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Priscilla Pratt Mysteries Box Set #1-4: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery Series Box Set

Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Series: Priscilla Pratt Mysteries, Book 1-4
Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

Priscilla Pratt is the vampire sleuth with a sweet tooth!  

Sink your teeth into this delicious cozy mystery series audiobook now!

Priscilla Pratt is the friendly vampire who owns Fangs in Fondant, the best bakery in picturesque Bellmare, Massachusetts.   

But Priscilla keeps getting mixed up - in murder! Whet your appetite for mystery with this cozy mystery audiobook box set!  

Get books #1-4 together for the first time:  

Book #1 - Fangs and Fondant 

Book #2 - A Bite of Blueberry 

Book #3 - Blood in the Batter 

Book #4 - Holy Crepes

Bonus free book #0 - Fangs and Fairy Dust 

Buy Priscilla Pratt Box Set #1-4 today to:  

  • Meet characters you’ll love in more than 20 hours of audio   
  • Solve mystery puzzles that will keep you listening to see what happens  
  • Free book #0: Fangs and Fairy Dust included with every purchase
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  • Paignton Devon
  • 23-06-19

Great storyline

Enjoyed this audio from start to finish hopefully more books to come well written too

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Cozy, entertaining and with great stories

Wow these were great. It's the first time I've delved into these types of books and I really, really enjoyed them. It felt relaxed, and lighthearted at times but it does have a serious tone also. There's tension between Jack and Priscilla for example. THe story is great. I like the idea of society knowing about vampires as part of the story. Priscilla is a great character and the author has made them likeable and interesting. You really want to just keep listening once you start as it draws you into the story. The stories twist and turn and a really, really good.

The narration is also brilliant and really matches with the books.

Really great!! Very enjoyable!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 25-12-18

Vampire sleuth to the rescue...:)

Priscilla has the best bakery in town and her cookies are heavenly... Well, she has to believe others thay are as she herself can't taste them - she's a vampire who can't really taste any human food:) That's the starting point for the four books box set of Priscilla Pratt's adventures in a small town of Bellmare, Massachusetts, famous for its ghost tours, among other things.
When we meet her, all she wants is for her business to prosper - but Fate has something else in store for her and shoves one murder after another at her doorstep (so to speak:)).

This is a set of four books full of fun, friendly (and not so friendly) bunter and intriguing criminal plots, peopled by characters as diverse as you can only meet in small towns:) Each of the book can be read/listened to as a stand alone although there is a background storyline that joins them all together and for that reason I would advise you to read/listen to them in order.

What I like about the series is the fact that the main characters grow throughout the books, they change, their relationships develop, go through highs and lows, - just like in real life. Priscilla herself is a loyal friend, full of empathy towards all those who need help, ready to risk her own life in their defence. But her life isn't a bed of roses - she has to struggle with her own vampiric nature as well as with racial prejudices towards vampires. And that's the second thing I like a lot about the books - Ms Monroe does a great job of touching on an important and delicate issue of racial prejudice in a straightforward and yet rather unobtrusive way.

All four books have fast-paced plots, with quite a bit of misleading turns and twists. The crimes are intriguing, their solutions logical and plausible, and the villains, well, surprising:) Each book also refers to previous ones when necessary, with very short mentions of the events that may have a certain importance for the particular story - enough for the reader/listener who doesn't know the previous books to understand the general situation (that may sound superfluous when reading/listening to the whole as a set but is probably necessary if you were to read the books separately, with some time lapses in between).

As for the narration, it's very good. Ms Kay has a nice voice and although she doesn't do much of voice differentiation there's no problem understanding who is who in dialogues. She does a bit of good acting, too, adding emotions and tension to the whole. The pace of her reading is slow enough for you to speed it up a bit (it is a long listen, after all:)) without losing anything from the experience. Definitely a narrator worth coming back to.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Adriana B
  • 02-01-19

Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Box Set

This box set contains four books. The main character is female vampire called Priscilla Pratt. There is a fun and unique take on vampires in this series. They have come out to humans and are trying to integrate into the human world.

Pricilla seems to have to worse luck about stumbling into dead bodies, which of course, she has had nothing to do with.

Narration was well done and brought the story to life.

This are the books included in this box set:
Book 1 - Fangs and Fondant
Book 2 - A Bite of Blueberry
Book 3 - Blood in the Batter
Book 4 - Holy Crepes

This audiobook has over 23 hrs of listening time! It’s a great box set. The author has created an interesting world with some mystery, humor, and a touch of romance.

I find it unique that Pricilla owns a bakery and cooks for a living, although, as a vampire, she can’t taste any food! She does have a friend in which she hired to taste everything she bakes.

The stories are engaging and I’d love to listen to more cozy mysteries with this fun centuries old vampire!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-18

After book #1, I was hooked.

The Priscilla Pratt Mysteries is set in a time where Vampires (and other magical creatures) have secured their independence and freedom from hiding. They live and work in the world just like everyone else. Priscilla owns a bakery called Fangs and Fondant but she has a knack for stumbling upon dead bodies so spends a lot of her time solving the murder. The cast of characters are well developed and the storyline is never boring. Each book seems to introduce you to a new character and many of the characters stick around for multiple books. The book is very funny, I love Priscilla's fairy godmother, easy to listen to, and keeps you in suspense. I started the book and listened for 12 hours straight. The only negative I had was that the reading was very slow at speed 1x but I switched it to speed 1.25x and it was perfect. Melissa Monroe has definitely made a new loyal fan and I look forward to reading more Priscilla Pratt Mysteries. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Laura
  • 27-12-18

Welll Written and Interesting Cozy Mystery Series

I received this box set for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

The first book is Fangs in Fondant.. From the cover, I thought that the tone of the book would be very light and airy. But, it has a more serious tone with lighthearted moments. Priscilla is a vampire who owns a bakery and while she is a great baker, she cannot taste the food so she has hired a taster [not a bad job!]. The United States has accepted vampires as citizens and so she doesn't have to hide and is pretty much accepted [well, more or less -- there are vampire haters]. When she delivers a Translyvania castle cake for a wedding, she finds the bride dead. Well, she becomes the first suspect. Why? Because she is a vampire. Fairly quickly, it is determined that the bride was poisoned -- definitely not a vampire killer. Priscilla then becomes involved in the investigation.

The second book is A Bite of Blueberry. Priscilla is now officially hired as a police consultant due to her successful investigation [Book 1]. Priscilla is catering an event and of course, a dead body is found in the men's restroom. On top of the pressure to investigate the murder, Priscilla has to deal with her fairy godmother who has turned a TV producer into a frog [who is comically adding havoc to her bakery].

The third book is Blood in the Batter. Priscilla leaves her assistant Maddison [also a vampire] in the shop to prepare some more baked goods while Priscilla is at the Belllmare Parade. When Priscilla returns, she sees Madison over the body of a man who is bleeding profusely from the neck. The man turns out to have been murdered and Madison is accused of the crime. Well, Priscilla knows better, hires Madison an attorney and begins to investigate.

The fourth book is Holy Crepes. This, in my opinion, is the best of the four books. Priscilla has decided to adopt a vampire child Dean, who does not seem to particularly like her. Then, an FBI agent, Gabriel, shows up to determine why such a small town has so many murders and why had Priscilla been involved with all of them. If that wasn't enough, Priscilla and Dean find another dead body and this time it looks like it was a vampire who did the killing. Well, Priscilla is determined to find the murderer, especially when Dean becomes a possible suspect.

I liked the world building in the series. For example, vampires don't die in sunlight, they only get very sick; or vampires do not sleep in coffins; or vampires need to be invited to enter a home; or vampire ability to see their reflection only applies to mirrors with silver. I really enjoyed the background information on Priscilla's life before becoming a vampire and how Priscilla became a vampire. The characters are all well developed and for the most part, likeable. There is nothing really gory regarding vampires or the murders. Overall, while this is a different cozy series than I have ever read, it was a good change of pace.

The narrator, Cindy Kay, does a great job with this series. She has the perfect tone and her voice is very pleasant on the ears. Half the battle with any audio book is the narrator and when you luck into a series you like and it is well narrated, as in this case, it really enhances the enjoyment of the book.

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  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
  • 15-12-18

Good series

BOOK REVIEW........
I like the characters and stories in this box set

NARRATOR REVIEW........
The narrator did a good job with the voices

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 14-12-18

Interesting Series.

My biggest issue was that Priscilla was always the one to find the corpse, so everyone suspected her. That was a little too predictable, even though the killers were always a surprise. There were times when someone would say something – a clue, leading the gears to turn in Priscilla’s head, yet she couldn’t remember how the clue related to what she already knew. For example, the “Florist.” Italian guy says killer goes by that name, runs into the “Florist,” and later she’s told that the florist had chosen bad flowers. Yet, Priscilla is standing there totally clueless. I wasn’t a fan of that. Additionally, I felt there was a bit too much recap. Priscilla can't cry unless she's recently fed from fresh blood, she's over three-hundred, she's never wanted "kids," she doesn't like driving, etc. That could have just been me though.

In the end, there was something about this series that kept my attention.

The narrator does a good job. One area I’m not a fan of is the fact that she seems to make Priscilla sound really emotional the majority of the time. There were also times when she’d do the wrong accent. Otherwise, she does a great job with the voices for the variety of characters. I’d listen to her narrate again.

Questions/Comments (I had to shorten my review because I had so many questions/comments and it would have been too long to post.):

Part One
This was an okay beginning to this series. I had a hard time “getting into” the story, for whatever reason though. But because this came with the rest of the “parts” of this series, I decided to continue.

Priscilla’s at a half-open door and hears a dripping sound coming from within. She stands there contemplating what the sound is. Years go by. Finally, she decides to take a sniff inside. Why didn’t she do that sooner?

How many days went by from when Olivia calls the police for Priscilla after finding the body, to when she’s at the station handcuffed and being interviewed by the Arthur? Apparently, they have the fasted turn around when it comes to getting toxicology reports back.

I still don’t understand why the physically young vamps needed someone to take care of them. Madison is technically sixty-three and has “parents.”

When Priscilla was sitting with Keira’s fiancé, he was unable to talk. Why did he choose to do Morse code as opposed to using her notepad?

Priscilla goes home and notices her shop is still open. People had been waiting to hear the story…Olivia left the shop open and was selling her food. Who were these people that were waiting for Priscilla? I mean, it doesn’t seem like she has been friends besides Anna and Olivia’s daughter.

Part Two
After Benedict’s death, Priscilla can’t figure out why she wasn’t as upset about Keira’s death from part one as she is with Benedict's when they were both young people. Um…because Keira was a b*tch?

How did Priscilla not see the florist with his flowers walking pass her car, considering she hits him with her door…meaning he was walking toward her car.

Priscilla tries to describe the tattoo she saw Martino wearing. It was a regular-sounding five-pointed star. I don’t understand why she had a hard time describing it, much less drawing one in which Arthur thought it was a ball of fur or hedgehog.

Priscilla knew that Anna wanted to mess with her when she said she’d pack her overnight bag. So how in the world did Priscilla not look before leaving for the dance to see what gown Anna had put in? Better yet, she ended up realizing that no regular clothes were packed, only night clothes and the gown, yet didn’t know which gown it was?

Part two (around Halloween) comes six months after part one. And…it’s still snowing?

Priscilla was not close to killing Anna when she was partly drained of blood. If she didn’t kill the cops while going to the hospital, Anna was more than fine.

Part Three
Priscilla states that Madison hadn’t been old enough to see any wars. Madison was sixty-three. So yes, she was.

Priscilla calls to schedule a dentist appt. She leaves a message, doesn’t actually schedule anything, and still goes to the dentist the next morning.

Arthur comments about Priscilla’s purple room as though he’d never been inside. He’d gone in during part one when he found Joseph/the frog.

Holly is on the run, where is she? Of course, she’s in the abandoned house that has the broken police tape. She couldn’t have just walked under it?

Part Four
I liked the Parliament guy. Because of him, I’m interested in reading/listening to the next book in this series.



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  • Amber Smith
  • 16-10-19

Cute Cozy Mystery

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Pricilla is the absolute best. All the other characters were pretty terrific too! I love love love Gabriel! The stories were all unique and interesting. I was hooked the whole time. I love the narrator. I want to read them all! If you love cute cozy mysteries, please read all these!

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  • Amanda Urbinato
  • 12-10-19

So Far... I Love it!!!

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I Just finished book one (Fangs & Fondant) and I loved it. This is another book that I wasn't 100% I would like it. And I didn't like it... I LOVED it. It was a cute, well written, fun story. And the narration was perfect. I love the way her voice sounds. A little on the breathy side maybe, I'm not sure but its perfect for a vampire story. I am looking forward to reading the next three books. I will update as I finish them...

The other three books....awesome. I was afraid I'd get sick of them if I listened to one right after the other (I get book ADD sometimes), that was totally not the case. I loved them all. All four were cute little books that held my attention from beginning to end. I definitely want to read more from Melissa Monroe. <3

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  • Suzannah
  • 08-10-19

Perhaps the Kindle version is better

I LOVE cozy mysteries, especially food centered ones, so when I was able to get over 24 hours of cozy mystery goodness for free, I was over the moon. Maybe that excitement pushed my expectations too high but I could not get into this series for several reasons. While the narrator has a very beautiful voice in and of itself, the read is very choppy and odd most of the time. Whether that’s due to how she read, the editing process or a combination, I don’t know. But even the fluff sentences are read with such importance that the narration comes across as monotonous in a way. The dialogue between characters flows really well which kinda emphasizes the disparity. It just grew more and more painful to listen to the longer it went on because it required conscious effort to follow along.
Another reason I couldn’t get behind it is the main character. She’s a physically strong vampire who’s lets people trample on her rights seemingly for the sake of plot -er, manners. The combination of her polite acceptance of the victim role (Oh, pooh, you know I didn’t do it but want to pin the murder on me anyway. It’s not fair.) and the painful read, I just couldn’t get through the first book much less continue the series. To be honest I was done after listening to the first five minutes (which has the most editing or reading oddness) but kept trying to plow through since I did agree to review the book. After a few more literal headaches on my part I gave up. I’ve read books with meek or weak main characters but the ones I enjoyed were the ones where it seemed their nature rather than a plot point. Maybe the kindle version brings that part of her personality to life more.

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 08-10-19

Such a fun twist on the cosy mystery genre

Ahhhhh, this is such a great box set; over the course of these four books, I have truly come to adore Priscilla Pratt and her fellow citizens of Bellmare - which is amazing considering this is my first experience with the paranormal cozy mystery genre.

First off, the world building in this series is superb. Author, Melissa Monroe, has done a great job at explaining Vampires and making a society where they exist seem plausible for the reader; for example, Vampires don't die due to sun exposure, they just become ill. I enjoyed that aspect of the series so far; it put a unique twist on the cozy mystery genre.

In a somewhat related note, the cast of characters are all incredibly delightful - well, except for the killers, that is. Despite having minor annoyances with Priscilla, I become emotionally invested in each resident of Bellmare by the end of the fourth book.

Finally, while I was slightly unsure of the narration in book one, I came to love the life that Cindy Kay added to these novels. My only disappointment is that the rest of the Priscilla Pratt series is not yet on audio.

Overall, I got a lot of enjoyment reading/listening to this box collection. I noticed that each book consistently became better than the last, so I can't wait to move on and see what is next for Priscilla Pratt and her band of misfits.

I would recommend this series to anyone who loves cozy mysteries and is looking for a fun, paranormal twist to the genre.