Murder Most Malicious in Malcesine

The Lake Garda Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Claire Nicholls
Series: The Lake Garda Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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This is book two of The Lake Garda Mysteries. 

In Murder Most Malicious in Malcesine, Kim is asked by the Carabinieri to assist in solving an intractably difficult crime. She must infiltrate her way into a large group of suspects, attempting to collect incriminating information while preventing the culprit from discovering her purpose. She has some great fun and finds a morsel of romance along the way. Does she succeed? Judge for yourself.

©2018 K T Ashbourne (P)2018 K T Ashbourne

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Travelogue Cozy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

I love the travelogue aspect of this series. The MC has some humorous moments but ... not wholly believable that the police would put a travel guide, with zero experience, undercover to investigate murderers and put her friends in danger.

The narration was a bit lackluster to me.

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Useful to Start from Volume 1 in the Series

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

I must admit that I found it a little hard to understand what Kim did for a living and what her background was. I think that this book doesn't quite work as a standalone if you want to get to know the main characters well. I made the mistake of starting listening to the series from volume 2 and missed some insightful information. I will go back to listen to Volume 1 and see if that will fill some of the gaps. That said, the storyline is an interesting one, full of action, humorous, and entertaining. I liked the many characters that made their cameo appearance in this book, and enjoyed the perkiness of the main ones. I'm not sure how a guide tour gets involved in solving murder mysteries yet (that is one of the particulars that are not clear in this volume), but hopefully I'll be able to figure that out once I listen to the first volume.
The narration was pleasant and since there are so many characters with so many different accents, the effort of giving each individual his or her own voice, was a great one. Looking forward to listen to the first volume.

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Murder Most Malicious in Malcesine

A cozy mystery with European flair. In this quick listen, Kim goes undercover to help solve a case that, at first glance, seems like an accident. Of course there’s more to it than expected.

K T Ashbourne came up with an interesting storyline. The characters are really starting to grow on me.

Claire Nicholls did a nice job with the narration. Everything was pretty straightforward.

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

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Good mystery

Good mystery and you enjoyed the narrator and their many accents as they unfolded in the story, for your enjoyment. You liked getting re-acquainted with some of the characters, that you came across. And the story was intriguing enough to hold your attention for the duration. So when you get a chance, pick up a copy and enjoy.
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Time I Cannot get Back

Interesting book, however I really had a hard time following along. I'm not sure if it was because everyone sounded the same to me, with seldom change in tone or the story line just did not peak my interest. I will probably not listen to any other books in this series

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Bludgeoned, Stabbed in the ❤️, & Poisoned!

All to murder just one victim! Can you say overkill? Kim has to, and figure out whodunnit, too!

Whilst zipping though beautiful Italy, with Svetlana directing the fun in her snazzy Alfa Romeo during breaks between her tour duties, Kim finds herself rubbing elbows with a gaggle of would-be murderers, enjoying drinks, caffés, festivals and purchasing fun souvenirs (including some otherwise droll postcards, one of which Kim addresses to her Mum and punches up the fun) — that is, until she is called in by the Carabinieri to solve the murder of an Aussie sportsman who must have had a major vendetta out against him — and she must put her own life (and heart) on the line to ensnare the killer before he/she/they can escape back to their homeland scott-free after faking the murder scene to appear to be a poorly-staged accident so as to avoid being caught in the act!

Kim enjoys no end of fun, passion, and danger (hiking, skydiving, climbing, etc.) all in the course of ferreting out the most malicious murderer... is there more than one? In this mystery full of laughs, love and hijinks in beautiful Italy, Author K T Ashbourne weaves a non-stop tale of murder where laughter abounds, oh-la-la lovers enter Kim’s world, and her mystery-solving skills are challenged as she rises to the occasion!

Be prepared to enjoy Claire Nicholls’ lovely, soothing narration of the book and be roll up your sleeves to enjoy the next book in the series — it’s a gem!

Note: I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A good laugh!

murder, situational-humor, verbal-humor, sting, Italy

Lighthearted and fanciful, nineteen year old Kim works as a guide for a travel agency in Italy despite knowing little about the area, speaking only British English, and having a gift for flimflam. On her first tour she was mistaken for daughter of company owner, bungled her way out of a lesbian affair with a supervisor, and was helped by the Carabineri. This time she starts out on a tour but comes across a death investigation. Then she is asked to help the Carabineri by having her phone adapted for surveillance and joining a group of Australians on an orienteering trip! Picture an average girl from the city doing climbing, caving, sky diving, lap swimming in a tarn, and hiking trails! I'll stop with that before being tempted to do spoilers, but laugh your socks off!
Claire Nicholls is absolutely convincing as the perky teen and not bad as the others.

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  • 11-08-19

Not a word is wasted to give a full story

This book continues the story of Kim and finds her drawn into another mystery but does contain some sex scenes which are not out of place and are just an aside not taking up most of the story.

It's another short story that gives you a full story - this author has a great gift of giving you a full story, one the could fit a novel twice as long but they just cut out everything except the actual details you need to understand everything.

The Narrator has a wonderful voice, who gives life to each character and her accents are so realistic - well to me anyway but I am neither Italian or Polish or Australian so can only go on my own experience of hearing native speakers.

I normally dislike short stories unless they are factual or belong to a book series but these stories so far - read first two now are very worth listening to.

I was given this book for free but the review is mine alone and I stand by every word I have put, it is shaping up to be a great series - I am listening to book three as I type this.