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Welcome to Waterfell Tweed, where things aren't as cozy as they seem....

Sandy Shaw was happy with her life running the village cafe and bookstore, until a series of murders in the sleepy village cause everyone to second-guess just how peaceful things are. 

Join Sandy as she sets out to solve the killings, and get peace restored, in this box set collection of the first three books in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series. 

This box set includes Once upon a Crime, A Tale of Two Bodies, and A Valentine's Kill.

Each novella is a cozy mystery, meaning they are safe from swearing, sex, violence, and cliffhangers. Each audiobook can be listened as a stand-alone, but the series is best enjoyed if listened in order.

©2018 Mona Marple (P)2019 Mona Marple

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A Great Introduction To The Series

This is a great introduction to the Waterfell Tweed series. An introduction to Sage's daughters (Sage being Connie's sister from the Mystic Springs series). I didn't think I'd like audible books but it's great to get to listen as I'm sewing. I can follow along easily and love knowing that I'm not missing out on reading. I love how it enables me to get the best of both my favourite things...sewing and reading. I can't wait to see how both of these series of books move forward.

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Enjoyable

I quite enjoy cosy mysteries, they are a pleasant listen and I usually like to fit them in between gory thrillers or while I'm at work to relax. This was no different, set in the British town of Waterfell Tweed really made me feel at home, coming from a small village myself. Although where I live is nowhere near as exciting. This is a boxset of 3 separate stories, so great for a short listen and I had a break between each one to listen to something else, the stories are gripping but fun...hopefully there will be more to this series. Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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A sweet treat for cosy mystery lovers

Waterfell Tweed itself is a rather twee village which feels as though it could be anywhere across Britain, as it doesn't have a very distinct regional personality. This makes it easier to imagine it being the 'local' country village with which each reader is familiar, but does make it a little more difficult to imagine the author's vision. This series is best described as 'chick lit' though I do wish there was a better term for it. The mysteries are a little predictable but that goes with the territory when reading a cosy, and the books are all lightweight listening with sweet, clean, ‘girly’ themes and emotionally-driven plots. I haven't listened to many other books in the ‘women’s fiction/rom-com’ genre but once I got to know the characters I enjoyed it. I needed something that was very easy to listen to this week, and it was no chore at all to sit back and drift off into a little bookshop bakery. These books feature several female characters from various generations, and initially I felt that I would have preferred the stories to have been from the perspective of one of the older women; perhaps Dory of the 'Black Widows Club'. But, regardless of age, the common thread linking all three books is that they are predominantly stories about women, perhaps even more so than they are mysteries. The investigations into the various deaths are just the mechanism by which we come to learn about how the women of the village really live. Sandy slowly comes to see that behind closed doors there are widows rebuilding their lives, sisters learning to be a family, mothers struggling to feed their kids, and wives battling their husbands' addictions. Once I understood that, the books grew on me with each subsequent title in the collection. I would listen to other Waterfell Tweed collections like this one, as they are great for days when I need to rest and not invest my attention in anything too cognitively or emotionally draining, but still wish to be entertained. There were two plot points that I found irksome, and the first involved Sandy's sister, Coral. Coral's previous career as a journalist is frequently referenced but never really utilised. My second gripe was with Sandy's love-interest. Their acquaintance started out well and looked like it was going to be a nice, slow burn with a few bumps in a road which would ultimately bring them together. But it all felt a bit unbelievable when Sandy suddenly declared her love for someone she wasn't sure if she had actually even been dating. Instead of feeling romantic it seemed rushed to give the collection a Happy Ever After. There were a few niggling inconsistencies in the books, which was only noticeable because they were packaged into a trilogy which I listened to back-to-back. A lovely touch to these books is the inclusion of several recipes. Some are part of the main story, and others are included at the end. The narrator, Nano Nagle, has a pleasant and expressive voice which brought each of the characters to life very nicely. She handled the broad age-ranges well, and all her characters had personality. I found her delivery a little languid so sped up the audiobook to 1.10x playback speed, which made it flow better to my ear. This is always personal preference, however, and I know many people who usually slow down narration, for whom Nano Nagle's performance would be perfectly suited just as it is. Overall, I feel that this collection of novellas would be the perfect lightweight summer holiday listening for anyone who enjoys cosy mysteries and village bake-sales. They may be good fun for people who like M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, though they are rather different in tone, and for anyone who enjoys stories about a community of women. (Though my favourite pick in that particular genre is Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.) *I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Easy listening

I love cozy mysteries and this boxset made for a good, entertaining listen. The stories are short which means you can listen to one full story in a few hours. Each individual mystery is very well written with good, fun characters. The mysteries are not overly complicated but they will still keep you interested and guessing. I really enjoyed the narrator's performance and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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Books: her closest friends and greatest teachers.

Set in the small, very windy, village of Waterfall Tweed, all three stories in this book centre around Books and Bakes, a cafe and bookshol, and it's owner, Sandy. Book One: Once Upon a Crime. Sandy's shop was struggling. Although the cafe with it's delicious came selection was reasonably successful, no one seemed interested in buying books. Then Sandy becomes prime suspect in the murder of a man who had announced his intention of opening a top of the range bookstore opposite her own shop. Sandy needs the help of her sister and her loyal customers to try to clear her name. Book Two: A Tale of Two Books. The major bouse, left empty when the owners left for a very long vacation, and been occupied by squatters, which annoyed many of the village's inhabitants. When one is killed in a hit-and-run incident, Sandy feels remorse because she had earlier refused him a job. When another young man working in her kitchen is also hit by a car, Sandy and handsome neighbour Tom try to work out what is happening. Book Three: A Valentine's Kill. With the shop doing well and romance in the air, Sandy finds her emotions stretched when Tom himse!f becomes a murder suspect and he suddenly becomes cold towards her. The books, individually, are quick to read and not taxing. The writing style is direct and simple with uncomplicated snappy sentences. There is a lot of eating and drinking, mostly coffee and cake, with recipes liberally sprinkled throughout. Despite frequently detailed descriptions of the characters, they remain essentially two dimensional but become familiar as they reappear in the different bolks. It is a fun read with intriguing mysteries and having the first three books to read in sequence is a bonus as the background story builds as the cafe-bookshop develops. Interestingly, although Wendy's main love is books, their is a noticeable absence of any literary references along with the obsession with food. Nano Nagle has a pleasant English voice, easy on the ear, clear and with good intonation.She modifies the emotion according to the text and voices each protagonist individually, even if some of the characters seem to have disproportionately rough accents. It is a good reading but one which, for this reader, did not quite fit the stories but nevertheless helped breathe life into some of the numerous characters. An enjoyable, if rather flat, read in an interesting location - the cafe. The who-dun-it? aspect is also intriguing, allowing the reader to assess and guess at the perpetrator from clues dropped along the way. My thanks to the rights holder of this Waterfell Tweed box set who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Recommended for fans of non taxing cozy mysteries who enjoy the chance to work out the perpetrator in advance of the ending.

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Enjoyable Light Hearted Listen

I did enjoy these 3 books. The characters are likeable and the stories light hearted, for murder. I will be looking out for others from this author, it was a good find. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Karl hill
  • 02-12-19

One of the Best Cozy Mysteries

These are some of the best cozy mysteries I have listened to in a while. It is also great when you can get several books for one credit. Each of the mysteries was completely unique and distinct. While they were cozy, I didn't think they were too cozy, which made the listen unique. I didn't always figure out who the murdered was until I was told which was also great. My ony "complaint," which is not the end of the world, is I would like to see more characters return. I love the setting and the characters. I would easily visit Waterfall Tweed in the future. Nano Nagle did a great job with the narration. Her voices were distinct. I received a copy of this audiobook at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • bookjunke00
  • 20-04-19

Super good

sandy shaw runs a book shop and cafe and becomes involved in murders and mysteries she solves on her own really great series interesting characters even better crimes

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  • Laura
  • 13-05-19

Light, Clean and Entertaining

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine. Here, the first three titles of this series are presented together. Each one is a quick read and a standalone story. Book 1: Once Upon a Crime Sandy owns a bookshop/cafe in town. Reginald announces that he is opening a bookshop right near Sandy's store. Soon thereafter, Reginald is found murdered and Sandy is implicated. Sandy starts to investigate to get herself out of this mess. Book 2: Tale of Two Bodies A homeless man is killed in what appears to be a hit and run. Soon thereafter, one of Sandy's employees is severely hurt in the same manner and the police appear to be blaming the wrong suspect. Sandy gets involved to clear her landlord's name. Book 3: A Valentine's Kill Dick Jacobs, the health inspector, has come to town and he has a reputation for shutting down businesses for violations. He's already shut down one business and has his sights set on Sandy's Cafe. But, before he can begin the inspeion, he is found murdered. Sandy begins to investigate and begins to suspect Tom, her possible romantic interest. Each of these cozies is very clean - no swearing and no sex. I enjoyed the characters in these cozies - Sandy, her sister Cassie and her BF. There's lots of small village gossip, running the shop and you kind of feel like your part of the small town life. The mysteries, to me, seemed a little thin and Sandy seemed to solve them out of the blue - suddenly she'd say, "I know who did it." But, that didn't really bother me as I enjoyed the characters and the small town feel. The narrator did a very good job. She was clear, held a good pace and conveyed the personalities of each of the characters very well.

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  • Espanolish
  • 04-04-19

Cotton Candy Fluff and Sweetness

This cutesy story delivers light listening despite a murder taking in the quaint village. In the backdrop are woes of friendship and sole proprietorship,. As much as we are reminded of the main character’s (Sandy) bookshop and gushy love of books, title drops are scant (meaning non-existent). Sandy’s faves aren’t the only mystery— this fluffy who-done-it manages not to give away any of its secrets, treating those who enjoy this genre (or those who need a break from their preferred heavier/darker fare) to a few gems of surprise. I am quite enchanted with the narrator’s voice, nothing grating about it. It’s pleasant and chipper, matching the theme of this cozy mystery. The dropped star is for an over-baked tone that set some of the characters in a cartoonish light. Overall though, she did a terrific job.

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  • gayle boyce
  • 21-02-20

Entertaining, great mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed book one in this collection. Once Upon a Crime is a very entertaining and great mystery. The first book introduces us to Sandy Shaw and the village of Waterfell Tweed. Sandy has set up a wonderful book and bakery that you will make you wish you were there. The villagers are an interesting and colorful bunch. But as in all quiet English villages, someone is found murdered. Sandy seems to be a suspect and the local police seem anxious to pin it on her and be done with it. So it looks like it is up to her to discover "who dunnit". Surprise ending. The narrator is very good, able to change up her voice between characters and speaks a good, natural pace. On to book two!

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  • Layla
  • 06-05-19

Cozy Mystery

I love cozy mysteries so this was perfect for me. I did however, figure out who did it early on but I loved the characters in the book and the small village drama. Since this is a clean book it is suitable for all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-20

Waterfell tweed box set 1

The series kept me entertain. Throughly enjoyed how the story flowed from the first book into the second then the third book. Can not wait to begin the next set.. love narrative by N. Nagle.

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  • Micky Cox
  • 02-02-20

Cozy Mystery Series set around a book & bake shop

A box set is a great way to immerse yourself into a setting, the characters and really get to know them especially with a cozy mystery series. In this case it was most excellent that the first three books were a box set as I may not have continued after the first book otherwise. I struggled a bit with how the police officer fixated on the main character over such a flimsy bit of circumstantial evidence that really amounted to nothing. However, the first book did set the foundation for the characters' unique personalities and you see the "leap to the easiest conclusion" idea bleed into the second book although you also see the detective start to grow a bit and real police work starts to come forth. The books do an excellent job of showing character growth as the stories progress and the plots are quite good! A very entertaining listen that I highly recommend!

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  • Siery
  • 19-01-20

Does not disappoint! New Favorite Series!

Following in the footsteps of Christie and Beaton, Marple creates a wonderful village mystery full of twists, turns, and lovable characters. The first book is enough to hook you for the entire series. Nagle's smooth voice and ability to bring the characters to life make for a perfect narration. Definite must read!

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  • Deedra
  • 02-06-19

Waterfell Tweed Cozy set 1-3

I really enjoyed this 3 book set! Sandy owns a bookstore/bakery.When a man is found dead,one who said he was going to be her competition,she must prove she did not kill him. This sets her up for seeking out the true culprits in future murders in her little town. Nona Nagle was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.