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Merit Badge Murder Audiobook

Merit Badge Murder: Merry Wrath Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Leslie Langtry comes a mystery series of laugh-out-loud proportions....

When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidently" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her - Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp. Suddenly Merry is forced to deal with her former life in order to preserve her future one.

It doesn't help matters that the CIA sends in her former, sexy handler to investigate...or that the hot new neighbor across the street turns out to be the local detective in charge of her case. And when Merry is forced to take on a roommate in the voluptuous form of a turned KGB agent/bimbo, things become trickier than wet work in Waukegan or cookie sales in the spring. Nothing in the CIA or Girl Scouts' training manuals has prepared her for what comes next....

©2014 Leslie Langtry (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Delia 10-16-16
    Delia 10-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Cute & Fun"

    If you're looking for something to sink your teeth into I would keep looking. However, if a fun, quirky listen (while your doing something else) is what you want, this books for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 08-17-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 08-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "!Entertaining - not really funny"

    **Spoilers**
    First, what CIA agent retires (her cover was blown) moves back to her hometown around the corner from her BFF and expect to live undercover? Merry Wrath did. She made superficial changes in her appearance, a change in her hair color and contact lens. Somehow after a drunken night with her BFF, she divulges to her BFF, Kellie, what her previous occupation was. How is it that no one else in town recognizes her?

    The CIA gave her a substantial settlement but not a back ground to withstand the basic scrutiny of the local police? They did blow her cover.

    Merry Wrath, a girl scout leader, former CIA spy, is still adjusting to normal life (she is still using Dora the Explorer sheets for drapes) after a year. Dead bodies turn up, a new police chief moves across the street and she gets a visit by her former handler. Throw in an attraction for the hot new police chief and her former handler and you have all the ingredients for this story.

    Merry has a few skills in sulking around and using guns. The funny scenes are when she has to keep Rex, the police chief, the dark about her previous employment
    If you take some of inconsistencies into account, then this is an entertaining story. It does not have the comedic supporting cast that you will find in Fortune Hunter, written by: Jana DeLeon or Claire in the Jackrabbit series by: Ann Charles. Nor does Merry suffer from being a blundering amateur detective like Claire.

    What I can tell from the closing dialogue, Merry is looking forward to some interesting action from the mutual attraction between her and Rex and her and Riley.

    This has left me with a desire to listen to another Fortune Hunter book. I miss the funny support cast.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Carey 08-08-16
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    "Slight, but fun"

    Merry Wrath was a CIA agent, and a good one. Then she was "accidentally" outed in a bit of Washington political hardball, and forced into early retirement. "Merry Wrath" is her new name, derived from a middle name and her mother's maiden name. Her hair is now blonde, and her eyes, thanks to contact lenses, blue.

    And of course her Deep Cover Dead Secret new home is the small town in Iowa where she grew up. Did I mention that her father is a US Senator from Iowa?

    So the completely unaddressed mystery here is why no one except her best friend from childhood, Kelly, recognizes her.

    Despite that annoying weakness, this is a funny and fast-paced story, with Merry the unexpected target of a plot that has dead bodies of international terrorists turning up near her: an Al Qaeda agent at the camp where her Girl Scout troop meets, a South American drug dealer thrown in front of her car as she drives home, and a Japanese Yakuza boss found dead in her kitchen. Her sexy former handler, Riley, turns up, and he has a house guest for her--Svetlana, a blonde bimbo former KGB agent, who needs a place to lie low. (Obviously, a great plan, there.) And right at the time that Merry is dealing with bodies turning up everywhere, a very sexy police detective, Rex, moves in across the street from her. We are apparently supposed to accept this as a genuine coincidence.

    It's fun, it moves, and while Merry makes some mistakes from rustiness and not really wanting to be in that mindframe anymore, none of the humor is of the "look how the girl agent screws up" variety. Both Merry and Svetlana are genuinely deadly when they want to be. There is one huge "this is never explained" incident that makes no sense, but talking about it would be a spoiler. The "two sexy alpha males" is clearly a set-up for the kind of ongoing "which one should she choose" thing that has, for me, worn out its welcome in other mystery series.

    Still, this is light, and fun, and fast-paced. Recommended for a light read if you're willing to let the inconsistencies slide.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 08-21-17
    Lee 08-21-17
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    "Good but"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story development was poor but had good humor. Bailey Carr's reading was disappointingly juvenile.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone else to read the story.


    Was Merit Badge Murder worth the listening time?

    Good humor but to many "what ifs".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 06-29-17
    Teresa United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story but the narrator sounded to young"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Bailey Carr’s performances?


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really good but narrator sounded very young. Too young to have had the life experiences Merry has had. It make it less believable. I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.

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    Techpotato BC, Canada 06-13-17
    Techpotato BC, Canada 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable ex-spy cozy, Sounded familiar"

    A burned ex-CIA agent hiding in a small town can't keep trouble from shining a light on her weak-sauce cover.

    The story sounded familiar and right up my cul de sac. I enjoyed the story as an interesting diversion, while waiting for any of my other favorite cozy mysteries series to finish negotiations to release their next books in audiobook.

    Overall I am glad I found this. It was entertaining but the town is no Sinful, LA. Rated on the scale of it's genre, if Fortune gets 5 stars, this is certainly worthy of 4.

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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 06-09-17
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Girl scouting with an ex-CIA operative"

    Merry Wrath, a former CIA agent whose cover has been “accidentally” blown is trying to stay under the radar in Iowa in Merit Badge Murder by Leslie Langtry. But on a camping trip with the girl scout troop she leads, Merry comes across the body of the number four Al Qaeda operative, Ahmad Maloof. What is he doing in Iowa? But things get worse when Merry runs over Carlos the Armadillo, the top drug lord in Colombia, who dashes in front of her car with no opportunity for Merry to halt. Thus, her former CIA partner, Riley, comes to town to manage things. Then, Svetlana, a blond knockout Russian FSB agent whom Merry has turned and who has just had to flee Russia, shows up at Merry’s door, announcing that she is Merry’s new roommate. Riley pushes Merry to accept “Lana” into her home to hide and protect her, which Merry grudgingly accepts. But soon news cameras from every network news station show up in front of Merry’s door, including Wolf Blitzer from CNN, creating more problems. But worse issues arise when Lana finds Midori Ito, the sadistic and torture-loving head of a Japanese gang syndicate, dead in Merry’s kitchen. Why are the top terrorists in the world converging in Iowa?

    The book continues with adventure and fun, as we watch Merry try to figure out who is friend and who is foe. We take turns with Merry questioning the veracity of each person in turn.

    This book is full of excitement, with a touch of humor too. I liked the dynamics among the four main characters. Merry and her lifelong best friend Kelly help each other out and cover for each other. I really enjoyed the scene where Lana takes over their girl scout troop with great success and the adoration of the girls, as well as their fathers. I also appreciate the way that Merry, the narrator of the book, thinks of the new hot detective who has just moved in across the street from her as her future husband. This is so indicative of how many women think about the men they have a crush on, especially ones they don’t have a close relationship with. Merry’s conflicted relationship with Riley, her former CIA partner, also comes across as realistic. But I must say as a 4th generation Californian, I don’t think that Riley’s dedication to tofu and other health food is particularly caused by his being from my state.

    I also enjoyed the CIA weaponry that Merry has stashed from her years in the field. My personal favorite was the camera hidden inside a box of tampons, since men tend to be afraid to get too close to feminine hygiene products.

    I enjoyed the narration of Bailey Carr in the audio version of this book. She makes me think that I really am hearing Merry’s voice. I am not sure about her Russian accent, though. I have had several Russian friends, and they do not sound like the voice Carr uses, but this does sound like an accent you might see on some of the Cold War movies. However, I do really enjoy the experience of listening to the book, and that is what is important.

    I particularly enjoyed Merit Badge Murder and am eager to get to move on to the next book in the series, which I definitely plan to listen to soon. I give this book five stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Potter 05-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Such Potential wasted"
    What disappointed you about Merit Badge Murder?

    The protagonist is supposed to be a former CIA field operative, but she can't lie her way out of a paper bag. The way the character is written, it was completely unbelievable.


    What could Leslie Langtry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    do some research about the CIA in general, and make me believe that it's possible that Merry was actually trained at the farm. Maybe watch a couple episodes of Burn Notice or Quantico


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bailey Carr?

    XE Sands would have done a better job, or CJ Critt is one of my favorites. Ms. Carr has a hard time with male voices, and she reads every sentence with too much dramatic pause. Pouring a glass of wine should not have the same emphasis as finding a dead body. Also, someone who can actually do a Russian access would be helpful


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    Carol L 03-20-17
    Carol L 03-20-17
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    "language"
    Would you try another book from Leslie Langtry and/or Bailey Carr?

    Not sure...needs cleaned up a bit


    Would you recommend Merit Badge Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, but it could be the reader was not good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to have finished the book, but the narrator was hanging on to words to long and it became irritating...and the language

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karin stoops 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad narrator"
    Would you try another book from Leslie Langtry and/or Bailey Carr?

    Only if the book was read by another narrator


    What could Leslie Langtry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Only if the book was read by another narrator I already stated


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bailey Carr’s performances?

    You keep asking the same question


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Since I didn't finish reading the book I couldn't tell you


    Any additional comments?

    Since I didn't finish reading the book I couldn't tell you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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