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Summary

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother's farm in Buttercup, Texas, she's looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders' Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy's jam jars beside her...and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.

Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie's neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she's not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

©2015 Karen MacInerney (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Beatrice
  • 30-07-15

Great New Series

This was an enjoyable cozy mystery with well plotted and realistic characters and an interesting story line. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paradocs
  • 09-07-17

Performance the biggest issue

Would you try another book from Karen MacInerney and/or Teri Clark Linden?

I would try another book from Karen Macinerney.

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

I might, but to see if this performance was typical.

Was Killer Jam worth the listening time?

This was simply too long - much story repetition and redundancy. It dragged. The story was fun and compelling and the characters were mostly interesting. A little too much forced coincidence happening to allow the mystery to be solved,

Any additional comments?

The reader has a couple of annoying habits that made the listening difficult. For one, whenever the sentence ended with 'I, he or she said,' the read was read the sentence, then pause and "she said." or "I said." That pause was incredibly annoying.
The other, bigger, annoyance was the reader's use of different voices. This is normally not a problem, but she made many of the adult women sound like 6 year old girls. I wanted to scream, listening to this. If they weren't little girl voices, they were husky voiced cowgirls.
The reader's voice is pleasant but the voice acting was unnecessary for the story and terribly distracting.

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  • A Craft
  • 07-09-16

i want more of this

Would you consider the audio edition of Killer Jam to be better than the print version?

This was a funny, easy listening and very entertaining story. I want more of these books on here! She captured my attention and kept me guessing until the end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer Jam?

Killer in the Jam tent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It took me a few days, who can sit for 5 or more hours to listen?

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  • Laurie I
  • 03-11-17

Excellent cozy mystery!!

I listened to this cozy on a whim and was unexpectedly blown away. A great plot and an amazing story with colourful, country characters that made me chuckle. Definitely one of my favourite cozies.

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  • Troublemer
  • 31-10-17

Really, sheriff?

this was the first time i read this author. Loved the books. It kept me guessing through the story who the murderer was.

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  • APUser
  • 27-09-17

SUCH FUN!

Loved everything about this book! This was my first "cozy" mystery via audiobook and it will not be my last. I listen to audiobooks during my commute and this sure made my drive a lot more fun and time flew by. I am often put-off by a woman doing male voices, but Teri Clark Linden was awesome! I am so looking forward o the second in this series. The mystery was not overly difficult to solve, but it was great fun following the characters and seeing what life is like in Buttercup TX.

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  • jess
  • 13-09-17

Was ready to fast forward through after Ch 20

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I was a good book, but after about Chapter 20 I was ready to fast forward ahead a few chapters, and did so at about 25. Yes we get it, she didnt kill the old woman and she needs to clear her name, but her constant inner monologue repeating everything and everyone's motives started to get on my nerves A LOT and we get that the sheriff is an incompetent lazy asshole who would rather hold grudges over peoples heads instead of performing his job correctly. Ended up skipping about 4 chapters til somethings actually happened again, and skipped a few more until the last few. Was a 4 star book for me until I actually started skipping over entire chapters cause I just didnt care anymore.

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  • nancy
  • 08-09-17

hard to put down!

What did you love best about Killer Jam?

mystery

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

The clues did not give away the answer. Several mysteries going on at the same time.

What about Teri Clark Linden’s performance did you like?

Her accent and ease in listening and following story while doing other things.

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  • Anna
  • 21-08-17

Entertaining, easy to listen to

Would you listen to Killer Jam again? Why?

Maybe. It was enjoyable to listen to and totally up my alley for the "living in the country, semi-self-sufficient lifestyle" but not necessarily something I would rave about to others.

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

Not on the edge of my seat. It was more an easy, comfortable read until the end where it got slightly more intense.

Have you listened to any of Teri Clark Linden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book more as a "comfort" read, as it describes making different recipes, milking the cow, living on a farm, which is something I desire. There is a murder (actually 2 murders) but I almost don't take them seriously because of how 'down home" the rest of the book is. It gets slightly more intense at the end and that is the only time I felt myself not relaxed.

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  • Befa
  • 16-08-17

Great Women's Mystery

Modern day back to the rural American south. Very enjoyable with a great surprise at the end !