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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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Great Mystery

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The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder, Narrated by Michelle Babb. <br/> <br/>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? <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/>

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Great mystery

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

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.<br/>Michelle Babb does an amazing job giving the characters a voice all their own and makes the story all the more enjoyable.<br/>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?<br/><br/>I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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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Really entertaining cozy mystery

Caribou King has her own art gallery in Coho Bay, but business there just stay open during the cruise season, since Alaskan winters are hard and nobody visits the Bay during those months. Towards the end of the cruise season Taylor, who also used to work at the Broken Antler Art Gallery, decides to come back without giving enough explanations. There is still the matter of her dead husband, a renowned local artist, and the fact that, despite having being killed by bears, his father accuses Taylor of his death.

This was a really entertaining cozy mysteries, one of those with multiple twists and turns, deaths, several possible culprits and almost no romance. I just hate when an author includes too much romance without excuse, but it’s not the case here. I liked that it was an original setting, quite different from what we are used to regarding cozy mysteries. Linda Crowder did a splendid job describing Coho Bay and its surroundings, and I was almost able to feel the snowy cold in my bones.

The characters were well developed, and most of them likable enough. The dialogs were fluid and sounded quite natural. We didn’t get a complete physical description of the characters but this was not an issue to make them fully fleshed. I was able to connect especially to Cara, and to feel her fear and desperation. There are quite some twists and turns, and at several points I had serious doubts about several of the characters. The tension was palpable, and the intrigue was well built. This was a book that I couldn’t put down.

One of my reasons to listen to this book is that it is narrated by Michelle Babb, one of my favorite narrators ever. She tells stories like it is the easiest thing in the world, trapping you with her voice and interpreting the characters in a way that they are alive, each with their own quirks. All characters were perfectly distinguishable and at some point I forgot that I was listening to a book. It is clear that Babb enjoys what she does, and gives soul to every book she narrates.

I loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone into cozy mysteries. Please be aware that there is almost no romance in it, which I am glad about. I’m looking forward to other books by Linda Crowder, I hope we will get more released as audiobooks.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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a great tail

a truly great story line and mystery, I didn't have a clue as to who was telling the truth.

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  • Sarah
  • Springfield, GA United States
  • 09-25-17

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.<br/><br/>I received this book for free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

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Great Book

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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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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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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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  • Layla
  • 09-13-17

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!<br/> 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.<br/><br/>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. <br/>The book has mystery, hint of romance, suspense and humor. This is an audio book that I listened to in one sitting.<br/>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.