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The Book Club Murders

Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel's irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally - and murder a bit too lightly.

Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She'll do anything to make it a success - even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat - and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the club's murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren't the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley's not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer's next plot twist.

©2016 Leslie Nagel (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A home-run debut...with action, adventure and murders involving mystery books, it is sure to please every cozy mystery fan! I highly recommend adding The Book Club Murders to your fall reading list." ( The Cozy Mystery Journal)
"Charley Carpenter is my kind of woman - smart, strong, and independent. She makes an engaging and utterly appealing new detective. Book some time with Charley today!" (Michael Lister, New York Times best-selling author of Blood Oath)

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Narrator needs a studio

The story was decent. The narrator was good. But the recording itself was distractingly echo-y. Like it was recorded in a bathroom. All hard surfaces.... no sound absorption.

I'd buy another if this is a series. Just need to improve the recording process.

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Be will to suspend belief

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I am weary of five star reviews, so I take the time to read comments. This book has a great plot, however, the romance, as written, is more appropriate for a YA book. The relationship of the police department working with the heroine is beyond belief, and allowing her to take over the murder room is laugh out loud silly.

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Story good narrated poorly

Story good but sounded like the narrator was in a well if her other book like this one won't buy

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Boring start

I actually did not finish this book. It sounds like it was written with a thesaurus in hand.

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Excellent start to a new series

Leslie Nagel has written a great story for the beginning of her new series. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Awesome new series

I can't wait for the next book. What a great beginning to a series. I really cared about the characters and what became of them.

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Good if you're under the age of 30.

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Honestly there were so many high school-ish emotions running rampant that I really didn't care "who did it". It was exhausting. I was relieved to finally get to the end although the story was quite good. Good narration.

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Good overall

Not my favorite cozy mystery, but glad to have listened to it. Nice story and kept me thinking.

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Great story, but on necessary vulgarity

I love the story here. It’s intricate without being elaborate. But it is peppered with cursing – – so unnecessary. For me, it diminished the listening experience.

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For fans of Agatha Christie

This was the pick for our online cozy book club. I will say that it is more intense than a traditional cozy. I read cozies because I don't like sexual situations or vulgar language in my books. Although this had a little of both, it did not cross the line in my opinion.
I adored the name of the book group, The Agathas!! That was great. This isn't the first book that I have read where the murders mimic scenes in books (as that is very AC) and I love it. Its like murder with flair. The characters were well developed and easily relatable. I thought it had just enough twists, all the way to the end, but not so many that you couldn't follow where it was going.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely continue on with the series. I am not sure if I will continue with the audiobooks as I was not huge fan of the narrator.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 08-17-17

WoW

I got so engrossed in the audiobook I struggled to stop listening to it.
Narration and storyline both superbly done

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  • Kindle Customer Donna
  • 02-07-19

read again 😊<br /><br />

l have listened to this for second time in a few months. The characters are interesting and the storyline line in the ubiquitous setting of a book club is interesting, pointing out how people are fascinated by murders, murderers and the motivations. As well as the need for awareness in all our daily relationships. The narrator is clear and did not fall into the 'funny voice' trap to differentiate between characters .