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Muddy Waters

The Leafy Hollow Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
Series: The Leafy Hollow Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

In Leafy Hollow, mysteries are always in season...

Verity Hawkes can hardly remember her reclusive past. She's actually starting to enjoy her role as the small town's resident gardener and unofficial super sleuth. Her blossoming relationship with a dreamy local detective certainly doesn't hurt matters. But Verity can't help but question her place in town when a group of kidnappers steal away a beloved citizen and single her out to handle the ransom.

After the deal goes south, it's clear to the Leafy Hollow gardener that larger forces are at play. Between dealing with a rogue agent, a meddling ex-boyfriend, and an underground Botox clinic, she knows that nothing is as it seems. To dig up the conspiracy, Verity may just have to get her hands dirty.

Muddy Waters is the fourth installment in a series of charmingly funny cozy mysteries. If you like picturesque Canadian villages, endearingly weird characters, and high-stakes whodunnits, then you'll love Rickie Blair's Leafy Hollow series.

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Another brilliant Read, or listen, Book 4

I must admit to being a little nervous about reading book 4 in the leafy hollow mysteries series, after all, the first 3 books had been so good, so exciting, and so much fun that I wondered if Rickie Blair could write anything as good. I needn't have been concerned. As always, almost from the outset the flaky funny amateur investigator that is Verity Hawks, yanks the reader in my the nose and leads us up the proverbial garden path and into situations that twist and turn quite out of control it seems. But all is never what it seems. I love the Author's writing style and in this book she and the rather excellent Narrator, Petrea Burchard, bring to life once more Miss Hawk's adventures in Leafy Hollow. Right, I'm off to read the next one!

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Muddy waters

I’m unsure wether I enjoyed it. I just wished Verity was a bit more assertive.

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Cozy Mystery with a twist

I have read the other books in this series, so I thought I knew what to expect but the author really surprised me in this book. I thought I knew who did it then the author would drop a twist that I did not see coming. A while later, I thought I knew who did it then she would drop another bombshell. Even the main character who usually figures out who don it didn't this time. This has to be my favourite out of all the books in the series. I would recommend you read it in order to get a better understanding in what is going on with the main character and those she knows. The relationship between Verity and the local detective intensifies in this one. Would highly recommend this to those who love cozy mysteries with humour.

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Loved it

I loved this book. Great series. I highly recommend this book. Amazing characters and great storyline. The narration is pretty good too. ❤️😹🤩🥰🥳

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Put on your welly boots and enjoy this fun book

I really enjoyed this book. I did have to check that there are going to be more in the series and it wasn't the last one. Phew there is, which this listener is eagerly waiting for. As you can tell I am really enjoying this series and this book is no exception. They are stand alone books but I would highly recommend you start with book one and work you way through them all. In fact I did recommended them to my mum who is currently in the process of listening them. What I love, is the characters and the mystery surrounding the aunt's disappearance, which a little bit more gets revealed with each book. The mysteries are fun and full of twists and quirky goings on that are bound to make you smile if not laugh out loud. I hope the author has plenty more story lines because I can't get enough of them and can't wait to see what new twist there is in store for Verity and her friends. When the local retailer is kidnapped in broad day light Verity has no choice but get involved when they ask her to make the drop. Playing at amateur sleigh never prepared her for this job and she has no idea why she was chosen. Then things go wrong and the money goes missing and Verity and her boyfriend come under suspicion. But it is not until the kidnapped victim turns up safe and well that things get really bizarre for Verity. What is going on? Was it all a hoax or a well planned and executed misdirection? And what does control have to do with it? Or her aunt? Can Verity finally track down her aunt or will an ex boyfriend put a spanner in the works? There is more at stake this time round than just catching a killer. I really like the narrator and hope she plans to stick with the series, she does a really good job with making the characters come to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 07-05-20

A fun cozy mystery

Muddy Waters is a fun cozy mystery with a bit of a spy story built in as well. This is the fourth book in the series, and every one is a blast. The narrator fits the books and does a terrific job bringing the story to life. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Rhonda
  • 21-07-20

Fun mystery

I enjoyed the characters in this book. They were interesting and the storyline was good. It made for a good mystery. The narrator was excellent. She was easy to listen to and did a wonderful job with the characters. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • grammatoni
  • 18-07-20

Muddy Waters The Leafy Hollow Mysteries, Book 4

Verity is once again thrust into the hands of the elusive control organization. Her romance with Jeff is still new. Then one day a strange man shows up at her house when Jeff was there. Brian, Verity's blast from the past, shows up and tilts her into a kiss right in front of Jeff. One nail in the coffin....then a muder...Verity's life has taken on a surreal quality and a made for tv movie. But can she figure out the clues and save the day again? Petrea Burchard's voice grabs your attention and keeps you enthralled in the story. Fantastic audio and story!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 02-07-20

A Fun and Complex Cozy Mystery!

This was my first Rickie Blair's book. This is the fourth installment in The Leafy Hollow Mysteries, a fun cozy mystery. I believe it is preferable to listen to this Series in order, so you won't miss anything. The characters are great and intriguing. The story is complex, well written, fun, entertaining, and captivating. The mystery unfolds at a great pace, filled with hilarious scenes, and unpredictable twists and turns. This is a great cozy mystery, and I enjoyed it. Petrea Burchard did an amazing job with the narration. She has a beautiful voice, easy to understand. She has a great range of voices. Looking forward to listen to the other installments in the Series. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-20

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This is the first Leafy Hollow mystery I've read or listened to. While it worked as a stand alone book there were a few unexplained pieces and I've now gone back and started reading the series from the beginning. Yes, I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read every book, starting with book 1. Verity Hawkes has found a new home in Leafy Hollow, one where she feels comfortable and has friends, unlike her previous life in Vancouver, BC where she was lonely and prone to anxiety attacks. She even has a budding romance. When a local realtor is kidnapped, a demand is made for a ransom to be delivered by Verity and no one else. From this point on, nothing is as it seems and I spent time suspecting almost every person in the book before discarding them to focus on the next possible suspect. The twists and turns never end. The characters are engaging and the book kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lisarami
  • 13-06-20

Book 4

I wasn't too sure I was liking this book but I couldn't put it down it finally grabbed ahold of me and drew me in. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Beatrice
  • 11-06-20

5 Stars

Muddy Waters is a great book to listen to while you are doing chores are running errands. The characters are engaging and the mystery has several twists and turns to keep the story moving along at a fast pace. The romance is light and did not overshadow the mystery. I recommend this book to anyone who like fun cozy mystery books. I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased copy.

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  • lynda
  • 05-06-20

A Great Listen

Verity gets a message that her missing aunt will be home soon, but she has no time to celebrate when the local Real Estate agent is kidnapped, an old high school boyfriend shows up and the Prime Minister calls her. Of course, there's a mystery or two, maybe three to solve and some trouble to get into. This is fun series, with unique characters, lots of action, suspense and humour. I will be checking out more books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 05-06-20

Twists and turns!

Just when you thought you knew who dun it, a new twist throws you off! Well-written. Petrea Burchard does a great job narrating. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan
  • 16-05-20

Enjoy!

situational-humor, spies, kidnapping, verbal-humor, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, Canada, cosy-mystery, small-business, small-town A missing aunt, a suspicious entity with technology in the basement, a probable kidnapping with the ransom money disappearing along with the banker, trouble for both our protagonist and her police detective boyfriend, and good friend who really do try to help. The publisher's blurb gives a good hook but doesn't give a clue as to the fun. I like the audios and Petrea Burchard really knows how to be a fantastic narrator!