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If you think PTA meetings are boring, then you haven't attended one in Barbara Marr's neighborhood, where murder is on the agenda. Always one to stumble into trouble, Barb learns the hard way that a seemingly innocent yearbook scandal is actually part of a seriously sinister and deadly plot. Join soccer mom and movie lover Barbara Marr in this second laugh-out-loud, chaotic mystery, where high-profile crime and suburban living collide in an unexpected fashion.

©2011 Karen Fraunfelder Cantwell (P)2014 Karen Fraunfelder Cantwell

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Suburban housewife finds more than she expected

Citizen Insane was billed as a funny cozy mystery. It is about Barb, a suburban housewife, mother of three and wife of an FBI agent that is a dead ringer for George Clouney. This is the second book in a series (didn’t realize that when I picked it up, but the first book, Take the Monkeys and Run is free on Kindle). The books in this series are relatively short (less than 200 pages) and funny (almost farcical) look at suburban life.

Everyone knows everyone’s business, no one seems that worried about money, there are quirky characters pretty much on every page. Barb is trying to be a good mom, and wife (although she kicked her husband out because in a previous book she found out that there is a whole history to his life that he neglected to tell her and so she wants him to date her again and win her love back again.) She is a good friend to her two quirky friends and even the neighbor that she is not so hot on, but seems to need her.

I thought I knew what was going on throughout the book almost from the beginning, but I was wrong. I did predict some of the ways things would work out, but not the main arc of the story. I have started enjoying mysteries more recently. But I am still not really all that interested in the actual mystery (I am not one that tries to figure everything out), but I am more interested in the characters and motivations and the overall development of the story.

Citizen Insane will not be mistaken for great literature, but it was a good fun (and quick) read and I did enjoy it. I picked up the first book in the series and there are several more that are all reasonably priced that I might pick up later.

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Excellent and fun story

I love it! this story is fun and wonderfully narrated. karen Cantwell is creative her misteres are fun and complicated. i highly recomend to reea and lisent this book. Nan McNamara has become one of my fevorites narrators.

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Lived Up to the Promise of the First Book

Would you listen to Citizen Insane: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery again? Why?

I have fallen in love with this series. I would absolutely listen again. Humor can be tricky. Karen Cantwell has created a cast of engaging characters that keep things interesting while amusing us at the same time. I had an ungodly long visit in a doctor's office this week. I'd forgotten my ear buds, but I turned it on softly. Didn't realize anyone else was listening, until I heard the lady sitting 3 seats away saying, "Go, Peggy!" She asked what I was listening to and commented how much she was enjoying it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Citizen Insane: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery?

Frankie and the baked ziti stands out. I love when bad guys can be reformed!

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

Nan McNamara nailed this role. She does an outstanding job as a narrator!

Any additional comments?

This takes the basic premise of True Lies and spins it into another direction. LOVE that!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-21-14

Not as good as the first

I bought this on the strength of the first book. It was a very quick read. It wasn't as entertaining as the first book. I wish I could give it two and a half stars.

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  • Dianne
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 05-28-14

Fast Paced Entertainment!

This book was a super fun listen. Yes, the story line is a bit of a reach, but it is written so well that it doesn’t matter and in fact the craziness of the plot makes it that more enjoyable. I for one have enough of real life situations and enjoy reading something that can take me away from my ordinary life. The main character is a mom and is trying to keep her marriage together which most of us can relate to, but her situations are completely crazy and so funny that it will make you laugh. If you enjoy fun, fast paced mystery, intrigue and complete escapism then this is the book for you. BTW, the narrator is absolutely FABULOUS!!!