Daisy McDare wants nothing more than to find the man of her dreams and build a thriving interior decorator business. Instead she finds herself heartbroken and in the middle of a murder investigation.
Daisy is in the middle of a decorating job at a famed local celebrity's mansion when the arrogant painter is found murdered in his backyard studio. Suddenly there's a house full of suspects, each with a bigger reason to want the victim dead than the next.
When the local police get stumped during their investigation, Daisy realizes she'll have to take matters into her own hands.
But she can't crack the case alone. She recruits her cupcake-baking best friend, Samantha, wise-cracking Granny Annie, and her feisty West Highland terrier, Shamus, to find the killer.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would definitely recommend this book to my friends that read cozies. It had everything I like in a good cozy - great protagonist, who-done-it plot and the lack of gore and graphic detail I look for in a cozy. The audio book reader, Caroline Shively, was the best reader of a light hearted cozy I ever heard. She kept the mood right where I want it, fun and interesting.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Daisy McDare and the Deadly Art Affair?
When her blind date didn't go as she had planned. I both felt sorry for Daisy and admired her resilience.
Have you listened to any of Caroline Shively’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I have the next audio book in the series (they were given to me as review copies, though I bought the Kindle books a while ago) and I can't wait to listen to it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. I was enjoying it so much I wanted to draw out the fun, but I was also really into the whole story. I plan on listening to it again.
Any additional comments?
This is a series that is a "keeper" ... one I will revisit again and again. Not many audio books I can say that about.
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The narrator's voice was very irritating. Voices did not seem natural to me and were irritating.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The Daisy McDare series is a sweet and fun read about Daisy, an interior designer, and her bestie who is a baker. The books are rated G and a pleasant read on a cold day.
If you’ve listened to books by K.M. Morgan before, how does this one compare?
I have listened to a few Daisy McDare stories, and they are all engaging and sweet.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I didn't find this narrator's voice to be a good fit with Daisy. Caroline's voice is really deep.
Do you think Daisy McDare and the Deadly Art Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I have enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more.
Any additional comments?
I received this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I expected to read a short mystery when I started this book. And, it was. But....., the ending of every scene, problem, solution and thought was a dessert!!! Donuts, brownies, chocolate, pies and cupcakes abound!!! And were available via bakery, or purse, for every possible emotion and experience. If you are an emotional eater then you will definitely identify with this book. For me, it became: "Oh, please, not another dessert." Which leads to the problem with this book. If you are reading a mystery, the mystery should be the thing you remember the most about the book. In this book, the thing I remember the most is all the sweets that were eaten!!!!
I found the audio narration to be as overdone as the desserts. In fact, if I had not been able to play it at double speed I would have never finished the book. The narration improved at double speed simply because too many words were over emphasized and speeding it up provided the needed camouflage. And, that's not necessarily a bad thing because in a lot of books the pace of narration is too slow but speeding up causes you to lose words. In this narration speeding it up improves it...no words lost. Double speed gives this one 2 stars on narration instead of 1 star.
I will be reading the next book in the series....I am hoping for less desserts.