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Publisher's Summary

Darcy Campbell might have expected life in a small Oklahoma town nestled in the beautiful Ozark foothills to be as idyllic as the scenery. That, however, is not what she finds when she returns to her hometown of Levi after the death of her husband.

One autumn morning, Darcy and her mother, Flora Tucker, are enjoying a cup of coffee in their hundred-year old farmhouse when Darcy gets an urgent telephone call. The contractor who is digging the foundation for their new home insists that Darcy drop everything and come to the building site as quickly as she can. He has found a mysterious object deep in a hand-dug well and he needs Darcy's help in retrieving it.

The ancient, crumbling package pulled from the well contains two items that are as shocking as they are inscrutable. In trying to decipher the meaning of these long-buried objects, Darcy and Flora discover a dark secret from their family's past.

A kidnapping, a brush with death, and a stranger's greed add to the mix. The era of World War I becomes enmeshed with the present day as Darcy and Flora unravel a tangled web of deceit that has ensnared their family.

Volume 3 of the Darcy & Flora cozy mystery series.

©2014 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess (P)2016 Blanche Day Manos and Barbara Burgess

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  • Jan
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  • 02-11-17

Twisty!

This mystery is like peeling an onion, the layers just keep uncovering more and more of the past and it all impacts the present. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers here. This series is compelling, suspenseful, and yet has plenty of humor. I have enjoyed every one that I've read and can't pick a favorite.
I prefer audio and Michelle Babb is great!

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Great Story and Great Narration!

Darcy and Flora are at it again. Blanche Day Manos has once again crafted a well balanced story. The characters are well rounded and grow more and more with each book. The plot is fantastic and keeps you interested to the end. Michelle Babb is the most fantastic narrator and her interpretation of Darcy and Flora is spot on. She brings the story to life. Manos and Babb make a great team. A must listen that you will highly enjoy.

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Past and Present Brought Together

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Flora and Darcy are excited about building their new home on Flora's mother's property. While covering up an abandoned well on the property a package containing old gun is found. Also inside the package appears to be some kind of writing. Darcy deciphers the writing to realize this was information about a secret marriage of her grandmother. Also suddenly there are multiple people interested in this property. Does this secret marriage and sudden interest in their property have a connection?

This mother and daughter duo have a wonderful relationship and work well together while investigating their family's history. I really like that Flora doesn't discourage Darcy even though she was clearly upset in finding out that her mother kept a really big secret from her. This is a very enjoyable storyline and mystery. There are several twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader pondering what is really going on with the family property? I really loved how the past and present are brought together to create this wonderful mystery.

I listened to an audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb allows us to experience Flora and Darcy's discoveries on another level. Babb has great diction, accents, pace, and adds an emotional voice to help bring the story to life.

I recommend this book to mystery lovers. If you have access to the audio version I definitely recommend this version of the book. I was provided with a copy of this book in hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by others.

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Great Listen!

I so love these characters. This is the 3rd book in the series by Blanche Day Manos. It can be listened as a standalone, but has references to events from the previous stories and characters. Michelle Babb did a great job with the various voices and was able to get great emotion into the characters. I found the subtle humor a plus. This story was great, and I loved some of the unexpected twists. Also, I liked that the author kept the details consistent from previous stories. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

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A winner of a Cozy ..Just Great 👍


A cozy mystery that gives the listener just about anything they might want. Old familiar friends and family are back along with several new characters. We get murder, suspense , romance, things that vanish, other things that go bump in the night. Toss in nasty weather, people from the past and serve with pie and coffee for an entertaining listen! I can't wait to see what comes next.


The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Michelle Babb adds the winning touch to this book.

 "I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".  




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100 year old Mystery!

Another enjoyable cozy mystery. Darcy and Flora are such a great mother/daughter sleuth team. This third book in the series has layers upon layers that when peeled away uncover more and more of the past. A hundred-year-old mystery is finally unearthed and family secrets are revealed. Again Michelle Babb has done a stupendous job of narrating. I never tire of listening to her interpretation of the characters voices.
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  • Suzan
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  • 02-05-17

Mother Daughter team

I have listened to 2 books in this series and this one is by far my favorite. The relationship between Mother and Daughter is a a big draw for me. Add a few family secrets a little romance and you have a great story. Michelle Babb's does a wonderful job of narrating this story. I received this book with the understanding I would leave a honest review.

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Fun Series

I’ve really become engrossed in this series. It’s the second one I’ve listened to. The characters jump right out at you. Darcy and Flora are a great mother/daughter sleuth team.

This entry in the series is filled with family secrets and keeps the reader guessing. The past blends with the present for a captivating read. I was trying to figure things out right along with Darcy and Flora. Everything fell nicely into place. It’s filled with action, adventure, mystery and even a touch of romance.

I’m looking forward to listening to more from this series.




FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this audio book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Lynn
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  • 01-17-17

Back for another adventure!

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

Yes, this series is so much fun. I have a few friends that I have talked about it with. They have placed the series on their list of books to read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Best Left Buried?

Finding out about who the actual birth mother is and the reason behind the adoption. This was memorable since you know this was more common then.

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a few of her books and this one is as good as the others. She always gives the characters their own voice and brings them to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many laughs and worries in this book. I loved the parts about the twin sisters. That was such a surprise and I happy to realize I missed it.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Fantastic story and superb narration!

Discovering a mysterious package down a well on their property opens up a whole mess other mysteries and causes some real trouble for the mystery solving mother and daughter team of Flora and Darcy. Things continuously happen that you don't expect and the story will keep you glued to your player. This is a great one. Don't miss it!

We loved listening to the second book in the series and were excited to listen to the third. We were not disappointed. The writing in this series is always good and the narrator Michelle Babb really brings the characters to life in a way that hits all the right chords with us.

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  • Norma Miles
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Maybe things will be better in the morning.

When Darcy's husband Jake died about a year before, she left her reporting job to return home to live with her mother, a time to heal in peace. But trouble seems to follow her and this time it came in the form of a package discovered in an old well on the land where the new family home was being built. And it is trouble with a capital T, with her entire genealogy being turned upside down.

The Darcy and Flora mysteries by Blanche Day Manos are a delight. The mother-daughter relationship is beautifully drawn, as are their individual characterisations and their everyday life and friendships. The pace is not fast, instead adapting to that of the small town in which they live, but it is full of tension and intrigue. The story hardly matters, so enjoyable are the people, but this mystery is good, too, especially through the earlier parts of the book.

Narrator, Michelle Babb, is, as always, superb. Her full and pleasant voice is well modulated, her accent both fitting the town's location as well as adding warmth to her performance. She also paces her reading to fit the text as well as giving distinctive and appropriate voice to each of the protagonists.

A perfect combination of author and narrator. This book was, simply, a pleasure to hear and enjoy.