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Flip-Flops and Murder

Barefoot Sleuth Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Barefoot Sleuth Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

English girl Ellie is a "fish out of water" when she arrives in sunny Florida for a vacation with her aunt at a luxury beach resort. But she's barely dipped her toe in the ocean before she stumbles on a sinister murder. Now, Ellie must battle sunburn, jet lag and a cheeky parrot named Hemingway, while trying to unravel the mystery.

With a writers' conference in full flow, there's no shortage of suspects. Is the killer a jealous rival author? Or the victim's secret lover? And why are some of the resort staff behaving so suspiciously? To make things worse, Aunt Olive has gone missing, fueling gossip that she might be on the run. But Ellie is sure that her aunt isn't guilty.

Life gets even more complicated when she starts snooping around the resort. First, there's the resident cat Mojito, who leads Ellie on a wild "gator" chase, and then, there's the handsome resort doctor who sets Ellie's pulse racing in a different way!

As more red herrings than sand dollars wash up on the beach, Ellie must use all her wits to solve the case before her visit to the Sunshine State becomes deadlier than she ever imagined....

Welcome to the deadliest beach resort in Florida in USA Today best-selling author H.Y. Hanna's fun, new mystery series!

©2020 H.Y. Hanna (P)2020 H.Y. Hanna

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Dreadful

Such a waste of time, please don't bother. I can't believe anyone thought it was worth more than one star.

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Brilliant

I absolutely love H.Y Hanna and all of her books, Pearl Hewitt's narration is perfect for their novels.. an easy cosy mystery read, that is highly addictive and a brilliant start to a new series of books!

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A lovely start to the series

This was a brilliant start to a new series by H Y Hanna and it is clear that this series is going to be a load of fun. Everyone should have a free-spirited rich auntie to take you on adventures and I can't wait to read more about aunt Olive and the mayhem that she will undoubtedly cause. She didn't feature heavily in this first book but I'm sure she'll be making more of an appearance in future stories. There were a few scenes in this book that I found highly amusing. The balcony scene with the cat and the parrot was particularly funny. The resort doctor made a nice romantic interest for Ellie and it will be interesting to follow that storyline. Flip Flops and Murder was a very quick read and the mystery really kept me guessing and entertained. The narration was very good and the characters well performed. I really enjoyed this mystery and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided for review purposes.

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A fun book anywhere not just in the sun

I enjoyed reading this book when it came out on the kindle but I think I loved the audio book version even more, even though I knew who the killer was. I think it was because I could sit back and pick up on all the clue that I missed while reading the book Also becausethe author writes so well, an with the narrator reading it to you the characters pop to life in front of you, even the animals sound life like. The mystery was interesting and I liked the fact that you weren't sure if there was one or two cases that needed investigating. There was plenty of twists, suspects, sun and even a little romance. A great start to a new series. Ellie isn't looking forward to another cold and wet Christmas with her family in England when a surprise delivery arrives. It is an open ended ticket to join in her aunt in sunny Florida in an expensive beach resort. With her rich author aunt paying for the trip Ellie imagined the only thing she would be worrying about is sunburn, finding the right swimsuit and not getting eaten by crocodiles. Unfortunately that is not the case, her aunt is missing and one of her fellow authors has been murdered. Okay her aunt wasn't expecting her quiet so soon but would she really take off with out telling anyone or taking anything? Not even her mobile phone? And what about the writer? Why did she have to die? The police aren't treating her aunts disappearance seriously enough for Ellie. In fact from the questions they are asking it sounds more like she is being treated like a suspect. Can Ellie find her aunt and catch a killer? I liked Pearl Hewitt as the narrator, she makes the characters come to life.and the story fun with all the sound effects. Love the parrot talking. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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another great book

H.Y Hanna has done it again a lovely story that had twisted and turns

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  • Dawn
  • 04-09-20

What a nice new series

I really enjoyed listening to H.Y.Hanna’s new book, Flip-Flops and Murder. The characters are well developed and likable. Pearl Hewitt, as always, gave a wonderful performance as always. I highly recommend this book/audiobook to cozy mystery fans. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • seashell
  • 28-09-20

Fun new series

This new mystery from H.Y. Hanna was fun to listen to. Her stories set in Britain are my favorites, but this book was entertaining and enjoyable as well. It has some interesting characters, and as in all of her books, some fun animal characters too. The narrator, Pearl Hewitt, does an excellent job with all the different voices, and in this book even adds a sassy macaw to her repertoire. Don't expect anything too serious - this is light escapist fare, and I must admit I was able to figure out who the murderer was fairly early on. Just listen, laugh, and enjoy. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 27-10-20

Earns 5+/5 Squawking Macaws...Clever Fun!

Brilliant! H.Y. Hanna is an excellent writer engaging me again in another witty, clever, cozy mystery, and my experience was greatly enriched by the voice artistry of Pearl Hewitt using a delightful British dialect, many interpretations of good o’ American, and an entertaining variety of male and female, young and mature voices. Ellie Bishop, well depicted by Hewitt’s tone and dialect, has exchanged a dead-end job, broken heart, and dreary London winter for a vacation at a beachside resort in sunny Florida on invitation of her eccentric Aunt Olive Goldberg. However, when she arrives at the hotel, Aunt Olive is missing and, later, a dead body is found. This cozy is shorter than books in Hanna’s other series, but not on content and entertainment, and her strong female character, always working on confidence issues, continues to be set in wonderful surroundings with challenges, friends, family, a romantic opportunity, and a fur, or feathered, friend to add angst and comic relief, of course, squawked and meowed well by Hewitt. The murder mystery had me bouncing around the obvious to the obscure with a surprising, but totally satisfying karmic conclusion. And...Ellie’s reluctance to entertain a holiday romance, is a conundrum when she meets the hunky doctor. Hanna’s descriptions of the tropical environment, regional delicacies, and antics by two- and four-legged characters along with realistic dialogue to help illustrate personalities kept me engaged and eager for more, and loving with Pearl Hewitt’s performance!

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 19-10-20

Cozy Mystery Set in Beach Resort

Flip-Flops and Murder is the first book in a new series by H.Y. Hanna featuring a 20-something English young woman who is in need of a career counselor. She travels to a resort in Florida "to find herself" and to visit her aunt who is attending a writers conference. However, when she arrives her aunt is no where to be found and Ellie gets mixed up with the death of another writer. I've enjoyed H.Y. Hanna's other books so much that this one just didn't seem to draw me in like the other series did. I will have to wait to see where this one develops as I can't imagine that the entire series will be set at a Florida resort. The one bright spot is Pearl Hewitt, who did the narration and she is simply fantastic!

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  • Carol D.
  • 06-10-20

Fun mystery!

Funny, entertaining, surprising and makes you anxious to read the next book in the series.

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  • April Goldman
  • 03-09-20

A getaway with a side of mystery

Ellie was daydreaming of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters the exact opposite of London during the holiday season. Imagine her surprise when her favourite black sheep aunt and best selling mystery author asks her to come stay at a posh beach resort for the holidays! When Ellie arrives she has no idea what exactly she's stepping into! A fantastic mix of characters come to life as Ellie looks to solve not only a murder but the mystery of her missing Aunt! I couldn't stop listening to this book! It was so good and just the vacation I needed to get away from 2020 for a bit. *Disclaimer i was sent a copy of this book from the author in return for a review. The opinions above are my own.

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  • Duane
  • 29-08-20

FUN READ AND GOOD MYSTERY

This is my new favorite H. Y Hanna mystery series. Hope there will be more . Love the characters and the narrator. I can't wait for the next Baefoot Sleuth Mystery!