but instead was Ziva, herself! She brought the story to life, and my overall listening experience was one I thoroughly enjoyed. At the end of Book 1, there is an excerpt from Book 2. I was thrilled when Blake's voice came across the speaker. Needless to say, I will be moving on with this series, and I can't wait until it is released on audio! Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is an audiobook that deserves 5/5 stars across the board. It combines the elements of a cozy mystery with the light-hearted and humorous moments of romance and friendship, which are generally found in Chick Lit. I recommend this audiobook to those who love a clean whodunit mystery, as well as to those who are looking for an entertaining escape from their own everyday lives. From makeup connoisseurs to those who have never applied lipstick, Makeup & Murder will keep you guessing, and before you know it, you, too, will find yourself exclaiming, "Sweet Sugar!" with these relatable and likeable characters! Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • 03-21-19

Good story

I enjoyed this audiobook, the story was interesting, the characters were likeable, and the story had plenty of twists.