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Welcome to Felicity Grove....

This upstate New York village is as small as it is peaceful. But somehow, Jonathan Kendrick's eccentric grandma, Anna, always manages to find trouble. Crime, scandal, you name it...this wheel-chair-bound senior citizen is involved. So, when the phone rings at four a. m. in Jonathan's New York City apartment, he knows to expect some kind of dilemma. But Anna's outdone herself this time. She's stumbled across a dead body in her trash can.

©1999 Tom Piccirilli (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Cozy Mystery

The protagonist comes home because his only living relative, his granny, Ann, asked him to come. A dead body was found on her land and she wants him to assist in finding out what happened. He complies, he returns to his home town where he gets along with the deputy and despises the sheriff. He meets both new people & old school chums as he attempts to resolve the mystery. Tom Piccirilli has a very distinct writing style. He is humorous. His protagonist do a lot of ruminating. His dialogue is quite natural. Combine all these and his characters become well fleshed out. The narrator is skilled & gifted. He does a nice granny’s (Ann’s) voice. However, his voice sounds older than the protagonist who is around 29yrs. old. Also, if hearing impaired, Daniel Dorse’s voice is slightly difficult to hear on the highways. The frequency is close to highway sounds so raising the volume on hearing aids or speakers doesn’t help much. His voice is very relaxing, warm & velvety. Quite nice in a quite environment.

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meh

I didn't like it. The characters keep referencing other mysteries and adventures. This bothered me because this is a supposed to be the first book in the series. After a fee chapters I skipped to the end. I also didn't like the narrator.

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It Was Good

I enjoyed this little cozy mystery, it had good characters and story line, I especially liked the dialogue between Anna [Jonathan's Grandma] and the sheriff. Daniel Dorse did a fine job narrating. I received this audio book free for my voluntary review, Thank You!

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Twists and turns!

Dead bodies and a twist at the end hold your attention throughout. Daniel Dorse did a good job narrating and bring the characters to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Johnathan and his grandmother Anna solving a murder together. It is on her land, a trash can. A good cozy mystery with some humor. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • 08-25-20

An enjoyable mystery

The first in a two book series featuring Jonathan Kendrick and his grandmother Anna and a bit of amateur sleuthing. Small New York village setting, a family history and back story featuring alcoholism, murder, life-changing injuries, bereavement, marriage, divorce, betrayal, jail time, a dog, a maybe new romance, football, - and that's without mentioning the body in the dustbin. I quite liked the two main characters, their bonds and their shared history and their inability to leave things alone when they feel the local police chief isn't working the case properly and has something to hide. The chief's deputy, an old school friend of Jonathan's isn't averse to Kendrick and Anna sticking their nose in and is happy enough discussing the investigation amidst his own concerns about his boss. Quite a busy book with the backstories woven into the narrative. I enjoyed the small town setting where everyone seems to know everyone else; where some characters have evolved and have seen the wider world and the contrast with others who have never left the town and who hark back to the glory of their school and college days when they were a minor somebody. The investigation gets complicated when another body appears at the same location with a different murder method. Enjoyable enough, no real annoyances or irritation while listening to the audio book, neither was I ever overly excited or left breathless by a turn of phrase or a descriptive passage. It just did it's job by holding my interest throughout and providing a plausible outcome to the questions that needed answering. Author Tom Piccirilli sadly died in 2015. He's left behind a decent body of work in multiple genres - crime, horror, mystery and thriller. I've read him previously, before I started blogging - The Cold Spot and F***in' Lie Down Already - and I look forward to reading more from him in the future. 3.5 from 5 Read - (listened to) August, 2020 Published - 1997 Page count - 226 (5 hrs 35 mins) Source - Audible purchase Format - Audible