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In need of a good adventure, Delaney Nichols takes the leap and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland, to start a job at The Cracked Spine....
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When Anne's mother agrees to marry a wealthy, mysterious man, she expects a nice mansion in the hills. But their new home, Belrose Abbey, is more like a castle - imposing, cold, and full of shadows. The more Anne explores the corridors and vacant rooms and dusty crannies, the more she discovers about the abbey's master - her soon-to-be stepfather - Ivan Helsburg. As her mother's wedding draws closer, Anne begins to harbor a creeping suspicion that all is not well at Belrose Abbey.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
<br/>It has a very dark but had all the ingredients for a gothic romance novel. There were some untied ends so I will have to wait for the next one in this series. Good narration.
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Some time after her husband’s death, Dauphine has decided to remarry. The groom, Ivan Helsburg, is an old fashioned Hungarian who is stinking rich and lives in Belrose Abbey, a great mansion in the middle of nowhere. Dauphine and her daughter Anne move to the Abbey some days before the wedding, just to find a dark and somber place with mysterious servants and secret passages. Soon after their arrival mother and daughter find out that there was a previous Mrs. Helsburg, but what happened to her?
I always love a good cozy mystery to rest from other harder listens. This one is quite short, ideal to listen from beginning to end on the same day. I felt something unnatural in all the mystery surrounding Ivan and the Abbey. Paranormal is not my favorite genre, but the story trapped me in a way that I could not stop listening. The atmosphere of the Abbey is very well described, and the feelings of the characters seem so real that I was almost able to smell the dusty passages they had to traverse.
Chapters are narrated from the point of view of either Dauphine or Anne. To make things clear, each is preceded by the name in question. I found this made the story easy to follow. Somehow, even despite the age difference, I found myself connecting to the teenage daughter more thsn to Dauphine. Anne is clever and resolute, and the heroin in this book; while Dauphine is severely damaged by her past and weak to the point that I wanted to shake her and tell her to open her eyes.
I found the setting and events really intriguing, and the characters very well pictured. The characters feel like real people, and each one of them is very well defined.
I had the impression that the story had a paranormal touch, but in the end it did not show up. I am not sure if it will be like this on future books, I am curious to find out.
There is a long build up, reveling pieces of the mystery. This kept me interested and intrigued, but I felt the end a bit rushed and anticlimactic. It could be that I expected something more due to that paranormal touch, and the end eliminated any possibility of supernatural forces behind the Abby mysteries. Still, I think there are still a lot of unrevealed mysteries that will show up in future installments.
My main reason for listening to this book was that it is narrated by Michelle Babb. Apart from Cozy Mystery is also considered YA, and with this genre I tend to tread carefully, since they do not always fulfill my expectations. With Michelle Babb narrating this book I decided to give it a chance, and I am glad that I did, since it was a much better book than I expected. Michelle Babb’s abilities to narrate Cozy Mysteries are unique, giving the story a special rhythm, and interpreting the characters in a way that brings them to life. There is no boring listening with Michelle, and I am sure I would even enjoy her reading the phone book.
I am looking forward to the next book, see how Dauphine and Anne get acclimated to the Abbey, and discover what mysteries are still awaiting them.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes and she is one of my favorite narrators. If I see she has narrated the book, I will definitely be listening. I love her style and how she brings the characters to life, I just crawl inside the book and sad when it's over.
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My original review disappeared. I loved the start of this series and I'm very eager for the next in line. Hurry up already, haha. I thought I had this book all figured out but the end was a complete surprise which I loved! Parts of the story are sad and other parts got to me, I won't give anything away. Lets just say you will crawl into this book. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
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what a horrible book from story to narration to horrible lead characters.
What makes people like stupid dorky women who couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag.
Don't even get me stated on the horrible narrator. Gag
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Belrose Abbey Mystery series written by Anita Higman, Hillary McMullen and narrated by Michelle Babb. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
Annes mother decides to marray a stranger 8 months after the death of her husband.She takes her daughter to move into a cottage on his property where there is no way to contact anyone outside the house.For a teenager,this is awful and leads to snooping around the castle.She befriends a boy there and learns secrets she doean't want to know.Michelle Babb does fine narration.I was provided this book by the author,narrator or publisher for review.
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What a fun read The Ruby Locket: The Belrose Abbey Mystery Series, Book 1 by Hilary McMullen and Anita Higman is! It is quite short—more a long novella—but diverting and full of atmosphere. The set up is intriguing—mother, Dauphine, and her daughter, Anne, are moving to Belrose Abbey, a huge, isolated abbey, more a castle, in the middle of nowhere. Dauphine, widowed several months earlier and struggling on many levels, accepts the proposal of Ivan Helsburg partially in hopes of giving Anne a better life. When they arrive at Belrose, Ivan is nowhere to be seen, but Anne spots some sort of creepy animal on the grounds and the reception from the housekeeper is anything but welcoming. Intrigue on many levels. Anne’s imagination runs wild and, as the book is told from the points of view of both Anne and Dauphine, the reader is well aware of what is running through their minds. Anne engages with the one other young person on the grounds, Wyatt, and they team up to discover some of the secrets lurking at Belrose Abbey and with Ivan. <br/><br/>Michelle Babb does a nice job with the narration. I especially appreciated her voicing of Anne, whose inner thoughts frequently trade off between snarky, worry over her mother and her concerns about the secrets held by Belrose Abbey.<br/><br/>I recommend this book for someone wanting a lightweight, easy listen. It is rich in atmosphere and the creepy factor is just right. Three and a half stars.<br/><br/>I was given a free copy of this book on Audible in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are my own. <br/>
Where does The Ruby Locket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The Ruby Locket i would say is among the lower end of the middle section of all my audiobooks.
What other book might you compare The Ruby Locket to and why?
It reminded me a bit of 'The Cabin' by Natasha Preston. It started out a bit confusing on the who what why when and where, which is great for a suspense/mystery, and the ending was a bit of a shock, not total but enough to make the story enjoyable as a whole
What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?
I like how she did the voices to where you always knew who was speaking and she doesn't overdue the men's voices.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't have an extreme reaction but did really love the secrets and mysteries that were revealed that left me wanting to listen to more to find out what exactly is going on.
Any additional comments?
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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The Ruby Locket by Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen was a great read. Anne's mother agrees to marry a man that she doesn't know very well. Anne starts to explore their new home and unveils many suspicious things. I loved reading this book, it was a great read.
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A Ruby Locket (A Belrose Abbey Mystery Book 1) by Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen and Narrated by Michelle Babb. <br/><br/>A teenage girl, Anne, and her widowed mother are moving into a very old castle after Anne’s mother has agreed to marry it’s mysterious owner Ivan. Anne can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is off with Ivan. He is a very wealthy man who seems nice but there is just something about him and about how fast the relationship between him and her mother has gone from meeting one another to marriage. Can Anne find out what is making her uneasy about Ivan before her mother marries him?<br/><br/>This is an enjoyable story, well developed characters. I really enjoyed Anne, even though she a teenager she is not going to believe everything she is told; especially when something feels wrong and her mother could be endanger. Although this is a novella this story is well developed, great pace, includes enough twist and turns to keep you interested in the mystery. This book is in the YA mystery genre so there is no graphic language, sex, or violence. For the romance fans there seems to be a little bit of something developing between Anne and Wyatt. <br/><br/>I listened to the audiobook version which was narrated by Michelle Babb. Mrs Babb is a natural storyteller. She does a great job with her voice; you can have no trouble telling which character is speaking at any time. She has great pace and timing, she never rushes the story. She brings the words on the page to life. <br/><br/>I would definitely recommend this book either print or audio version to Young Adult, mystery, or romance alike.<br/><br/>
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I liked all the characters, they are all different and had there own characteristic. The scene also set the tune. I felt it had more of a Gothic setting. What I did not like was knowing without trying to hard who did and why. There was suspense (based on the scenes, like the catacombs) but no real mystery. which was a shame because it wasn't to bad a read. I believe with a little more work it would be a great read.<br/>There is no sexual/language/violence/sexual content.<br/>This could be (with work done) what I call a thriller. It had all the ingredients but it wasn't executed well unfortunately.
What aspect of Michelle Babb’s performance might you have changed?
Michelle had an OK performance based on other narrators that I have listened to. She changed her voice to suite the different characters which was OK. However I felt more emotion can be put in. So when the character was not sure then I want to hear so I know without being to told that the character is unsure/upset/angry, etc.