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Publisher's Summary

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?

©2015 Marla Bradeen (P)2017 Marla Bradeen

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Cute but slight

Kat Harper has moved home to Cherry Hills, Washington, and is settling in happily, until she finds her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale, murdered. The police detective who turns up to lead the investigation is childhood friend Andrew, who'll be investigating his first murder.

Except, of course, Kat has to investigate, too. Mrs. Tinsdale's cat, Matilda, with no one else to give her a home, moves in with her, and she gets involved with the rescue group Matty came from, and which Mrs. Tinsdale was treasurer for. This puts her in contact with all of the tiny number of people who could even conceivably had any motive to kill the friendly, kindly, older woman.

I like the characters. They're not very deep or complex, but they are likable. Kat also doesn't ignore all common sense and put herself in obvious and predictable danger, which is a plus. Yet it seemed a rather slight story, even for its short length. Enjoyable, but not something that will linger in your mind after you're done reading it.

In addition to that, Paige Sleuth a.k.a. Marla Bradeen reads the audiobook herself, which was perhaps not wise. She's not a bad reader, but she is merely reading aloud. She reminded me more than anything of me and my cousins reading to each other in bed at night, sharing a book in our shared bedroom. Warm memories, but there are better readers out there.

I bought this audiobook.

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Performance not very good.

Narration isnt very good. Might be an inexperienced narrator based on numerous other performances I've heard from other narrators. Speeding up the narration helped a little.

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For children under 12

The book read like a children's book, almost like Nancy Drew. Predictable and simple. Not much plot. Nosy girl sleuths with handsome detective. Three stars. Meh.

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Better if read

Not to be mean, but this book would be better off read. I could not get into listening to this book as the voice was very dry and robotic like. It was hard for me to get into the story because of the mundaneness of the voice. I would have enjoyed the story more had I read it instead.

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Awful!

The reader is terrible; choppy & with the inflections in all the wrong places. Story is sophomoric

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Murder in Cherry Hills

Dumbest story. Marla Bearden needs to learn how to read. She's awful and her voices don't exist. I'm planning to avoid these books.

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All around awful

This was terrible
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This should never have been released
Awful awful

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  • KC
  • 07-22-19

Maybe it was written for middle schoolers?

I could come up with 15 words such as trite, silly, etc.
But I really think the headline that’s required says it all.

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Entertaining Read!

An interesting and entertaining storyline with creative characters with well developed personalities. I look forward to seeing how this series develops in future books.

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Needs work.

This very short story had a few good things going for it. I really liked the cat. But the writing was very rigid, never becoming naturally flowing, and the reader/performer read very stiffly, with little emotion. Listening actually became painful. I cannot recommend this to anyone, unless perhaps you are attempting to learn to read by following along , and don't really care about the content. Sorry. I hate giving bad reviews .

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  • 08-09-19

Paws for thought?

A cosy whodunit. No violence. No sex. A good book to listen to on a quiet afternoon. Not overly taxing on the little grey cells. I liked it. A give me for cat lovers and whodunit fans.