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Publisher's Summary

When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....

©2000 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Murder of a Small-Town Honey

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A fun cozy series

I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.

There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!

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Love this Series!

I'm so excited that Audible is going to put the first books in this series online. They are a fun light listen and I really like the characters. The narrator is great as well. They aren't deep and engrossing like some books but it's great to listen to something that can make you laugh and just enjoy the act of listening!

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Glad to get the beginning of the story.

I had listened to several of the later books in the Scumble River series on audible and was very pleased to see the earlier ones start appearing. This series provides a lighter mystery that I enjoy.

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Having a hard time making it through this

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book is seriously dragging on. Its spending so much time on small town drama and background information that there is no Mystery to this mystery

What was most disappointing about Denise Swanson’s story?

an actual mystery

How could the performance have been better?

i felt no connection to the chracters voices were drab

What character would you cut from Murder of a Small-Town Honey?

skye

Any additional comments?

don't download this book

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Fun to learn how it all started, love this seriers

If you could sum up Murder of a Small-Town Honey in three words, what would they be?

Mystery with a kick

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder of a Small-Town Honey?

Skye and Simon's first encounter, too funny and all too real to many of us.

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love audio books so I can do something else while listening, consummate multi-tasker. Khristine is easy on the ears, especially when they are old ears. Easy to understand her and good tone and inflection while reading.

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

Can you believe this town is close to Chicago?

Any additional comments?

Light and entertaining. Skye never thought she would have to eat those words so carelessly said at her graduation, lesson for all of us. Loved the interaction of all the characters and will be fun to see how they all develop. (I started listening towards the end of the series.)

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unacceptable production

The story is okay; not interesting enough for me to read another book in the series, but I'll finish this book. The narration (and probably some blame to the other production staff) is just unacceptable. I didn't know this author, so I previewed the first several pages as a Kindle book sample.

Therefore, I know for a fact that the narrator said "investigator" when the correct word was "instigator" within the first several pages of the book. Then shortly thereafter she said "debauchery" where that word made NO sense, but the word debacle would have made a lot of sense.

Really, nobody on the production staff helps with errors in reading the book, when their whole job is to record someone reading the words in the book?

Then she mispronounced the word indelible. Then there was yet another word problem (at least four mistakes within the first several chapters) that I can't even remember now. Plus she doesn't have any interesting voices. You can't even readily tell when she's reading words attributed to a man versus a woman.

Then I noticed her intermittent speech impediment. I went to several years of speech therapy, so I'm probably much more sensitive to hearing this stuff than others, and it is truly intermittent. Makes me wonder whether she has just a bit of a problem on the days when she's tired.

To sum up: the multitude of errors and the poor production (everyone listed in the credits is responsible for me/us hearing a recording of the words the author wrote) this just took the experience below acceptable. I expect an occasional error, because we're all human. But this one has problem after problem.

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dirty language, deleting from library

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good story but I don't see a reason to use the filthy language. not listening to the rest...

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Meh

After listening to twoC Beaton series in their entirety, I was looking for a new cozy series. This was not a great substitute. Narrator was like listening to my sister read to my niece- meaning amateur. I got spoiled by fine English narrators who could bring all the characters alive. The The story and character are meh also. I see there are many books in this series, I may try a later one to see if they got better but overall very so-so.

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A Decent Listen

Not the best mystery development, but when Christie and Sayers are your favorite, who does meet the standard? It sometimes felt like the author strayed from the characters' true personality, or maybe the character development was just lacking. The performance wasn't horrible, but this isn't going to be one of my favorite readers without a bit of improvement. This book was entertaining, but didn't leave me rushing to download the second in the series.

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Worst Narrator on a not-very-good book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This reader was terrible. She was unable to develop interesting characters using her voice, and she was one of the slowest readers I've listened to...and I listen to a lot of books! In addition, there were many mispronounced words that were incredibly distracting from the book. (For example, pronounced the "s" on the end of Illinois).

Would you ever listen to anything by Denise Swanson again?

No, this book was all over the place. Included lots of extraneous scenes that did not build towards the murder mystery. It felt like it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a murder mystery book or a novel about a very boring girl who moved back to her small town to live a very boring life.

Any additional comments?

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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