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Publisher's Summary

Who knew selling lipstick was so deadly?

Beauty consultant Ziva Diaz is a girl boss who doesn't back down from anyone. When she's attacked inside a client's home and wakes to find a dead body, she gives up the safety of selling lipsticks for the dangerous role of detective. With suspects piling up, a killer on the loose, and her own life threatened, Ziva vows to solve the case and digs her high heels in even deeper.

The last thing she expected is finding another dead body - or befriending the murderer!

©2017 Stephanie Damore (P)2018 Stephanie Damore

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Must.Love.Fashion

Must.Love.Fashion
Perfectly narrated by Tonia Blake, our heroine, Ziva, initially seems . . . young. But one gradually realize her fixation on fashion and makeup isn't due to her being an arrested teenager but because this is her business. Funny and frequently campy, you will meet gangsters and dancers and matrons and mothers along with a few hunky fellows as a murder or two is investigated and solved. See if you can figure out "whodunnit"!

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Sweet Sugar!

The audiobook Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is such a fun book to listen to! This is my first book from both the author and the narrator. I love cozy mysteries, so originally that is why I was drawn toward this series, but after making it through Book 1, I feel like it could also fall into the Chick Lit genre, which is also a favorite of mine. Is there such thing as Chick Lit Cozies? If there wasn't before, there is now. Way to go, Damore! Makeup & Murder is fast-paced, super funny, and kept me engaged up through the very last word! It was so good!

Because I only listened to the book, I cannot comment on the mechanics, in terms of spelling, punctuation, etc, but being a teacher who reads out loud often, I can say that when books have poor grammar it is difficult to convey the message and correctly express the words on the page. Narrator Tonia Blake did not seem to have any problem with that, whatsoever, so I can only assume this is a very well-written book. Her performance was excellent! As I got to know the characters better, particularly main character Ziva, I felt like Blake was no longer a narrator, but instead was Ziva, herself! She brought the story to life, and my overall listening experience was one I thoroughly enjoyed. At the end of Book 1, there is an excerpt from Book 2. I was thrilled when Blake's voice came across the speaker. Needless to say, I will be moving on with this series, and I can't wait until it is released on audio!

Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is an audiobook that deserves 5/5 stars across the board. It combines the elements of a cozy mystery with the light-hearted and humorous moments of romance and friendship, which are generally found in Chick Lit. I recommend this audiobook to those who love a clean whodunit mystery, as well as to those who are looking for an entertaining escape from their own everyday lives. From makeup connoisseurs to those who have never applied lipstick, Makeup & Murder will keep you guessing, and before you know it, you, too, will find yourself exclaiming, "Sweet Sugar!" with these relatable and likeable characters!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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A fun, entertaining listen.

I really enjoyed this book. It was cute, fun and full of suspense and mystery.
I loved Ziva. She was smart, sassy, down to earth and I loved her attitude to men, exercise and food.
The mystery here was well written. I didn't have a clue who the murderer was. I felt that any of the side characters could have been involved and I was kept guessing until the end.
I was delighted to have found this new series and I can't wait to read more.

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy

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Great Cozy Mystery Book

This was a great little mystery. Ziva Diaz is a beauty consultant who wakes up to a dead body. She then proceeds to investigate the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book. I makes you try to figure out who the murderer is and it will surprise you.
The narration was very good. She brought life to the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Book!

This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. The narrator did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

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Makeup and Murder

This is a super fun murder mystery! And who doesn’t like a little make up and lots of sweets thrown in! The story is fast paced and upbeat with fun characters that live in the south, throw in some fun one liners and its perfect! Some of her clients are so much fun! Tonia Blake does a fantastic job on the narration and makes it easy to listen while bringing the story to life! This book was given to me at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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Makeup And Murder Who Would Have Guessed?

Makeup And Murder, who would have guessed they went together? But, they go together quite well in this fun little mystery. The character are realistic and likeable. Mix in a love story and an interesting location And the combination makes for a pleasurable escapist afternoon.
Tonia Blake was a good choice for narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Make over?

this was good, fun story. I love the characters and the author did a great job with this story. I am always looking for new authors and good cozy mystery series. i know i want to read more in this series. The Narrator did an awesome job. I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

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Fun Cozy Mystery

This was a bit different than most cozy mysteries I usually read. For one, Ziva is not interested in any of the detectives. She had a close encounter with the killer and decided to try to get to the bottom of the murder.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

There were some twists and turns. I was surprised with the killer. I really did not see it coming. It is a fun book with a bit of romance and enough clues to keep you guessing.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this fun cozy mystery series.

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

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Good story

I enjoyed this story. I really liked the characters. I will definitely be checking out the next in the series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for my honest review.