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The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper Audiobook

The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper: Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 3

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Real estate mogul Derek J. Turpin, a chocolate company, and a journalist present the Dickens Detective Agency with its greatest challenge yet. After returning from a honeymoon cruise aboard a sailing ship, Damien and Millie land a plum assignment - a trip to Montreal to run a simple background check on a chocolate company. But, their plans are disrupted when a fellow passenger from their cruise comes to them for protection.

What did Barbara Lafleur, a travel writer for a Montreal newspaper, learn about Derek Turpin's activities that has put her in fear for her life? After she is struck by a car in a deliberate hit-and-run, it's up to Team Dickens to put a stop to Turpin's schemes.

©2016 Phyllis Entis (P)2017 Phyllis Entis

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    Jan 04-11-17
    Jan 04-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great mystery!"

    The author and narrator were new to me. I think both are extremely talented. I loved how the narrator was able to have a different voice for each character. This book was so refreshing to listen to. The story is original, it is a standalone book, yet part of a series. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 04-10-17
    Leslie F. 04-10-17
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    "Entertaining mystery with unexpected twists"

    I thought this was an entertaining cozy mystery. I really like the relationship between Damien and Millie. And I enjoyed learning more about Damien's past regarding dogs. The good characters are really easy to like, and there are some pretty complex (but completely followable) twists and turns in this book. Though I've read the previous two book and enjoy watching how Damien and Millie's relationship has progressed, it is not necessary to have read them in order to enjoy this book. This book can stand alone. I listened to the Audible edition of this book and the narrator was fine, though not super memorable. If you like mysteries, I recommend giving this book (and the series) a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Schwimley 03-22-17

    Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.

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    "Entiss does it again."

    I had already read the Chocolate Labradoodle Caper and gave it an outstanding five stars. I enjoyed this story even more than the first two. It was great seeing Millie as part of the team, and with a little rift between the two investigators to add to the story intrigue. I thought the first narrator was good, but Harry is more superb, and seems better-suited for the voice of Damien. I can't wait to see where book four takes the husband and wife team.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simona 04-05-17
    Simona 04-05-17 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another beloved mystery!"

    I love the Damien Dickens Mysteries and enjoy every aspects of them. All the books are filled with main characters you'll like and funny twists. They're cozy, they're whodunnit and they're brilliant! There's no exception for this one. My favorite character is still Millie who, from the beginning, has always saved the day. And to the dog-people - nope, it's not a book about dogs - enjoy the mystery!

    For the past books I was ambivalent about the narrator. This 3rd book has a new narrator and I'm not impressed. I had really hoped it would get better, but not for me. It was hard for me to follow the story, because the voice switch for the characters weren't very clear and Millie now has an even deeper voice. Harry Dyson is not good with female voices and there's not much difference in male voices. I wasn't impressed with the production either, but it seems, from reading other reviews, that I was the only one who noticed. I will READ the future books instead, because I really love Phyllis Entis' stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi 05-23-17
    Sandi 05-23-17 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader/listener - love to discover a little-known GREAT book and tell the world about it!

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    "A book with chocolate in the title has to be good"

    Cute cover but don't mistake this for a children's book. You are going to have to pay attention as the story grabs you and takes you along for a fun ride! The husband and wife detectives has a little tension between them as they both worked hard to solve this one. I was pretty sure they'd solve the mystery but more concerned if they would patch things up between them in time....(no spoilers)

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    neraks 04-25-17
    neraks 04-25-17
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    "Good Mystery"
    Would you try another book from Phyllis Entis and/or Harry Dyson?

    It wasn't one of my favorites


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

    It took a while to get into the story. This was the third in the series and I had not read the first two so I did not have the character background.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the book got more interesting as it got deeper into the plot. I kept waiting for the labradoodle!


    Did The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    i was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
    Thank you Phyllis!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Kenrick Edmonton, AB Canada 04-08-17
    Kelly Kenrick Edmonton, AB Canada 04-08-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Lovely story"

    I was given the audiobook free for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. The narrator had a great voice, although when he tried to give the characters a French accent, it didn't always work. His pronunciation of French terms sounded fine however.

    Dick and Millie are a pair of private investigators asked to look into a company for a client, while at the same time trying to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill Barbara, a friend of theirs they met on a cruise. They travel from New Jersey to Montreal and back again getting deeper and deeper into intrigue and politics.

    This is an author I'll have to read more of.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PeaceLoveHope Omaha, NE USA 03-25-17
    PeaceLoveHope Omaha, NE USA 03-25-17
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    "Smooth, new voice for a great mystery series"

    For me, Harry Dyson IS Damien Dickens. I find his voice perfect for the part - so easy to listen to. This is the best book yet in the series and Entis does an excellent job crafting a layered mystery, with several plots pulling together at the end. Millie remains my favorite character, and though I loathe him, I enjoyed the return of villain DJT. I look forward to Damien's continued mysteries and recommend this cozy series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook with no obligation to review; this is my honest opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iris Chacon South Florida 03-24-17
    Iris Chacon South Florida 03-24-17
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    "The Mystery Is In the Details"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to be better than the print version?

    I had previously read the ebook version of this enjoyable novel by Phyllis Entis. Hearing the story narrated, though, was a different experience entirely. I was surprised at how the pace of the story seemed more sedate and mellow, giving me time to digest and appreciate all the deep detail incorporated into the story as the result of the author's extensive research. Perhaps when reading to myself, I went too fast, eager for the next clue, and failed to appreciate the beauty of the descriptive passages in their recreation of the period setting.

    This audiobook is of excellent production quality and was easy to navigate with the Audible.com interface. I listened to it on my Kindle, but it would perform as well on other devices.


    What other book might you compare The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to and why?

    Because of the depth of detail, extensive research, complex plot and measured pace, I would compare this mystery to the Hercule Poirot mysteries of Agatha Christie.


    What about Harry Dyson’s performance did you like?

    Narrator Harry Dyson does a fine job of bringing our mystery-solving hero, Damien Dickens, to life as a likable, smart, personable fellow. Dyson's voice suits the pace and tone of the book very well and causes the listener to feel instant affinity for every character -- females as well as males. I'm hoping to hear his narration of future Damien Dickens Mysteries.


    Any additional comments?

    Phyllis Entis weaves several plot lines so skillfully that I didn't realize the many connections between the disparate mysteries until she led me to them in the end. Whether you have ever read a Damien Dickens Mystery before, you will enjoy this one; the story stands on its own. Be warned that the adorable labradoodle appears only briefly (I won't say more, to avoid spoilers here), but the puppy is still an integral part of the plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Nagle 04-16-17
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    "The Expanding Dickens Agency"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hearing a story being presented is better for me as an audio learner


    What other book might you compare The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper to and why?

    This is in line with the rest of the Damien Dickens series


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

    A little more feel to it than just an internal monolog


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

    I preferred to listen to it in parts


    Any additional comments?

    The Dickens agency is expanding in all sort of ways in The Chocolate Labradoodle by Phyllis Entis. This detective novel, though taking place in 1980 has a classic feel from an era before. The dynamic actions taken to protect a client and friend while operating under the pressure of a corrupt, power wielding developer keeps for an interesting story line. It certainly has some surprises and a connecting plot that makes you want to see how it all turns out. It contains a great deal of description in geographic locations, character and even eateries.

    This is the second novel in the series that I have had the privilege to review. In this case, I received a complimentary audio version of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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