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Recent widow Jane Marsh is determined to recapture a rich, full life. She strives for youthful fun by riding a bicycle downtown on her lunch hour in a suit and heels, smoking cigars, eating at hipster restaurants, and re-entering the dating scene, even if her dates prove to be peculiar.

Her most fervent desire, though, is to join an exclusive dinner club. She auditions, but is barred when her housekeeper is found murdered, and she and her guest list become the suspect list. Her, a killer? So what if her two late husbands died under suspicious circumstances. It doesn't make her a killer.

Having passed off a store bought Bundt cake as her own creation, she may have committed a culinary crime, but never murder!

©2016 Karen C. Whalen (P)2017 Karen C. Whalen

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Great story

This book had a decent story line, What happens when you are having a dinner party and the housekeeper you just hired is murdered in you basement ,, You decide to find the murderer yourself. I was not sure when i first started reading but as the story went on i really enjoyed, I was surprised at who killer was, The only complaint i have is the narrator, She was not bad but i feel she needed make more distinction with the voices for each character, Sometime i was not sure which one she was doing,

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I didn't see that coming!

I enjoyed Karen Whalen's writing. She held my attention throughout the story.

Ann Simmons brought the characters to life.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I loved it!

What a great launch for a newly published author! Whalen tells a coherent, focused, and smooth story with misdirected clues that kept me guessing to the end and then I guessed wrong. The audio book has fun and engaging characters, many unusual, and chapters that are mini cliff hangers that made me continue to the next. I think a lot of people can relate to Jane’s dilemmas about how to belong, how to solve problems, and how to interact with adult children. The book reveals the way a paralegal navigates and analyzes information. The interweaving of the attractions and history of downtown Denver is also interesting. I’m anticipating the entire series: Whalen has created a somewhat offbeat world and a splendid character in Jane.

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Everything Bundt the Truth

Everything Bundt the Truth is a well written cozy mystery. There were enough well developed characters that it wasn't obvious to me who the murderer was. I love to be kept guessing!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice story

Nice story if you enjoy mysteries, even included a twist at the end. I am not typically a mystery reader but I received a complimentary copy of this one in exchange for an honest review. It was a clean story and had some interesting character development.

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Great cosy mystery

This is a very enjoyable cosy mystery that has with a nice twist and an interesting plot. Jane is trying to reestablish her life after the tragic death of her second husband. Her sons live away from home and she is lonely. Not only is she entering the dating world again, but she is also trying to join a local diners group. When she hires a cleaner to make her home spotless before she hosts her trial dinner, she never expects to be trust into the centre of murder investigations. Suspicions, drugs, mysterious bikers, strange dates, new family and developing romance surround Jane as she tries to solve the murders and be admitted to the dinner club. Ann Simmons did a great job with the narration. She gave the characters individual voices and her smooth, mellow voice fit Jane perfectly. This is an entertaining who-done-it, where misdirection has you suspecting nearly every character as the potential culprit. It is a fun, well written and narrated story that is worth listening to.

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A cake club murder

In Everything Bundt the Truth by Karen C. Whalen, Jane Marsh has big aspirations. Her big dream is to join an exclusive dinner club which her friend Cheryl belongs to. So when she is given a trial to host a dinner, Jane gets a professional cleaner recommended by Cheryl to make her house spotless in the hopes of impressing the club members. Leaving the house to pick up a bundt cake, Jane returns to a spotless house, but she finds Monica Hatch, the new housekeeper, dead in the basement.

The police clearly seem to suspect Jane of Monica's murder. They bring up the deaths of her two late husbands, which, when viewed together, look potentially suspicious. Jane finds herself curious about the murder and starts snooping, using her research skills gained as a paralegal, to do so. She meets with Jasper, Monica's son, who shares with Jane some personal bank statements of Monica's clients that he finds amid his mother's possessions. Was she committing identity theft? Blackmailing people? Is this the motive for the murder? Jasper also tells Jane that his father and his mother's second husband share a home and business, which seems like a strange connection. Then the next day Jane reads in the newspaper that the two men have been arrested on drug charges. Soon after that, Jane gets a visit from the police, who tell her that Jasper is now victim of a suspicious drug death. With the police continuing to revisit Jane to ask more questions about the murder, Jane steps up her efforts to investigate the murder.

This book has an interesting plot, and I liked the fact that the book has a twice- widowed, 50-something main character. Jane is struggling to reestablish a romantic life and has poor success with her first date, who shows up with a superhero t-shirt to their two dates, and then the second man she dates turns out strange too. I did really like the character of Brittany, Jane's new daughter-in-law. The conclusion was a little convoluted, and I didn't find it very satisfactory. In addition, I had trouble understanding why Jane felt such urgency to solve the murder.

Ann Simmons performs the audiobook effectively. She keeps the expressions low key enough to allow the book to speak for itself in its dramatic scenes without becoming boring. She suits the role of Jane well.

I appreciated this book in general. I liked the characters and found the book interesting. I did have a couple issues with those couple things I indicated earlier. Overall the book was enjoyable. I give it four stars.

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Everything Bundt the Truth

Everything Bundt the Truth A Dinner Club Murder Mystery
: Karen C. Whalen

This is a clean cozy mystery that had suspense and romance to add to the plot. The pace was a bit slow for my taste, but it held my attention. Plenty of suspects to choose from, and enough twists to keep you wondering.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Ann Simmons.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Paula
  • Edmond, United States
  • 11-19-17

Enjoyable murder mystery

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I would consider this a PG rated mystery, which was fine with me. I enjoyed listening to it, and was surprised at whodunnit.

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Interesting and suspenseful!

I found this book to be delightful. I read the novel when it was first released. By no fault of this author, I spread out my reading by too many days so when I picked up the book again, I had to refresh my memory which made the book lose some of its cohesiveness. However, when the audio became available I finished the book in 3 days. Since quite some time had elapsed from my first reading, I had forgotten many of the details. I found the audio to be interesting, captivating and suspenseful. It was a very pleasant audio as I listened at the speed of 1.25 and found it to be the perfect speed. I would recommend this cozy mystery if you enjoy lighter reading, believable characters, coupled with mystery and suspense. I live in the Denver area and could picture the local landmarks which also enhanced my reading pleasure.

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