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Forty-two-year-old Mia Thorne is not living her best life. After a disastrous career-and-relationship-ending event, she escapes New York City and moves to a sleepy river town in Pennsylvania, courtesy of a dead aunt she never knew. Aunt Hazel was the reclusive family nut, a self-proclaimed psychic. Of course, Mia’s dad always told her that she, too, had the gift, but after his death, her mother made sure to squelch the notion. No square pegs allowed! 

Aunt Hazel’s old cottage is only slightly better than the decrepit gardens surrounding it. Mia doesn’t know the first thing about gardening and expects this will be one more failure on her seemingly endless list. Even Aunt Hazel’s ancient cat seems to have pegged her as a loser. 

When Mia stumbles over a body in the overgrown garden, the newcomer catches the eye of the police chief and his hotshot detective, Derek Fairfax, and she becomes the number-one suspect in the case. Much to her shock and awe, she also catches the eye of Derek’s brother, Dane, a lawyer with a head for what’s legal and a bod for what isn’t - but getting arrested for murder would certainly put a damper on her dating life. 

Will Mia tap into her long-buried psychic skills in order to save herself, or will she end up digging her own grave? 

Petal to the Metal is the first book in The Bloomin’ Psychic series.

©2021 Annabel Chase (P)2021 Annabel Chase

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  • Zena
  • 19-04-21

Oh Yes!!!

This is what a cozy mystery/murder should be like. One that keeps you guessing with lots of scenes which are just so funny and keeping it light.
I really like the style of the author, Annabel Chase, who is new to me. She grabbed my attention right from the beginning and kept me interested' guessing 'who-done-it' and entertained throughout.
Then we have the wonderful narration by Meghan Kelly with all her remarkable voices, making this an audiobook to be listened to and thoroughly enjoyed.
I am happy to recommend this if you want to be entertained.

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  • Bette
  • 19-04-21

Awesome Story & Narration🎧 A Fascinating Delight!

Wow, I loved this book, I am new to the ‘Cozy Mystery’ novels and to Annabel Chase’s work, so not knowing what to expect I must say I am now a fan of both. I was already a fan of Meghan Kelly, who was the perfect narrator to bring the characters and story to life. The book is well written, the story grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it all the way to the end. This is the kind of book once you start you do not want to put down because you need to know what happens next. I adored the lead character, Mia Thorne, she does not have the best of luck at the start of the book, a failed marriage proposal, losing her job, her boyfriend and then her apartment, all in one day. But maybe the day did not bring all bad luck, she finds out she inherited a house for an Aunt she never met, her Aunt Hazel was from her fathers side but the only thing she remembered him saying was she had the gift. After his death her mother kept her away from that side of the family. With plans to sell to get money to get her back on her feet she heads to her new cottage in Pennsylvania. She is surprised what she learns about her Aunt even more surprised what she stumbles upon in her overgrown garden. So maybe her bad luck is following her since she is now a suspect in a possible homicide. Her alibi clears her but she takes it upon herself to start her own investigation. She also finds out she must live in the house for a year before she could sell, so she will be staying, she has a new cat, well an old cat that came with the house, is making new friends and there is also has a possible love interest, Dane, a lawyer in town. The paranormal elements add a lot to the story, a whimsical touch and I am looking forward to Mia finding out more about it and possibly coming into her own. I loved how everything plays out in this book the story is cleverly plotted with drama, a touch of angst, some humor, mystery, crime drama, magical paranormal twists and a little romance. The author did a great job keeping you on your toes and making you wonder who the murderer was and why, loved how Mia stumbled upon the truth. Annabel Chase, thank you for this fabulous story, I am looking forward to what comes next for these amazing characters.

🎧📚🎧And for the fabulous narration, Meghan Kelly is a talented narrator and versatile voice artist. She did an awesome job portraying the characters, humanizing them, giving each their own distinct voice and personality, making it easy to follow along and tell who is who. I loved how well she grasps the character’s persona, makes them believable and sounding just as I picture them to sound. She played Mia’s role with perfection, she was great with all he secondary roles as well. She set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into her performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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  • Virginia
  • 18-04-21

Great!

Annabel Chase has written a wonderful fun story! Mia hasn’t had the best of life in New York. She had inherited a house from an aunt in Pennsylvania and she heads there. Her dad had told Mia that she had been given a gift of being psychic, just like her aunt Hazel. She soon finds herself with her aunts cat and overgrown garden along with the house.
Meghan Kelly is an amazing narrator and she makes this story come to life. She can do male and female characters come to life!

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  • Carol K.
  • 17-04-21

Great start to a new series!

Fun, fastenating, and fast paced, you won't want to put it down. The characters are really interesting with tons of potential. Really looking forward to spending more time with them. It's a hoot and a half, enjoy!

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  • Nia Ireland
  • 27-05-21

Beautiful pairing of narrator and main character

I’m going to jump into this review somewhere in the middle to preach the message of how much I loved Mia as a main character.

It’s a rare treat to have a female 40-something as a main character, especially one who isn’t a wife and mother. Mia is genuinely hilarious and wields the combination of confidence and insecurity women grow into. She’s still being treated like a teenager by her mother and doesn’t have her life together in the way society expects an adult her age to have, but she’s good at her job and incredibly likable.

After a bum clenchingly awkward opening scene to the book, we really get a feel for Mia as a person and honestly, I think I want to be her when I grow up.
She finds herself in need of a new place to live and conveniently, great Aunt Hazel has snuffed it and left her house and cantankerous old cat to her.
It’s a big step from NYC  to a small town but it’s gorgeous to read, she’s starting to find her people in the local community and find out where she belongs – hammering home the message that it’s never too late to find your place.
I adored the new friends she makes in the community, they accept her as she is and love her for it.

The plot itself is a cosy mystery – Mia and her new friends are investigating the murder of great Aunt Hazel’s best friend, while large hints about the supernatural nature of the town are dropped.

This is by far my favourite audiobook narrated by Meghan Kelly so far, she’s the perfect match for Mia and gave this brilliant character the extra sparkle she deserves.

I am so excited to read more in this series, I just know it’s going to be one of my favourites and a re-read.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 21-04-21

Love me a good cozy!

In the mood for a fun, quirky listen? This cozy by Annabel Chase will fill that craving, make you smile and work to solve the mystery! Meet Mia. She is having the worst luck. Losing her fiance and apartment, then her job and a less than helpful mother all lead us to believe she has hit rock bottom. That is until her mother mentions an inheritance of a house from her quirky Aunt Hazel. This could be the change she needs. Sell the house and start over! But when she reaches the town of Newbury, she finds a sense of home there she never felt before. Plus a caveat that has her staying in the house for the next year. Chase weaves a story with the interesting people of the community, a little danger, a murder mystery and a flower garden like no other. I love all the characters, each having a story about Aunt Hazel. And we can't forget the cat! It's a book you cannot stop listening to until the end!

I am a huge Meghan Kelly fan, and this book gave her the ability to showcase her talent. There are quite a few characters, each with their own eccentricities and she gave them each the perfect voice and personality. I loved it! I can't wait for more from her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-21

A Good Beginning

This is a good beginning for a new series. It seems like many authors are trying their hand at midlife cozy mysteries. This one is a good entry into genre. The characters are likeable and it has setup plenty of things for the reader to discover as Mia learns about her abilities.

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  • Beatrice
  • 17-04-21

not for me

Petal to the Metal is full of of unlikable characters and an uninspired plot. I won't get the next one.

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  • Sandi Robinson
  • 14-06-21

Petal to the Metal

A delightful listen. Narrator some times sounded as if she was just reading aloud, but was it ok.

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  • Johanna
  • 25-05-21

Mixed Feelings

I definitely have mixed feelings about this book.

The author is new to me, the genre is not so much but haven’t read a straight mystery in a long time.

The story was superbly slow to get to the point. It was eight chapters in before it really started to flow.

I enjoyed it from that point on. I never did clue in who killed the person which I guess is a good thing.

I love the narrator on this but the producers missed quite a few breathe inhales which can be quite distracting.


While I can’t scream that I loved this book, I won’t say I hated it either. I will say I won’t be continuing with this author and series though.