Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs....
In her first foray into the sleuthing game, resourceful, red-headed Hannah Swensen must find the right ingredients to solve two perplexing murders....
Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all....
Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape....
Holly's plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch Margaret Fenwick, is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games....
Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries....
Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow....
Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself...
A small-town heroine finds that her fellow book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally - and murder a bit too lightly....
The series that had a generation looking to the sky gets a breathtaking audio reprise in an original full-cast dramatization featuring actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson....
Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect.....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
Jessica's in Washington, D.C., to support a senator's new literacy initiative. The week-long literacy event includes a visit to the White House to meet the president and a lavish party or two.
But during one affair at the senator's home in Virginia, Jessica discovers the dark side of politics. At the foot of a rickety staircase, she finds the body of the senator's chief of staff - and he has taken a permanent recess. Her search for culprits leads her from the shady halls of the Library of Congress to the D.C. social scene, and even the FBI.
If you like the show "Murder She Wrote", then this book will not let you down. The book and the performed were well done, I enjoyed it immensely.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, it's not among the best in the series. I enjoyed the book overall. I got the audio version. The narrator did a really good job in conveying the story. Some of her accents were a bit similar between the characters, but there are only so many ways we can change our voices, and with the number of characters, I was fine with it. <br/><br/>*Possible Spoiler* There was a plot twist that was unnecessary, as it didn't do much to move the story forward. It may have been to appease the 'powers that be' to include info about someone's sexual orientation, but I didn't find that detail suspenseful, useful to the story or even interesting. The main character (Jessica Fletcher) was almost obsessed with it when it was revealed, and that made the latter part of the book a bit off-putting and slow for me.<br/><br/>With regard to the rest of the story: It was good, but not as good of a mystery as I'd expected given the overall premise of the story. There were characters that served nearly no purpose, as we were introduced to them and didn't really hear from them again until the end when the killer would be revealed. There were pieces of evidence that could have done more to improve the story's movement and help the reader/listener join in on the sleuthing that wasn't introduced until really late in the story. It was almost like the clues were an afterthought. Finally, why was Seth there/George leave? My guess was to set things up for another book, but George came back, so...
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Most interesting: The first part when the murder took place.<br/>Least interesting: Plot twist that dragged on and didn't help the story.
What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?
The narrator did a really good job in conveying the story. Some of her accents were a bit similar between the characters, but there are only so many ways we can change our voices, and with the number of characters, I was fine with it.
Do you think Murder, She Wrote: A Vote for Murder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No! Although there were strings hanging loose, the book started to lose its way with the plot twist. Jessica was so obsessed with this person's sexual orientation, it became rather off-putting. Then there were character exchanges and extra clues, the story did not end well for me.
Any additional comments?
The story started well, but was ultimately all over the place with little strings hanging loose at the end - not really strings about the story, as those were tied up neatly, they were more "Well, what did X have to do with Y?" and "Why did we learn A about B?" and "How were we supposed to know that?". I enjoyed the first book I listened to (the one about the mystery theater weekend) and this is the second, so maybe these are hits and misses. I'll continue to listen to the series until I learn if they are consistently good stories or consistently bad.
This was a very good mystery. If you'd like the series "murder she wrote" then you will love this book.
I was very surprised bt the ending,, it was intense, and hard to put down.
Not bad. I was hoping for more complexity in the outcome, or at least more thorough of a wrap up . The descriptions of Washington DC landmarks were interesting and evocative.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, Especially if they are a Murder She Wrote TV show fan.
What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?
It took a while but eventually I could see Angela Lansbury as the reader read on. It made the book more an extention of the TV series. Which for me was a good thing. I am a total fan of the TV series so books about one of my favorite characters was a serious find for me. I hope the books to come are equally entertaining.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I was and I did and started book two.
I was a fan of the TV series "Murder She Wrote". The Jessica Fletcher character appeals to me. She is smart, sophisticated, down to earth, and classy. Angela Landsbury seemed perfectly cast for the part.
The TV series ended years ago, Happily for me, Jessica's adventures continue in books. I enjoy reading about the interesting places she visits and the interesting people she meets.
This book is a well plotted, briskly paced story. If you liked the TV series and/or other Murder She Wrote books, I believe you will enjoy this one too.
Would you consider the audio edition of Murder, She Wrote: A Vote for Murder to be better than the print version?
Fascinating from the moment it starts, this Murder She Wrote Jessica Fletcher mystery has all the nuances, details and emotion that come with reading the book rather than watching the show!
What did you like best about this story?
Jessica has a romantic possibility in this story that I haven't seen in any other show or book about her.
What does Cynthia Darlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She sounds definitively like she comes from Maine; however, she does not try to speak like Angela Lansbury but reads this book in her own engaging and charismatic style.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I love the moments between Jessica and her romantic interest.