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I like audio books because book cubs can be deadly

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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: 15-10-19

I really enjoyed this book and think it is my favourite book in the series so far. I liked the way the killer thought he was out smarting the police even though they knew who he was. The story continues from were the last one ended and is told from two perceptions Walt and the Killer making it an interesting story and with the added fun of Ox (Walt's partner) wedding to lighten the story and add humour. I also liked that I had read or knew most of the books or authors, left by the killer to taunt the cops.
The joy and celebration of Christmas and a wedding is disrupted when a serial killer starts a killing spree. Each murder is well thought out, no motive for the deaths, no connections to the killer and the only clue left behind is a book at each crime scene. As the body count rises the killer gets bolder and after targeting soft targets like the homeless and prostitutes he turns his focus to policemen and in particular to the two men hunting him down and putting a spanner in the works of him getting away with the perfect murder.
I like the narrator and with his gruff voice he sounds just like I imagine Walt to be.

Hope you enjoy this set too

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

Reviewed: 14-10-19

I enjoyed this box set of books, as they are a nice simple cozy with plenty of suspects (and doughnuts).
Fame is a killer
Hope's tv career has just come to a crashing halt when the show she has been a star of for seven years is axed by the net work. To top it all off her boyfriend has just told her is in love with a younger actress. After all that it is no wonder why when he turns up dead they look no further than Hope for the killer. It is a good job Hope played a detective on tv because she will have to put all the skills she learnt to good use and find the killer.
Fishing for a murder
Hope has given up on acting and moved back to her home town, to run a dog rescue shelter. But playing a tv detective comes in handy when Hope's detective brother looks at Pagie, one of Hope's employees, for the murder of her cheating boyfriend. Hope never liked him but that doesn't stop her from fishing out his killer to clear her friends name.
Murder of a yoga instructor
After nearly being killed Hope doesn't feel like herself and when chocolate doesn't help she tries yoga only to find the instructor dead on his yoga mat. Throwing herself back into another murder mystery proves to be just what she needs and it isn't long be she and her brother are tracking down suspects and questioning a killer.
Drowning in deceit
Hope day isn't off to a good start when she wakes up to find a crocodile trying to climb through her doggy door but things really goes down hill when the pool cleaner is found floating in his pool. Hope is once again questioning suspects but it is not until one of the suspects is killed that she finds the one clue that will help her get her confidence back to solve this case.
Not so merry Christmas
The festive holiday tradition of putting up lights grounds to a halt when one of Hope's neighbours is killed with his own lights Sending Hope and her brother once again on the trail of a killer who thinks he has got away with murder. Was it the flashing lights that sent someone over the top or had one of his affairs come back to haunt him? One thing is for sure someone will be spending there Christmas in jail.
I liked the narrator, she was nice and bubbly, so kept the stories interesting.

Walt Williams for president

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

Reviewed: 12-10-19

I liked the beginning of the book as it started with a bang and the end but I found the middle to be a bit long winded for my taste. I did like the book and if you are a fan of Walt Williams then don't miss this one as I am sure the next book will continue from where this left off but if you are new to the series then I wouldn't start with this book. The crazy gang don't really come into it until the end, so I missed them and even though there was a few funny moments it wasn't as humorous as I have come to expect.
This book sees Walt William putting his hard earned police badge away to pick up the presidential seal. When one of the candidates running in the presidental race receives death threats, there is only one person who can go under cover to keep him alive. The man that could play his body double Walt Williams and that is exactly what he is needed to do, walk around with a target on his back. For four long months Walt must walk away from his wife and friends and play the biggest role of his life, by impersonating the man that could very easily be the next president, live on camera in front of millions of viewers. What could go wrong?
Once again George Kuch does an excellent job playing Walt on his high horse.

Don't let this cat or book walk away

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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: 12-10-19

This is the first book by this author I have read or listened to but I enjoyed both the story and the narrator, so it won't be my last. I did guess the ending but not the actual killer. I also liked the way the cat got the two sisters in trouble but did think as the book was sort of named after him (well a cat was on the cover) he would have played a bigger part or at least got them out of trouble. Either way it was still a good listen for any cozy mystery fan, this on included.
Maggie is coming to turns with her husband's death. While at the same trying to see his dream of owning a jam shop come to fruition and with her sister Gerri moving into help, the last thing she wants is to find her neighbour breaking into her house looking for a lost cat. If only it had stopped there. That same day Maggie stumbles over the body of her cat loving neighbour. The police don't seem to know where to start other than with Maggie. It could just be that her sister watches to many cop shows on tv or it could just be Maggie's curiosity but the pair decide that they have to solve the murder before the police arrest Maggie for the deed. As Maggie digs deeper in to her eccentric neighbours life she discovers that the sleep river side town she has moved to is anything but sleepy. Does curiosity only kill cats or as Gerri fears is Maggie putting her own life on the line?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with her easy style.

What a sensation!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-19

I love the kid sensation series but am a murderer mystery fan at heart . So this book was just perfect for me and I loved every minute, can't wait until the next book. This is book seven in a great series and continues from were book six left off. It is missing the usual gang (Smokey, Electra etc) but the story was interesting enough that you didn't miss them. I really liked the mystery side of the story and being a Kid Sensation novel the unique way he solve the mystery. It was very different with Jim not being the most powerful super hero in the room and I like the way the author describes the new characters so well that you can easily picture them.
Jim has been whisked away by Ruin, a fellow Alpha league member to help with a little problem.It is only after Jim arrives that he is now trapped in realm with a killer and can not leave until he has solved the murder. The only ones capable of killing an Incarnate is another Incarnate, so at least his suspect pool is small. It's just a same that they are all more powerful than he is and one is determined that he doesn't get to the bottom of this little problem even if he is the great Kid Sensation. True to any good super hero Kid Sensation has a few tricks up his sleeve because on this mission where he doesn't know who to trust and essentially being on his own he is going to have to pull some really good tricks out of his hat before anyone else gets killed.
I really like Mikael Naramore as a narrator and this book proves why he is one of my favourite readers.

What a great Christmas treat

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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: 10-10-19

This is the first book by this author I have listened to but it won't be the last as I really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters but did get a bit confused with the Diamond family names all starting with 'D'. I liked the fact the dog helped solve the murder as opposed to just being a bit of light entertainment in the story. I will definitely have to check out the firsts book, it didn't matter that I hadn't met the characters before as it could be listened to as a stand alone story but if you are like me you will want to know how it all came about.
Fred (Winifred) is getting ready to open her new book store but when out Christmas shopping with her friend Kate trying to buy presents for her new step family, the pair stumble on an injured man. With nothing in the toy shop taken the police rule out burglary and when a Nut Cracker is found with blood on, the police focus there attention on the only finger prints found on the doll, Kate's. With her friend locked up Fred is determined to prove her friend innocent by putting to use the knowledge her dead cop father has passed down to.her. With the victims own family all having reasons to dislike him it is not a surprise when he dies suddenly in hospital. Fred and her pet Corgi have there work cut out for them to find a killer in the small town before Christmas day or more importantly before her friend is arrested.
I liked the narrator and thought she helped bring this colourful story to life with the power of her voice.
This book was given to me for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Cruising for murder

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

Reviewed: 09-10-19

I enjoyed this book. So much happens that it keeps you entertained. The story is told from two perspectives, Rachel as well as being a police woman she is also a passenger on the cruise and Sarah a nurse for the cruise line. The pair work well together and are likable characters. The fact that the story is set on a cruise ship adds to the charm, with all the different and often quirky characters. I did get a bit confused with keeping all the Russian characters straight but other than that it was an enjoyable story.
After the conclusion of a difficult court case Rachel takes the cruise line up on the offer of a free cruise after solving a murder on her first trip. With the added bounce that it is the same cruise he friend Sarah has been assigned to as a nurse. Sarah is rushed off her feet nearly as soon as the ship leaves port with medical emergencies. But things hit stir my waters when one of the crew is found dead in his cabin room and another one is missing. There is also a lot of strange behaviour going on with Russian passengers and a new nurse.
I like the narrator as she does a lot of different accents in this story helping to make you feel like you are on an international cruise ship.

Big brother is watching

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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: 08-10-19

What I like about these stories is that even when you have finished listening to the book it still has you thinking about it after it has finished and even though they are serious subjects that will terrify you, the author breaks it up with some great humour, that has you laughing. So far any book in this series is a must listen to book as all have been enjoyable, slightly naughty and very funny
In this book 68 year old rookie cop Walt Williams is tackling the use of technology and how in some ways it is a life saver but in others it is a life taker. Walt and his friends are up against terrorists who plan to bomb the super bowl, as well as save a kidnapped child and Investigate a drug dealer. Going undercover has been Walt's life as a policeman and in this book he gets to play himself to infiltrate a terrorist meeting and make a drug deal. But will technology like mobile phones and GPS turn out to help or hinder him. Just remember big brother is watching.
I like the narrator and with his gruff voice he sounds just right for the aged cop.

A side of murder or is it side line

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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: 06-10-19

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other books in the series. Don't get me wrong it was a fun story but having listened to previous books I felt this one was a bit flat. I think this was mainly because Sabrina didn't do any investigating it was all down to her husband who just seemed to argue with angry suspects and feel stuck. It's great if you want to finish a book all in one go say on a car ride and it is family friendly as it is a cozy mystery (no blood, fighting or swearing). Just don't listen if you are hungry as most of the interviews happen around food.
Sabrina is having to put her sleuthing hat away now that she and David are expecting there first child. This doesn't stop a killer striking in Treasure Cove though and it is one of her friends, who just so happens to be going through some troubling times at the moment . With Sabrina out of action David must solve this case on his own with a little help from some pudding and a sweet tooth.
The narrator was okay but she sounded like she was whispering all the time and she made David sound old some how. Over all not Meredith's best but still worth a listen if you are a cozy mystery fan.

What's better than chocolate chips? This book

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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: 05-10-19

Wow just wow. I have enjoyed all the books in this series but you could say this one's takes the biscuit and by far is my favourite one (well until the next one comes out.) I just love the characters and especially the plot for this story line. This time you find out what plans Horace the leader of the bad lands has been planning and in a very dramatic way. I don't normally listen to the free extract (or chapters) at the end of the book telling you about the next book but this ending had me hooked and I just had to continue. I can't wait for the next book to be released so I can find out more as I will definitely be getting the next one.
Imogen and the royal bakers have travelled to the sky kingdom to show of there baking skills. The problem is Horace wants there talents put to a different use. One that involves breaking his lover and best friend out of very well guarded prison, one that once someone has entered they disappear. No one has seen inside the prison and no one has ever escaped. So what makes Horace think some royal bakers can or more importantly why would they break out two criminals that have already tried to kill them. Simple if they don't he will kill everybody they have ever cared about and despite Horace being Imogen's brother the leader of the bad lands as all ready proved he is willing to do just that to get what he wants.
I really like the narrator, she does such an excellent job with all the voices and even a few sound sound effects.