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How can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble?

If your name translates to "pretty nice" in French, you've probably gotten used to being teased. That doesn't prepare you for finding out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank.

Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body. The late Ruth Riordan is Aunt Madge's closest friend and mother to Michael, a former arrogant classmate who can still push all of Jolie's buttons.

Jolie and Aunt Madge seem to be the only ones who think the police are wrong in accusing him of his mother's murder. Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the 10-year high school reunion becomes mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone who wants her to repay her ex-husband's gambling debts, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian's social services work.

And there's still Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he's the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him. Jolie must balance her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael's soon-to-be ex-wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan's will. Those suspicions don't include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department's list. Jolie tries various ways to prove both friends innocent. But will Pedone's plans leave Jolie alive to find the truth?

©2011 Elaine L. Orr (P)2013 Elaine L. Orr

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New version of the audio available

Would you consider the audio edition of Appraisal for Murder to be better than the print version?

Hi folks, this is the author. I promise, I'm not reviewing my own book! I wanted to let people know that the audio has been redone. There were some poor reviews on the narration, and Paula Faye Leinweber is very professional and redid much of the book. It was the first book for both of us and we learned a lot! Audible will let you download the new version. Thanks!
Elaine Orr

What does Paula Faye Leinweber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Paula has redone much of the Audio for "Appraisal for Murder."

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

You can get into a lot of trouble at the Jersey shore!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • Kensington, Md, United States
  • 05-06-13

Easy listening cozy mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I Would recommend ths audiobook. It was a pleasant read and held my interest

What was one of the most memorable moments of Appraisal for Murder?

There were many. The introductions to Such a variety of characters. The back story That brought Jolie back to the shore was a great start to this fun book.

What does Paula Faye Leinweber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy listening. I was able to plug my head phones in and sit back and enjoy the trouble Jolie and her friends got caught up in.

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

You could. It did not fit into my schedule in one sitting though.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more audio books with this character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Audio problem

Would you try another book from Elaine Orr and/or Paula Faye Leinweber?

Not sure if it's the narrator or the audio, but can't hear most of it due to extreme fluctuations in the volume.

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Loved it

Enjoyed the story - will get another by this author - also like the narrator

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Narrator is not the right age

The biggest issue for me was that the narrator is clearly in her late 40's/50's but the main character (who speaks in first person) is supposed to be about 27. Her voice of the main character is also pretty monotone. It just doesn't fit the bill at all. They really should have chose someone better. Perhaps if it wasn't written in first person this wouldn't be such an issue but it really ruins it all for me. The story could otherwise be good though

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  • vlzb
  • Chandler AZ
  • 07-23-13

I could not understand the narrator's male's voice

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was pretty good but the Narrator ruined the whole thing. When she used her "male" voice it was so quiet I couldn't understand her.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paula Faye Leinweber’s performances?

No.

Did Appraisal for Murder inspire you to do anything?

No.

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  • Mary
  • Augusta, MO, United States
  • 06-04-13

Bad Narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Cozy readers

Would you ever listen to anything by Elaine Orr again?

Yes, with a different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Most definitely

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger. I liked the story ,but the narrator ruined it. Her male voices were terrible, sometimes not understandable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-03-13

Low appraisal

I read a few reviews for this book and they seemed positive. It was quoted as being funny, with interesting characters and a quick read. I did not find the same in this book. The characters were mildly interesting and the pacing was slow. The mystery was typical with all of the formulaic points. The best part of the book was the first few pages. After the lead character finished talking about her exhusband, I lost interest in the book. The narrator didn't help. She mumbled at the end of sentences which made it difficult to follow the story. I can't recommend this book to anyone.

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