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Summary

Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore...and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.

When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders...not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect - Barry.

Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve....

©2017 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott

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great story

I really liked this story, there was enough interest to keep up the story pace and although it's pretty obvious from the start who the killer was I still found it entertaining.
The narrator did a good job of getting the characters across
All in all a nice cozy mystery and I enjoyed it from start to finish, will definitely be listening to the rest in the series

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Fun and entertaining!

I chose this as an audiobook likely to provide light-hearted and easy listening fun. It wasn't disappointing in this respect.
The story was not unusual for its genre but was nicely done.
The characters were fun and those with challenging or unlikeable traits made my knuckles itch, just as I feel the author wanted them to 😅.
I wasn't 100% sure who the killer was for a while but even when you know who the killer is, hearing their motive and how it happened can be surprising or at least interesting in books like these.
It was a little sad that all the Healthy cakes and treats were described as inedible apart from the liquorice. I myself bake loads of healthy alternatives to refined sugar and gluten containing cakes. If I don't tell anyone, they don't notice and ask for the recipe! I also make Raw Organic chocolate using Maple syrup rather than regular sugar, and without dairy, just the Cacao butter in the recipe providing creaminess. I haven't found any chocolate lovers who have disliked them as yet, and have even found some people who generally don't like chocolate who have said that they actually like mine 😯😁. I don't say these things to boast a out my own skills, but rather to illustrate that it is 100% possible to create healthy treats that are delicious! Many 'shop bought' treats are too sugary for my taste but even I can find cakes and treats in tea and coffee shops that offer delicious gluten free and vegan cakes/ bars/ treats. This said, Lois's character was meant to be unsuccessful in her business, and it is totally possible for people to make inedible or unpleasant food in their endeavours to be healthy.😅

Coming back to the story in general, the narration was very good.😁 Also, I absolutely love that the recipe and method for baking Lemon Bars - that Katie makes in the story - is given at the end of the book! I will certainly be having a go at making them - probably with coconut/Palm sugar 😜 !

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  • CathyAC
  • 24-03-22

A Bright and Fun Series

A sweet listen for a day at the Park or Beach. When your Life starts over with the discovery of a body, things can get a bit intriguing and Fred and Watson find themselves investigating a lot more than the body they find. Grab a glass of wine, kick back and relax as you follow along with the clues and connections this duo makes to the tragic and yet satisfactory end. It really is a Happy ending...Trust me.

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  • Debbie Showalter
  • 27-06-22

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Loved the story and Watson is adorable but Fred's voice is too young sounding for a woman 38 years old.

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  • Sara A Mountain
  • 21-06-22

it didn't stop me reading

As I listened to this book, I realized I picked the murder a few lines after the murder. then it just kept going. I pondered stopping the book after that as it droned on. I then looked at the time left and realized i was almost done. The reader sounds too young for character. All action only happens at very end of story. I kept listening so if you like dogs and want to just turn your brain off and listen to a child read to you.....try it

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  • 17-06-22

I enjoyed this book

This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. I have never read any of Mildred Abbott books before but I liked this mystery. Angie Hickman did excellent with the narrating too.

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  • Jami
  • 01-06-22

Good summer read

This was a cute, light mystery with quirky characters, humor and a loveable corgi! This was a good summertime audio!

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  • SER
  • 23-05-22

A Fun Cozy Mystery

Wini"fred" and her tenacious corgi Watson move home to Estes Park, Colorado to start over by opening her
dream bookshop. The discovery of a
dead body in her new shop space is
where the story begins. It continues
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family, along with the potential for romance between an attractive police Detective & a rugged park Ranger.
When her Stepfather is arrested Fred
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  • Lori Guerrero
  • 22-05-22

Hippies

Athough nothing too explicit other than the crimes went into detail; controversial relationships including creepy too close sisters.... There wasn't anything uplifting about it.

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  • Kelly Garland
  • 21-05-22

Cute cozy. Narrated, apparently, by a baby

The story was pretty good, modern elements plugged into tried and true mm formula. Mostly likable characters. But that baby voice. Idk if I can get through more installments if all read by this narrator. Everyone is a baby, except for Lois, an older character who sounds like the Wicked Witch from Oz. One other thing: More Watson, please, if I am to endure the lisping toddler voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-22

Not really for me

SERIUOSLY? The main character loses her ability to function when she sees a good looking man, I mean geez. I endured the whole book to give it a fair chance.

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  • robin collins
  • 28-04-22

LOVE CORGIS

This book was wonderful. I love corgis. I have 11 of them. my Rori is just like Watson