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Death Comes to Happy Acres

By: JT Moss
Narrated by: Peter Husmann
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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At 63, former jazz musician Wade Lovett finds himself something of a trailer park Lothario carrying on affairs with three different women. But when circumstances prompt Carol Smitzky to make a compelling case for a marriage arrangement, he agrees. The next morning, he visits girlfriend number two, Peggy MacCallister, to tell her the news - and finds her lying dead on her kitchen floor. Shortly after Peggy's death, Wade is surprised to learn that she left him guardianship of her prized cat, Prince Albert. Even more surprising, she named Wade as beneficiary of her life insurance, which provokes her son to demand an autopsy. As a natural death seems less and less likely, Wade becomes the prime suspect in her murder, forcing him to investigate the crime himself. Was Peggy killed by one of her two children, the park manager, a mystery second boyfriend, or was it Wade's third paramour, Sue Mullins?

©2015 JT Moss (P)2016 JT Moss

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Death comes calling a good book

I enjoyed this book, it is the first book by this author I have listened to or read and I hope it won't be the last as I enjoyed the plot and setting and hope for more. I like the fact the main character was a man which is unusual for a cozy mystery but thought all the characters were fun and interesting. It kept me guessing as to who the killer was, every time I thought I had it worked out it twisted on me, keeping me hooked.
After Wade 's wife of many years dies he struggles to come to terms with her death by looking for comfort in the arms of three women. They all know about each other and all understand that it can't be anything other than fun. That is until one of them talks him into a marriage of convinces because of the mutual benefits it would provide. After careful thought be agrees but the morning he goes to break off his relationship with one of his other girl friends he finds her dead body. Her children are not happy to learn they have been cut out of her will and leave everything to Wade and his new bride. The police are called in and it is not long before they prove the children have a right to question there mother's supposed death, the only problem is Wade is the only one to gain from her death. Wade is in no position to turn the money away but at the same time he doesn't feel comfortable keeping the money but by giving the money back is he giving the money to the person who killed her? Or is he sharing his bed with her killer?
I liked the narrator, with his gruff voice it did sound like he was perfect for the part of an elderly man.

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Great easy clean listening

What did you like best about this story?

The main character: Wade and his interaction with the multiple women in his life.

Which character – as performed by Peter Husmann – was your favourite?

Wade.

Any additional comments?

This was a good clean (no guts, gore or foul language) mystery with an excellent narrator. Easy light listening and I would definitely look at other books with either the same narrator or author.

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  • Mark M
  • 15-02-16

Perfect weekend listening

Where does Death Comes to Happy Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not a big audiobook listener, but 'Death Comes to Happy Acres' has me rethinking that. I'd read the book and delighted in the style, characters and story, and it has been brought to life in near-perfect fashion by narrator Peter Husmann. He has exactly the voice, cadence and delivery I'd expect for this book. It made for the perfect audiobook experience over the long weekend.

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

I can't say it kept me on the edge of my seat - that seems more appropriate for a thriller. This is a delightful mystery that kept me guessing.

What does Peter Husmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Peter Husmann has the delivery and voice I would most connect with this book. The characters were brought to life well and distinctly, and the pacing was just what it should be.

Any additional comments?

I'll be listening to more audiobooks after this one! It's a great introduction (and in my case, a re-introduction) into the unique world of the spoken narrative.

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  • Deborah
  • 22-06-16

Excellent Listen

This was an enjoyable listen. The narration was excellent and the book was well paced. It was a who-done-it that wasn't easily figured out. I think this would be a good start to a new series. Hopefully, the author will think so too and continue to write about Happy Acres trailer park.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-16

Awesome - a breath of fresh air!

Loved the writing, loved the characters, loved the story and loved the narrator.
The characters have real life struggles not written about often - basic living money problems. The characters are all "of an age" which is even better. The mystery was great! I guessed wrong and love it when that happens.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Elaine M.
  • 21-06-16

Great Who Done It Mystery!

If you could sum up Death Comes to Happy Acres in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, Suspenseful, Creative

Which character – as performed by Peter Husmann – was your favorite?

I would have to say Peter Husmanns' performance of Wade was my favorite. Peter managed to show that Wade was not a player/ladies man as he first comes off but is a lost man that is quite endearing. Mr. Husmann gave life to Wade and performed him perfectly. I would have been disappointed if Wade was presented to me in any other way.

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

Yes. I actually did listen to this book in one sitting. Recovering from back surgery gives me the time to do just that and I am so glad that I did. For me, I was enjoying the story so much and it ended too soon. I hope JT Moss writes some more Happy Acres stories as they are quite enjoyable and written exactly how a mystery should be written. Kudos!!

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • April H.
  • 18-06-16

Death Comes to Happy Acres

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I have to name this a cozy mystery. It was a quick listen with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I found myself scratching my head trying to guess "who dun it?" The characters weren't terribly likable, but I didn't hate em either. I wouldn't mind seeing a few more "Happy Acre." adventures.




The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 25-02-16

a cozy, clean mystery set on a trailer park

63-year-old Wade has been a bit of a lady’s man. But when Carol proposes marriage, he accepts. After all, there’s the benefit of health insurance, and it seems a good deal all around. Trying to do the right thing, Wade intends to notify one of his other hook-ups, Peggy, that their get-togethers will have to stop, but he discovers Peggy is dead. Soon, Wade finds himself a suspect in the police investigation, as he is the person to gain the most from Peggy’s death. For starters, there’s Prince Albert, the cat, whose guardian Wade becomes. Wade has to find out what happened to Peggy.

Death Comes To Happy Acres was a cozy, clean mystery set on a trailer park in California with a small cast of oddball characters. Told from Wade’s first person perspective, it was written in a light-hearted, straightforward manner and was a quick and entertaining listen. There were plenty of suspects, and I failed to work out what exactly had happened to poor old Peggy until all was revealed in the end. Though Wade may come across as a bit of a player initially, he is actually a very likable guy who hasn’t got over the death of his wife. He gradually forms an attachment to Albert, the cat, which was endearing, and some of his musings were quite witty.

The narration was very good. Peter Husmann’s interpretation of Wade was excellent. He got across the sentiment of a lovable but philosophical, slightly lost character and sounded enthusiastic throughout. I wish the female voices would have been a bit more distinguishable. Because there were numerous females, it wasn’t always easy to keep up with it. There were no production issues.

On the whole, this was a solid whodunit without violence or strong language but with plenty of dry humor and the additional benefit of following an older gentleman on his journey of coping with his loss and finding an unexpected bond with an animal. Definitely recommended for fans of cozy mysteries with down-to-earth characters and all animal lovers.

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  • Clau
  • 20-09-19

Oh, I loved it!

First, the characters! They are all so complex, but their motivations so human and real that you can easily find equivalents of them on your life. And they aren't your usual protagonists, either. They are people in their sixties, and even the youngers are what? forty-ish? And living in a trailer park :)

The mystery was so well-plotted that I fell for every single red herring thrown on my way and was truly surprised by the solution.

This is a different, refreshing story in which the characters are the main focal point and the heart and love in all its ways plays an important role.

And Peter Husmann does such a wonderful job with the narration! He really makes the story shine.

Wholeheartedly recommended

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  • Dominique
  • 22-05-18

Mystery Romance

What a delightful little mystery and romantic story. It had a great twist, actually, a couple of twists, that kept me guessing. It was a bit like a male version of a Murder, She Wrote. Wade better solve a Murder before his own liberty becomes vulnerable to the local police who are too inept to do any actual crime solving.

As a woman in my mid 50s, I love a cozy mystery, so this book fit the bill. Narrator Peter Husmann gave it his all and made me an instant fan.

I recommend this book for a road trip or a day home sick.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-01-17

A cozy, clean mystery set in a trailer park

If you could sum up Death Comes to Happy Acres in three words, what would they be?

Very entertaining mystery

What does Peter Husmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Peter Husmann has the delivery and voice I would most connect with this book. The characters were brought to life well and distinctly, and the pacing was just what it should be

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Tiffany
  • 02-08-16

Decent

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Enjoyable light mystery. I loved the banter between the characters. I will definitely keep this series on my radar. The narrator did a good job. I will keep him on my radar as well. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.