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The Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery Box Set

Volume One
Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Series: A Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery , Book 1-5
Length: 51 hrs and 10 mins
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Now available in one volume - the first five books in the Zion Sawyer series in one audiobook.

Get the first five books in the Zion Sawyer series in one audiobook: Cappuccino, Café Au Lait, Espresso, Caffe Macchiato, and Americano. Listen to the narration and enjoy the mystery and intrigue in everyone’s favorite tourist town, all in one volume.

Follow Zion, Tate, and the other quirky residents of Sequoia as they solve mysteries while getting their favorite brew at the Caffeinator. 

©2019 M.L. Hamilton (P)2019 M.L. Hamilton

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Characters of Sequoia

I enjoy a good cozy mystery once in a while and enjoyed this one especially the narration and character development. Cappuccino-The main character of Zion Sawyer found out her birth mother Vivian Bradley has died and left her all of her possessions in Sequoia CA and goes there to meet the lawyer. He tells her she is now owner of coffee shop, cottage and some money (you have to listen to find out what happens). It has great character development and liked her parents (Gabi and Joe), Tate and Sheriff Wilson and the book has an unexpected ending. I really enjoyed when she ended her relationship with Insurance Company. Cafe au Lait-Zion Sawyer now owner of the coffee shop in Sequoia CA and is dating lawyer David while working on a murder case with Tate as her worker Deimos is the lead suspect all while the café is super busy due to music festival going on. A new character of Jaguar and liked her parents Gabi and Joe, Logan and her kitten Cleo. Espresso- Zion Sawyer is dating Tate. Jaguar now has music shop and sees his daughter, Rebecca longtime friend came to stay at Zion’s, and Tate is fostering Logan. This book is about Poole, also a police officer from LA who worked a case with Tate, he is on suspension from shooting a kid back in LA this is where the mystery comes in.The book had an unexpected ending. Caffe Macchiato -Zion Sawyer, Tate and Logan and other town characters during the Christmas time. Logan’s father Mitch Baxter shows up to take over custody and is found dead and Logan is suspect. Also Logan finds out he has half-brother. As usually it is Tate and Zion to investigate the real killer. Americano-.There are new characters such as Evie, hired to work the Half Café. Logan turns 18 and Tate want to get him something and to go to the prom. Joe and Gabi (Zion’s parents) are so such fun and good hearted. Lorenzo (casino boss) ask Tate to investigate the death of Dr.Germs (drug dealer) found frozen in the freezer. Recommend if you enjoy cozy mystery series. Keep them coming. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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An Awesome Series

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it very entertaining. Big city girl moves to small town to run the Coffee Shop her birth mother left her. Sounds simple enough, but it's not. Zion quickly finds herself helping to solve the town's crimes. You'll find yourself totally caught up in the characters as you laugh and cry with them while trying to solve the mystery. And not only that, there's something for everyone in this series. It is a perfect combination of writing skill and narration. All the books together is the best deal ever. Well worth the listen.

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Zion never disappoints - a great box of cozies:)

I've already listened to the 5 books in the Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery series and I loved every one of them - so I can honestly and wholeheartedly recommend the box set both to those who are not yet acquainted with Zion and those who know her well:)

And here are some of my thoughts on the books in the box set (you can read my full reviews for individual books on their individual sites:)):

Book 1 - Cappuccino:
'Cappuccino' is a great start to the series. It has an interesting starting point: Zion Sawyer, adopted as a child, suddenly inherits her biological mother's coffee house and other earthly possessions - which at first she rejects, as she has never met her biological mother and has never wanted to meet her. But, as it soon turns out, that unexpected event allows her to change her life completely - a change she definitely needs, for her own good. The little town of Sequoia, California, is exactly what she needs right now, and the people she meets there are a colourful, friendly bunch... well, most of them, anyway:)
There's an intriguing criminal plot, with some good twists to it, there's also a bit of romance - or possible romance - in the air. The two main characters, Zion herself and her 'co-partner in crime', a former cop Tate, are full-bodied people, with complicated personalities, but very likeable, so it's easy to kind of keep your fingers crossed for them...:) The supporting cast are also very well developed, with a lot of quirks and a lot of warmth to them. And there's a lot of humour - Zion is a kind of character that has a healthy distance to herself and can make other people smile a lot (the reader/listener, too).

Book 2 - Cafe Au Lait:
Zion has finally found her place in Sequoia, with the coffeee house to run and friends she can talk to - that's her comfort zone. But when a new murder lands at her door, she must team up with Tate again to prove one of her friend's innocent... Zion is all for getting herself involved in the case, Tate unwilling to go back to the police work he left behind when he moved to Sequoia - but once a cop, always a cop, and so he can't refuse when he's needed...
This is a very entertaining cozy mystery, with a well thought-out plot, many leads that lead nowhere (pun intended:)), many suspects who don't really have any motives for killing a girl everyone liked and a whole bunch of colourful old and new background characters. There is also a lot of humour in the book, with Zion's mother taking up yoga (oh, her smoothies:)), with a rock star working as a barista and with Zion questioning her life choices and decisions almost every step of the way...

Book 3 - Espresso:
The third book in the series starts quite slow, with Zion and Tate dancing around with their feelings for each other, with Rebekah's unexpected visit and its consequences, and with Logan's personal problems becoming the focal points for about one third through. It's only when Tate's former 'brother in blue' makes an unexpected appearance that the action speeds up and violent incidents start piling up... Cause this time all that is happening now in the quiet town of Sequoia has its roots in Tate's past...
The fact that the pace is not as fast as in the previous two books or that the focal point is more on our favourite characters' personal lives than on the murder case at hand doesn't take away anything from the story. It's as engaging, emotional and entertaining as the other two. You just can't stop listening, you keep your fingers crossed for Zion, Tate and Logan, and you eagerly follow them in their journey to uncover the truth...

Book 4 - Caffe Macchiato:
As we visit Sequoia for the fourth time, we know exactly what to expect: a fast paced plot, a murder which hits close to home for Zion and Tate, and some good twists and turns on the way to a satisfactory ending and the solution of the crime, with yet more background stories of the personal lives of most of the characters that we've got to like throughout books 1-3...:)

Book 5 - Americano:
It's another win in the Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries series. Although the beginning feels a bit slower than in the previous books and it takes us a bit more time to get to the "juicy' part (that is, the murder:)), the mystery itself is again intriguing and touching on an important issue. The new characters that appear in this part quickly become familiar and feel like they belong there and the background story of Zion's personal life is as funny and heart-warming as always.

Overall thoughts:
Ms Hamilton never disappoints with her stories in the series. Her characters live - they develop, they go through their personal ups and downs, and they learn from experience, sometimes the hard way, that life means constant change, with a lot of surprises for us on the way to the end (whatever that end may be). The murder cases are engaging emotionally and make us keep fingers crossed for Zion and Tate and their investigations. And the town of Sequoia, with its colourful citizens, becomes closer and closer to our hearts with every installment in the series (I really feel like I'd like to move there:)).

Narration by Ms Hazen throughout the set is impeccable. The pace of her reading is perfect and the voices very well done and matching the personalities of the individual characters. She keeps up the fantastic balance between the narrative and the emotional... A job very well done:)

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

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A well worthy series

I enjoyed every minute of this series. It begins with Zion’s birth mother being murdered; which brought her to this adorable quaint little town. Throughout this series new characters were introduced, murders were solved and Zion fell in love. I love Zion’s mother and her shenanigans always up to some new project. Zion’s father supporting her till he’s forced into retirement and not knowing what to do with himself he got a great her understanding of her Mother’s going from one thing to another till they settled on joining a gang. This series has a lot of comedic moments and the narrator does a great job bringing 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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An incredible box set!

Here’s your chance to get books 1 - 5 of the Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery series in one fantastic box set. That’s over 50 hours of entertainment!

Find out how Zion Sawyer comes to be in Sequoia, and get to know the wonderful characters who live there. After listening to each individual story, and now the box set, I can honestly say I feel like I know each and every character.

M.L. Hamilton has created a fantastic town with amazing characters and mysteries to keep you entertained.

Kelley Hazen is one of my absolute favorite narrators. Her timing is impeccable and she really brings out the characters emotions. I’m in awe at how she’s able to perform so many different characters, each with their own voice and style. Amazing!

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

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Great Read

Zion Sawyer Box Set: Volume One was a great read by M.L. Hamilton. This book consists of the first five books in the Zion Sawyer Series: Cappuccino, Cafe Au Last, Espresso, Cafe Macchiato, and Americano. The books follow the residents of Sequoia as well as Zion and Tate solving mysteries. Kelley Hazen did a great job of bringing life to the characters. I really enjoyed reading Zion and Tate's story and can't wait to read more in this series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-11-19

Sequoia, small town, big heart.

Small town Sequoia is used to tourists: the quaintly named shops depend upon them for survival. But it is the people who live there permanently who make it special. Zion Sawyer came to Sequoia when the birth mother who had given her up for adoption when she was still a baby, left her a cottage and the cafe, the Caffeinator, in her will. Zion liked what she found, and stayed.

M.L.Hamilton's ongoing stories from Sequoia get better as the series continues, not so much for the murder mysteries themselves, but in reconnecting with the inhabitants, watching as they grow and interact together, characters who really seem to have lives of their own. It is possible to read each as a standalone story but much more enjoyable if taken in sequence. And this box set is the perfect way to do that.

The five books included are:
i). Cappuccino
ii). Cafe an Lait
iii) Espresso
iv) Caffe Macchiato
v) Americcano
(Separate reviews have been posted for each individual book).

Narrator Kelley Hazen gives each of the numerous characters extra personality and life by voicing each seperately: she is astonishingly good at this, drawing on a cornucopia of voices to give individually performed renderings for male as well as female protagonists. There is emotion and laughter in these books, just as there would be in real life - romance, too, and, of couse, a mystery to solve.
For a light, immersive and enjoyable read, recommended

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  • Mr
  • 06-24-19

Great box set

Hi everyone this box set was great could not stop listening.,story line are great with lots of twist and turns
Well Done

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  • Mac
  • 06-23-19

Brilliant

I just love this series. To have them all together in one set is fantastic. The characters and storylines are amazing and the narrator Kelly Hazen brings them all to life.
I highly recommend this set. ❤️🥰😍