Murder in the Mystery Suite

Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Book Retreat Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (1,181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book that he won is missing, Jane realizes that one of her guests is an actual murderer.

Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There's no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up...

©2014 Ellery Adams (P)2014 Tantor

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Nancy Drew meets "The Librarian"

This book was surprisingly delightful! Jane is very Nancy Drew and much of the story reminds me of "The Librarians" TV movies & now show. The references to great works of literature from such a wide variety of genres is just plain fun! Although in some places a bit hokey, the book really is quirky and fun from beginning to end. I look forward to more.

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Saccharin sweet and pretentious story.

Eyerolling old fashioned language and hard to feel interest in unrealistic characters. I will avoid this author and narrator.

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I wanted to like it....really....

I made it to the halfway point before I gave up on this book. What I found was a ridiculous plot line with ex-super secret service employees, an Aunt with zero impulse control (who is supposedly in charge of one of the world's GREATEST treasures), a milktoast uncle who actually has ninja skills and a Deputy Dawg police Chief who feels the need to consult with a hotel manager to solve a murder. (or two)

The hotel is supposedly falling apart and they are short of cash, yet there are Rolls- Royces (yes, more than one) available for guests. Auntie gets custom made gowns (often!) and the hotel amenities and restaurants surpass that of any other 5-star hotel.

The characters are over the top in their silly declarations and grandiose speech. And even though I enjoy a fluffy story, a good fantasy and fun-fiction..... I could NOT suspend belief long enough to get into any of this.

The narrator is over the top with her "performance". Her voicing of the "Aunt" involves bugling and trumpeting like a Brit Royal. Her voicing of the main character's twin boys had me cringing. And it goes on...

I am always on the prowl for a new author and new series and this one is not it. The amateurish writing and the melodramatic reading made me sorry I wasted my money on this.

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A totally delightful and mystery filled read!

This is the first book from Ellery Adams that I've had the chance to read or in this case listen to. I knew it was going to be a murder mystery but I had no clue how wonderful and delightful the characters would be. I can so see Great aunt Octavia and her formidable size and personality. I look forward to future books being done in audio in the series. The reader was so entertaining and brought the characters to life. I can see story bro call in my mind and it seems like a place of such joy and beauty and I cannot wait to read more.

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Undecided

An interesting premise if a bit farfetched. It felt like bits and pieces that never reached assemblage. Glamour and ragged edges. An engaged editor would have helped. I didn't like the idea of hiding away writings of potential consequence. And, I REALLY didn't like the idea of six years olds handling Swiss Army Knives! I'll give the series a second chance and try the next book.

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Unbelievable Story Line

I finished this book just because I was doing busy work and could casually listen. I thought the story was silly and not at all believable. The narrator's voices were overdone and, at times, irritating. If you want something to listen to while doing mindless tasks, this might be OK, but there are better books out there for light easy listening.

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Not bad ...

I’m sure this story will appeal to some, but I found it a bit tedious. The main character was quite “proper” and had too much starch in her shorts. The “twins” were sickeningly sweet and doted on nauseatingly. There were many, many characters of which to keep track. I like cottage mysteries and wouldn’t necessarily place this story in that category. I found this one lacked the lighthearted “fun” and the flirtatious camaraderie between primary characters.

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Far fetched

What turned into an ok story took a sudden turn into fantasy and was too weird to continue. Gave up by chapter 11. Couldn’t take any more of it.

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had a hard time listening to or even caring

the plot line is ridiculous. The characters are one-dimensional and it just goes on too long. I have tried for about two weeks to listen to this and I just can't. I can't get the point and the only reason why I stuck in so long was because I usually like Ellery Adams books.

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Lost interest quickly

While it is true that I don't care for books that have vulgar language and sexual situations, this book swings to the other extreme for me. I could only listen for 40 minutes. Could not tolerate any more. The protagonist is the "perfect" mother, the twin boys are "sugary" sweet. I totally agree with those who used adjectives such as "ridiculous" and "amateurish", and described the narration as "melodramatic reading". In the future, I will steer clear of books narrated by this person. I'm interested in murder mysteries such as you'd find in books by Charles Todd, Anne Perry, Jacqueline Winspear. This book, to me, is childish drivel. I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this.

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