Death Over Easy by Maddie Day – Audiobook (Tantor Audio)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4 stars

The Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival in Beanblossom, IN, is underway, and Robbie Jordan, owner of Pans n’ Pancakes, is excited since the venue will provide opportunities for a few musicians and dancers to stay at her newly opened B&B. Her boyfriend, Abe, is one of the performers at the festival, and she feels proud watching him from the audience. But when she and other observers see him arguing with one of the band members, and then that same member is found dead the next day, Robbie gets involved in the investigation since the suspects include her boyfriend, her father and a couple of guests staying at her small B&B.

Death Over Easy is Book five in the Country Store Mystery series. I enjoyed it despite having absolutely no knowledge of bluegrass music, banjos and whatnot. One of my favorite things about this series is revisiting with recurring characters, particularly Lt. Buck Bird, a tall, lanky Detective with a bottomless pit appetite and a deep Hoosier accent.

I liked that several of the characters were potential suspects, and it was interesting how various characters had different opinions of the victim; some thought she was a great person, others thought she was awful. I kept trying to ascertain her true nature. And even though I had an inkling of who the murderer was fairly early on, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story.

I had a niggle with the occasional instances of sexual innuendo in the book. It was unnecessary. And since the audio narrator had a very senior voice those instances sounded a little ridiculous. The flirty exchanges between Robbie and Abe sounded like an overgrown school girl with a dirty old man and it was not appealing.

An issue I had with the audio narrator, Laural Merlington, was that her voice was not that of a person in her twenties or thirties, which I believe was the age of the protagonist. She sounded, at the very least, to be a woman in her sixties, maybe even seventies. It’s not that the narrator wasn’t perfectly capable or articulate, it’s just that she sounded much older than some of the characters, and as a consequence I found it difficult to connect with some of them. I kept thinking to myself that she’d be a lot more convincing as the voice of Jessica Fletcher, or possibly the book (not movie) version of Agatha Raisin—but not Robbie Jordan. I’d wished I had a paperback copy in addition to the audio version so that I could switch up when her voice began to harass me.

All things considered, Death Over Easy was an enjoyable cozy mystery and I will be on the lookout for further additions to the series.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a free download of Death Over Easy. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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Review: Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK.  Linnet Ridgeway has stolen her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort’s fiancé, handsome Simon Doyle, and has become Linnet Doyle to Jackie’s dismay and astonishment. Linnet already had everything as a wealthy heiress with brains and beauty. How could she deliberately set out to steal her best friend’s man and marry him?  Jackie was of meager means and Simon meant everything to her, so she seeks revenge by systematically stalking the new couple wherever they go, popping up and harassing them, including on their honeymoon vacation to Egypt. Jackie’s bent on making the couple miserable; punishing them for destroying her.  She even threatens murder, and that’s exactly what happens while the Doyles are on board a paddle steamship on the Nile River.  Linnet is shot dead and Jackie is the obvious suspect, only she has a solid alibi. Furthermore, as Hercule Poirot, who was also present during this trip, begins to investigate the murder he learns that Linnet had more enemies than just Jackie, and any one of them had motive for wanting her dead.

Death on the Nile was a clever mystery that was enacted orally in an entertaining way.  The story was full of colorful characters that kept me guessing as to whether any of them could have committed the murder. The fact that this was an audiobook made it a lively and fun listen, and I chuckled many times at the British characters and their humorous anecdotes and witty sayings. Listening to Hercule Poirot is always a joy, and watching his keen intellect put to action in solving crimes is the icing on the cake. This audiobook was a BBC radio full-cast dramatization that I bought as a $0.99 Daily Deal at Audible.com and I truly enjoyed it.  If you like relatively short mystery dramas (this one was 2.25 hours), Death on the Nile is definitely one to check out.

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Murder On The Half Shelf

Murder on the Half Shelf (A Booktown Mystery, #6)Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a well written cozy mystery by author Lorna Barrett. It is the 5th or 6th book in the “BookTown” series, but can be read alone. I haven’t read a cozy in quite some time and almost forgot how fun they could be. This particular murder mystery involved a Bed and Breakfast proprietor who is found dead on the property not long after the guests arrive. There are a host of characters that I thought I’d have a hard time keeping up with throughout the book, but surprisingly I was able to remember mostly everyone who was mentioned. I attribute this to the author’s writing style. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t care to read cozies is because there are too many characters involved and it was too difficult trying to remember all of them. Now I realize that it may not be how many characters are involved, but the way the story is written that makes the difference. I liked the fact that any number of the characters could have been responsible for the murder, so I found myself musing about who and how any one of them could have done it. I liked reading about the town where the protagonist lived because it was made up of many delightful shops, including book stores which are my favorite. So overall this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Lorna Barrett’s mysteries.

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