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Meet the girls of Portman's Creamery. Led by Irene and Chrissie Garcia-Galvan, they take on the cases that can't be solved and find the ones who did it. Join Pippa, Becca, Mary Beth, Stacey, and Winky as they solve some of their toughest crimes. The latest one takes place within a chocolate factory. When a young woman is found in a vat of chocolate, the case throws everyone into the world of modeling, scandals, and secrets.

©2014 Cithara Susan Patra (P)2015 Cithara Susan Patra

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  • Karen
  • Ontario Canada
  • 03-13-17

Not what I was expecting

I was provided a free copy of this book by the Narrator for review.

I don't like to write negative reviews so I will be brief.
As far as mysteries go, this mystery almost seems geared towards children. At least that is my opinion.
The story doesn't flow very well and it was very difficult to remain interested.

The narration was not well done. I felt like a child being read a bedtime story. The narrator sounds like she is reading to children.

Not something I will recommend.

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One big "eh" from me

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"Wrapped in Death and Chocolate" has a decent mystery at it's core but just about everything else is a little too absurd for me to have enjoyed it. This book is about a detective (an actual detective) who gets a murder case and goes to a group of women who "solve crimes" in their spare time aside from running their ice cream shop. Outside of the fact that this premise is ridiculous, (why would a detective need the help of a bunch of uneducated, non-police people to help solve crimes? where the hell are the other cops???) the actual "solving" of the crimes were just these women standing around talking about what might have logically happened (but mostly talking about how the "case" was affecting one of the women). It was hard to listen to.

I hate when books about women belittle their intelligence (why couldn't these women have just been cops? Why was there so much concern about the one who knew the victim's ability to keep her room cleaned and groceries bought? It felt so sexist and weird). The narrator also had an inflection to her voice that I found very irritating. She didn't mix it up at all, just that same inflection throughout. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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

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Just couldn't get into this book

If you could sum up Wrapped in Death and Chocolate: A Stacey McKinnon Mystery in three words, what would they be?

The story was ok, but I just couldn't connect with the narrator. It felt like the book would never end.

Any additional comments?

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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Great for all ages!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, it's a great story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wrapped in Death and Chocolate: A Stacey McKinnon Mystery?

When the body was found in the chocolate vat.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end when they pieced it all together. As a child we watched a lot of mystery movies as family fun and reminded me of that.

Any additional comments?

I just finished listening to C.S. Patra’s Wrapped in Death and Chocolate. It reminded me of Nancy Drew, a good old fashioned murder/mystery. I really enjoy those types of books depending on my mood and I was in the mood.

Stacey is a college student, she and a group of other college students help run an ice cream shop and on the side they solve crimes. In this case, a body was found in a chocolate vat at a plant. Each clue they stumbled across led them to a new lead until they finally solved the crime.

The narrator Abbi Fox uses a clear voice. At first I wasn’t sure her voice fit the story but after a couple chapters I warmed to it and found I really enjoyed her voice.

This is the type of story that’s great for all ages. There’s no gore or explicit scenes.

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pretty good

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This book was pretty good. The plot was good. I didn't figure out who the culprit was until close to the end. This is the second book I have read from this author. One thing I can say that kind of bugs me about the writing style is that I feel that a lot of it is very simplistic. Like, the characters would repeat information they had learned or plans they would make. All in the same conversation. This type of thing just isn't my cup of tea, but other than that it was good.

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book good for a tween to read

I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review
Well let me think. I really do not like writing bad reviews but......
This book had a good chance at being good but, like the other reviewers, why would a police officer ask and give confidential information to a group young adults who don't seem to have time to even sit down.
Please C.S. Patra take another stab at this book and give it better bones.
Now about the narrator Abby Fox did a good job with her voices.
Sorry but I have to score you 3-4-3

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Absolutely delicious!

Would you consider the audio edition of Wrapped in Death and Chocolate: A Stacey McKinnon Mystery to be better than the print version?

It is all a matter of personal taste. I could have read it much quicker and would have still enjoyed the story. It is a good, wholesome story.

What other book might you compare Wrapped in Death and Chocolate: A Stacey McKinnon Mystery to and why?

I have not read a comparable book to this one lately. It is a cute, quirky story. I enjoyed the characters very much.

What about Abbi Fox’s performance did you like?

I was not thrilled by the narrator. The audio performance was very rough.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

With the simplicity of the plot I would not consider making it into a movie. However, I recommend this book. It is a good read/listen.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for this pure, unbiased review.

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Good story, good narration.

Took a little time to get into this book but enjoyed it in the end. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Storyline Seems Alittle Far Fetched...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I Would Recommend The Book;The Plot Is Light And Carefree...

Would you be willing to try another book from CS Patra? Why or why not?

Sure I Would...I Like The Author's Writing Style..

What three words best describe Abbi Fox’s voice?

A School Teacher... She Reads Like The Audience Is All School Age Children Instead Of Using Her Natural Voice..

Was Wrapped in Death and Chocolate: A Stacey McKinnon Mystery worth the listening time?

The Middle And Ending Were Far Fetched But I Suppose It Was A Decent Read...

I Was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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Cozy crime mystery

Would you try another book from CS Patra and/or Abbi Fox?

I will try another book from Patra. The story has potential and the characters were satisfactory. Fox as a narrator left something to be desired . There was little distinction between characters it was hard to know which character was speaking and the voices were all also similar.

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

The most interesting aspect of the story was the search for the killer in solving the mystery of who why and how. The least interesting part of the story was the by play between characters unfortunately.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I did not care much for the performance itself. The different characters are indistinguishable by voice or inflection and there was a certain monotone reading aspect throughout the entire book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If the book were a movie I doubt I would see it. I'm not sure there is enough storyline for a movie.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Layla
  • 02-17-17

Not as good as I thought it would be.

What was most disappointing about CS Patra’s story?

There was a lot of things that I did not like about this book. I found Stacey one of the main characters hard to believe and really annoying. She would say one thing and do another. She kept saying that she is not upset over the death of the model since they used to be friends but they grow apart and were more like acquaintances. she would then go and get upset over her death and yet she tells her friend that she is not, she kept doing this through majority of the book. I kept thinking just make up your mind in what you are feeling!

She would then say that she had to solve the case and yet they work as a group but it had to be her who solved it. She would get upset about the boss of the chocolate factory for thinking about his factory instead of the murder and yet she is doing the same thing. Instead of saying lets solve it for the dead person sake, she thought and said that she had to solve the case. Guess who solved the case. Yep you guessed it! Stacey did. I thought she was being selfish and she did not really care for the dead model even though she said she did.

I guessed who did it and why before they did and I found them to be so slow in figuring things out and they were meant to be the best, since the police went to them for help.

I felt this book was more fantasy, in that everything fell in to place and they could get away with a lot of things that they wouldn't be able to do in reality.

Would you be willing to try another one of Abbi Fox’s performances?

This is not the best narrator that I have listened to but she is not the worst.

Any additional comments?

This audio book was given to me for free at my request by the author and I provided this voluntary review.

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