Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller

Scarlet Oaks Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kimberly M. Wetherell
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Is it possible Scarlet Oaks, the reluctant new host of a men’s call-in show, inspired the first serial killer San Francisco’s seen in some 40 years?

Struggling to pay the rent after her boyfriend’s sudden departure, continue her role as mediator in an unconventional family, and feed a micro pig who appears less micro by the day, Scarlet’s life is far from perfect. But when an eerie sounding caller is identified as the bay area’s latest serial killer, it appears her life will never be same.

With the killer continually calling into Scarlet’s show, while managing to stay one step ahead of the San Francisco police, Scarlet begins to fear she’s his next victim. Enlisting best friends Niles and Tom and their often-hilarious help, Scarlet sets out to find the elusive Serial Caller...before he finds her.

Root for Scarlet during this heart-pounding and alternately humorous mystery thriller. Fall in love with unforgettable characters, recognize familiar family members, and hold on tight for an adrenaline-filled ride.

If you’re a Stephanie Plum fan, make room for Scarlet Oaks!

This is the first book in the Scarlet Oaks series.

©2017 LW Media Group Ltd (P)2019 LW Media Group Ltd

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Uneventful

I didn't really care for this book. It seemed to go on and on and there really wasn't anything to suck me in. The mysterious caller was annoying, his threat was not terribly suspenseful and catching him was boring. I liked the characters, their different personalities and their interactions but they weren't very memorable. The whole story could have ended way before it did but it felt to me like there was a whole lot added to the end that was unneeded. The narration was very good and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to something else from her. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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A Slow Burn

The cover immediately drew me to this story. Prudence the pig completely steals the show anytime she is mentioned. However, aside from those moments, the storyline was long and drawn out. I felt that the author could have cut several chapters from the story. The arrest of the "bad guy" was done without any fanfare. The heart of the plot is good and I do plan to check out additional stories from this author. Why? Because there is a diverse and fun cast of characters. Niles and Tom are delightful in their doting on Scarlett. And hello, a pig!

Narrator Kimberly M. Wetherell was brilliant. She lent a great voice to each character.

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Book one in the Scarlet Oaks Mystery series.

I was gifted this book with understanding that I would leave an honest review.
I was drawn to this book by first the cover which I loved. Second by the fact that it is written in the San Francisco area. The story is a good cozy mystery and keeps you on your toes. The audiobook is narrated by Kimberly M Wetherell. I thought Kimberly does a great job of reading this book. I will be looking for more in this series.

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Funny Story

Scarlett Oaks, radio DJ, is truly awesome character. Her sidekick is a little pig. She has two wonderful gay make friends. They need their own story. Together they help the police solve a "serial killer". Loved the play on the title. Highly recommend this story.

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Really liked this one

I really liked this one! Great story and character’s. Can’t wait to see where the characters go!

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A promising start to a new cozy series............

Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller is the start of what promises to be a fun cozy mystery series. As with all cozies, the story is definitely character driven, and much more of the story focuses on Scarlet, her friends and her family than the mystery portion. The author does a fantastic job of describing the various characters, and I loved the diversity of these characters' personalities. She has her two male best friends, divorcing parents with all their drama, a spunky grandmother, and her fellow radio station employees. Scarlet herself is always positive and optimistic despite several extremely embarrassing situations as she tries to find her mister right, and several dangerous situations as she attempts to unmask the identity of a serial killer calling her radio show. I recommend this book to all fans of the cozy mystery genre.

Kimberly M Wetherell's narration is excellent. She has a light, almost bouncy voice that is perfect for Scarlet's bubbly personality. She differentiates subtly but well between characters, and her delivery was flawless. I am looking forward to hearing future collaborations between this author and narrator soon.

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

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Fantastic book

Fantastic book. From start to finish this book kept me on the edge of my seat. Every time i thought it was about to conclude, it would then take a twist. The one of the callers was that kept calling turns out to be a murderer. Loved this book. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. I hope there will be more audio books in this series.

the narrator did an excellent job.

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Scarlet Oaks

Michaela James has succeeded in pulling me in with Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller. I loved the quirky characters and the clean romance with mystery in this book. Kimberly M. Wetherell brought the characters to life.

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characters you want to get to know more of

Book 1 in this series that revolves around Scarlet Oaks who is just an absolute brilliant character. Always positive in every situation but it doesn't come off as fake. The characters that surround her - friends and family are just as fun and lovable as Scarlet is and her pet pig - OMG! A fun mystery that will have you guessing if you really know who may be the murderer and why and what he really wants with our dear sweet heroine Scarlet. Well written with fabulous characters that you just want to get to know more about. Narration was spot on and well done! Great storyline that flowed well through out the entire read / listen!

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So enjoyable!

This is a fun and light listen with lovable characters and great suspense. The narration is spot on and the story is unique.

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  • Julie
  • 02-15-20

Stalker or caller

This is the first book by this author I have read or listened to but I have already download book two, mainly because this is a fun cozy mystery with good quirky characters. I especially liked the pig as a pet but that wasn't the only unusual aspect to the book, it made a nice change that the main character works as a D.J. The mystery was good but it is more focused on Scarlet's dysfunctional family life which adds humour to the book.
Scarlet is bumped from her regular job as a top forty D.J to replace a drunk D.J talking to men about relationships using sports terms. Scarlet is the last person who should be giving advice, as her boyfriend just dumped her. Leaving her with big bills and the only hope that she can keep food on the table for her and her pig is by joining a dating site and getting the men take her out for meals and maybe find love at the same. Despite being broke Scarlet's biggest fear is that she knows nothing about sport , that is until someone kills a women on her miss spoken advice. Then ever caller seems threatening, late at night when the rest of the studio is empty. Especially as the police can't find him, the only clue they have is the flowers he leaves at the crime scenes. The same ones Scarlet is receiving. Is she the next victim? Or is he looking to her for approval? Is the killer a caller on her show or is it someone she dated? With good friends, a loving dad and a feisty grandma Scarlet might just live long enough to hit her new job out of the park.
I liked the narrator, she is bubbly enough that each character gets there own voice.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.