Traitorous Toys

Cozy Corgi Mysteries
Narrated by: Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
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It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and...murder. 

The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lull Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of eggnog and gingersnaps as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts. 

The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and - with Watson sniffing around - begins a list of suspects. 

But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another. With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next....

©2017 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott / Brandon Witt

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enjoying this series

So this is the second book in the series and I've listened to both. The narrator has become the main character Winnifred "Fred" to me. She does a great job narrating the story. This book takes place around Christmas which is a holiday I love. The idea of another murder taking place in this sleepy little town is probably far fetched but it's fiction and it doesn't matter to me. There is a little bit of a pattern so far. A truly unlikable character is killed off and the person responsible isn't someone you would expect. Still, I didn't guess at the culprit. I had no clue until the last clue was revealed and our heroine figured it out as well.

Fred is a clever character who I like a lot. I feel like I can relate to her. She loves desserts, isn't a fan of running, she loves her family and she is a good friend. I am not so much of an animal lover but can understand her love for her corgi, Watson. There is a little bit of romance brewing even though Fred isn't looking for anyone to spend her life with. The genre isn't romance, I know. Even though this series is cozy mysteries, the romantic in me still can't help but wish Fred would find love.

Can't wait for more of this quirky mystery series.

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Audible: get the rest of this series!

I listened to this book right on the heels of the first and enjoyed it just as much. Loved the setting, plot and the characters - especially Watson. I want to read the next in the series but sadly Audible only has the first two. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Traitorous Toys

It's the Christmas season and just as Fred and her corgi Watson are settling in life gets complicated once more. While out with her friend, Katy shopping for Christmas gifts. Fred has to return to her store to get the doggie baggies to pick up Watson's contribution to the season. Then she heads to the toy store to join Katy. Imagine her shock when she enters and sees Katy on the ground pulling at garland from around the owner's neck. They locate pliers and cut it away when Fred discovers that he is still alive. She dials 911. And oh joy she once again comes up against Sargent Greene, a female valkyrie in her opinion. Then Katy is arrested for attempted murder. Now it's up to Fred and Watson to find the true attempted murderer.
Angie Hickman's narration brings Fred alive and her voice draws you into the story.
Fantastic story and read.

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Traitorous Toys

What an enjoyable cozy mystery!

In the small town of Estes Park it’s almost Christmas. While doing some last minute shopping a dying man is discovered in the small toy shop. It’s up to Fred and Watson to unravel the mystery before the wrong person is locked up for the crime.

This book is my first listen in the series and it can certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone. That being said I look forward to going back and listening to the first book in the series... not because I have to, but because I want to.

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

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Traitorous Toys

I liked this cozy mystery and visiting the small town again.Fred and her dog Watson are back trying to open her bookshop.While christmas shopping she and a friend find a dying man.She ,of course,has to help figure it all out.Angie Hickman was a fine narrator,once again.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Traitorous Toys

This is such a fun series! I love Watson he definitely has his own doggie personality. And all the characters are so fun and unique in their own way. I totally detest the lady detective (I think we’re supposed to though!). I am waiting on Fred to put her in her place! I love how the story turns out and look forward to more from this series. Great job on the narration Angie makes the story fun and easy to listen to. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Another wonderful mystery!

Fred is back at it, it’s Christmas and she is still working on her bookstore, The Cozy Corgi. Going about her daily routine, avoiding the men and just trying to lay low with some simple holiday shopping, she and Kate stumble on yet another crime. Unable to quell her curiosity she embarks on another cozi crime solving adventure. I love Fred and she is expertly narrated and is really brought to life by Angie Hickman! I cant wait for more in the series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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Loved it- perfect cozy mystery!

Absolutely love Winifred and Watson is the Corgi I need:). Besides being a great story, it takes place in one of my most favorite places- Estes Park and even better in a bookstore!

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Amazing!

Another cute story with Fred and Watson! I am just loving these cute cozy mysteries and the way that Angie Hickman narrate these books just amazing. I love the good when I am reading them but j love even more listening that them. Angie just brings Fred and Watson to life. She brings everyone is Estes Park. I can't wait for the next narration!

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Good start for a new series

This was a fun new cozy mystery. The characters seemed more real than some of the flat characters in other cozies. I also liked that things happened on a real timeline- main character is opening a new bookstore- and bc she’s busy dealing with a murder very little gets done- i can relate to that :) looking forward to the next book.

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What a great Christmas treat

This is the first book by this author I have listened to but it won't be the last as I really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters but did get a bit confused with the Diamond family names all starting with 'D'. I liked the fact the dog helped solve the murder as opposed to just being a bit of light entertainment in the story. I will definitely have to check out the firsts book, it didn't matter that I hadn't met the characters before as it could be listened to as a stand alone story but if you are like me you will want to know how it all came about.
Fred (Winifred) is getting ready to open her new book store but when out Christmas shopping with her friend Kate trying to buy presents for her new step family, the pair stumble on an injured man. With nothing in the toy shop taken the police rule out burglary and when a Nut Cracker is found with blood on, the police focus there attention on the only finger prints found on the doll, Kate's. With her friend locked up Fred is determined to prove her friend innocent by putting to use the knowledge her dead cop father has passed down to.her. With the victims own family all having reasons to dislike him it is not a surprise when he dies suddenly in hospital. Fred and her pet Corgi have there work cut out for them to find a killer in the small town before Christmas day or more importantly before her friend is arrested.
I liked the narrator and thought she helped bring this colourful story to life with the power of her voice.
This book was given to me for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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