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When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide.

After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle. Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London.

Cassie's life soon includes this crazy detective, an ancient landlady with a curious past, a mischievous orange cat who likes going for walks on a leash, and a super-hot pathologist that Cassie is sure is out of her league. And they haven't even found the murderer yet....

The Cassie Coburn mysteries are a cozy mystery series featuring a Sherlock Holmes-style sleuth. If you want a light, fun, modern mystery featuring a San Francisco girl totally out of her element in London and a crazy French woman who happens to be very good at noticing things, then this is the series for you.

©2016 Samantha Silver (P)2017 Samantha Silver

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A very enjoyable cozy mystery

Cassie Coburn was just months away from finishing her residency as an orthopedic surgeon when an accident changed everything. Now she's moved to London to find herself and make a fresh start.

Cassie meets a very interesting and observant French Detective named Violet, who enlists her help with solving a murder.

I absolutely love the characters and how the storyline progressed. I'm really looking forward to Cassie's next adventure.

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Wonderful start to a series

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This is a well-written book with a well-paced plot that incorporated several well-placed red-herrings to keep you guessing. Although this was a shorter storyline, I wish it was a little longer, the story is well told, all the important details are included in the story. The characters are well developed and have an interesting partnership. Just the right amount of humor keeps the story light and enjoyable.

I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Patricia Santomasso has a pleasant voice. She has great diction and comedic timing. Her accents complement the characters bringing the story to life. Her contribution of storytelling ability really added to an enjoyable reading experience.

I was given a copy of this book in hopes that I would give an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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Mass Murder to cover a personal murder?

As Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver opens, Cassie Coburn gets into a car accident that has just ended the career as a surgeon that Cassie is just about to embark upon. Six months later, healed in body but not in mind and with a new $10 million settlement from the driver high on drugs, Cassie moves to London to find new life. Moving into a youth hostel, Cassie is disturbed to find her bike lock broken and her bicycle stolen, so she goes to report it at the police station. And this is where Cassie meets Violet Despuis, a Frenchwoman consulting in serious cases for the police department. Violet immediately deduces a lot of significant details about Cassie, which impresses the American woman. Then, just a day later Violet calls Cassie to come visit her, having found Cassie's bike when she needed a break for her mind in her case. In a few short moments, Cassie has found herself involved in a sensational murder case in which four people have been poisoned with strychnine in stew.

Cassie gets involved in the investigation as Violet's assistant. I really enjoyed the way this book created a female Sherlock Holmes without ever trading on that fact. Violet makes deductions in the same manner as Sherlock Holmes, while Cassie performs the role of Watson effectively, but she is much sharper and not as obtuse as Watson, who is inspired incapable of making any deductions of his own. As someone who was very nearly a doctor, she is able to prove a valuable assistant to Violet in the medical understandings of her case. In addition, she serves as Violet's confidante and Boswell. Violet finds an apartment for Cassie in her own building, and their manager, Mrs. Michaels, is a delightful woman in the same light as Mrs. Hudson. But what I especially like about this book is the way that it does not rely upon the fame of Sherlock Holmes to draw attention to the book. Since the television show came out, there have been a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but most seem to have poor plots and characters and seem to rely on the name of Holmes to make sales. So I am impressed by the way Silver refuses to try to take advantage of the connection to Holmes. A fun side note is that in passing, Cassie watches a celebrity talk show featuring Martin Freeman, who plays the role of Watson, her own role, in TV's Sherlock.

Patricia Santomasso does an amazing job of narrating the audiobook. She uses good voices and accents that suit the characters. Further, her expressions fit the attitude of the book, making the listening experience highly enjoyable.

I really enjoyed Poison in Paddington. The book gripped me from the opening moment and kept my attention until the last moment. Many books as short as four hours lack the depth to keep the mystery full of important details, but this book manages to keep things moving well and fascinating. I give this book five stars!

Disclaimer: I was given this book by the author but that in no way had any influence on my review.

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Good Cozy Mystery!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The storyline was original and held my interest. I would enjoy other books in the series.

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Wonderful Series Will listen to it over and over!!

I really enjoyed the first book in the Cassie Coburn series Poison in Paddington. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • 10-26-17

Really enjoyed both the narration and the story

Entertaining and fast paced book. Lighthearted murder mystery.
I liked the characters and would like to listen to more.
Disappointed to find there are no more books in this series available on UK audible though.