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Marvels, Mochas, and Murder

Comics and Coffee Case Files, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The only suspect to his best friend’s murder....

When Kirby Jackson’s friend Ryan is found dead in the comics and coffee shop the two co-own, Kirby quickly becomes suspect number one.

Perhaps things wouldn't look so bad had Kirby not been planning to cut Ryan out of the business.

The only witness to the crime, Ryan’s stubborn dachshund, might hold the keys to solving the case. But his attitude toward anything and everything that isn’t his warm doggy bed is less than helpful.

With a local detective and former high school crush investigating the murder, it's up to Kirby to put together the clues. Otherwise, he's doing 25 to life.

Comics and Coffee Case Files is the perfect series for dog-loving fans of The Cat Who. Check out the first installment in this quirky series today.

©2018 William Davis (P)2019 William Davis

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Awesome listen

Amazing start to the series. Really enjoyed the narrator delivery and pace. Ready for more!

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Enjoyable. Good story & narration. (< 4 hrs long.)

I found the story and narration to be enjoyable. (It is less than 4 hrs length.)

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My first 'cozy' mystery

I got this book for free, but I leave the review of my own accord.

This was my first exposure to the cozy mystery genre and I liked it a lot. Once finished I immediately jumped into book 2 (Lattes and Lies). As a big nerd, I found Kirby to be a bit of a stick in the mud, but it's hard to dislike him. He loved his Meemaw, builds relationships, and sounds like a guy who would be good to work for.
The story was short, but I do like that there was a lot of time given to character development in the story. Kirby grew over the course of the book, as did a couple of the other characters.
Again, as a big nerd, I enjoyed all the geeky references sprinkled throughout and it didnt seem too heavy handed, just enough to let you know that the authors are fans of various bits of geeky culture (you dont accidentally name a father and son pair as Tim and Damian Grayson)

The voice performance could have been better. Meemaw has a distinct voice, but pretty much all the male voices sound the same and all the female voices sound the same (just a bit softer than the male voices).

So if you like cozy mysteries, give this a shot.
If you are a big geek like me, give this a shot.

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Coffee for all ages

This little series is wonderful. It hits that guilty crime show need. A fast-paced whodunnit with clues scattered throughout the book! I would highly recommend for anyone who’s a fan of any mystery show with light-hearted humor: Murder, She Wrote, Psych, Monk, Castle, or any other of that similar vein.

A small town, a protagonist that doesn’t want to be a protagonist, and a police force that doesn’t do things by the book. Zany adventures will ensue!

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Really fun read!

So I finished this one in an afternoon while cleaning my house... It made my cleaning bearable and dare I say it fun. I just need the next book before my next cleaning binge. It starts out with two friends Kirby and Ryan who are business partners in a coffee and comic shop. Their personalities are a little reminiscent of Big Bang Theory I think mostly due to the comic side and the D&D games. Ryan is the lady's man and doesn't seem to mind if the women are married. Everything changes when Ryan is found in the shop murdered and Kirby is being framed for it. Kirby's old high school crush is one of the investigating cops and then he gets set up with another girl on a date... So between the love triangle, his lack of picking up on the subtle hints that both girls are dropping and the murder investigation it's quite entertaining. There are a few bad words but no f-bombs, overall I felt it was a pretty clean book.

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

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Charming, cozy mystery, set in small town America.

Although I tend to associate the Cozy Mystery genre with small villages in the English countryside, I have to say that other than locale, "Marvels, Mochas, and Murder" fits very nicely into realm of Cozy Mysteries. Small town, seemingly regular folks, secrets, and (despite the requisite murder) a lighthearted tone, are all here. Comparisons made by other reviewers, to the American TV show "Psych" make sense, as far as the lightheartedness, charm, and occasional humor. And like the pilot episode of a TV show, this short book is the start of an ongoing series.
I received a free copy of the audiobook, in exchange for an honest review. And honestly I very much enjoyed it. The narrator fits the story well, comfortably carrying the story along, convincingly sounding like a small town, regular guy, shop owner, who is suddenly thrust into the heart of a murder mystery.
I liked this well enough to go ahead and buy the second audiobook in the series, "Lattes and Lies" (from the same author and narrator), which I look forward to diving into soon.

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Marvels, Mochas, and Murder

I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Is it weird that my favorite character is the dog Gambit? I've listened to this narrator before and he has one of the best comedic timing out there. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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A fun book. I wanted more.


I wanted this book to be a full length one. It had so much going for it. However, it is more of a novella, albeit a good one.
The correct person got killed and the ending was great. A lot of fun observations from the protagonist
Now about the narration:
I frequently find new authors to listen to because I am a fan of the narrator. So it is a true delight when I find a “new” narrator that I enjoy. Jeffery Kafer is now on my list of narrators who will help me find new authors. I thoroughly enjoyed his professional delivery and wry humor exactly where it was called for. Well done.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I need more Kirby and Gambit

Jeffery Kafer really made me fall for Kirby with his voice alone. This book is not over the top in a ny way and has a nice steady pace with out over doing it. I'm really looking forward to hearing more about Kirby and Felicia. I was voluntarily provided this book for review.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 04-30-19

An exciting tale of Murder. Fun read

The story was well plotted and paced, never a dull moment. The mystery unfolds through the eyes of the main character Kirby. He uses the information that he stumbles upon along with the info he is fed through a friend who is also a police officer to find out who killed his best friend.

The characters are interesting and have real life problems which helps to ground the story. It was a fun listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mr. Kafer did an extraordinary job as usual. I have yet to be disappointed with his work and do not suspect that I will.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving an honest and voluntary review.

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