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Publisher's Summary

As the Christmas decorating season approaches, Thyme & Seasons proprietor China Bayles feels overwhelmed. While she tries to balance her new roles of wife and step-mom with the demands of her thriving herbal shop, her business partner and best friend, Ruby, mysteriously disappears. Soon China's cantankerous mistletoe supplier Carl turns up dead. With Ruby missing and friends suspected of murder, China must investigate before tragedy strikes again.
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Critic Reviews

"This is a funny, human story that will give Albert's admirers a ringing jingle bell romp." (Publishers Weekly)

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    1 out of 5 stars

Drab reading

This book never clicked with me, mostly because the reading left me cold. It's not just a case of the accent or voice, but the delivery seems flat and the story wasn't compelling enough to rescue it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Story okay but wrong reader

I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them more than when listening to this one. The story takes place in Texas and the readers accent was just wrong for this book. All in all the book dragged for me - not sure if it was just the reader or the story, or a combination of both.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unlike other reviewers, I do like this narrator.

I think that Julia Gibson DOES do a good job of narrating and that the voices that she uses for China, Ruby, Sheila, & McQuaid do make sense in the context of the China Bayles mystery series. These are a sort of cosy mysteries with a modern twist and a great setting -the Texas Hill Country- which is the most beautiful & interesting area of the state. The fictional town of Pecan Springs is actually very very similar to the real life San Marcos, Texas. I like the character China Bayles & I think she fits the scene rather well. I also love the historical & other information that the author always includes about plants and herbs. I have read and/or listened to this series almost from the beginning. I've liked most of the books in this series.

I reached back into our Audible Library and am giving Mistletoe Man another listen for the Winter Holiday Season.

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Narration Is Poor

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Reading this book would be better than listening to it. The reason I finished listening is I was on an 800 mile drive with no other book on my iPod.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's attempt at a Texan accent was painful. Add to that all the

Any additional comments?

I started out to give the book 2 stars and realized the story itself was a lot better than that despite the poor reading. Listen to the sample before buying and see what you think.