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Awful!

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-06-20

I enjoyed Book 1 and jumped at the chance to get this in the sale. But at only an hour in - I've given up. Dull, boring, tedious.

Merry Deathmas!

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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: 28-06-20

This is my final book in this series and I've listened to them pretty much one after another with a little break in between.

I loved this one even though it is a Christmas story and I listened to it during lockdown in the UK in June! In a heatwave!

The story was just so much fun and there were new characters who were funny and entertaining and fabulous. I loved the magic in the book and that plus the excellent narrator and the quality of writing made it a 5 star listen for me.

I feel sad that this is the last one in this series but I've been inspired to check out more Colleen Cross.

Light! camera! Death!

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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: 28-06-20

This is my third book in the WWCM series and I've listened to them all pretty close together. They are all really well written and I love all of the characters. The aunts are hilarious and I really like the fact that the heroine Cen is not a very good witch. It makes her more realistic somehow. I like a character with flaws.

This one for me was 4 stars because I wasn't really grabbed by the whole movie set scenario. But I'm sure that's just me so don't let that put you off.

The narrator is superb though - the voices she uses are perfect for the characters.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this series.

What happens in Vegas - stays in Vegas BABY!

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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: 20-06-20

I listened to this narrated by the fabulous Petrea Burchard right after listening to Book 1. I really enjoyed Book 1 and gave it 4 stars but this one gets 5. I loved it even more. I think the character of Aunt Pearl and the antics she gets up to were responsible for the extra star!

I know a lot of people discuss plots in reviews. I don't like to do that because I've had lots of stories spoiled for me by reading a review which gave something away.

This is just such a great romp. A well-written, easy to listen to and sometimes funny witchy mystery. I particularly loved the ending with sexy sheriff Tyler Gates! can't wait to start Book 3!

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-20

I think it is important for posterity to say that I listened to this in the UK in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown. I found it the perfect listen for these difficult times.

The characters are believable and interesting and the plot was fun. There are plenty of giggles along the way.

The heroine Cendrine is very likeable and I shall look forward to listening to the next book in the series which is already waiting in my library. I'm so glad that it is part of a whole series but it would work as a standalone book too.

The narrator Petrea Burchard was amazing and I think she was perfect for this book. Her voices for the characters were varied and just how I imagined them.

Great listen!

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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: 06-05-20

Caroline James is a new author for me and this genre is a bit of a departure as I usually prefer my books to be a lot darker than this. But it was billed as similar to Agatha Raisin and I know lot of people who enjoy those so I thought I would give it a try

I wasn't disappointed in the story. Caroline writes well and has a great eye for detail. I can imagine that if I had ever stayed in her hotel - she would have known everything about me before my suitcase hit the bed!

The characters are your typical village folk and (as I live in a village) it is possible to recognise several 'types' from amongst the folk who inhabit her fictional village of Hollywood. It is quite funny in parts and I found myself chuckling away as I listened.

I liked the beginning when she's settling in and meeting everyone best. It was a great listen for these strange times that we're in - I listened during lockdown in April/May. It took my mind off the situation we're in very nicely.

WOW - just WOW!

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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: 27-04-20

John Nicholl pulls out all the stops in this book and it is a terrific read. I listened to the Audible version with Jake Urry as the narrator and it is a winning combination. The writing is superb and combined with the stunning narration I forgot I was listening to a book. This is the highest praise I can give an audiobook and to be honest it hardly ever happens to me. I now know why Jake is so highly regarded as a narrator and will look to see what else he has done.

The subject matter is gruesome in places (but I've been a horror buff since the days of 'Appointment With Fear' on Friday nights on ATV when I was 10!) so I don't think it is for everyone but I liked it. The insights into the mind of the heroine were very interesting and the book has a gritty realism about it which other books struggle to get lose to.

The best thing about this story is that it leaves the reader with lots of questions. How would I have done any of it differently in the place of any of the characters - Rebecca, DC Gravel, Rebecca's parents? The book stays with you for quite a while after you have read it which again is testament to its power. If you are ok with the subject matter and enjoy a rollercoaster ride - I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I'm definitely going to read Book 1 next!

And if you get the Audible edition - it has Jake Urry!

Great narrator - shame about the story!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-20

There's a famous historical character called Bess of Hardwick. She was married and widowed four times and each time married a richer man. Not bad for someone from the 1600s.

Our heroine has similar good fortune as her husbands pop their clogs one after another. Unfortunately, the characters lack depth and the story lacked the kind of excitement that I would expect from this genre. I quite liked the fact that Steve was a geocacher as I've done a bit of that myself. But apart from that I found the story uninspiring and just too far-fetched.

The narrator however was excellent! Bill Nevitt always brings such energy and fun to his audiobooks and he is a joy to listen to. His voices for the characters were spot on and I gave his performance 5 stars.

Annoying music at random intervals - beware

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-02-20

I seriously don't know if I can continue with this audiobook and I've only listened to Chapter 1 and two minutes of Chapter 2. The author reads it well as you would expect of an Oxford educated film-maker. The content is fascinating and certainly puts you off going to prison!

But there are strange episodes of music every few minutes or so! Sometimes it is a background to the narration and sometimes the narration stops and there's just this weird music instead.

There's no pattern to it, for example it doesn't herald the beginning or end of a chapter or anything. It is almost as though it is being used as a crude editing method, with music replacing something he has decided he shouldn't have said.

Whatever the reason - it is spoiling my enjoyment of the book and I'm considering returning it for that reason. I'll persevere a bit longer in case it stops after this chapter but if not I'm exchanging it. What a shame. I'd read extracts in the newspaper and was really looking forward to it.

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Just buy it and enjoy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-19

Another masterpiece from Trevor Lince!

I'd been looking forward to this since I listened to Room 119 and I wasn't disappointed. The main character is well developed and the plot is exciting and full of twists and turns. The sort of book where I give loud gasps at certain points in the story. I only do that when I am fully invested in the characters and their lives.

Room 119 is till my favourite but this comes a close second. The narrator, Jade McLean, is skillful and brings the story to life.

Easily a 5 star listen. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.