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  • Apple Strudel Alibi

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Gemma’s romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it’s not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria’s historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel, and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out the killer. Is it the bitter hotel owner nursing a grudge? The critic’s jealous mistress wanting revenge? Or even the American horse trainer who seems inexplicably nervous around the police? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fine mystery

  • By Teddy on 21-09-18

Another fine mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-18

As charming and entertaining as the other books in the series.

Somewhat spoiled, for me, by Gemma (a very English character) using Americanisms such as referring to the first floor of buildings as the second floor. It irritated me every time it happened, to the extent of jolting me out of the flow oif the narrative.

Other than that, the nicely crafted mystery I've come to expect from this series.

  • Murder Most Witchy

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 10
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Life in the Winchester household is hardly settled. That’s true for Bay Winchester more than anybody else. Her boyfriend, Landon Michaels, is away from town on an undercover assignment for the FBI, and Bay is struggling not to let worry and unease rule over her life. Halloween is approaching, after all, and Hemlock Cove is bustling with activity. Bay has her hands full even when her heart feels empty. A chance encounter with Landon while he’s undercover leaves Bay exposed...and furious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The let-down of the series

  • By Teddy on 13-09-18

The let-down of the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Not bad overall but the first quarter of the story just doesn't hold up.

Bay KNOWS Landon is working undercover.

It makes absolutley no sense that she's so upset when she runs into him and he doesn't acknowledge that he knows her.

NO SENSE whatsoever.

It also makes no sense that her entire family bought into her upset instead of telling her how stupid she was and pointing out that HE WAS UNDERCOVER so OF COURSE he couldn't acknowledge her.

She does have a valid point about his reason for not sending her a message via his 'phone contact with Chief Terry, but even that doesn't make sense - Chief Terry is always at the Winchester place so he would have known how upset Bay was, and why. There's no way he wouldn't have tried to alieviate her anguish by explaining the situation and telling her how sorry Landon was that he couldn't contact her.

I spent the first quarter of the book on the edge of being so irritated I was tempted to hit the stop button and not bother listening to the rest.

Once the first quarter was out of the way, however, the story settled down along the usual entertaining and amusing, but I marked it down in my rating as the rubbishy start makes it the weakest of the series so far.

  • Life's a Witch

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 7
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Bay Winchester is living the witch part - literally. She's hoping to avoid the dying part. The Winchester world is full of trouble when great-aunt Willa and cousin Rosemary come to town. It's clear they're up to something, but no one can figure out what. When a young man's body shows up at Hollow Creek, Bay's attention is divided thanks to a morose ghost who blames her for ending "party time" and Aunt Tillie's refusal to back down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still got it

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Still got it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Once again this series delivers an entertaining story. I was a little distracted by the repetitive overuse of certain words in this one, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment.

  • Between a Witch and a Hard Place

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest Books 4-6 (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Box Set Book 2)
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Winchester witches are at it again, and this time the stakes are higher than ever.Go along with Bay, Thistle, Clove, Aunt Tillie and the rest of the Winchester family (and their friends, of course) as they take on human traffickers, an angry poltergeist and a murderous bank robber. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still loving this series

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Still loving this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This series continues to be entertaining and I'm throughly enjoying listening to it. On to the next book....

  • Any Witch Way You Can (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Book 1)

  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

As the local editor of Hemlock Cove's only newspaper, she just happens to be present when a body is found in an area corn maze. To make matters worse, the police believe the murder may have something to do with the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Very entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I liked it so much I went on to buy the rest of the series and have picked up some of the short stories and fairy-tale offshoots

  • How Witch It Is

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Books 1-3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Welcome to Hemlock Cove, where the town is magically rebranded - but real witches aren't necessarily welcome. That makes things hard for the Winchester witches - including local newspaper reporter Bay. She's got a persnickety family - wait until you met Aunt Tillie - and a penchant for stumbling across trouble.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Light to the point of being empty

  • By Susan M. on 24-01-16

Fun and entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I thouroughly enjoyed listening to these three books - The setting is good, the characters appealing and varied, the stories entertaining and the nnarration done well.

  • Charms & Witchdemeanors

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 8
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Tillie Winchester's past is about to come back to haunt her, and what she sees as fun and games someone else sees as a recipe for murder. When a local woman is poisoned at Hemlock Cove's senior center, Aunt Tillie is the prime suspect. Bay, Thistle and Clove don't believe their great-aunt is guilty - although Thistle is fine if the police want to haul her away for a long weekend. Everyone in town is suspicious, but things spiral out of control when FBI Agent Landon Michaels' boss believes he can't be objective where his girlfriend's family is concerned and sends another agent to lead the investigation. The new agent is gung-ho, headstrong, and making witchy enemies at every turn. When the investigation turns to the past instead of the present, Aunt Tillie refuses to talk and a long held Hemlock Cove secret risks being exposed. Bodies start piling up as old grudges overlap with new clues and the Winchesters are caught in the crossfire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witches

  • By Irene Rea on 17-02-18

Continuing the entertainment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I enoyed this story as much as the previous books in the series, and only marked down on overal rating because of the disconcerting hange of narrator.

When You've had seven books with the same narrator, you're used to that narrator's voicing of the characters, and it spoils things bit, as a listener, if they're suddenly different.

I have no complaints about Hollis McCarthy's narration, she's talented and narrates well, but I'm used to the voices Aris gave the charachters and it threw me to find them voiced by someone else.

  • Total Eclipse of the Hunt

  • A Cozy Paranormal Mystery (The Happily Everlasting Series, Book 5)
  • By: Mandy M. Roth
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

As a centaur, Deputy Jake Majoy (Deputy March) is immortal and has seen and done a lot in his 500 years; enough to know Everlasting feels like home. It’s been perfect for him to fade away and blend in; you see, the town is anything but normal - and the locals protect their own. So when a newcomer ends up in their midst at the same time things go missing around town, it’s his duty to step in to restore law and order. But the pull he feels to the woman is anything but part of the job.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Teddy on 21-08-18

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-18

An absolute joy to listen to, from start to finish. Humerously written and beautifully read.

  • The Dragon Falls for the Fairy Godmother

  • A Nocturne Falls Universe Story
  • By: Larissa Emerald
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Budding fairy godmother Erika Tschanz flees her parents' overbearing rule in Rhoswynn, Arkansas, in search of the freedom Nocturne Falls has to offer. But as soon as she steps foot on Georgia soil, mishaps abound. Her very first fairy godmother client’s warlock father is determined to stop her from helping his daughter find her “true love” at all cost. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Romance Romp

  • By Teddy on 21-08-18

Fun Romance Romp

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-18

Fun story, a little heavily weighted on the romance side for my likig, but not bad for all that. The story itself is interesting and the characters fun enough to leven the romance to a bearable level.

  • Besphinxed: A Nocturne Falls Universe Story

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Heather Hayden has everything a young witch could desire: beauty, money, popularity, and exceptionally strong magical powers. Too bad she’s also got a dysfunctional family that couldn’t care less about her and a Head Witch who’s watching her every move. Heather has no idea what she wants. But she’s pretty sure it’s not some low-rent cat shifter boy from goddess-knows-where, despite the fact that their paths keep crossing again and again...and again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely done

  • By Teddy on 21-08-18

Nicely done

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-18

Nicely written, nicely paced, nicely balanced levels between romance and actual story, nicely narrated (for the most part - the non-American accents....) just nicely done.