Secrets, Lies, and Homemade Pies

A Sweet Thangs Mystery, Book 1
By: Emma Ames
Narrated by: Sandra W. Parker
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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Tizzy Donovan is having a run of bad luck. A bakery delivery gone wrong. A bar fight with an old classmate. The discovery of a dead body in the cemetery. 

Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper’s luck isn’t much better. He’s finally gotten his first solo case, and it’s in the podunk town of Brownsboro, Texas. But when he meets local beauty, Tizzy, he thinks his luck is about to change...until she becomes the prime suspect in his case!

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Great cozy!

Cute cozy with great characters and storyline! I was so surprised by the ending but it was excellent! Can’t wait to see what happens at the bakery next!

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Cute Cozy Mystery Romance

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this. Tizzy was so funny! I loved the community in this story and would love to read more. The narrator was great too.

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Fun romance with a mystery

Fun story with romance and mystery and just enough quirkiness. The Texas ranger instead of the nosy neighbor was a great change from other mystery/fun/romances. If you like a fun romantic mystery you'll enjoy this book.

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

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A Surprisingly Good Cozy Mystery

This story was full of surprises. It didn’t have a snoopy, female sleuth: It had a genuine Texas Ranger running the show. I was expecting this to be a regular old cozy mystery, but this was more like a mystery romance. I loved all of the characters and I’m definitely interested in seeing where the next few books in the series will take me. The narrator was great with voices, but often sounded a bit robotic; kind of like she was reciting something she had memorized. But, that didn’t detract too much from the fun of listening to this book. I’ll be back to Texas soon to find out what else happens in this crazy little town.

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sweet and southern

A great cozy mystery - more romance than mystery but I think that made me enjoy it even more. I loved Tizzy and her quirky ability to hear the dead as well as her and Trooper Coopers sweet rhyming names. I loved the twists and turns as well as all the secrets that come out about the players in town while trying to solve this murder mystery. Great story line and good flow - the narrator had some spots that sounded choppy but that's really my only critic. Sweet, southern and smooth this romance, mystery read is a win for me!

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

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Intriguing mystery

Secrets, Lies, and Homemade Pies is an intriguing mystery mixed with a little bit of the paranormal. This is my first book by Emma Ames and I think she did a fabulous job with the characters and the storyline. I loved the little twist and turns they kept me on my feet wanting more. Sandra W. Parker did a fantastic job with her narration. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I received this audio book at my request. I am leaving my honest review here voluntarily of my own volition.

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Fun!

texas, law-enforcement, supernatural, murder-investigation, cozy-mystery, situational-humor, verbal-humor

If you like sassy Texas romance with a side order of murder, you'll love this one! The good looking Ranger from Pennsylvania is assigned to a small town when an odd murder comes to light. The smart and sassy widow who talks to ghosts is not only the one who finds the body in the town graveyard,but also has a negative history with the victim. Of course everyone in town really dislikes the victim and likes the young widow. A good story!
Narrator Sandra W Parker has the Texas down right and has a great delivery.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway!

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Secrets,Lies and Homemade Pies

Texas Ranger Ridge had been sent to a small possible town in Texas to investigate a murder. Tizzy, a widow with a small child, found the body of her sister in law on her husband's grave. It's up to Ridge to find the murderer but what should he do when the main suspect it's the woman who found the body and the the woman he's falling for. To top the whole thing of, she had a quirk that is hard to get a handle on.
Sandra W Parker is an excellent narrator whose Texas teach is fantastic!
Fantastic audio and story!!!

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Little mystery lots of romance

This book is way more romance (more like teen hormonal romance) than mystery. Tizzy Donavon and her friends do lead you on a good laugh. So I will give this book 3 stars but it is not my cup of tea. I will say that Sandra W Parker does a wonderful job of narrating this book. I would listen to her again and I would give her 5 stars.
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Fantastic book

This book had a pretty good story line. It had mystery and little romance. I definitely would like to do more in this series.
The narrator did a great job. I requested and received this book free of charge in exchange for a honest review.



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  • Emma-Claire Leonard
  • 12-12-19

Murder and romance

I loved this novel from start to finish, it was so much fun. It was obvious where the romance section was going from the beginning, but the murder mystery kept me guessing.
The narrator fitted in perfectly with the story and really brought the characters to life.
Overall, this was a light fun chick-lit style book, but I would definitely read/listen to another by this author.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 11-24-19

Loved it

A very entertaining mystery with lots of suspense and humour. The mystery kept me guessing until the end.I liked the characters although the romance was a little too quick for my liking. I look forward to reading more of the series.

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  • Julie
  • 11-12-19

A sweet cozy

I did enjoy this cozy but thought it was more of a romance story than a mystery because the murder for me got lost in the relationship between the two main characters. There was a number of suspects and I did like the characters but thought Tizzy was a strong independent women at the start, very sassy and fun but by the end she had turned in to helpless female in love. Not sure why she was talking to the ghosts in the graveyard and thought the author could have made more of that with the ghost playing a part in the solving of the case instead of just shouting at her.
Widowed mum Tizzy is out jogging at the local cemetery when she stumbles over a body. To make matter worse the dead women is her sister-in-law the woman Tizzy a had a big argument with only hours before, the woman who had always thought Tizzy wasn't good enough for her brother. As this is the first murder case the small town has seen Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper is called in to help solve the crime before Tizzy is arrested.
The narrator was very American but was easy to listen to.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review