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Death Comes to Happy Acres Audiobook

Death Comes to Happy Acres

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At 63, former jazz musician Wade Lovett finds himself something of a trailer park Lothario carrying on affairs with three different women. But when circumstances prompt Carol Smitzky to make a compelling case for a marriage arrangement, he agrees. The next morning, he visits girlfriend number two, Peggy MacCallister, to tell her the news - and finds her lying dead on her kitchen floor. Shortly after Peggy's death, Wade is surprised to learn that she left him guardianship of her prized cat, Prince Albert. Even more surprising, she named Wade as beneficiary of her life insurance, which provokes her son to demand an autopsy. As a natural death seems less and less likely, Wade becomes the prime suspect in her murder, forcing him to investigate the crime himself. Was Peggy killed by one of her two children, the park manager, a mystery second boyfriend, or was it Wade's third paramour, Sue Mullins?

©2015 JT Moss (P)2016 JT Moss

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    Much Read Photographer 21/06/2016
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    "Great easy clean listening"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character: Wade and his interaction with the multiple women in his life.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Husmann – was your favourite?

    Wade.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good clean (no guts, gore or foul language) mystery with an excellent narrator. Easy light listening and I would definitely look at other books with either the same narrator or author.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark M
    15/02/16
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    "Perfect weekend listening"
    Where does Death Comes to Happy Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not a big audiobook listener, but 'Death Comes to Happy Acres' has me rethinking that. I'd read the book and delighted in the style, characters and story, and it has been brought to life in near-perfect fashion by narrator Peter Husmann. He has exactly the voice, cadence and delivery I'd expect for this book. It made for the perfect audiobook experience over the long weekend.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I can't say it kept me on the edge of my seat - that seems more appropriate for a thriller. This is a delightful mystery that kept me guessing.


    What does Peter Husmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter Husmann has the delivery and voice I would most connect with this book. The characters were brought to life well and distinctly, and the pacing was just what it should be.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be listening to more audiobooks after this one! It's a great introduction (and in my case, a re-introduction) into the unique world of the spoken narrative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Arlington, KY, United States
    22/06/16
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    "Excellent Listen"

    This was an enjoyable listen. The narration was excellent and the book was well paced. It was a who-done-it that wasn't easily figured out. I think this would be a good start to a new series. Hopefully, the author will think so too and continue to write about Happy Acres trailer park.

    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • josie
    Asheville, North Carolina
    22/06/16
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    "Awesome - a breath of fresh air!"

    Loved the writing, loved the characters, loved the story and loved the narrator.
    The characters have real life struggles not written about often - basic living money problems. The characters are all "of an age" which is even better. The mystery was great! I guessed wrong and love it when that happens.
    I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine M.
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    21/06/16
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    "Great Who Done It Mystery!"
    If you could sum up Death Comes to Happy Acres in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Suspenseful, Creative


    Which character – as performed by Peter Husmann – was your favorite?

    I would have to say Peter Husmanns' performance of Wade was my favorite. Peter managed to show that Wade was not a player/ladies man as he first comes off but is a lost man that is quite endearing. Mr. Husmann gave life to Wade and performed him perfectly. I would have been disappointed if Wade was presented to me in any other way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I actually did listen to this book in one sitting. Recovering from back surgery gives me the time to do just that and I am so glad that I did. For me, I was enjoying the story so much and it ended too soon. I hope JT Moss writes some more Happy Acres stories as they are quite enjoyable and written exactly how a mystery should be written. Kudos!!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book Addict
    Lyons, Ks USA
    18/06/16
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    "Death Comes to Happy Acres"

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”


    I have to name this a cozy mystery. It was a quick listen with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I found myself scratching my head trying to guess "who dun it?" The characters weren't terribly likable, but I didn't hate em either. I wouldn't mind seeing a few more "Happy Acre." adventures.




    The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    25/02/16
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    "a cozy, clean mystery set on a trailer park"

    63-year-old Wade has been a bit of a lady’s man. But when Carol proposes marriage, he accepts. After all, there’s the benefit of health insurance, and it seems a good deal all around. Trying to do the right thing, Wade intends to notify one of his other hook-ups, Peggy, that their get-togethers will have to stop, but he discovers Peggy is dead. Soon, Wade finds himself a suspect in the police investigation, as he is the person to gain the most from Peggy’s death. For starters, there’s Prince Albert, the cat, whose guardian Wade becomes. Wade has to find out what happened to Peggy.

    Death Comes To Happy Acres was a cozy, clean mystery set on a trailer park in California with a small cast of oddball characters. Told from Wade’s first person perspective, it was written in a light-hearted, straightforward manner and was a quick and entertaining listen. There were plenty of suspects, and I failed to work out what exactly had happened to poor old Peggy until all was revealed in the end. Though Wade may come across as a bit of a player initially, he is actually a very likable guy who hasn’t got over the death of his wife. He gradually forms an attachment to Albert, the cat, which was endearing, and some of his musings were quite witty.

    The narration was very good. Peter Husmann’s interpretation of Wade was excellent. He got across the sentiment of a lovable but philosophical, slightly lost character and sounded enthusiastic throughout. I wish the female voices would have been a bit more distinguishable. Because there were numerous females, it wasn’t always easy to keep up with it. There were no production issues.

    On the whole, this was a solid whodunit without violence or strong language but with plenty of dry humor and the additional benefit of following an older gentleman on his journey of coping with his loss and finding an unexpected bond with an animal. Definitely recommended for fans of cozy mysteries with down-to-earth characters and all animal lovers.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany Markworth
    Bellevue, NE United States
    02/08/16
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    "Decent"
    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable light mystery. I loved the banter between the characters. I will definitely keep this series on my radar. The narrator did a good job. I will keep him on my radar as well. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JaxJournalist
    20/07/16
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    "Great cosy mystery with unconventional protagonist"
    What did you love best about Death Comes to Happy Acres?

    The main character in this book, Wade Lovett, is a 60+ retiree living in a trailer park in California -- not exactly the lead character you'd expect in a cozy mystery. Through adept storytelling and solid characterization, JT Moss creates a story that is intriguing, entertaining and engaging. Wade is a brisk change from female caterers, bakers and knitters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Comes to Happy Acres?

    The story is nicely paced with twists, turns and red herrings. Just when I thought I knew "who done it," I had to guess again. The events felt uncontrived and flowed naturally and logically. I enjoy a well-crafted story where all of the story elements are seamlessly interwoven.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Husmann – was your favorite?

    Wade is by no means a hero. He unabashedly dates several women at once, may or may not love the woman he's just wed, and has zero ambition. Yet these foibles make him real, likeable and endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    United States
    14/07/16
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    "An Entertaining and Fun Cozy Mystery"

    "Death Comes to Happy Acres" was a great listen. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. I loved the character of Wade and the setting at Happy Acres. Wade was a bit peculiar which was what made him a fun protagonist. Although he was seeing three women, he did say he wasn't the Don Juan type. When Peggy, one of his lady friends turns up dead, he sort of inherits her cat, Prince Albert plus $2,000.00 to take care of him. He doesn't really want to keep him as Carol, his new wife is allergic but he can't seem to find him a good home. Throughout the whole story, I never had a clue how it was going to end so not predictable at all.

    I think this was a clever, fun, and enjoyable story written by JT Moss. Along with a great story was a terrific read by Peter Hussman. His narration style was excellent. Flawless. I liked the way he meandered through the story with his tone and voice inflections. He was the perfect reader for this book and I hope him and the author team up again for more mysteries like this one. Recommended.

    (I also really like the cover art for this book).

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    07/07/16
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    "very entertaining mystery"
    Where does Death Comes to Happy Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    just started with audiobooks, but so far this ranks as a two for sure!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Wayne. He really came across as a semi retired older guy who is completely oblivious to dealing with women!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    don't have a favorite scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    understanding women?


    Any additional comments?

    I was given the opportunity to listen to this audiobook by the author/reader or publisher and asked to give an unbiased, honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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