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Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet

Cozy Suburbs Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Series: Maycroft Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

She’s strong. She’s smart. And she’s way in over her head.

Deena Sharpe knows nothing about investigating a cold-blooded murder, but when her sweet aunt asks her to find out who killed her son, that’s exactly what Deena agrees to do. Only hitch, he died 50 years earlier, although his body was just discovered in a sheriff’s forgotten evidence closet.

To make matters worse, a big-city conspiracy nut is determined to cash in on her family’s misfortune and implicate Deena’s dead cousin in the crime of the century. Can this small-town, southern woman with genteel manners outwit those who’d rather keep the truth under wraps, or will her family make front page news for all the wrong reasons?

Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet is the first standalone whodunit in the clean and humorous Cozy Suburbs Mysteries series. If you like perplexing puzzles, quirky characters, and a mature, savvy sleuth, you’ll love Lisa B. Thomas’ mysteries with heart and humor.

Buy Sharpe Shooter today to unmask a killer and get a good chuckle along the way.

©2015 Lisa B. Thomas (P)2019 Lisa B. Thomas

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Humorous start to a fantastic series

Just as life gets a little dull for newly retired Deena Sharpe, an over 50 year old case is reopened when a skeleton is found in the evidence closet at the police station. Turns out the skeleton is Deena's Uncle and her Grandmother wants Deena to investigate. A famous conspiracy author is on the case too, though he has his own ideas on what might have happened. With the help of her family, old students, a few treasures in an old chest and other bits and pieces, Deena may have found her calling!

I really enjoyed how this book was written and narrated. It is funny and interesting and even before the audience realises it, the mystery has been solved and the audiobook is done. Luckily there are plenty more opportunities to visit Maycroft and to solve mysteries with Deena Sharpe.

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

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Sometimes the truth hurts more than it helps.

When Deena Sharpe, 59, loses her long held position as high school teacher, she quickly becomes bored with her retirement and instead decides to try her hand at journalism. After a slow start, she learns of the discovery of a skeleton in an old evidence box, labelled Jane Doe, dating back to 1964. Sent for forensics and a facial reconstruction, this very cold case has many surprises.including a connection to Deena's own family. She promises her grandmother that she will try to find out what happened.

A really fun detective story with Deena and friends digging into the past, and discovering more about the family history than was comfortable. Numerous twists in the investigation and relationship interaction set in a Texan small town with all of it's gossip and prejudices, this makes for an enjoyable, and sometimes infuriating, read. The narrator is Kelley Hazen, whose deliciously intoned voice and Texan accent is a joy to hear. Always well paced and cadenced, she reads the text with warmth and gives individual voice to each of the numerous protagonists.
This is a quick and easy read with a good story line and a cast of often colourful characters.And is the first book in a series of Maycroft Mysteries.

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  • Mac
  • York
  • 29-04-19

Brilliant

I loved this book, amazing characters and brilliant storyline. I highly recommend this book. And I look forward to the next one.
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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 21-03-19

Great Read

Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet was another good read by Lisa B. Thomas. Deena doesn't know anything about investigating murders. But her aunt wants to find out who killed her son. Unfortunately he died fifty years ago even though his body was just discovered. There is a conspiracy nut who is trying to cash in on the murder with some pretty crazy ideas. This was another great read in the series.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 08-03-19

Deena starts her sleuthing career...:)

This is Deena Sharpe's first murder investigation - and it's really intriguing, engaging and funny:) It's also a wonderful introduction to all the characters that we will meet again in the next books in the series and it sets up mood for them - all murder cases Deena gets involved in are personal matters and hit close to home...

The plot is fast, the leads appear and take us in different directions, there are a few possible suspects, all with plausible motifs for murder and no alibis, and there's Deena - smart, a bit crazy, but warm and loyal to those she considers family and friends, sometimes too loyal for her own good:) She's definitely one of the more likeable amator sleuths in literature:)

Narration by Ms Hazen is as usual very good. The voices are diversified, each perfectly matching the character it is given to; the pace of her reading is just right and the emotions conveyed in a clear, convincing way.

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

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  • Jan M
  • 07-03-19

Sharpe Shooter

Sharpe Shooter by Lisa B. Thomas is the first book in the series that features Deena Sharpe. I loved how the author wrote a clean cozy book with a touch of romance plus murder mystery. The guilty suspect was not obvious, which I really enjoy. Kelley Hazel does a wonderful performance giving the characters distinctive voices. Being able to hear who is speaking is great. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future.

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  • Catrina P
  • 09-02-19

Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet

Deena Sharpe takes on the case of a 50 year old murder in this cozy mystery. I loved all the twists and turns that kept me guessing... right up until the end!

Kelley Hazen did a fabulous job with the narration. Her ability to voice so many different characters is amazing. I look forward to listening to her next performance!

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

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  • lynda
  • 07-02-19

Very Enjoyable

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by narrator and really enjoyed it. I started listening to this series with the second book and really like being introduced to all the main characters. What can an out of work school teacher do to keep herself busy...Well Deena Sharpe has herself a family mystery to solve. After a 50 year old skeleton turns out to be her missing uncle, Deena is asked to find out why he was killed. With the help of her brother, Deena starts to turn everyone's world upside down. It's a great combination of suspense and humour in the sunny state to Texas. Well worth listening too.

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  • willee
  • 04-02-19

Quirky Mystery

I enjoyed listening to this fun lighthearted at times funny mystery, a change from the dark mysteries. Deena is a retire teacher and wannabe investigator and main character who is trying to solve the murder of her Uncle Matthew murdered 50 yrs. ago after skeleton was identified by DNA. Investigator reporter is trying to connect his death with conspiracy of President Kennedy’s assassination. Narrator does great with the characters. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a fun, easy mystery with twists. I was this free review copy audiobook by Storyteller and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • Julie
  • 01-02-19

Sharpe twists abound in this book!!

I really enjoyed this story, with so many twist for the motive it keeps you on your toes and listening right up until the end. I love the one liners and playful banter between the main character and her husband, it had me laughing in a few places.
Deena gets a phone call that turns her life upside down, when after 50 years her missing uncle's body is found in the evidence room at the police station. Triggering multiple conspiracies for the reason for his death. Deena and her brother start looking into the past in the hope that they can find the answers her grandmother needs to be able to rest in peace.
The narrator was easy to listen too and the time just flew by listening to the story.

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  • Ad n' Audie
  • 13-08-19

Best in the series!

This was such a fun, quirky and hilariously clever story from start to finish. I loved it! Great character development with excellent narration (as always) for a great big cast of kooky characters. I enjoyed the dynamics between the characters (Deena and the elderly socialite, Deena's brother and anyone he interacted with, the villainous writer from NYC and Deena)...the whole story was a riot. And I couldn't get enough of that JFK backstory, how fantastic. This book was thoroughly enjoyed thanks to a courtesy credit in exchange for my review. I highly recommend Sharpe Shooter, Lisa B. Thomas and Kelley Hazan!

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 17-06-19

Exactly what I wanted in a Mystery !

A first rate terrific read ! Kelly Hazen does an excellent job throughout of keeping the audience guessing until the final twist.
An intriguing, fast paced mystery crime novel, with great characterization, and unexpected surprises.

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  • Barbara
  • 08-05-19

Annoying narration

Overachieving. Annoying made the story almost impossible to get through to the end. The ridiculous over emphasizing and horrible accents were over the top.