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Publisher's Summary

Viva Durant, teen detective, is back in New Orleans to crack her latest case! This audio original features original music from the creator, Ashli St. Armant, and an engaging performance from Audible Hall of Fame narrator Bahni Turpin. 

Now that she’s returned to New Orleans for Thanksgiving break, Viva is charged with figuring out the truth behind a mysterious bout of illness traced back to a local creole restaurant called Madame Bouchard’s. Were customers poisoned on purpose, or was it a simple cooking mistake? And who could be behind the chaos? Viva only has a week to solve the culinary mystery, and to do so, she’ll have to contend with a longtime rivalry, rumors of voodoo magic, and Thanksgiving dinner with her extended family!

Listeners will love the continued detective adventures of Viva Durant and her stern-yet-spirited Gram! 

©2021 Ashli St. Armant (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Ashli St. Armant is a vocalist, actor, writer, and arts educator based in Southern California. She is the founder of Leaping Lizards Music, a music and theater education program for students, TK-12. She is a professionally trained vocalist and actor who attended the Orange County High School of the Arts and holds a degree in Child Development from Saddleback College. Alongside teaching, writing, and raising her two sons, Ashli tours with her band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, a jazz band for young audiences. Together they have produced four albums featured by NPR and L.A. Times, and have performed at numerous venues, including Lincoln Center and Sprout Network (NBC). Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons is Ashli’s debut audio original, and sets the path for her new venture into children’s literature.

About the Performer

Bahni Turpin is a Los Angeles-based actress with many television and film credits in addition to being an award winning narrator. She is honored to have been awarded an Audie for Best Female Narrator, 2015, Audible Narrator of the Year, 2016, and American Library Association’s Voice of Choice for 2017. In 2018, Bahni won best female narration again, and was also inducted into the Audible Hall of Fame. She is a two-time Odyssey Award winner, and was also named as one of Audiophile's Golden Voices for 2019.

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Me and my sister love this series

We would like more book's please. I hope ress and gram will be in it

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Fun for old and young!

I’m a grandma, and I loved both the Viva books I’ve listened to. So you don’t have to be a kid!
I enjoy not just the great story read by a wonderful narrator, but also the sound effects (like silverware clinking against plates, etc.) and the music. This author/narrator pair is terrific!

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Great reader

This reader is the best female reader I have heard on audible and just plain one of the best readers I have heard. What a pleasure to listen!

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I love this Series! More Please

I like this so much! Very fun to listen too and I never got bored.

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8 year Old’s opinion

This book is great *thumbs up*. This book is interesting. Viva fixed a problem. The story reading was great.
(Listened on a road trip-she loved it)

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I LOVE this series

This is an amazing audiobook like the first book.I can not wait for the next one!I love so many audiobooks but this series is my favorite!

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Best short series-waiting for next 1

Viva Durant series is one of the best short listens and young reader books I have listened to in the last year and I’m an ADULT! I couldn’t wait for the second book. This book and the one before is Best overall. The story from a young adult view makes me remember how I was when I was younger. The performance really brings out NOLA and puts right back in the city I love to visit. I hope to see more books come out! Thanks for a great series

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Age of Viva Durant

Love the book series so far! Very light and intriguing, a nice series to listen to to spice up a walk, or bike ride. I only have one problem, in chapter 3, when Viva goes to interview Madam Bouchard, she mentions Viva is 16, when she can’t actually be! In the last book, Viva is only 14 and as this book only takes place a few months after the previous one, her age doesn’t add up. Not sure what happened with the age mixup, just thought to point it out to see if anyone else spotted it. Happy reading!

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I does this series

Loved this story!! The characters are full and intriguing. This series continues to show intelligent, strong and empathetic women of color. I feel like apart of the family every time. The narration was superb, Bahni!! I can’t wait for the next installment Ashli!!!

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Even Better Than the First

The characters in the book are like old friends. The mystery keeps you at the edge of your seat. The unexpected twist are non-stop. This is a really good book. Can't wait for the next one.

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