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Running from Scissors

Running Store Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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A runner disappears under mysterious circumstances. Nobody suspects murder, except Lacy. And she knows if - or, more likely, when - the body turns up, all fingers will be pointing at her.   

How do you outpace a corpse, outwit a scissor-wielding maniac, outrun a handsome detective, and prove not only Whodunit but Howdunit?  

Let the race begin…   

Lacy Purdy loves her new town, her new job, and her old cat, Meatball. And she loves to run.  

This summer, she'll be running for her life.  

A phantom lurks in the shadows of Run For It, the local running store, terrorizing an unpopular run group leader with an arsenal of sharp, shiny scissors. Lacy can't stand mean-girl Marlene and everybody knows it, so when she mysteriously disappears in the middle of a run, Lacy suspects foul play.  

Everyone else suspects Lacy.  

Enter Ruby Maplethorpe, an acerbic senior citizen who befriends Lacy and her feisty friend, Stax, an indie bookseller. Ruby warns that someone in their circle is not who they seem, and they'll need her help if they want to stay one stride ahead of both the killer and the law.  

And she should know about murder, because Ruby is none other than classic mystery novelist Pearl Oakley, who spent a lifetime devising her own intricate plots. Finding herself cast as a character in someone else's story, Ruby's more than happy to accept the challenge.  

But Lacy isn't sure if Ruby is reading the clues correctly, or if the course they're on is rocketing them towards a final solution or a dead(ly) end.  

Join the running store ladies - Lacy, Ruby, and Stax - in a race against time to unmask a diabolical killer before Lacy becomes the prime suspect.... or the next victim. Running from Scissors is the first adventure in the deliciously-addictive new Running Store Mystery series by T.C. Wescott. If you love funny, twisty pause-resisters with cuddly cats, book stores, impossible murders, midnight rambles, and cozy environs brimming with mystery, then you will love RFS.

©2018 T.C. Wescott (P)2018 T.C. Wescott

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Great mystery and characters

Running from scissors was an awesome story and I enjoyed it immensely. Although I guessed aspects of the plot, I was still very surprised at the end reveal.

The characters were funny and memorable. There were several moments that had me laughing, one of which corresponded with me drinking water, and nearly resulted in disaster.

I highly recommend this and look forward to future installments of the series!

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  • Dee
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  • 10-26-18

Nice start to a series

I had no idea there was such a thing as running store mystery's but I like it!

There are three main characters in this listen - Lacy, Stats and Ruby. I have to admit, I loved Ruby, the eldest and a former mystery writer, the best.

This was a fun listen and the setting in the running community was a nice change. I liked that the three amateurs got involved with solving the murder but the author did it without making the police seem inept. ( I seriously hate when they do that.)

The whodunnit, the whydunnit, and the howdunnit was the stuff of legends!

I liked the narration. This was a murder mystery but it had a lightness to it that the narrator captured very well.

I'm glad to see that there is another book on deck. The three sleuths were fun.

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Mind Boggling!

This one keep blowing my mind because it was freaking awesome. It built up so nicely, and It didn’t give me a chance of a guess of the murderers identity. Natalia Naudus was perfection narrating it! I couldn’t get over it and I kept going back and forth changing my mind on ‘who done it.’ Brilliant!

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Excellent beginning to a new series!

Lacey is an avid runner and divorcée who is a member of the local running store’s running club. On a recent run Lacy’s nemesis and mean girl Marlene called her out on her running abilities in front of everyone. Lacey mistakenly tells her hotheaded bestie “Stax” and drama ensues. There is a loud argument followed by apologies and an odd repeated terrified mention of scissors by Marlene. On the following trail run event Marlene disappears without a trace. Lacy, Stax and their new eccentric old lady friend Ruby seek out the mystery and possibly murder. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery which kept me guessing with red herrings and I must say is going to be one of my new favorite cozy mystery series, not that I need more. The narration was excellent and I look forward to the next book with the troublesome trio! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
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  • 11-10-18

Awesome Story, Awesome Narration!

I was immediately pulled into this book by TC Wescott. I found the writing style to be very well written and the characters were superbly developed. The imagery was incredible and I loved the twists. Natalie Naudus performed the book spectacularly. I love her voice and the way she portrayed the characters and had the right emotions and expressions for them. This book is a standalone listen and the start of a series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, the ending was great!

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Cozy Mystery

I love the the three main characters in this book. They are all different and brought something to the story. I liked that it is funny at times and it did take me a while to figure out who did it. I liked how one of the characters put it all together logically.
There is no profanity or sexual content. It does have some mild violence but that is to be expected.
I would highly recommend it. Looking forward to the next book

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Fun Cozy Mystery!

This is my first T.C. Wescott's book. This was a fun cozy mystery, which takes place in the small town of Cedar Mill. The three main characters, Lacy, Ruby and Stax, are really interesting characters. I loved the slow burn relationship between Lacy and Luke, the handsome detective Bentley. The storyline was action packed and intriguing, but the conclusion dragged a little. In some ways, this cozy mystery reminded me the Aurora Teagarden Series. I liked the running group background story. The narration was really well done and entertaining. Natalie Naudus done an amazing job with all the characters! I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Cozy

Lacy, Ruby and Stax are hot on the trail of a killer and discover some interesting town gossip along the way.

This is my first book by Wescott and it will not be my last. I enjoyed her characters and learning about the little town of busy-bodies. This is also my first time listening to Ms. Naudus. I love the the various ways she plays off the 3 main women from one another. Lacy - independent, but can't help but be a people-pleaser; Ruby - charming, strong and knows how to play off her little-old-lady card when she needs to; Stax - Forward, Loud, and life's too short to care what others think.

I feel like if I were walking around the town in which this story takes place, I'd immediately recognize this trio. I didn't ever warm up to the detective, but it truly was not an issue since the main characters and focus of this story were on Lacy, Ruby and Stax, all female.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. This did not influence my review.

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A Fun Cozy Mystery

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun cozy mystery set in the small town of Cedar Mill --a small town where everyone knows everyone. Lacy Purdy is involved in a running group with her friends Stax and Ruby. Lacy and Marlene, the leader of the running group, do not get along and Lacy even comments [and daydreams] that she would like to kill her. So, when Marlene goes missing during a run and is ultimately found murdered -- Lacy might be the prime suspect.

Of the three friends, I liked Ruby the most. She is an older woman, who in another life, was a mystery writer named Pearl Oakley in the peer group of Agatha Christie -- and, as it turns out, Lacy is a big fan of the Pearl Oakley written mysteries. And in true Miss Marple fashion, she takes the lead in investigating the missing person/murder case of Marlene with the help of Lacy and Stax.

Another enjoyable aspect of the book is the flirtation/brewing romance between Lacy and the handsome police detective. I am sure that this relationship will be explored further in upcoming stories.

The narrator, Natalie Naudus, is pitch perfect for this book.

I will be continuing with this series.

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Good murder mystery

I love that this story takes place in my home state of Oklahoma. The only thing I didn't care for in this story was the long drawn out reveal. I love women sleuth stories. Them not being a trained professional makes it all the better as unorthodox methods to getting to the truth. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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