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State of the Art Heist

Booker Brothers Detective Agency, Book 1
Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kacey Chance is an aspiring actress with a cute face and a plucky attitude. She's trying to break into Hollywood, but it isn't easy. She was the prettiest girl in her hometown, but in LA she's a dime a dozen. 

When a friend offers Kacey a job working at a detective agency, the young actress jumps at the opportunity. Maybe this is the role she's been looking for. 

The detective agency is unlike any she's ever seen in the movies. It's run by three handsome, single brothers and their sassy grandmother. Her first day at the agency is anything but boring. She's put on the case right away, infiltrating the world of LA's rich elites. Soon Kacey is finding clues for her new bosses, and having the time of her life. 

The case involves a piece of artwork that was stolen during a big Hollywood party. There's strong evidence it was taken by the host's ex-wife, seeking revenge. But a visit to the suspect's posh LA penthouse only reveals more suspects with more motives. There's the colorful artist who created the masterpiece, jealous film executives, and more ex-wives. Even the catering company is acting suspiciously. 

Kacey is deep into the investigation when she discovers her employers are in trouble. The financial kind. If this case goes wrong, and they lose their biggest client, the Booker Brothers Detective Agency could be shutting down for good. 

It's up to Kacey to solve the mystery of the State of the Art Heist, save the agency, and keep her new job, which really is the role of a lifetime. 

There are plenty of laughs and tons of twists in this feel-good cozy mystery from debut author Maisie Dean! 

Content: No graphic violence, sex, or swearing. This clean, easy listen is perfect for lunch breaks or relaxing at the end of the day!

©2018 Maisie Dean (P)2018 Maisie Dean

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THE STAGE IS SET...

STATE OF THE ART HEIST is the first book in the Booker Brothers Detective Agency series. This one definitely needs to be read first as it is the introduction to all of the characters, though the cozy mystery is complete and stands alone.

I loved that the opening chapter was a conversation between Kacey and the reader. In stage vernacular, she was breaking the fourth wall. It was fun and made me love her immediately. She’s already set the stage (see what I did there?) to make me read/listen to the next couple of books just to find out which brother – Harrison, Lucky, or Owen – she eventually chooses as her mate… and with whom the other brothers will pair up.

I had a blast listening to this cozy mystery. The characters are fun and interesting. The story was laugh-out-loud enjoyment.

Narration: The narrator is Marie Hoffman, so of course I thought it was a wonderful job done. She is one of my favorite narrators. I love listening to her conversational style of delivery.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: STATE OF THE ART HEIST
Series: Booker Brothers Detective Agency #1
Category /Genre: Cozy Mystery
Recommended for: 14+ due to mature concepts
Listenability: OK for ears
Received from: Angela Pepper (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Great Cozy Mystery!

This was my first Maisie Dean's book, and won't be the last! This is also the first book in the Booker Brothers Detective Agency Series. This great cozy mystery is a gem! The storyline is well written, sweet, and humorous. Kacey, the three Booker Brothers (Harrison, Lucky and Owen), and their grandmother, are great characters. The secondary characters (friends, clients and suspects) are also very interesting and are an important part of this story. The narration was amazing! Marie Hoffman has a great voice, easy and pleasant to listen to. This was such a fun listen, and I totally recommend it. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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Excellent mystery with no swearing!

I cheered for our gal throughout the book. Well-written.
I appreciate a good mystery without graphic violence, sex and bad language.Well done!

Marie Hoffman brought the characters to life with her narrating.

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

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Cute story, Hope there's more to the series

This was a cute, humorous, light read. I'm a big fan of cozies & this fits the bill and had some real promise for the series. The only problem was that it was about as deep as a kiddie pool, as far as delving into character development and background, we barely got our feet wet - BUT there were some interesting tidbits revealed, hints of, hopefully, much more to come. For me, this felt more like a novella prequel to an established series - the "0.5" book that's released after you've read books 1-3 so you can go, "oh, that's how they all met". But, like I said, for a quick light, funny read it was good. Marie Hoffman did a good job with the narration as well. If there was a 3.5 ☆ option, I would have given it. I am looking forward to seeing what more is offered in book 2.

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

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A cozy mystery

Both author Maisie Dean and narrator Marie Hoffman are new to me. This is book one in the Booker Brothers Detective Agency series. I enjoyed the story and felt that Marie Hoffman did a great job in her narration. .
Kacey Chance is an actress trying to break into Hollywood, but it’s not easy. When the opportunity to work at the agency comes up she takes it.
The Booker Brothers are all handsome and single and along with their grandmother run the agency. When Kacey is assigned to a case she begins to search for clues and finds that she loves the work.
There were quite a few twists and turns throughout this story and I found myself laughing at times over the characters behaviour.
State of the Art Heist is a cozy mystery that kept me guessing.

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Fabulous new series!

Kacey Chase is an aspiring actress who is less aspiring and more over it. She is placed through a temp agency at a private investigator office, Booker Brothers Investigations. All of the brothers are attractive and one gets Kacey’s heart but we aren’t told which. A long time client hires the groups to retrieve a painting that was stolen from a party, he knows who did it so it should be open and shut. Or not. A wonderful mystery story, quite funny, and kept me guessing. The narration was excellent! I cant wait to download the next in the series. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Angela
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS United States
  • 01-10-19

Great quirky story!

What a hoot! This was intriguing and funny and definitely kept me guessing. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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

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  • Jan M
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  • 01-08-19

Fun and Quirky!

I found State of the Art Heist to be a fun and quirky listen. I was immediately pulled its and adored the characters. I thought that narration was spot on. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The author wrote some very unexpected twists and the narrator had distinguished voices for the various characters.

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Stephanie Plum Like but Cleaner!

The style of this book reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series.... which I'll be honest I liked the humor and story but didn't get past the first book because the bad language got to me. This one was just as fun and at least in this first book it was a clean read. The dynamics between the brothers are fun and the narrating was great too. It's a fun read and I'm now looking forward to the next in the series.

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

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great mystery

a very good book I enjoyed it very much It was Written very well and very enjoyable the narrator was good as well a very good story to listen to
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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 12-09-18

Shenanigans galore

A fun and zippy mystery with quirky characters and a good case to solve.
I listened to this book in one sitting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kacey is a really lively character and uses her acting skills to great advantage to get the job done. Plenty of humour and drama to keep me listening. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.