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Summary

Box set of the first three Anna Denning mysteries.

The Witch Tree: Anna Denning Mystery, Book 1

Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client's body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer's next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of Wicca and witchcraft - reminders of a past she buried long ago - and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

The Witch Tree was a finalist for a 2011 Grace Award.

Sparrow House: Anna Denning Mystery, Book 2

When the owner of a mansion in the Colorado mountains hires Anna Denning to research his family tree, it's Anna's dream come true. A library brimming with old documents, an undiscovered family history - what more could a genealogist want?

Excited by the possibilities and fueled by a new love in her life, Anna, tenacious as ever, is undeterred by rumors that a ghost haunts the mansion. Until she uncovers records that suggest those rumors are more than idle talk.

The Sacrifice: Anna Denning Mystery, Book 3

It's nearly Halloween in Elk Park, Colorado, and one of the Elk Valley Historical Society's founding members, a retired history professor who wanted to hire genealogist, Anna Denning, to complete his secret research into the family trees of two other members, has been found dead - the victim of a brutal murder. When a friend of the victim pleads with Anna to complete the professor's work, Anna agrees. Her decision leads her into a disturbing world of lies, concealed identities, and the occult.

With courage and a hefty helping of stubborn resolve, and facing major changes in her personal life, Anna digs beneath the surface of the past to discover the dangerous secret behind a decades-old murder.

©2015 Karin Kaufman (P)2016 Karin Kaufman

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Good story spoilt by passages of trying to preach

Would you try another book written by Karin Kaufman or narrated by Becky Doughty?

Not sure. The storyline was Okay but at times the author forgot she was writing a book and went into overly long passages about "god" and Christianity. Okay so the plot compares pagan witches against "true religion" but really the author needs to realise she is writing a story not a Christian tract. The "preaching" passages could have been cut by 9/10 ths without affecting the plot. Needed a good editor to stop the author getting on this particular hobby horse. Narrator could have been better as she lacked fluidity but I got used to it after a while so didn't affect my enjoyment too much.

If you’ve listened to books by Karin Kaufman before, how does this one compare?

Not applicable

What three words best describe Becky Doughty’s performance?

Precise, dullish, acceptable

Could you see Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Not unless the director cut outs all the preaching.

Any additional comments?

The author has real potential but she would have to realise that she is writing a story not preaching Christianity. If she can't control her desire to preach she will never achieve her potential.

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  • Amy C.
  • 20-04-16

Always a winner

Karin never lets us down and neither does Anna Denning! All three are great stories and the set makes a wonderful gift for someone! They are good honest reads that will keep you glued to the pages! Don't miss out on these great stories!

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  • Helen J. Douglas
  • 31-08-17

Narrator :(

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I only listened to about 10 chapters, but the story line left a lot to be desired, and the narrator was not at all satisfying.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Kaufman again?

Probably not.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was okay when narrating, but when "acting" out the character's parts, she was very drab, not a good actress at all. I kept finding myself wanting her to say the line with a more realistic style.

What character would you cut from Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3?

I don't know.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • tammy
  • 17-07-16

Monotone Naration

The story itself may have been decent but a very poor narration was annoying and made it hard to follow,

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  • kindle_michigan
  • 19-06-16

Anna Denning Mystery series 1-3

Would you consider the audio edition of Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3 to be better than the print version?

I love the audio book, because i can listen while i am cleaning house, soaking in the tub, walking or any other thing i do that i can't read at the time... but i also love to just read the words. So it is better when you can't sit and read but still want to hear a great story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I love Anna, i can relate to her because she is a genealogist, and i love genealogy. Karen's stories keep me interested the whole time, her ability to tell a mystery story is great.

Have you listened to any of Becky Doughty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Becky before. But she did a wonderful job on these books. I love how she changes her tone for different characters, and her voice keeps me engaged and interested in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love how in each story Anna learns more about her own character, and i love how much she adores Jackson...

Any additional comments?

These are wonderful books, Karen has a true gift for bringing you into her world. I highly recommend these book, and the audio version is wonderful for those days when you just can't sit and read. :)

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  • Valerie L
  • 15-03-16

Reader Beware

The people at Audible need to include in the description of this book that it is Christian Lit. I had no idea and would not have bought this book had I known. This is not a typical murder mystery, it is an attempt at giving the reader a lesson on "staying in the light" and being morally superior to others . The way the author depicted Witches was deplorable and untrue. Religion bashing is not only wrong, it has nothing to do with a murder mystery. I could not nor would not finish this tripe.

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  • Julia
  • 11-04-18

Annoying

What disappointed you about Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3?

Anna, the main character, is a whiny person but I think the narrator made it worse. This book did not capture my attention as I was easily distracted doing other things while listening and catch up with the story in progress. Anna is predictable and simplistic. But I think it was less about the writing and more about the over-exaggerated style of the narrator in every single sentence.

What could Karin Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the "mysteries" more mysterious!

How could the performance have been better?

Over-exaggerated - over performed. Not sure how to say it but it seemed like every sentence was emotional instead of just matter of fact. Not casual enough.

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  • Athena
  • 21-02-18

slow read with a strong christian tone

Would you try another book from Karin Kaufman and/or Becky Doughty?

If it was free I would try one.

What could Karin Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made Anna less stuck up and more grounded as a person

How could the performance have been better?

faster action, less slow and flat robotic, and more tone changes between male and female voices., the book was painful to listen too and made the already slow building story worse with the slow reading.

What character would you cut from Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3?

So far Jackson, or Anna.

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This story is super slow to build, and has a strong christian tone, the mystery is flat in places and hit or miss the rest of the time. parts of the story, and nearly all three endings feel rushed in some way, and Anna is not all that interesting, most of the talk about genealogy is just that, we rarely see it for real and when we do its nothing you couldn't just learn with a little research. Yes its true the stories have something that once you look passed the flaws can be interesting and make it somewhat worth the read, however, I wish I could return it as I feel this version of it is a wast of time and money, and you would be better off just getting the text version of the books if you wish to read it.

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  • L. REID
  • 29-07-16

Kept me awake. I'm thankful.

I drive 70 miles to work every morning and was constantly in danger of dozing off. I started listening to this series and instantly became very interested in the characters and engrossed in the stories. It made the miles go by fast and made me much more alert. Awesome read or listen in this case.