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This set features five cozy mystery books:

  1. Killer Amnesia
  2. College Can Be Murder
  3. The Last Frontier of Murder
  4. Deadpan Murder
  5. Murder in Happy Creek

Private investigator Melanie Cooper's life is upended during her morning jog in the forest when she discovers a mysterious woman with a bump on her head, a bloodstain on her sweater, and a nasty case of amnesia. Melanie races against time to find out the woman's identity, how she ended up wandering the forest frantically, and where that bump on her head came from.

©2017-Current Meredith Potts (P)2018 Meredith Potts

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Meredith Potts

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author, courtesy of Audiobook Boom, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This anthology contains the following books in this order:

College Can Be Murder
The Last Frontier of Murder
Deadpan Murder
Killer Amnesia
Murder in Happy Creek

In College Can Be Murder, Melanie Cooper, a private investigator, was hired by Pastor Mark Richardson. His daughter, Jennifer, is believed to have jumped off a gorge. Mark doesn’t believe Jennifer committed suicide and wants Melanie to figure out the truth.

In The Last Frontier of Murder, Andrea McDougal’s boyfriend, Jake, a private investigator, doesn’t show up for their date, which is very unlike him. When Andrea finds him murdered in his office, she vows to find his killer. She teams up with her friend, Detective Adam Stone, to uncover the truth.

In Deadpan Murder, librarian Poppy finds out her good friend and mother figure, Lara Peabody, was murdered. Poppy has helped her boyfriend, a police detective, solve cases in the past, so she decides she will help with this one too. Unfortunately, the suspects are Lara’s three children.

In Killer Amnesia, we see Melanie Cooper again as she is running in the woods. She finds a scared and bleeding woman calling for help. The woman doesn’t know anything about herself or how she got there. Melanie’s boyfriend, Detective Steven Griffin, finds out the woman’s name is Amy, and that she was presumed dead after going missing over a year ago. When he tracks down Amy’s husband, things even get more mysterious. Melanie and Steven work together to find out what happened.

In Murder in Happy Creek, Rose Calahan is very sad because it is the 4th anniversary of her late husband Harold’s death. When her daughter, Kaitlyn, a police detective, asks her for help, in a murder investigation, Rose jumps at the chance. Rose’s former boss, Syd Harper, who was a private investigator, was murdered and the only clue is the label sticker of an old case file. The case was solved a long time ago when Rose was working as Syd’s secretary. All the people involved in that old case are now suspects.

Each of these stories were unique and entertaining, although a bit far-fetched. All the main characters took over the investigations like they had a right. I’m pretty sure in real life, that wouldn’t be an option.

Marley Welling as narrator for these books wasn’t my favorite. Although she has a really nice voice, her pronunciation of some of the words made me cringe. I think she may do very well with young adult books.

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Ok stories, not ok narrator.

So the stories may be ok but the narrator just destroyed it. Her voice is pleasant enough however that is the only good quality. She races through the story, ignoring periods and commas with reckless abandon. She also doesn’t act as much as read, sections that should be emotional sound the same as a grocery list. This prevented any emotional attachment to any characters. Add in several mispronounced words and....train wreck. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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5 short and complete stories

All 5 of these stories are stand alone, complete short novels. That being said, there are a lot of similarities between them all. I think the best thing would've been to listen to 1 and then a different book all together and then come back to the next in the set. They wouldn't have seemed so similar that way.
The thing I had the hardest time with was the mispronunciation of so many words. A word here or there is no big deal, but there were multiple words in a short time frame, so much so that it was distracting to me.

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

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GREAT COZY MYSTERIES SET!

I thought these books were adorable, I enjoyed them :) I thought it was a very entertaining read all around, and the narration was good. If you're a cozy fan, I think this is a great addition to your library. Cozy on up and enjoy! :) Great value and fun stories :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Suzan
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5 books in 1

This is 5 books in one :-) a great deal. The titles of the 5 books are:
College Can Be Murder
The Last Frontier of Murder
Deadpan Murder
Killer Amnesia
Murder in Happy Creek
They are a fun quick read. I enjoyed the stories. Marley Welling was the narrator for this collection. Her narration was okay but not great. I found her pronunciation of some of the words frustrating.
I was gifted this audio book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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Stories Are Enjoyable, Narration Majorly Lacking!

I think the stories are good but the narration stinks. The narrator's voice is pleasant enough but she rushes through reading the stories. Also, there really wasn't any difference between one voice and the other. The emotional vocal inflections needed to help convey a character's feelings is thoroughly missing from beginning to end. Put all this together and you get an epic fail for narration. I would suggest, if you're truly interested in this collection, for you to buy the ebook instead of the audio book.

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

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  • Jan
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  • 08-03-18

The book is a good read

Five stories, four locations/protagonists, all well done.
COLLEGE CAN BE MURDER: Pastor's daughter is missing and presumed a suicide but the PI doesn't give up. Wisconsin.
THE LAST FRONTIER OF MURDER: She finds her PI boyfriend dying of a GSW in his office and becomes an amateur sleuth by working with an old friend who is on the force. Alaska.
DEADPAN MURDER: Librarian finds her friend murdered in her own home. She is an amateur sleuth who works with her friend on the force. British.
KILLER AMNESIA: Out for morning exercise, she encounters an injured woman with no memory or identity who is found to have disappeared from another part of the state a year and a half ago. WI.
MURDER IN HAPPY CREEK: Widow of a cop who died of a heart attack, Rose and her detective daughter investigate the murder of an old family friend in Smalltown, Anywhere.
Each story is just the right length.
I have the Whispersync, and the narrator needs a better sound booth at least. I found her voice to be grating, but her cadencing and interpretations were fine.

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interesting

this is a collection of 5 books: college can be murder; last frontier of murder; deadpan murder; killer amnesia and murder in happy creek.

throughout each of these books women are helping solve crimes. they keep the reader interested and consumed in the story line wanting to help solve the mysteries with the characters.

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Extremely good cozy mysteries

This set of cozy mysteries were extremely good. This author has done an exceptional job writing these books. The narrator has done a great job of reading it.

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Stories were OK but narrator ruined it.

I like the mysteries in this series but the narrator sounded like a little girl.
Some of the stories sounded like they took place in England and there were no English accents.

This is my honest review for trying this book.