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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

What listeners say about Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1

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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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Spa Retreat Mystery

I enjoyed the story and the main character, Liz, was very relatable. She owns a spa north of San Francisco and begins her own investigation into the murder of one of her guests. The story kept my interest and I smiled at the HEA ending.

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I liked the concept of this book and I thought the narration was very good. HOWEVER, this book started with a murder, no surprise, but instead of the sheriff informing the husband about the wife's death, Liz does. I lost it. On what planet does that happen? Liz didn't know the husband, only barely knew the deceased wife, why would this even be allowed? Even in small towns, murder investigations are handled by the police. I stopped listening after Liz then goes to inform the business partner about the death. As much as I wanted to enjoy a nice mystery, my mind got stuck on this sequence of events and I just couldn't.

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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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An okay story, not the greatest.

I have read eight of the Northwest Cozy mystery series which I liked. This is the first book in a new series and it hit me a bit the wrong way. The main character seem to be overly concerned with her busness to a point that some of her actions were a bit stupid and even endangered her own live and that of her friend. Personally I think the boy friend would have gone through the roof with what she did and not been so forgiven. The slimy police chief made your skin crawl and you have to be of an certan age to have encounterd that type of guy in the past. These days they be send to sensitivity classes. I have the other books in this series and will read some more. Maybe Liz will grow on me..

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A pretty good cozy mystery. A few of the voices the narrator used were irritating. Overall a fun book.

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Good cozy mystery

Murder in Cottage #6 is an enjoyable cozy mystery that’s just the right length of time. The narrator was good, and kept me engrossed in the story, and I listened to it in one sitting.

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new dog

I received a promption code for this book.
This is the first of the series for Liz Lucas, but having read a few others in teh series they can all be read as stand alones as thre are no spoilers. I recommend the story and the series.

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I Could Picture This Place Where The Spa Was

Each one of Dianne Harman's series I like better and better and this one was narrated beautifully by Erin DeWard starting with the description of 52 year old Liz Lucas who is a widow owning a spa in the forest in San Francisco. I could picture myself going to a spa. The buildup at the end of the story and of course the dogs I wanted more.

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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.