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Novella as a prequel to The full book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-20

Meeting again with these fun characters and seeing some of the background to their work and friendship provided me with a fun afternoon listen. It does jump about a bit and for a short story a great deal was fitted in - I actually think it could have been fleshed out more to a full book with some of the threads explored in more depth.
I think the author provides some great characters who you are interested in finding out more about but Gigi is the focus and it is her story that you engage with. Some fun moments and the books have a slightly ‘period’ feel as some of the social media/technology and even some views are a little dated as seen in the story line with Julian - I would love to know more about him and how everything went. Thanks for the listen - good fun.

Great starting point for this crime series

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-20

Damien Dickens and his colleagues/friends are introduced in this fun crime series and it begins with an interesting twist - Dickens is almost immediately faced with jail and fighting a conviction as a murderer begins his first challenge.
This is a proper murder mystery with twists and turns and it was a great listen - I look forward to meeting with these characters again.

Light but engaging listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-20

This was a great book to listen to at this time - light, fun with some quirky elements (loved the cathartic burying episode). There were elements of the story that I would like to have been explored in more detail and some people could have had their stories fleshed out but overall an engaging cast of characters and an enjoyable tale.

Dual time period story with romance and mystery

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-20

This is a story set with two time periods and follows the stories of Callie, an orphaned young woman from Texas who discovers her family roots in Italy, and Elisa with a story told through her diary and set in the late 1930's as Mussolini's power set Italians against each other.
There was much to enjoy in this tale with romance and family secrets but I think I might have enjoyed it more without the slightly jarring Italian 'sing song' accent from the narrator - having stayed in Italy many times I found it unconvincing and I think I would have preferred it without the accents.
It has some touching moments and is an easy listen - a good book for your holiday case as well.

A look at relationships and new beginnings

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-20

A gentle, touching and moving look at relationships with family and friends. I found this particularly interesting as it was exploring these relationships at different stages of life: Kay making a momentous decision in leaving her husband in later life to explore what she might have been missing and also to discover a mystery about her friend Bear; and this is contrasted with her daughter Stella's reactions to this departure as she assesses her own situation and life choices. It poses lots of questions that would be interesting to discuss [a good book club read] and I found it an engaging listen.
The audio version had great narration and this drew you into the story - well worth a read or listen!

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Great, chaotic fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-20

As enjoyable to listen to as to read! Chaotic, crazy fun with Lori as she learns 'adulting' - a mixture of fantasy, chick-lit and full-on slapstick fun ... I loved it plus underneath the manic lifestyle of 'snowflake' Lori you also have an intriguing element with an interesting commentary on modern life.
There are definitely laugh out loud moments plus some very endearing characters. Download it for a fun journey or listen to it for few afternoons of pure lighthearted escapism.

Satan adapting to life on earth ... in Brum!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-19

Hilarious, manic and full of warmth - a wonderful madcap adventure for Satan with an intriguing cast of characters and the narration is engaging. As Satan, aka Clovenhoof, encounters new foods, drinks and 'friends' the journey is wonderfully described. Another wonderful read/listen from these authors.

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Lovely, fun and comfortable cosy reads

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

A great and light set of magical mysteries with a good narrator.
Witch you well: Cendrine and her family make a great cast of characters with Aunt Pearl being a wonderful creation! They have a launch of their updated Inn and key people are needed to give glowing reviews/publicity but when one ends up date the madness begins and some magical elements give an extra layer to the story.
I listened to this story and the narration was great, it is a lovely start to what promises to be a fun set of cosy mysteries. I am looking forward to seeing what adventures Cen and the family have next.
Rags to Witches: Another fun mystery with the Westwick witches but this time we have Mobster action, gambling/Vegas casino setting, Pearl and her alter ego creating mischief plus many more magical exploits.
A great narrator and some interesting twists makes this a great listen/read. The story line gets a little over complicated at times but I love the family dynamics and think this is a series with plenty of scope for many more adventures.
Witch and famous: Magical movie mayhem this time, as Cen has another Aunt to deal with who is out to challenge her and her sleuthing skills!! Aunt Amber is as much of a handful as Pearl plus she thinks in her 60s she is about to become a leading lady in Hollywood. The tale unfolds with a great cast of characters and it definitely provides on the cosy mystery front!
This series is fun, engaging and they make for a relaxing listen with a good narrator.

Poignant and moving character-led stoty

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-19

This is a poignant and moving look at the difficult period post WW1 which looks at a small group of characters affected in various ways by the war and starting to rebuild lives - Edward struggling with injuries and pain, mental as well as physical, feels so much 'survivor guilt' and this is movingly explored but although it is his story that I found drew me in most the others [Evelyn, Catherine, William, Georgette, Patrick, Alice and Alistair] all add great depth and layers to the story. Initially it started and built up slowly but to do justice to the characters and evoke the period I felt that time was needed. It is very dark in places and surprises you in others but ultimately an intriguing look at that post war period.

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Warning - difficult listen when driving!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Warning - you might find it a difficult listen when driving as you are either sobbing or laughing out loud!! I found this a book that draws you in quickly, with characters you grow to love and care about deeply. Although you know that Evie has stage 4 cancer and there are some tough elements this is still a warm, honest and life affirming read. I raced through it and then was sad when it ended - I will be seeking out more books by Lissa Del.