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Publisher's Summary

Seven-Time Amazon All Star Author with her latest book in the highly popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series

Cooking is nourishing. Murder isn't. Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a belated honeymoon and travel to a cooking school at the Castello di Nardo in Tuscany. The day after they arrive, they discover that Signora Nardo, the owner of the cooking school, has been murdered. The Signora had her share of people who would like to see the first lady of the castle dead, including her brother, Salvadore, her lover, Giovanni, her lover's wife, Angelica, the Signora's husband, a rival cooking school owner, and her sister-in-law, who happens to be the resident chef at the cooking school. Identifying suspects isn't the problem - finding out which of the suspects killed the Signora is. Follow Kelly, Mike, and her new four-legged furry friend, Caesar, while they help the local chief of police try to solve the murder. There's plenty of mouth-watering food, recipes, and a very big guard dog.

This is Book 7 in the award-winning and popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series. To find out more about Dianne and her books, please go to www.diannharman.com

©2015 Dianne Harman (P)2015 Dianne Harman

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A Tasty Whodunnit With A Twist

I am an avid mystery lover, particularly cozy mysteries, and I have fallen in love with this series! This book was set up quite different than most mysteries where you have a murder and then later on work to figure out the whodunnit and why. Here you find out early on who will be murdered, and in an unusual (and very fun) twist you also learn the inner dialogue and motives for many different characters. You find out that many people have interests in killing Signora Nardo, and when the killer strikes you don't know who did it. Which one of the characters got to her first? Who is the true killer?
I loved playing along with this guessing game and I loved the cast of characters! Kelly and her husband are an adorable crime solving duo, and they compliment each other perfectly! Kelly has a knack for picking up insider gossip from locals, sometimes sneaking around a bit which makes it fun and comical.
Erin deWard does an excellent job narrating this book and brought to life each character with discernible tones and accents. It was a treat to listen to this book, and if you like cozy mysteries and want a fun twist then I recommend this highly!

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast

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Did not enjoy this book

What would have made Murder at the Cooking School better?

Better dialog, narrator, everything and anything. I will not be reading or listening to any more books by this author.

What was most disappointing about Dianne Harman’s story?

I really disliked how the Sheriff talked to his wife Kelly. He treated her like a child, not an equal. I listened to an earlier book in the series and was hoping for improvement over time, but I saw none.

How could the performance have been better?

I am unsure at this time, I would give the narrator another chance with a different author,

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love cozy mysteries, and I also know a lot of people love this author, I am just not one of them.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was a decent book

If you could sum up Murder at the Cooking School in three words, what would they be?

Predictable, yummy, ......

Would you be willing to try another book from Dianne Harman? Why or why not?

I don't know. this was the 2nd one that was ok. this series in particular reminds me of a couple other series with cooks/caterers solving crimes that i do prefer more

What does Erin deWard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I do like some of the voices she does

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, it was a shorter and sweet book.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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it was just OK.

The description of Tuscany was definitely great. It made me want to visit one-day. I've always wanted take a cooking class and I love mysteries so I thought I'd give this a audio book a try.
this book was just OK. it didn’t grab me like most books do, though I did like the dog. Though the book did have some funny parts and some twists it was sadly predictable. She described the menus and the cooking school, and may times it made d me hungry.:) I was very pleased that there're a few recipes at the end of the book, Nice touch.
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A Good Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a really good story and definitely worth telling others about.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder at the Cooking School?

How the dog played a part in the story. My original review disappeared.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't remember because I've listened to quiet a lot of books since this one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Beware of the cook.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtsey of AudiobookBlast.

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Great Book!

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LOVED It!

This is a great book; this is the seventh book in the Cedar Bay Mystery series by Dianne Harman and narrated by Erin deWard. Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike takes a belated honeymoon and travel to a cooking school at the Castello di Nardo in Tuscany. The day after they arrive they find out that the owner of the cooking school has been murdered. Kelly decides to do some snooping around to try and find out what really happened.

The narrator Erin deWard did a wonderful job, and was very easy to listen too. She did a great job with the different characters and their voices.

If you are looking for a great mystery book then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. Once I started listening to this book, I didn’t want to stop until the end.

A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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A delightful and entertaining book

Imaging signing on for a cookery course while on a belated honeymoon and then finding yourselves slap-bang in the middle of a murder just begging to be solved!
Diane Harman has once again proven that she is a very talented spinner of tales. She paints pictures in your head and challenges you to solve the mystery.
A delightful and entertaining book. Cleverly narrated.
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  • Rekaya
  • United States
  • 02-02-16

Italy Saves the Day

What made the experience of listening to Murder at the Cooking School the most enjoyable?

The story moved along quickly. I enjoyed the vivid description of the Italian cooking school, the food, and the surrounding community.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The setting was the most interesting aspect: a cooking school in Italy. The least interesting was the couple investigating the murder: predictable and too many coincidences.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked how the narrator pronounced the Italian words, very believable. I disliked the male character's voices. They sounded forced and scary. The narrator seemed to struggle with this. At some point, I couldn't stand to hear them speak.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The list of descriptions and repetition of words in the beginning seemed to go on too long. I appreciated the recipes at the conclusion of the story.


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Murder at the Cooking School

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This is the latest installment in Kelly and Mike's story. Seldom do I like books set in foreign countries, especially places I will never

visit. I wasn't sure what to think about cooking school as a place for their honeymoon .As always, Kelly cannot keep her nose out of police

business related to murder. Mike is helping the Italian police on solving the same murder.

The narration was good, but some of the voices were a bit overdone with the Italian accent.

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story with potential but writing needs work

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Most of the story is told through the characters' internal dialogue, telling us what should be shown instead. Too much of this story was given away as exposition. I felt like I was reading a summary of a book instead of watching it unfold.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dianne Harman again?

I haven't read the first book in the series and I always like to give any author more than one chance, not every book in a series can be a hit and I'm hoping this one was the only miss.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erin deWard?

Can't say, but the Italian accents were skewed and the male characters all sounded like they had a sore throat or a head cold.

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

I was disappointed since the idea of a murder mystery set in an Italian cooking school is wonderful. The story had potential but the dialogue is stilted and fake. Our crime solving couple talk to each other as though they're constantly in a Hallmark card yet spend no time together. The male is constantly trying to keep our plucky female from getting involved in the investigation; too cliched.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.