adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is fit to be tied when her book club votes to change to a supper club. Who wants chips and dip when they can have Dickens and Twain?

The first supper club is a progressive dinner... where Myrtle loses interest during the hors d'oeuvres. But when a body is discovered during the main course, the evening quickly gets interesting. Myrtle pits her sleuthing skills against her police chief son's to find the killer.... if the killer doesn't find her first.

©2011 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig

What listeners say about Progressive Dinner Deadly

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    40
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    45
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    37
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Clever, Cozy, Carolina Corpse & Covered Dish

What a delightful listen! Ms. Myrtle, retired eighty-something English teacher, with a yard full of garden gnomes . . . and a son named, Red, who happens to be the police chief of the small southern town . . . Well, she's trying her BEST to direct her wayward book club toward some classics, such as Dickens or Mark Twain . . . when WHAT should those totally uncultured, imbeciles come up with??? Well, a progressive dinner! That's what! Ridiculous . . . but it's a small town and Ms. Myrtle is voted down . . . so she goes along, even though she's a TERRIBLE cook . . . Great southern charm . . . a town full of busy bodies, in everyone's business . . . but with plenty of secrets . . . and a skillet full of surprises!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Laugh out loud cozy mystery!!

Eighty something, Myrtle Clover and her neighbor, Miles are back at it again. While scheming to upgrade the books in their book group to some serious classics, Myrtle's busy body neighbor jumps in and convinces the group to change to a progressive dinner club. First of all, Myrtle is a terrible cook, but she purchases deserts for her turn. But her turn never comes around. The main dish hostess is found murdered on her kitchen floor. Someone based her head in with a frying pan. Myrtle is, apparently, only one of a couple people who actually didn't have a grudge against the victim.

Once again, Myrtle competes with her police chief son, Red, to discover the murderer first. After all, she's added investigative reporter to her old age resume. Red tried to side track her into writing a "household hints" column, but shoot, with all the gossip around her small town, she just can't stop herself from listening --can she? Her new ferrel feline buddy is trying to help Myrtle too. He's teaching her how to "hunt" by bring different "catches" to her home, a sparrow and a chipmunk amongst other icky "food treasures".

This continues to be a fun series filled with many interesting characters. Myrtle's habit of filling her front and back yard with garden gnomes to annoy her son, is just one of the creative actions of our octogenarian heroine that causes me to break out in laughter throughout this book. Definitely a fun cozy with a great mystery plot.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Retirement gives her more time for sleuthing!

Progressive Dinner Deadly is a cute cozy mystery featuring one of the spunkiest octogenarians! Myrtle Clover is blunt, she's funny, she can't cook, and she can solve a mystery faster than anyone in town, including her police chief son who lives across the street.

While I did find it to be a slow starter the last third really picked up. I was pretty much glued to my phone for the last couple of hours as Myrtle put the odd assortment of clues and neighborhood gossip together to solve whodunit. This was a fun introduction to the series for me, it's actually the second Myrtle Clover Mystery, and I expect that I'll be listening to more cozies from Elizabeth Spann Craig.

As far as audiobooks go it was a decent production. The narrator was quite good, so glad they didn't pick some who sounded like a teenager, and the sound quality was excellent. So, if you love cozy mysteries and heroines who are over 60 you might enjoy this audiobook and the series.

(I received a copy of this book from author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dinner with Death

A clean cozy mystery with an abundance of quirky characters. A woman thought to be admired turns out to be disliked by almost everyone and her seeming perfection turns out to have a dark side. When found dead in her kitchen there is no shortage of suspects. With humor woven into the story , and some false leads, it will keep you guessing until the last chapter. I received this audiobook at no cost from Audiobookworm for my honest review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good

Enjoyable, full of humor with good narration, sets the plot in a small town with a retired English teacher. She loves gardening and decorating with the gnomes. When a body is found murdered, now who will be cleaning houses. She had a lazy husband, and a bit too much curiosity, but why kill her. Mrytle is more than ready to solve. . The narration was good, clear voice and added to this story. Good series. Given audio for my voluntary review

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Drama, Drama, Drama

This is a fun little cozy mystery with the main character being a 80 something retired English teacher turned reporter turned investigator. She lives in a small town and is trying to turn the book club back to the classics when they all vote her down and make it a progressive dinner club and yet some how she gets blamed for the change. What does every small town have - drama, drama, drama and it all becomes more clear how much of it is in the town as the dinner begins.

The narrator did a great job and was fun to listen to. This is great for those who enjoy the cozy mystery genre. It has plenty of twists and turns, for me I felt it moved a little slow but was still entertaining.

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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Entertaining Funny Cozy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the second [or possibly third book per Audible] in the Myrtle Clover Mysteries series. I have not read any of the prior books in this series. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending. I had no trouble following the narrative or the characters motivations without having read the prior book[s] in this series. There are some references to events which seemed to have occurred in the prior book[s] but, the author does not dwell on them and there are quick summaries provided.

I really enjoyed the MC Myrtle - an octogenarian English teacher who is dissatisfied with her bookclub and has a son Red, who is a policeman in their very small town. I loved how the bookclub evolved into a supper club into a progressive dinner party. Plus, there was a lot of fun as Myrtle adopts a stray cat named Pasha [or really, the cat adopts her]. There's lots of humor and some really clever sarcastic asides. The relationship between Miles and Myrtle is plain fun.

The narrator, Lia Frederick, does a wonderful job and makes each character distinct. She has a very pleasant voice and good pacing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Myrtle Solves Another One!

On of my favorite mystery series. I loved the voice used for Myrtle! Can't wait to download the next book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Progressive Dinner Deadly

Funny!!!!!! This is the funniest book I've read in a long time!
Read it soon.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great

Would you listen to Progressive Dinner Deadly again? Why?

Very interesting.

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

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were many times I laughed out loud.

Any additional comments?

I love Myrtle, she reminds me of some fiesta seniors in my church.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Helen
  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Wonderful book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Julie
  • Julie
  • 02-26-20

It's not murder she wrote but deadly cooks?

I read this book a while ago and remembered that I really enjoyed, so was pleased to see it had made its way on to audible. I jumped at the chance to see if I was right. Glad I did because my memory was right I did enjoy it, in fact I might just have to say I enjoyed it even more as an audio book. I love the characters and the way they interact with each other, especially the way Myrtle let's her son know he is in trouble by having gnomes facing his house, this leads to some laugh out loud actions between the characters and not just with mother and son. It's also fun that the amateur detective is elderly adding a new twist to the normal cozy mystery genre. The mystery is fun and with plenty of quirky suspects it keeps you guessing. This is definitely a series I will be looking into collecting for my audio book library.
Myrtle a retired school teacher is disappointed about the choice of reading material being read by her reading group and vowels to bring some classics into everyone's lives. Her plans go a rye when everybody mistakenly believes she is suggesting that they change the book club to a dinner club. Fearing the worse she has no choice but go along with the decision even if it means the end of her precious book club but not even she could have predicted how horribly wrong the event would go. As word of the dinner party spreads the evening doesn't start out well and Myrtle's friend Miles finds his house under siege with drunk guests and only one bathroom, fights break out but that doesn't explain why at the end of the night at the second from last house to be visited they find a dead body. Who could want the cleaner dead? As Myrtle investigates plenty of suspects turn up because little miss innocent wasn't quite as innocent as she appears. Just as Myrtle is wrapping up the case she stumbles over another body. This time it is the dead woman's husband. Was it suicide? Guilt over killing his wife ? Or is Myrtle's son right and she should give up her night time walks because she has made herself a target for s killer.by asking to many questions.
Liked the narrator and though she put her voice to good use creating lots of different sounding voices for each of the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.