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Pushing Up Daisies

Daisy and Rose Mystery Series
Narrated by: Sarah Logan
Series: Daisy and Rose Mystery, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Daisy Forest knows a ghost when she sees one. True, she has never actually seen a ghost before, but she swears their transparency is a dead giveaway. Daisy, a volunteer tour guide at the historic Holly Hill Mansion, knows that Sophia Meade Long, the woman who once owned the mansion, has been dead since 1814. So, when a very transparent Sophia steps in front of Daisy’s little Prius one night and asks for her help, how could she refuse? Once again Daisy and her sister, Rose, find themselves up to their eyeballs in all sorts of shenanigans - chasing ghosts, holding séances, and searching for priceless Revere silver. 

The sudden reappearance of their reprobate father, Dickie Forest, with a new and unlikely interest in the occult has them puzzled to say the least, and their mother, Angela, behaving at her eccentric best. What seems to be harmless fun takes a deadly turn when Daisy stumbles on the body of the mansion’s curator in the wine cellar, and Daisy is later attacked after a Gothic evening in the mansion. When the police seemed to be stumped, it’s up to Daisy and Rose, with the invaluable help of Angela, to calm the ghost and catch a killer.

©2017 Penny Clover Petersen (P)2019 Intrigue Publishing

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Extremely enjoyable

I found this audiobook to be an extremely enjoyable listen. It has a great combination of murder, mystery and suspense. The narrator does a wonderful job reading this book

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Fun Read and Cocktails Too!

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

This is the third book in the Daisy and Rosey Mystery series. It is standalone book with no cliffhanger ending. It can easily be read without having read any of the prior books in the series.

This book is a light, fun, quick read. Rosey, Daisy and their mother Angela are quirky but amusing characters. This time the mystery involves a ghost and dabbling with a Ouija board. And really, how can you not enjoy a mystery where the characters enjoy their cocktails as they solve a murder. Recipes for cocktails are included at the end of the book.

The narrator, Sarah Logan, does a great job with the narration. She is a different narrator from the previous two books [Kim Rossi]. Logan did different voices for the various characters. This was an enthusiastic and fun narration.

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LOVED IT

Loved it. It kept me entertained all throughout the book. The characters were lovable and fun. You have ghost, helpful dogs, a knowing cat. all to help Rose and Daisy solve a murders. I definitely want to do more in this series. I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review. Sarah Logan did a excellent job on the narration.

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Interesting cozy mystery

I felt this had a good storyline. The mystery was interesting, characters were believable and the narration was good. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Mystery, paranormal, fun!!

Sisters Daisy and Rose get involved in finding the murderer of the curator of the Holly Hill mansion whilst volunteering there. They end up holding seances, talking to ghosts, and getting help from their bizarrely behaving parents.

When I started listening to this story I didn’t realise it was the third one featuring Daisy and Rose, although I do feel that this third book is able to be read as a stand-alone story.

The story was very enjoyable, with a whodunnit element, ghosts, ouija boards, treasure hunting, secrets, comedy, as well as a cleverly thought out plot to get us to the big reveal in the end. The book had skillful misdirections, making the book a lot less predictable and more eager for me to get to the end to find out whodunnit. I also really enjoyed the cute part at the end describing the cocktail recipes. How refreshingly original! (excuse the pun!)

Sarah was a good narrator, with nice variation in her tone for the various characters. The only part I didn’t like was that it felt that the reading was quite slow, but it came out much better when I changed the reading speed.

Overall, Pushing up Daisies was very entertaining and I do recommend it as a cozy mystery.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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I love this trio!

There is a new narrator for this book, which took a bit of time to get used too. Angela sounds completely different which affected the way her personality came through. Rose & Daisy sound indistinguishable which also made some parts confusing to follow along with. But, that’s not the fault of the author, who did a fantastic job yet again! In fact I would say this is my favorite book of the series, and they just keep getting better and better! There are a couple of mysterious happening going on at once, including a long lost family member who pops up. There are a ton of laughs,some romance, and plenty of furry animal antics to keep this story enjoyable. I couldn’t put the book down, and listened to it in 2 sittings! I have grown to love Rose, Daisy & Angela a lot, and the side characters are dynamic and enjoyable too. Oh, and the ghostly aspects in this book aren’t scary or overdone; I would say it’s just right! Highly recommend!

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not for me

ok, well it turns out i am NOT a fan of cozy mysteries. I apologize to the author. i received the audio book for a review. The story was really good and interesting. I didn't like the characters very much. They seemed so perfect. I really appreciate the book but i don't think this is the genre for me. I'm not rating this poorly because i don't feel that would be a fair rating. i'm sure fans of this type of story will like it much more than i did.
Sarah Logan did a really good job narrating this. I enjoyed that part a lot.

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Pushing Up Daisies

The quirky Forest sisters are at it again... they seem to have a knack for finding dead bodies and getting mixed up in investigations. This time they have a little help from a ghost!

Penny Clover Petersen does a great job of keeping you guessing and keeping things fun.

I thought the new narrator, Sarah Logan, was a breath of fresh air for the series. I definitely prefer her style.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Enjoy!

pets, snarky, family-dynamics, historical-setting, greed, law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, women-sleuths, small-business, small-town, Maryland

Daisy and Rose run the gift shop near the historic home and are also volunteers for tours. Angela is their fashionable mother who lives nearby and knows everyone in their corner of Maryland. The first disaster is the unwelcome reappearance of their wandering neglectful father with his overblown sense of entitlement. The next is an apparition followed by break ins and other problems at The House and then a murder. Lots of snarks, laughs, and alcohol! I loved it!
Sarah Logan is a super voice actor who has the voices and the perky down to a science!
I won the audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

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Rose and Daisy are back with a ghost in tow.......

Pushing Up Daisies is the third in this series featuring sisters Rose and Daisy. These two ladies run a gift store in a small town outside Washington DC, and they are very close to each other and their mother Angela. I have read and greatly enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I think this third book could be read as a standalone. As with the previous books, Rose and Daisy are up to their usual amateur sleuthing, but they have some assistance this time not only from their mother and their dogs but also a ghost. For those readers that don't enjoy paranormal elements with their mystery, this aspect is a very small portion of the book and really just adds some additional color to an already fun story. The author uses great misdirection as Rose and Daisy investigate the murder of the curator of a local historical site, and I was completely surprised by the identity of the guilty party. As with all the books in the series, the authors throws in plenty of comedy with the antics of Rose, Daisy and most especially Angela, including seances, consultations with the ouija board, and covert (or not so covert) shadowing of suspects. I recommend the entire series and this book in particular for fans of cozy mysteries.

Sarah Logan does a great job with the narration. She is a different narrator from the previous two books, so I struggled in the beginning with the different voices for the usual characters. Although I preferred the original narrator, I thought that Logan did a good job differentiating between the characters and her performance was smooth and flawless. I liked that she added lots of enthusiasm to the spunky and zany Rose and Daisy, but I thought she was a little over the top with Daisy's frequent sighs.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.