Nailed

The Alex Harris Mysteries, Book 8
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Having secrets can sometimes get you nailed! Alex Harris thinks finding a place to celebrate her one-year anniversary sounds like a good idea, but when her husband arrests her sister for murder she has some serious thoughts about staying married to the guy!

Her sister Samantha is clearly keeping a secret and refuses to give the police an alibi, but when she asks Alex to help solve the crime and clear her name, Alex is only too happy to jump in and prove her husband wrong. And then the police turn their attention to Samantha's husband - another suspect with no alibi.

Could her sister or brother-in-law really have killed a local building inspector over his refusal to pass their new sunroom addition? Alex doesn't think so and sets her sights on several others who had more than a good reason to nail the guy. Something sinister is going on in this coastal New England town where the bodies seem to be piling up. Fans of Janet Evanovich and Cleo Coyle will love this series.

©2015 Elaine Macko (P)2016 Elaine Macko

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Light Beach Read - Family Centric Mystery

In this story, an unlikable character gets killed and nearly everyone is suspect. I love when authors can take a serious subject such as murder and present it with both the seriousness it deserves and with levity. Author Elaine Macko carries this out with finesse by injecting functional and dysfunction-- all very realistic-- relationship issues in to a rather fun reading/listening experience. Clever quips, quirky relationship toggles, and mutually nulling affects of pitting self-flagellation against self-justification, keep all the backstories bobbing in along with the progression of this "who done it. Macko keeps it a light and fun and packed with family interactions (there's even a pet), thus making a nice contribution to the genre.

Narrator Michelle Babb does a great job with both male and female voices. There is one comment: For all characters, she injects pauses into her flow of speech that seem incongruous to what I would consider the natural flow of speech. I get the impression Babb's broken cadence is an issue of deliberate style rather than an inadvertent flaw. Either way, I found it distracting and, by the time I finally got used to it, I had nearly reached the end of the book.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you Audiobook Boom.

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Nailed

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Nailed is well worth a listen. This is a standalone audiobook I had not read any of the previous seven books and had no trouble keeping track of the characters, nor did I feel like I was missing important information that may have been in the other books.

I received a review copy for my honest review

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Nailed, An Alex Harris Mystery (The Alex Harris Mysteries Book 8), by Elaine Macko is a light, entertaining cozy mystery. While it doesn't break any new ground in the cozy genre, it is well worth a read, or in my case, a listen.  This is a standalone novel. I had not read any of the previous seven books and had no trouble keeping track of the characters, nor did I feel like I was missing important information that may have been in the other books. The book has a very large cast of characters. I gathered many were recurring and others were potential suspects. Ms. Macko did a good job of weaving a mystery that leaves the reader guessing well into the book, though once the solution is revealed, it makes sense and did not come entirely out of left field. Kudos for that. My one complaint was the willingness of everyone (i.e., potential suspects) to talk with Alex. Though Alex had received some press for solving previous murders, I still found it a bit convenient that total strangers would willingly chat with her so freely. 

Michelle Babb did a fine job with the narration. She injected the necessary levity and sarcasm that I felt that Alex would have in her thoughts. The book is told in a first person narrative. Michelle also was also able to make all the characters sound credible and didn't tip the author's hand, metaphorically speaking. 

I recommend this book for lovers of mysteries, especially those in the cozy genre. I enjoyed it enough that I will look for future additions in the series as well as previously published volumes. Three and a half stars.

I was given a copy of the audio version by Michelle Babb in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Amateur sleuth saves the day!

Alex Harris is in the middle of discussing plans for her one year wedding anniversary when her sister is taken to the police station for questioning on the murder of a corrupt building inspector. The arresting detective is non other than said husband for whom Alex was planning a celebration...yep, her husband! While said homicide detective is relegated to sleeping on the couch, Alex begins her own investigation to clear her sister and solve the murder. Interesting story that is dotted with snarky humor. Love the relationship between Alex and her grandmother. With so many suspects to choose from, I was pleasantly surprised by the identity of the killer. Great HEA. This narrator is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators for this genre....she is very expressive and brings the characters to life. I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great story

I really loved this story. It had murder, mystery, and an all around good feel. The characters were well developed and narrator Michelle's Babb "nailed" it! she did a great job giving the characters their own identity. If she narrated a book I'm going to listen because I enjoy her style.

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Perfect book for listening during vacation

The book had great character development, was intriguing, but not suspenseful. The only issue was it could have been shorter. Multiple times the main character lists all of the suspects. I felt the author did this because the story was too long and she was concerned readers/listeners would lose track of the characters. The narrator was good, but overly dramatic at times.

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revenge

I found it hilarious that the wife of a detective was an amateur sleuth. I enjoyed her ramblings of possible clues. It serms both sisters wete having a midlife crisis in thinking their husbands were cheating! Hormonal much??? I enjoyed the step by step explanations of who, what. where, and why. I was surprised who actually done it. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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A lively & intelligent cozy mystery

Alex Harris runs a small but successful temp agency in her home town of Indian Cove, Connecticut. Her sister, Samantha, works for her, and the small number of Alex's office employees are a tight-knit little family. Alex also has a close extended family, including not just her and Sam's husbands, and Sam's two children, but the sisters' parents and grandparents. And then Alex's husband, Indian Cove police detective John Van der Burg, messes things up by showing up at Alex's office to arrest Sam for the murder of the building inspector who failed to pass the new sunroom addition to Sam's house. Well, really, just take her in for questioning, because they have a witness saying that Sam had a loud confrontation with him the previous morning in which she may have threatened to kill him. Alex and John are coming up on their one-year anniversary. After this outrage, she's not sure they'll make it. In fairness, it should perhaps be noted that even at the height of her outrage, she's not entirely serious about that last bit. Sam refuses to give any kind of an alibi, which does make it harder for the police to drop her as a possible suspect, and of course Alex can't help but get involved in trying to find the real killer to clear first Sam, and then her husband, Michael, after it's clear Sam isn't a viable suspect. In the process, she learns a great deal not just about the dead inspector, but his family, his dead wife's family, the school both his and Sam's kids attend, and an impressive array of other people who may or may not be connected to his death, but in this small town, were definitely connected to him, one way or another. It's a lively, interesting story, with unexpected bits of humor. I especially like the fact that the characters are well-developed and complex. We meet several characters who are definitely quite flawed and hard to like, yet prove to have some quite positive traits as well. Nor is it a simplistic, "see, everyone is nice after all." These are characters who are truly a realistic mix of the good and the bad. Another thing I really like is that Alex, while by no means a professional investigator, doesn't do reckless or foolish things. That doesn't mean she never makes a mistake, but she doesn't do the things that make you want to scream at the page or the screen that doing that is insane and you're going to get yourself killed. She considers them sometimes, but she doesn't do them. I love that simple possession of common sense as well as intelligence. Michelle Babb always enhances anything she narrates, which is why I rarely pass up an opportunity to review her audiobooks. Her voice is clear and easy on the ear, and she's both expressive, and good at distinguishing the characters. Recommended. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Nailed!

Nailed by Elaine Macko is a standalone listen. This is my first book by the author, and not my last. I enjoyed the twists in the story, and found it to be original. Michelle Babb was magical bringing the characters to life. I enjoy how its easy to differentiate between the characters, and her attitude was fitting. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Great Narration, my 1st book in series, loved it

One minute Alex Harris is trying to come up with a nice way to celebrate her first wedding anniversary, the next she is thinking about filing for divorce. What made her contemplate divorce you ask, her husband, John, when arrested Alex’s sister for murder. Alex believes she can not stay married to a man that would believe her sister was a murderer. Alex is all too ready to prove that her sister is innocent, so jumps into her own murder investigation no matter how John feels. Can Alex prove her sister’s innocence? Will she divorce John? This is book 8 in the Alex Harris Mystery Series, but my first book. I had no problem reading this book as a stand-alone mystery. The characters are realistically complex with their interwoven relationships and their secrets as a lot of families have. The mystery was well written with a quick pace and several well-placed red herrings to keep the reader engaged and guessing. I look forward to reading more of this series. I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb is a wonderful storyteller. She brings each of the character’s personality to life. You always know exactly which character is which because she uses great accents and diction. She has perfect pacing of the storytelling, she doesn’t rush, and she brings in just the right amount of comedic relief or emotional distress to the narration. I recommend listening to the audio version if you can. I voluntarily listened to a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-14-19

So how did you figure it all out?

Although the eighth in the series, Nailed is the first Alex Harris mystery that this reader has read, and it completely succeeded as a stand alone. A man has been found dead and, to Alex Harris' horror, her sister is prime suspect. Even worse, it is Alex's own detective husband, John, who arrests her. since her sister refuses to say where she had been on the night the man, Victor, was murdered, Alex sets out to find the real killer whilst hubby John languishes in the spare room. This is a fun story with further angles beside the main investigation, with multiple suspects, red herrings and great characters, all well developed. Part of the success of this Audiobook is down to the fine character narration of Michelle Babb, who really brings everyone to life with personalized voicings, and the closely nuanced adherence to the emotional content of the text. Never over the top in her de!ivery, Ms.Babb's liltingly accented voice conveys a total picture of people and situations as well as what is happening as the mystery unfolds. A fine performance. This is a well tapestried cozy with believable protagonists and a good who-dun-it? mystery. Very enjoyable with clues along the way for audience participation. Recommended.

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  • John Marsden
  • 09-26-20

Nailed it!

This is a very well written cozy mystery that I enjoyed listening to until the very last minute. Alex Harris is a great character who knows what she wants and goes for it, solving murder mysteries. Plenty of suspects and intrigue with well described characters who all seem to have motive for killing the building Inspector. There is humour and suspense in abundance. A great listen Thankyou Elaine Macko. I look forward to reading more of her stories. Unfortunately this seems to be the only one of this series in audio at this time. Michelle Babb is a brilliant narrator who sounds to be really enjoying telling the story and she does a fantastic job of voicing all the characters in the book, both male and female. Once started I just had to finish the book, a real "page turner". As with the author I shall definitely be keeping a look out for more Cozy mysteries narrated by Michelle, she is definitely in my Top 10 of favourite narrators.

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  • Ern shady
  • 08-21-20

Romantic murder mystery.

Pleasant story to listen to including both romance and a classic who done it. Recommended

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  • Julie
  • 06-05-20

This book nailed the plot

I really enjoyed this book. I checked if I could get the rest of the books in the series but even though it is book eight this this the only book available (at the moment), so I will have to keep an eye out for more releases. I really enjoyed it, I liked the characters and thought they were well rounded and like able. The mystery was good with plenty of suspects, clues and red herrings, a real who done it that you can solve along with the main character and one I enjoyed greatly mainly because she did solve it by asking questions and not just guessed or when a gun was pulled on her. There was also a lot going besides the main murder and In fact she had three mysteries to clear up two deaths and a cheating husband, Well worth the seven hours of listening time which just flew by. Alex is contemplating divorce because he husband has just walked in and taken her sister of for questioning In a murder investigation. Knowing her sister to be innocent she sets about to prove her husband wrong and then maybe she can let him back into there bedroom. But Alex's husband can't really think her sister would kill a man over failing her building inspection or because he won't stop trying to put the moves on her? The dead man wasn't well liked and the only person to have anything nice to say about him is his girlfriend. With so many suspects Alex will have a hard time clearing Sam's name. He was kicking his own mother out of his house, his sister needs more money, his ex sister in law thought he has killed his own wife, he had some shady business dealing with an old college friend and what about the naughty photos of the current girlfriend. All these people had a much better reason to kill him than Sam. Alex just has to prove it but with Sam reluctant to provide an alibi to the police because she is scared her husband will find out that she doesn't trust him, Alex might just to investigate her own family. Then someone else is attack and throws all her theory's out the window. Can there both be related? Can Alex find out what is going on and find out once and for all if the dead man really did kill his wife. Michelle Babb is great at bringing stories like these alive and making them so enjoyable like only she can do. I hope if there are more books in this series then the author choose Michelle to read them again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.