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Rookie antiques dealer, Angel Drake, has just made her first deal. She thinks it’s a good one. But the price is higher than she knows. Now she’s implicated in the biggest string of antiques robberies the country’s ever seen.

An inherited shop and a new life in the country - the dream Angel loves is in serious danger. She’s out on a limb with nowhere to go, and if there’s any chance of keeping her new home and business, she must find a way to catch the real thieves, and fast.

The odd customer wouldn’t hurt either. But villagers show more interest in Angel than they do in her stock. The result’s an unusual gang of new friends. From opinionated pensioners to charismatic local gentry, they all have curious pasts to reveal. And soon Angel realises, they each hold a piece of the puzzle she needs.

This village has been hiding secrets.

When Angel unearths them, she is exposed to the wrath of the villains herself. Angel’s never been one to hold back but, it’s clear, that they’ll stop at nothing to silence her forever.

©2018 Sharn Hutton (P)2019 Sharn Hutton

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An Inspiring Listen!

I am very new to listening to fiction on audible – and Angel Drake is Going Solo, my second listen, did not disappoint. We first meet tea loving, hobnob crunching Angelica Drake (Angel to her friends, never Ang) just before she decides to up sticks and move to Pook Wallop, where she has inherited her Aunt’s Antiques Shop – and I am so pleased that she did as I looked forward to hearing more about Angel each morning as I (slowly) drove to work. Angel quickly makes friends in Pook Wallop, shares her hobnobs, and soon becomes embroiled in Village Life! Sharn Hutton has created a funny, likeable character in Angelica Drake and I look forward to reading more Angel Drake Mysteries. Helen Taylor ensured that this was an enjoyable listen.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this

A fun story. It’s got intrigue and mystery. Yes it’s got serious parts and trouble. But it’s a great listen. It just jumps along & doesnt stop. So worth listening to, it’s filled in a dreary work day at a great pace. Narrator is really good and kept it rolling really well. All round good listen.

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Five stars I loved it

I really enjoyed this audio book. It’s a sweet mystery of a number of burglary’s of antiques taking place in a small village after Angel Drake moves in to take over her aunts shop. As she gets enrolled and at times treated as a subject the story was a romp around who she could trust and how you should never make judgements about people before getting to know them. I thought the narrator Helen Taylor was great as well as it felt like an old friend talking to you

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Antiques for sale.

I can't imagine taking over an antiques shop, it just strikes me as one of the most impenetrable professions available. I would not know where to begin. So I had plenty of sympathy for Angel when she inherited her Aunt's Antiques Emporium. Combine that with a spate of antique robberies and several local folk only too eager to help a damsel in distress, and you will get an idea of the mayhem that ensues. This was a fun cosy mystery, with some intriguing characters, and I'm glad it's the start of a series. I did find an Angel Drake short story - Nothing Ventured, but hopefully there will soon be more to follow. My audio version was excellently read by Helen Taylor, who even managed to read the place 'Pook Wallop' without losing her cool.

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funny

really enjoyed this as a change to my usual genre. great book so amusing to listen to.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting, Angel Drake is an extremely likeable character, a bit dippy but no pushover. When Angel discovers that she has inherited the Antiques Emporium and the flat above she is happy to leave London, following her recent break up with her live in boyfriend, and sets up her new life in the village of Pook Wallop. She also inherits Hester, a friend of her Aunt Em and an unfortunate connection to a string of antiques robberies. She has two new men in her life, Nick Rivo, an unscrupulous but handsome antiques dealer and the very dashing Robert Cornell, Lord of the Manor. This entertaining romp follows Angel’s endeavours to succeed in the antiques world and her efforts to clear her name, I am looking forward to book 2. Ideal for fans of Agatha Raisin.

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Bliss!

Angel Drake is divine. She's the kind of person I wish was my friend, or my cousin because she's such fun. I'd love to hang out with her because she always finds the fun or the weird in any situation. I'd also want Hester and Nick in my life because they're completely bonkers and fun. And don't get me started on Lord Robert - love him. The whole story is completely engaging, with warm and joyful characters who use witty and sharp dialogue. Helen Taylor turns in a stellar performance as Angel, and everyone else. I was beyond delighted that she didn't fall into the trap of turning Angel into a cockney sparrow. Not every Londoner is a cockney. The whole book is like a refreshing breeze on a summer's day. It's so good I have double dipped, read the book and listened to the audio. If you want an exquisitely written, light and witty mystery that lifts your spirits and cures everything that ails you then look no further than Angel Drake is Going Solo by Sharn Hutton. You can thank me later!

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I absolutely adored this book...

I’ve never read a cozy mystery before – I usually read psychological thrillers and domestic noirs that are dark and violent – but this was recommended to me. I really didn’t think it would be my thing given what I usually read. But once I started I couldn’t put it down (or stop listening in this case). It was so sweet and entertaining, but not at all saccharine. It hit the notes perfectly: the kind of story you can see as a film that you’d want to curl up with on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon. But what I loved most about it were the characters. They felt so real, so alive, and so entertaining. I just wanted to spend time with them. The audiobook narrator was outstanding, so easy to listen to. Perfectly chosen for the main character, and her Hester was really something. But her job was made easier by the well-written dialogue and banter. The whole thing was an enjoyable romp into the world of Pook Wallop and its cozy mysteries! Will definitely read more from this author.

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Warm-hearted cosy mystery

This is a sweet, warm-hearted, gore-free, quaint village-based, cosy mystery, which is one of my favourite genres. It does require you to suspend some belief (the heroine does not always seem to live on the same planet as the rest of us in terms of her decision making), but the funny cast of characters really grew on me and the story itself nicely sets the series up for more to come - by the end of it I just wanted to know what happens next. I partly read, partly listened to the audio and enjoyed both - Helen Taylor’s narration suits the book perfectly, but reading in my own voice gave me a different sense of Sharon Hutton’s sense of humour underlying the writing. I can recommend both versions, and am looking forward to the next instalment!

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Going Solo!

Really enjoyed this fun and charming cosy mystery. Angel leaves London to take over her Aunts antique shop in a small village in the countryside. Hoping for a fresh start, she got way more than she bargained for in Pook Wallop! With some brilliant characters, really good story and a lovely easy read, I am looking forward to more from this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-19

Really good fun!

I really enjoyed this story. Despite how frustrating the main character's decision making skills were! The story was great and the performance really set the scene. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.

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  • Jan M
  • 29-07-19

Angel Drake is Going Solo

Angel Drake is Going Solo by Sharn Hutton pulled me in from the beginning, I love a good British mystery and this one was it. The character of Angel is endearing and quirky. She let her ex-boyfriend off too easy in my opinion. The storyline was original, and had great details and imagery. Helen Taylor is delightful to listen to. She has a smooth delivery and brings the characters to life.

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  • Christy D
  • 17-06-19

Angel Drake Is Going Solo

Angel decides to move and take over her aunts business that was left to her after her mysterious death. She needs a fresh start after catching her intended cheating. Only things are not so simple in an new town and new business. This is going to be a fun series. It took me a moment to decide who was going to be a good character and who was not. And this book defiantly gives you a few quirky characters. Helen Taylor nailed the narration and is so easy to listen to.

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  • Catrina P
  • 28-05-19

Angel Drake Is Going Solo

A nice British cozy mystery with an interesting cast of characters. When Angel inherits The Antiques Emporium, things go awry as she finds herself smack dab in the middle of the case of the missing antiques. Shari Hutton has set the groundwork for what is sure to be an interesting series. This was my first exposure to Helen Taylor’s narration. I though she did a nice job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • MOLLYO
  • 15-08-20

Sigh, had a good premise.

A good start but, I hate it when the main character is stupider than I am.

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  • Jan LaBeause
  • 07-11-19

Can't wait for the next one!

I am a big fan of cozy mysteries from across the pond and love listening to audiobooks as the perfect companion to sewing. So, I was excited to find a new author and series. I really enjoyed the first Angel Drake book by Sharn Hutton “Nothing Ventured” and was glad when Going Solo came out. Angel Drake, new owner of her aunt’s antique shop in the small village of Pook Wallop, is a perfect addition to the genre of Agatha Raisin and Midsomer Murders. Her new friends including an eccentric old lady, lord of the manor and handsome rival antique dealer provide mysterious pasts of their own and support her in her adventures. Can’t wait for the next installment in this fun series.

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  • Barbara Lukac
  • 26-05-19

a lovely mystey

thia was a lovely and enjoyable listen. it took me a bit to get used to the narration, with the British accent, seeing as most books are in American, however, once i did the story just pulled me in. it an easy breezy mystery as the description says, so if you enjoy the genre but dont enjoy gore and violence, this will be a great fit