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When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

©1993 Toni L. P. Kelner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jane
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 11-03-14

All Right Book

In the beginning, with the down home country accents & all the family stuff, I did not think I could listen to it. But the reader made the accent just right & the story moved along quite well. I will say I enjoyed the story. Not great literature, but pleasant to listen to.

I thought the reader did an excellent job and I will listen to her again.

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Horrible

What would have made Down Home Murder better?

I don't think anything could help.

What could Toni L. P. Kelner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book is offensive. Remove the prejudice.

What didn’t you like about Gayle Hendrix’s performance?

The voices sounded all the same.

What character would you cut from Down Home Murder?

I would cut the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I am amazed this book is offered at all. I will ask to have it removed from my library.

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  • Nathan
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States
  • 04-11-14

Exactly what I expected....and that's ok!

This book turned out to be pretty formulaic, and quite predictable, but I really did enjoy it. I had figured out "whodunit" about half way through the book, but the storyline really did keep me engaged throughout the entire book! I really liked the lead character, Laura. And even though some of the supporting characters were not quite as believable, I found myself interested enough in how Laura was going to come through in the plot that the weaker characters did not distract me much.

I wasn't in love with the narrator. She had a lot of different voices to come up with, most of them with southern accents, and that is no small feat. I just didn't like a few of them. Very stereotypical, and not much originality. I think some of the good lines in the book got a little lost in the narration as well...but that is more personal opinion and preference than anything.

Good book, and I think I will take another step into the series!

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ok listen

I did enjoy the book, it was ok to listen to. The thing that I noticed though is that the editing had mistakes-often phrases repeated or areas with a noticeable cut in it-making me wonder if I missed some information.

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Laura Fleming is no Stephanie Plum

I thought I would give a try to a new series of books with a heroine detective since I liked the Stephanie Plum series of books. Upon completion of this book, all I can conclude is Laura Fleming is no Stephanie Plum.

The book starts with Laura's grandfather in the hospital and the writer entices the reader by having him whisper to Laura that his accident wasn't an accident. The problem is the first half of the book is Laura dealing with her family and all of their quirks. Once she and her husband, Richard, start investigating into the grandfathers accident and the disappearance of a local girl. While following the story, I felt like the clues were a bit obvious and I had no problem figuring out what happened.

I also had a problem with the audio, as the tracks jumped or repeated a sentence every so often. It was an okay read and if one of the other books in this series went on sale I might be tempted to give them a listen.

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Will definitely buy other books by the author

Where does Down Home Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good mystery with humour blende in.

Any additional comments?

First book I have listened / read from this author. I enjoyed the book and will get more books by this author.

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I'm from NC as is the plot.

Granted, the book is 20 years old. There are very few mills left and I haven't seen anyone in a Klan march since the 1990's. It seems like the plot was designed as a computer program.... if we are at point A, how did we get here? and the heroine works backwards to determine who murdered her grandfather. But it bothers me that every path she picks is correct (except for actually picking the murderer because that would be too easy). It does, however, make it a very logical book. I was not happy with the quality of the reader's voice.... she made it a little too Southern. On the other hand, the plot actually had everyone in the her family as the list of suspects. Makes the family reunion a little more interesting!

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An RC Cola and Moonpie Wrapped in a Lite Mystery

No dirty language or porn, oops, I think they call it romance nowadays. Sort of a young married Mrs. Marple mystery. A great book for the beach. All set in a pecan pie of the South.

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Good Book, enjoyed it a lot.

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

Yes, the book was very enjoyable. Kept you guessing, A good "Who Done It".

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

Gayle Hendrix does a good job w/ the accents of the characters from the South. Makes you feel like you are there.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • E.
  • 03-23-14

Oddly choppy transitions

The reader is engaging, but the production/editing is a bit odd, as if somebody just scissored out six inches of tape here and there to speed things up. I thought it might be an amateurish abridgement, but this is supposedly unabridged. It sounds from time to time as if it's being cut off suddenly at the start of a word, then abruptly picks up (with a bit of a pop) on a different word. I suspect it's just bad splicing, although surely this is all digital now and this could have been corrected.

Oh, and the story is okay but nothing particularly original, IMO.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful