Emily and Stan Remington's maiden voyage in their newly inherited, second-hand RV goes awry when a body falls off the top of their vehicle. The retired small town police officer and her husband, a retired history professor, find themselves at the center of a murder investigation involving a politician, a corporate executive, and a maverick priest. Emily butts heads with the local sheriff as their search takes them from a backwoods cabin in Wisconsin's scenic Door County to the Bishop's Chancery in Madison to an abandoned island in the infamous Death's Door Straits.
As a Wisconsin native, mystery addict, and law enforcement supporter, I had some expectations, and the good ones were fulfilled. It was fun following their antics as new RVers and also the adjustment of living in each other's pockets after a lifetime of working and raising children. Finding a corpse yet being a civilian for a change, was another adjustment for Emily. There is plenty of humor, vivid scenic descriptions, clear characterizations, and a solid plot at a comfortable speed. I intend to look for more of these.
Jane Oppenheimer is remarkably well suited and adds good things with her narration.
I requested and received this audio free from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudioBookBOOM.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. Jane Oppenheimer did a wonderful job narrating this delightful tale of retirees in Door County stuck in the middle of a murder mystery. The characters are likable, believable, and endearing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Road to Death's Door?
I particularly liked the shift in the relationship between Sheriff Pelletier and the main character, Emily Remington. Because of Emily's excellent investigative skills and tenacity, the sheriff accepts her help and comes to deeply respect her. It was also interesting to learn about the bombing in Madison, Wisconsin.
What does Jane Oppenheimer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Ms. Oppenheimer has a soothing voice that's easy to listen to which is perfect for this cozy mystery. She also subtly changes her voice for each of the characters in a way that helps to picture them.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This book was great. The plot was original and refreshing. There were unexpected twists and turns. The narrator did an awesome job. My only negative thing was that in the beginning it was a pretty slow starter. I thought it could have moved a lot faster but once it got going, it kept going. Glad I read it.
What a delightful book. Retired Michigan police officer, Emily Remington, and her history professor husband, Stan, have inherited a ten years old camper van and intend to put it to good use, enjoying a fun holiday without hotel bills. They are also meeting up with old college friends: the four men of the couples had once been known as the Fractious Four. But everything starts to go wrong when one of their number, a priest, turns up not at their prearranged dinner but dead, rolled up in an old carpet. Then another murder victim is found at a local hotel, Stan and his other surviving friends instantly become suspects and Emily jumps into police mode, to the annoyance of the local inspector - well, for the reader, at least, it's going to be a memorable holiday.
The characters are all beautifully portrayed and the emotional chaos of an anticipated holiday and reunion of friends totally disrupted is perfectly observed, with excellent, natural and, sometimes, humerous dialogue. This is further brought to life by Jane Oppenheimer's narration. The conversations are well nuanced, the text read clearly and well paced. Her reading gives even greater reality to this warm hearted, inclusive book - and the mystery story is pretty good, too.
I was very fortunate in that i was gifted this book by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This is a gentle, pleasurable stand alone story which I recommend to anyone looking for an enjoyable way to pass a few hours, perhaps whilst on holiday!
Would you consider the audio edition of On the Road to Death's Door to be better than the print version?
I am not familiar with the print version, so I cannot compare.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that it was easy to follow and transitioned well.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked when the sheriff asked the main character if she was sure she and her husband were napping the whole time in their RV, and she said, "Well, not the whole time!" and it didn't dawn on him right away what she meant.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would've liked to listen to it all in one day, but the length would make that hard to do (8 hours).
Any additional comments?
The story was great and made a lot of sense. The description of setting was done very well. However, I did feel the plot had some predictable qualities to it (involving the senator, for one, in a cover up of his past). I'm also a picky reader and don't necessarily like phrases like "shrugged his/her shoulders," A tighter edit would fix these problems, but they weren't so frequent as to keep the story from flowing. Thank you again for a great "read!"
I really enjoyed this road trip gone wrong story. One murder after another with the perfect balance of not being able to figure out who done it from the start. Really good, strong, female character. I can say after listening to book 1 I will look into book 2. I recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery with some humor.
I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobook blast, in exchange for an unbiased review
What a fun cozy mystery. Emily and Stan are great characters and I hope I can read more about this couples adventures. Jane does a wonderful job of narrating this book. I would listen to more read by Jane she is great. This story takes place in Door County in Wisconsin I have never been here but after listening to this book I would like to visit. I received this audio book free with the understanding I would leave an honest review.
Cozy alert! I liked this book and here is why.
This book has good narration provided by Ms. Oppenheimer. She knew the material and demonstrated good emotion and clear articulation, which kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. Her voice is age appropriate for the character. Maybe it's just me, but when a book is narrated by a voice too old or too young for the character, my brain constantly adjusts to that voice throughout the book, rather than easily falling into the story. My "perfect' examples are the narrations from "The Help" and "Loving Frank". Two books I listened to early in my Audible days and books I can blame for my Audible addiction.
Now, back to this book. I enjoy good cozy mysteries. I bought this book on sale and expected about as much as I paid for it. Author Williams presented likable characters in a comfortable, humorous premise. The inherited RV, a recently retired couple "taking to the road", concept is fraught with the possibility of silly antics and leaking hoses. She avoided those pitfalls, telling instead about a reunion of old friends minus one who just happened to be found dead - later. A good mystery and more dead bodies follow.
I thought I had it figured out very early in the book, but the story was complex enough to keep it interesting. Well, a sleuth I am not. I was wrong. The conclusion is tense, exciting and well done. It is not a long listen, 6 hours or so, fun background for a Saturday of dog walking and gardening.
A retired police officer and her husband acquire a motor home and hit the road. Naturally, they almost immediately have a corpse literally fall at their feet. Worse, they know the victim. Their story is so improbable, the local sheriff is immediately suspicious. I thought sure I knew whodunnit, but I was wrong. See if YOU can figure it out.
The premise (nomadic retired cop) has potential. It'll be interesting to see where the author takes this series.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Would you listen to On the Road to Death's Door again? Why?
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.” this was my first time reading this author i was surprise it was actual pretty good and i really enjoyed in . i told my sister all about it.