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  • The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Coco Pinchard always dreamed of being a successful writer, but then life got in the way. She married young, had a son, and put her dreams on hold. But now she's 40, and her first novel is about to be published! Her husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and her son Rosencrantz is all grown up. Shouldn't it be time to enjoy life? That is, until the annual family Christmas when her hideous in-laws come to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It's not the jewelry she chose, but an iPhone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only OK

  • By sandra gill on 11-05-18

Not So Secretly a good book!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

Having read and enjoyed The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard book a while ago, I was excited to hear it was been created as an audiobook. Coco had me chuckling at her antics (at a time that our lives seem to mirror each other's) and was keen to hear her and her crazy family brought to life.

Well, she had me 'snaughing' (snorting/laughing) on the bus to and from work on a regular basis (I decide not to look at my fellow travelling companions and just enjoy hearing Jan Cramer bring Coco to life).
I had forgotten some of the intricacies of the stories and quirks of individuals. Hearing Coco getting herself together made me smile and cringe and chuckle. Other people's ridiculousness is so true to life it can only ring bells with some of your own situations (a ridiculous ex, and annoying mother in law, interfering family, and mixed up youths)

Loved it. Well done to Robert Bryndza for a great comedy which stretches between London, America and Edinburgh. Can't wait to hear the remaining stories of Coco come to life x

  • Tea with Milk and Murder

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie's new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O'Connor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow on book from A Scone to Die for

  • By Gayez on 11-05-17

Good follow on book from A Scone to Die for

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I've recently finished listening to HY Hannah first audio book of A scone to die for & was keen to continue with this one and where she would take the characters.

I enjoyed hearing the new mystery about the death of a woman in an art gallery which happened in front of a crowd of people which therefore made it a more complex case to solve. H Y Hanna returns with the previous characters and unravels more of their lives whilst intertwine the solving of the mystery.
All evidence points to one person, however when someone else almost dies they have to go back to square one and reinvestigate.

Another good murder mystery tale which is thoroughly enjoyable to read and to listen to.

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  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cosy, mystery with everything you could want.

  • By pollyanne on 27-10-16

A village murder with afternoon tea

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Having read and enjoyed this book as part of our book club I am always interested to see how they convert to audio books. This gets my thumbs up! Really enjoyed the audio version and it kept me company to & from work, on my walks, weekend running and in the evening when my eyes are too tired to read.
A light hearted murder mystery tale rather than a thriller, more in the style Morse/Agatha Christie/Miss Marple.
Based in a village just outside Oxford the story entwines the characters of the Tea room, locals and unexpected visitors, where help comes from the most unexpected people when Gemma finds a body at her tea room who was a customer the day before. Fingers point to usual suspects, however Gemma feels the mystery runs deeper and starts to scratch at the surface. This is when things start to get complicated and dangerous.
I really enjoyed listening to the tale unwinding and had forgotten some of the subtleties in the story line. Am sure I've chuckled on the bus a couple of times whilst listening.
Definitely recommend this audio book.

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  • Miss Wrong and Mr Right

  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all: she runs a successful theatre in Soho that's about to host one of Hollywood's leading stars. Her biggest supporter is her eccentric Hungarian Gran, and she even has the perfect yoga teacher boyfriend - Namaste! Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie's escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon, and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar 15 years ago. And then he turns up at her theatre door....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book to read or listen to

  • By Gayez on 26-12-15

Enjoyable book to read or listen to

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

Reviewed: 26-12-15

Having already read this novel by Robert Bryndza I was curious to see how the characters developed through the spoken word and whether I would enjoy them as much. I am happy to say I was not disappointed, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters coming to life that I had come to know and love in the written word. It takes you on a journey between Devon and London, brings in a little sparkle of Hollywood, whilst keeping you're feet on the ground. All the characters weave together superbly and had me laughing on the bus home from work on more than one occasion (& yes out loud! Forgot I was in public!).
This book is one we can all relate to at some point in our lives, from the family members who we love but annoy us, to the crazy grandmother we love but drives us nuts, from the relationships we feel are so right but end up so wrong, to the unexpected lovers, from friends to the possibility of second chances.
Robert Bryndza has quickly become one of my firm favourite authors and have enjoyed this latest novel as much as the first. I'm always one to immerse myself in a book and was pleased that the audio experience did the same. Enjoy!

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