Murder in the Manor

A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
Series: A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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Murder in the Manor is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by Fiona Grace.

Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, needs a drastic change. She needs to quit her job, leave her horrendous boss and New York City, and walk away from the fast life. Making good on her childhood promise to herself, she decides to walk away from it all and relive a beloved childhood vacation in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.

Wilfordshire is exactly as Lacey remembers it, with its ageless architecture, cobblestone streets, and with nature at its doorstep. Lacey doesn’t want to go back home, and spontaneously, she decides to stay and to give her childhood dream a try: She will open her own antique shop.

Lacey finally feels that her life is taking a step in the right direction...until her new star customer turns up dead. As the newcomer in town, all eyes are on Lacey, and it’s up to her to clear her own name. With a business to run, a next-door neighbor-turned-nemesis, a flirty baker across the street, and a crime to solve, is this new life all that Lacey thought it would be?

©2019 Fiona Grace (P)2019 Fiona Grace

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ok

The mystery is pretty good, but the story seems forced at some points. The plot drags because there is not enough going on to move the plot. Mary Sarah saves the book with her narration. She adds much needed drama with her voice that kept me listening.to the end.

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good story

Thought this was overall a good story. The main character was very trusting for a person from the states. She shared way too much info with people she just met. I did like that she reinvented herself after divorce and inspite not getting support from family.

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Reader annoying

I only listened to this because a friend had read the book and said it was really good so I bought it without listening to the preview. Mistake. Her slow sing song reading was so annoying. I thought I’d get used to it but it was like nails on a blackboard. Her accents were good but she sounded as though she was in love with her own voice and the ability to modulate it incessantly, like a singer doing scales. I’ll read any future books in this series unless they use a different reader. Ruined!

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Can’t wait to read the next one

Full of twists and turns and narrated well. The ending sparked my interest for the next book in the series.

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Nice little cozy mystery

Enjoyed this cozy mystery. There were a few awkward areas that quickly passed. As far as the narration, I'm of two minds. I felt Mary Sarah did an excellent job at operating the different characters voices. She did put a lot of drama in the narration as well. However, for much of the narration it felt like she was trying to put me to sleep. It was a slow mesmerizing performance that felt over the top. I also felt a little off since the main character was American, who had a British accent??? I know the logic of hiring a British narrator since most of the story is set in England, but it was as small bit off putting for that inconsistency.