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Publisher's Summary

Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she's been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, she discovers that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered. In order to save the spa's reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer.

The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie's Diner, the dead woman's husband (the mayor) and his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it's up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.

Dianne is the author of two best-selling series: the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Coyote Series.

©2015 Dianne Harman (P)2015 Dianne Harman

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Very disappointed

This book was very disappointing to say the least. Without any spoilers, I'd have to say the main character seemed way to convinced that things would hurt the reputation of the spa. I found this quite unbelievable since it didn't seem as though the reputation could be harmed in any way. The characters were unbelievable at best. I would not recommend this to anyone. Not sure I'd be willing to give this series a second try.

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Upbeat 'Whodunit' with Scenic Views and Recipes

This is a fast-moving, entertaining "whodunit" mystery, complete with recipes from Liz Lucas' upscale Northern Californian spa. As a 52-year old widow, Liz is now managing the spa, lodge, and guest cottages on her own, with the help of loyal staff. A dead guest is the last thing she needs for the spa's reputation--especially considering that the small town police chief is a lecherous slob and the guest is the new mayor's wife. So Liz is forced to play detective herself, and the result is a fun adventure filled with new love, old friends, and devoted dogs (every mystery needs a really smart dog!)

From long conversations on the lodge's balcony overlooking the ocean, to multiple visits to the nearby town of Red Cedar to interview important leads, the pace and atmosphere of coastal Northern California imbue this novel with a unique flavor. And since Liz is quite a cook, every meal is an imaginative feast (and all her recipes are included at the end of the novel). Her new romantic partner, Roger, is smart, successful, and totally enamored of Liz, which definitely doesn't hurt!

I admire how Liz trusts her intuition, verging on ESP, a sense she's called her "niggle" since childhood. There are a lot of male characters who "trust their gut," and it's about time that female intuition is respected and reinforced. (Let me tell you about my "chills of rightness...")

Narrator Erin deWard displays an especially wide range of styles and voices as she moves from the heroine's internal reveries to the fast action scenes, and each character is completely recognizable by voice alone. (My one quibble is the amount of "vocal fry" apparent in the low masculine voice of Roger--it's a bit grating.)

At just under five hours, this is an ideal listen at the airport, beach, or waiting for an appointment. The narrative is straightforward and easy to pick up again (if you don't listen in a single sitting as I did). I think I can add that there's even a happy ending without spoiling the plot! Enjoy...

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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A Good Cozy Read Series

What did you love best about Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1?

I loved that it was a cozy mystery, but also had a mix of humor, and an antagonist (the local police chief). Often times in these mysteries the cop will be the love interest or close friend. I liked that this switched it up and had him be a villain so to speak; an overall slimeball who Liz cant stand, and you understand why! It also had humor mixed into some parts, which I enjoyed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot definitely kept me interested. I was curious to see things unfold and once I suspected who the killer was I was still trying to understand why he/she did it and put all the pieces together.

Which character – as performed by Erin deWard – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the southern sassiness of the local town gossip, the owner of Gertie's Diner.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy this book like I did, make sure to check out the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, also narrated by Erin deWard and written by Dianne Harman.

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Unbelievable

The story was nicely plotted but the characters were hard to believe. Their actions unbelievable such as a lawyer asking her to investigate on her own to protect the rep of her business.

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Another fantastic series by Dianne Harman!!

I am a huge fan of Dianne Harman! I usually read/listen to her books in The Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, but when I noticed that Book 1 from the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series was on Audible, I had to check it out! I'm so glad I did! Murder in Cottage #6: A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1 was fantastic!!

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to be a fan of Liz Lucas because I love the main character, Kelly, from the Cedar Bay Series so much...how could anyone compare? Well, needless to say, I love both Kelly and Liz! Each series might appeal to readers of different ages at first, but in the end, you will love them both! I feel like I get the best of both worlds when choosing to follow both series because the ages, life experiences, and love lives of each character are different from one another.

Dianne's writing is outstanding! Her storylines keep you guessing, her recipes are mouth-watering, and her characters feel like friends you have known your whole life. I highly recommend all of her books! Even though it isn't necessary to start at the beginning of the series (because each book is complete mystery within itself), it is more fun when you do. Once you read one of her books, you WILL want to read more, so just do yourself a favor and start with Book 1 in whichever series you prefer. I promise you will love all of them if you are a lover of cozy mysteries! :-)

The narrator, Erin deWard, does a great job playing the characters in each of the books. Her voice is calm and nice to the ear. Her pace is slow so you are able to easily understand what is going on as she reads. I like her as a narrator. The only thing is, Liz and Kelly sound exactly the same....but, I wouldn't want to hear anyone else as narrator. Her voice pulls you in and keeps you interested from beginning to end!

I rate this book 5/5 stars all around. My only complaint is there are no more books from this series on Audible. Pleeease make more!! :-) Thank you so much for reading my review!

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Too much vocal fry

The narrator was hard to listen to because she often used "vocal fry." The story wasn't too complicated & the characters were easy enough to like.

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I just really liked it

What did you love best about Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1?

When someone snaps you can never guess what they will do next

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1?

When the dog shook "hands" when he met people

Which character – as performed by Erin deWard – was your favorite?

All of them were exceptional, Erin deWard displays an especially wide range of styles and voices as she moves from the heroine's internal reveries to the fast action scenes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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Quick, simple easy audio.

Where does Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Love the cozie mysteries. It ranks high.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Liz, makes me chuckle.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing particular, loved the whole story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

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I Love a Good Mystery!

Where does Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On a scale of one to ten, about an 8!

What other book might you compare Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1 to and why?

I can't think of one.

Which character – as performed by Erin deWard – was your favorite?

All of them were exceptional, but Bertha stands out in my mind the most.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Vengeful hearts make for bad company.

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5 out 5 of Hearts

I haven't read or listened to one of Dianne Harman's audio books before, so when I discovered she had some, I raised my hand, so to speak.

The narrator did an awesome job of narrating this story. If the scene called for the characters to be upset, you heard an upset character.
Excellent Job!

This is an intriguing series to me simply because Liz Lucas is a widow and in her fifties. My generation ROCKS! Solid plot, with mysteriously twisted turns that kept me guessing to the end. Chock full of a emotions like being scared, fear, anger, frustration, loss, and more.

Well written, realistic and believable world with a picturesque quality that helped me to stay focused. I listened to it a few times.


Luckily, I was chosen to receive a gifted copy for review purposes only. No renumeration was involved.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 08-29-16

Fun new series

I received this book free with the understanding I would leave an honest review. This is the first book in this series. I enjoyed the book the story is light and interesting. It is narrated well and all in all it was and enjoyable read. I will look forward to reading or listening to more of this series.

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  • Jan M
  • 09-01-18

Cozy, Cute, but not quite believable

I so enjoy the writing style of Dianne Harman, and really enjoy her books. This story just had a few details that were not plausible (for instance, the police would have informed the next of kin), but still was very enjoyable. I liked the imagery in this book, and the recipes sound heavenly. Many of the characters in this book are endearing, but a few were automatically disliked. I loved how the killer was not obvious! I even guessed the wrong motivation for killing the victim, which doesn't happen often. The book is well plotted and the narration by Erin DeWard was great. Erin is very talented! I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.