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The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery

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Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists, Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true.

Of course, she may not be the only liar in town. Taylor's former father-in-law accuses her of killing his son in front of a diner full of people, except he may have had a stronger motive. A handsome boat captain seems to fancy both Cara and Taylor and can't make up his mind between them, or between lying and telling the truth. And the local constable mistrusts everyone, but may have a reason to be mistrusted himself. Will Cara help her old friend Taylor, or will doing so get her into a heap of trouble? When a headless body is discovered in the bay, Cara wonders just who she can trust in this tiny town.

©2016 Cozy Cat Press (P)2017 Linda Crowder

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    Rhonda 08-04-17
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    "Very good!"
    Where does The Deadly Art of Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better books I've listened to lately. It is well written, good characters and the plot is interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It kept me interested to find out what was going to happen.


    Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to several of her performances. She just keeps getting better!


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

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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    Sarah Springfield, GA United States 09-25-17
    Sarah Springfield, GA United States 09-25-17
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    "Even in Alaska Murder makes people hot"
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    A wonderful introduction to a new series. It's cruise ship season in Coho Bay, Alaska and Caribou, most people call her Cara, is busy selling artwork to the droves of cruise ship passengers. Cara's old college friend Taylor, who is also the widow of Cara's friend the famous artist Jonathan Snow, shows up in her shop. Taylor somehow always seems to bring drama wherever she goes. The Sheriff, and sole member of the police force, believes Cara had something to do with the death of her husband. Something about Taylor's story, or lack of story, makes Cara a bit nervous. One night she notices someone watching her home and a friend tells her she needs to start locking her door. Then her friend disappears and a body, without hands, feet or head, is found in a crab trap. The Sheriff is back asking Taylor more questions. Will they find out who the killer is before they have the chance to strike again? Fans of the romance between Stephanie Plum, Joe Morelli and Ranger in Janet Evanovich's novels will be interested in the tension developing at the end of this book.

    I received this book for free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

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    Ashley Hedden 09-24-17
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    The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder was a great read. This is the first book in the Caribou King Mysteries Series. Carboy King is the owner of The Broken Antler Gallery and her college friend Taylor shows up in Coho Bay, Alaska. Once Taylor shows up strange things happen. I loved reading this book.

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    Terri C. 09-21-17
    Terri C. 09-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful mystery set in an interesting location"

    It's hard to know where to begin. The book is set in a small coastal Alaskan town, which I thought was pretty unique. There were a fair number of characters, but it was easy to keep track of them. What was hard was figuring out if they were really who and what they wanted everyone else to think they were. Ms. Crowder has written a book that keeps you guessing until the end...over and over again. You find yourself changing your thoughts on who the bad guy is way more than the average person changes their underwear!
    This book includes the death of an artist, an angry father, a best friend that is grieving, a would-be suitor, an unidentified body, Mr. Shoes, a boat that should work but doesn't, and wonderful food made from God knows what. Somehow it all ties up into a great mystery.
    The narration by Michelle Babb was very good. Her voice is great for this type of book. The pacing she uses to deliver the story adds another layer of intrigue and mystery to the story.

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    Jennifer Griffin 09-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great twist"

    This was a great mystery that we listened to as a family. Every time we stopped it spurred conversations and speculation and none of us were right in the end! The only thing was some of the male voices were too similar, making it hard to follow sometimes.

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    musiqmom (K Templeton) 08-30-17
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    The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder, Narrated by Michelle Babb.

    Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery in Coho Bay Alaska, has her hands full with tourist as it nears the end of the tourist season. Out of the blue her college friend Taylor shows up with no place to go. Taylor is the widow of Caribou’s childhood friend and local artist Jonathan Snow. Jonathan was killed just one year before in a bear attack. Taylor’s father-in-law shows up accusing Taylor of murdering Jonathan. But how could Taylor be responsible for a bear attack? Caribou knows Taylor is hiding something but what could it be? Other residents have started acting strange since Taylor’s arrival in town. Suddenly one morning a body is pulled from the water, is this Taylor’s father-in-law who was supposed gone fishing, Frank a man that has recently moved to Coho Bay, or the mystery man Taylor was spotted talking to behind Caribou’s gallery? What is going on with everyone, who is telling the truth? Who can Caribou trust?

    This is a great start to a series. I was immediately drawn in by the storyline. As all of the people in the town that are involved in the mystery seem keep changing their story or keeping information secret the story keeps twisting and turning. I stayed glued to the story never knowing (like Caribou) who to trust and who to suspect as being involved with the new murder and everything else that has been happening around Coho Bay since Taylor’s arrival.

    The descriptive words painted a picture of the scenery of the small Alaskan town so I was able to picture in my mind just how the village looked. The main protagonist Caribou is a smart, funny, strong, independent female. Having such an unusual name she shortened her name and goes by Cara. She was born in Coho Bay and is surrounded by her family, and since there is such a small population of single men her age she is still single. She grew up with most of the men her age and they see her a the tomboy she once was, a lot the residents still today view her as one of the guys.

    I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Michelle Babb. I have listened to other books narrated by Mrs. Babb and this one was one of her best. She has great timing and pace. She is great with the voices you can always tell which character is speaking and understand everything being said. I believe Mrs. Babb is a natural when it comes to storytelling, she just brings you into the story, she makes you feeling like you are in story yourself.

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    Anne Rightler 08-28-17
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    The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder is a captivating story. A little Alaskan background, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. This new-t0-me author kept me guessing to the end as to who the 'bad guy' is! It is a well-written mystery with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters (most of them lying about something or other!), setting, and conflict. If you like a good mystery, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
    I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

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    Jenny's review 08-26-17
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    What did you love best about The Deadly Art of Deception?

    Not knowing who to trust.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deadly Art of Deception?

    When Cara catches Mel singing in the kitchen .


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

    Caribou King


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mel and Bent tell Cara they are expecting their first baby!


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    What a crazy story of lies, deceit, and many a rabbit trail that the author takes you on! I listened through a couple of times just to take in everything. Very much worth the read and the listen.
    Michelle Babb does an amazing job giving the characters a voice all their own and makes the story all the more enjoyable.
    I love the heroines name, "Caribou King", who is an art dealer in Coho Bay, Alaska and who seems to be the only one that doesn't know what's going on. Her friend Taylor has come back to Alaska unexpectedly as well as needing a place to stay while she is mourning the one year anniversary of her husband's death, famous painter Jonathan Snow, at least that's what Cara thinks. All seems fine until Taylor is confronted by her father in-law Jack Lennon, Cara and Taylor start being followed by mysterious people and stories don't add up. Then a friends body is found by a local fisherman in the bay and everyone is scared. Things are a mess and Cara is determined to figure things out and the only sheriff, a mystery himself, tries to keep his town safe from a killer. Can tragedy be averted or will the killer get another victim?

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Lisa Harris USA 08-15-17
    Lisa Harris USA 08-15-17
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    The twists and turns at the end I wasn't sure whom to believe. I thought I had it figured out but kinda missed a few clues. I love how the sisters worked together in the mornings and how important family is. I love how the author inserted Cara's love for books which I totally get since I'm that way myself. You never know whom your true friends will turn out to be.


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    As always any book Ms. Babb narrates you can guarantee will be a hit. I don't know what it is about her style I like so much but it really draws me inside the book. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Melstamps 08-15-17
    Melstamps 08-15-17
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    "Enjoyable Cozy "
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    I appreciate a good cozy mystery and listening to Linda Crowder’s The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery, as read by Michelle Babb, was very enjoyable.  It was one of those books that I was instantly in sync with. It had many twists and turns along the way to its climax and the author had this reader guessing until the end. Cara (full name Caribou—who names their daughter that, by the way?) King is a likable, realistically drawn lead character. Her reactions to the situations and people around her ring true. One thing that I appreciated about the book was that Cara did not repeatedly put herself into dangerous situations.

    As is typical in most cozies, there is a limited number of secondary characters, some likable, some not. I liked Cara’s sister Mel and her husband, Bent. Dan and Frank had me unsure, which was part of the intrigue of the novel. I did have a difficult time understanding why Cara put up with her friend Taylor Snow so long. Taylor, Cara’s college friend who had moved up to Alaska, married a now-deceased local artist, is beautiful, narcissistic and has few redeeming qualities. Taylor left Coho Bay after her husband John’s death.  Upon her sudden and unexpected return to Coho Bay, her late husband’s father Jack accuses Taylor of killing Johnny. This seems impossible as Johnny was killed by a bear attack. Jack later disappears under suspicious circumstances. 

    The narration by Michelle Babb was reliably good. Cara’s voice, in particular, rang true. Her performance of Taylor was perfectly irritating, just as Taylor was written. 

    I recommend this book. The who’s and how’s of this mystery kept the reader guessing and made for a diverting listen. I hope that this is the beginning of a series featuring Cara King and Coho Bay. 

    I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own. 



     

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    9/13/17
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    "Love this book!"
    What did you like most about The Deadly Art of Deception?

    The red herring the author throw in. She kept taken us to who the murderer might be. Each time she surprised me and I would think no way it couldn't be!
    Michelle Babb gave the story suspense, mystery and made the characters more 3D. I read the book as well as listened to the audio and I found the audio is a lot better. In the book I would get confused in who was saying what but when I listened to it I knew who was talking. The narrator gave each character there distinct personality.

    I didn't like the main character to begin with because I found that she let people treat her more of a doormat but after about 50% of the story she changed due to certain circumstance in the book. I really liked her more after she stood up for herself.
    The book has mystery, hint of romance, suspense and humor. This is an audio book that I listened to in one sitting.
    I would recommend this book and this narrator. Looking forward to book two!


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    I was given this free review copy audio book and have voluntarily left this review.

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