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Murder on Opening Night

Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries, Book 9
Narrated by: Judy Blue
Series: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
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When Myrtle Clover and her friend Miles attend a play in their small town, there's a full house on opening night. It's clear to Myrtle that one of the actresses is a stage hog who loves stealing the spotlight. Nandina Marshall certainly does upstage everyone - when her murder forces an unexpected intermission. Can Myrtle and Miles discover who was behind her final curtain call before murder makes an encore?

©2015 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2016 Elizabeth Spann Craig

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"Narrator Judy Blue so aptly portrays each character in this Myrtle Clover mystery that it's difficult to select a favorite…Clover's marvelous wit will sweep listeners along as she questions witnesses at the theater, funerals, and anywhere else she can corral them. Blue expertly presents both text and dialogue, outdoing herself with the actors' outsized egos and inability to stop acting, no matter what." ( AudioFile, Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award)

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Lights, camera, murder!

This is another entertaining and captivating book in the fun Myrtle Clover series that I just love. Once again the author cleverly combines humour with mystery that keeps you hooked until the end. I love the characters and think they bring a smile to the face of anyone that listens to them. Whether it is psychic Wander making up horoscopes and drowning everyone in squash, Pasha the cat terrorising unsuspecting neighbours, Jack's energetic enthusiasm for everything, Miles bouts of insomnia, Myrtles own attempts at cooking there is bound to be a character or situation that will have you laughing. The mystery was good and entertaining and with so many suspects it does keep you guessing. I can see why this series has made it way all the way to book number 9 and do you know what? it hasn't lost any of it sparkle and I hope there are a lot more to come. Myrtle and Miles are attending the opening night of the eagerly awaited showing of Malaise, a show put on at there local theatre, a group the Myrtle's very own daughter in law has become heavily involved with. The show hardly begins before the show is brought to a sudden stop, one of the actors was murdered on stage while the set was being changed. Myrtle soon discovers the actress wasn't very well liked making everyone on stage a suspect, but who had the opportunity to killer her? With help from her sidekick Miles the pair launch there own investigation and with the help of Wonders squash, which Mytle turns into a squash casserole they get to interview all the cast members but can they really narrow down the suspect list to one? Wonder is keeping busy writing horoscopes for the newspaper and growing vegetables, the only help she can provide them is to say "You are in danger". Can the pair find the killer or will it be curtains for one of them? I liked the narrator as she gives each character there own voice and whether it was old or young it sounded just right for them. In was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Christy Lynn
  • 08-06-16

You got a love Myrtle

This is a terrific book in a terrific series. It is so funny and the plot keeps you guessing. I highly recommend it.

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  • Beatrice
  • 07-05-16

Life after 80

Myrtle proves yet again that age is nothing but a number as she solves another murder. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was funny and full of twists and turns to keep the reader off balance. I love Wanda's role in this story. She is becoming my favorite character next to myrtle. Cozy mystery lovers have to listen or read this series.

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  • Terminator Fan
  • 18-07-16

Cute story

Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

This is apparently the 9th book in the series but it was my first exposure to Myrtle Clover and her world. Cozy mysteries aren't generally my favorite genre, but I found this to be rather charming. I also liked that it's apparently based out of my home state, which was pretty cool. The narrator did a good job of distinguishing the characters and bring Myrtle's world to life. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you should like this series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-06-16

Makes one look forward to getting old

I love mysteries with elderly people as the 'investigator(s).' This book does not disappoint nor does the narration. Great voice. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but I think Judy Blue did a remarkable job carrying this story. The story and the mystery are ok, but the characters make it really good. I wonder if this is a series? I hope so. Good humor. Love that Myrtle!
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Denise H. Zich
  • 16-06-16

A cute little cozy mystery

Murder on Opening Night: Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery...
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This is the 9 book in the Myrtle Clover Cozy mystery series. If you liked the first 8 books you might enjoy this one as well. It just was not my cup of tea as it was way too “folksy” in myrtle forgetting things and playing up the “I’m just an old lady”, when she was more mentally with it then not.

The story line moved along nicely for a cozy mystery. The narration was done well and the different people were well portrayed. I might have gotten more enjoyment from the book if I started at the start of the series and had known all of the down home folk’s personalities.

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  • Christina
  • 15-06-16

An absolute treat!

This is my first book from the Myrtle Clover series, and although it's book 9 I had no problems feeling like I seamlessly got caught up. I can't believe it took me this long to learn about this series, because I am in love!

Myrtle is the spunkiest senior & she is so instantly loveable! She pokes around in the town mysteries with her sidekick Miles. They are two senior neighbors & friends who have the perfect opposing & complimentary personalities. Myrtle is more easy going, spunky, and flies by the seat of her pants. Miles is a structured planner, and he is always trying to reel in Myrtle or talk her out of her hijinks (Myrtle is a terrible cook and it's hilarious when she gets in the kitchen). Together I could not ask for a more hilarious & entertaining duo! Judy does an incredible job narrating & bringing those 2 to life. This series instantly pulled me in & I loved how it puts two characters in their 80's into the role of amateur sleuths. You don't see that anywhere else in the cozy genre & it's such a treat! This book was provided as a gift for my honest review & this was 100% my own honest opinions. I plan to go back now and purchase the other books in this series ASAP!

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  • Bodiccea
  • 03-07-16

I just couldn't.....

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I tried three times to finish this book and I just couldn't do it. The characters far exceed my threshold for cutesy overload. I really wanted to like it as I love to find mysteries that feature older people but the story meanders over meaningless detail (the assembly of a squash casserole take up over 10 minutes of listening....seriously) so much that I lost patience again and again.

The narration is equally untolerable to my ear, sounding more like the narration of a book aimed at toddlers.

In fairness, there are people who like their mysteries as light and fluffy as cotton candy and more power to them. If that is what you are looking for, you may enjoy this book.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • MeandtheMutts
  • 15-09-20

A fun cozy

This was a good cozy mystery with fabulous characters and lots of personality from Myrtle and Miles - they make a great double act and I'll definitely check out more in the series. The theatre setting provided a great backdrop with a plethora of potential suspects. For me, however, the narration was too exaggerated making it feel more like a story aiming at kids than one for adults. Overall, an enjoyable story, though I'd probably choose the written version next time.

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  • KU Reader Extrordinaire
  • 30-08-20

Cute and fluffy

Not the greatest mystery but the characters are all cute and well-voicesdand it has that small town feel. The lead chars are a good pair.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 31-07-20

Excellent

New Narrator and was good, had a good voice and added to this suspense. The plot had enough twists and turns to keep you to the end. Always enjoy cozy mystery light reading and yet with a mystery to figure out.. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion