Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Rival Affair by K.M. Morgan

Just when Daisy McDare thinks her life can’t get any better, she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Eric O’Doul.

While the local detective thinks Eric’s death was a burglary gone wrong, Daisy believes something more devious is at play.

Determined to bring her neighbor’s killer to justice, Daisy starts snooping around.

Unfortunately, she uncovers half a dozen suspects, all with killer motives. Can Daisy catch the killer in time, or will her intrusion in the case make her the next victim?

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rival Affair is a novella with a listening time of about 2 1/2 hours. It’s the seventh book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy’s neighbor is murdered, so she’s on the case again. I thought the local detective had finally gotten used to her and would accept her help, but he thinks this is just a burglary gone wrong. So without any help from the police, and even though there are several suspects, she’s able to solve the murder quickly with a stroke of luck.

I have been wondering about Daisy’s relationship with Gavin. Even though they’ve gotten very close, this is the first book that has more than just a little bit about their relationship. I hope more is to come.

The narrator, Donna Soto, seemed to talk louder when some of the men were talking rather than changing her voice. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rival Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and super quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m going to listen to the rest of the Daisy McDare books I received in the hope that they have a little more meat to them, especially since there was one out of the seven that I’ve listened to that was an improvement.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Dark River by Avery Jenkins

Dark River by Avery Jenkins

Publisher:  Black Rose Writing, (October 15, 2020)
Category: Mystery Thriller, Amateur Sleuth

ISBN: 978-168433-6111
Available in Print and ebook, 268 pages

When your only path to survival is to die..

An old man loses all that he loves for a secret he doesn’t know he knows and a past he can’t remember while he searches for a girl’s killer.

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Guest Review by Nora S.

I can honestly say that I’ve never read another book like this, and I will be thinking about this one for a long time to come. I love mysteries, I thought I had read every type of mystery, and then, enter ‘Dark River’ by Avery Jenkins. This book was atmospheric, it was unique and it was stunning in its employment of words, imagery and metaphysical. I loved every second and I so wanted to keep reading when it ended.

Asa Cire is a gray market dealer. He claims that, when people ask him what he does for a living, he says he “sells stuff.” Which is true. He obtains things like historical texts, manuscripts, mechanical devices, etc. all of which could be counted as antiques and some of which could be counted as illegal in some countries. Then he resells them to collectors. Asa does enough business that he owns a shop where he employs a sassy, street-smart young woman named Neveah.

All of this is going quite well for Asa until one day, when he is meditating, he has a strange vision of a young girl. In this vision, the girl is dead but still screaming out for help.  The vision is so real that Asa remembers it vividly and the next day, when he is visiting a friend who runs the local historical society, he discovers that the girl was murdered 20 years earlier. Asa decides to take up the girl’s cold case to find out why her spirit was calling to him of all people and the case ends up getting complicated, involving a strange manuscript and an illegal Chinese artifacts dealer.

The ending is unexpected and Asa must cope with consequences beyond what he was expecting in this genre-bending story. This is definitely not one to miss if you love a good mystery!

Praise for Avery Jenkins

“A Taoist Jack Reacher”-Beta Reader

“This is a fine and lively read. The perfect way to get my mind off the damn pandemic. I read it in 2 glorious evenings. Tightly written. Fast-moving. Well-drawn, interesting and multi-dimensional characters. All the action and escapism I have come to expect from a Tom Clancy or Lee Child novel, but far more interesting, and much more spiritually satisfying. The author kept teaching me things as he entertained the hell out of me. I hope he’s busy writing the next book in the series now, because I’m hooked.”-Bob Corlett, Amazon

“This book is incredible. There were twists and turns constantly; I couldn’t put it down! I can’t recommend it highly enough for a non stop story lockdown page turner.”-Lina Holopainen, Goodreads

About the Author

Dr. Avery Jenkins is a former award-winning journalist and essayist who took a 25-year break from the writing world to become a chiropractor and acupuncturist. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in the martial art of aikido and is in his final year of training to become a Daoist priest.

Dr. Jenkins lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife and two dogs of uncertain temperament.  Dark River is his first novel.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Audiobook release date: August 5, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read this book previously and liked it, so I was happy to listen to it as well.

In Killer Deadline, a Nikki Bryant returns home to take over her family’s TV station. She has also decided (with a nudge from an online friend) that it’s time to reconnect with her first and only true love, her former boyfriend and stepbrother.

The first thing that happens when Nikki arrives back home is a murder of the evening anchor for the station. Unfortunately, she’s the one who finds the body which makes her a suspect. The murder also causes her father’s murder, a cold case, to be looked at again. Will they find the murderer(s) this time?

The narrator did a good job with enunciation and timing as well the different voices. Her voice is a little soft for this particular book, but I was able to get past that.

I definitely recommend Killer Deadline. It has a little more substance than some of the cozy mysteries I’ve read. Just like I like it!

“Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that cast includes – handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become a social media star and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious employees; and more.

“This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a “cozy murder mystery.”  I promise, it’ll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can’t wait for the second book in this series.” – Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Sep 21 Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Sep 23 –seasons of opportunities – audiobook review
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Oct 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title: Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 12)
Category:  Adult fiction, 464 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery / Political Satire
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  June 9, 2016
Format available for review:  Print (USA only). Audible download, ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Aug 31to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 – (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the year-round residents who enjoy their rural way of life and the city dwellers who are moving into mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed-gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clotheslines. When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees to the town’s residents, David O’Callaghan, the chief of police, decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer! What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the front-runner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the canine’s past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a stake in this election. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!


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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read this book four years ago, but I was happy to listen to it because I knew I enjoyed it back then, but I didn’t remember all of the details.

This is Lauren Carr’s 12th Mac Faraday novel. I have read quite a few of her bookss because I like her writing style. It’s easy to follow, the dialogue is outstanding, and I enjoy the dogs’ parts in the stories. 

There are a lot of characters in Candidate for Murder but since I’m acquainted with several of them, I wasn’t confused. There is usually a Cast of Characters at the beginning of the books which helps new readers, but that’s not available with the audiobook as far as I can tell.

I like Mac Faraday and his wife, Archie Monday, and I love Mac’s dog, Gnarly! In fact, this book is about Gnarly in a roundabout way. Chief of Police and Mac Faraday’s half brother, David, is watching Gnarly while Mac is out of town. David is so disgusted with the two candidates running for mayor of the small town of Spencer that he signs Gnarly up as a candidate. Gnarly’s immediately a hit and way ahead of the other candidates in the polls.

Unfortunately, one of the candidates is murdered. That’s not the only murder that Mac and his entourage have to solve. They meet the husband of Gnarly’s murdered handler and promise to find out who killed her when she was in Iraq.

There are some twists and humor as usual. It’s hard to figure out who the bad guy is, or the worst guy. When politics is involved you never know what’s going to come up. And when Gnarly runs for mayor, they even try to dig up dirt on him. Can he actually win?

The narrator did an excellent job. I was impressed that he was able to change his voice enough for the many characters that I had no difficulty knowing who was speaking.

I definitely recommend Candidate for Murder.  It has great characters, mystery, intrigue, twists, and lots of humor.

“It is an amusing look at politics and media today.  Appropriate to see how the Deep Creek mayoral election relates to current events. Dissatisfaction with politicians on many levels often leave us looking for extreme change.  It may leave you thoughtful.  It may leave you writing Gnarly’s name in as your preferred candidate in the next election.” Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Jaquo.com

“Hilarious, mysterious and full of adventure, Gnarly and his human friends will have you on the edge of your seat unable to put your book down. Candidate for Murder is well written, played out and a story that you have just never heard before. I enjoyed every moment reading this book!” Reviewer: Working Mommy Journal

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Sep 2 – Books for Books – book review of It’s Murder, My Son
Sep 2 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 7 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 8 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 9 –My Fictional Oasis – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 11 –Nighttime Reading Center – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 11 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 14 –Literary Flits – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 15 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 16 –Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 17 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 21 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / author interview
Sep 23 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 24 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 25 –Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 1 – So Fine Print – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Oct 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 6 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder
Oct 7 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Oct 7 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / giveaway
Oct 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 9 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
TBD – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Secret Affair by K.M. Morgan

When Daisy McDare goes to Vancouver for the weekend to attend the launch party of her old friend Chloe Wilson’s latest book, she expects revelry to be in the air. Instead, the party devolves into a series of in-fights and blowups between the publishing company’s staff. So, when the egotistical editor-in-chief publishing Chloe’s book turns up dead the next morning, and Chloe is named as one of the suspects in the murder, Daisy jumps into action to exonerate her old friend by finding the real killer. 

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair is a novella with a listening time of about 2 1/2 hours. It’s the sixth book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series. I felt like book 5 had a little more to it than the previous ones. Unfortunately, this one is back to being solved by Daisy super fast without much sleuthing at all.

Daisy is an interior decorator, but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she feels like she can’t just leave it to the police to try to solve a murder. The last time she tried going on vacation, she ended up solving a murder. This time she’s going to a book launch for her friend’s mystery novel, and she’s hoping she can go out of town without having to solve a murder.

At the book launch, there aren’t many people but that doesn’t stop a disagreement from ruining the evening that had already been a disappointment for Daisy’s friend. The editor-in-chief turns up dead the next morning, so Daisy ends up on the case again and solves the murder in record time.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her timing is good, but in this story the voices weren’t as distinct as I’d like. Many of the characters had the same voices. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m looking forward to more of the Daisy McDare series, especially since the last one had some meat to it.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Book Review: Tracks & Flashbacks by Trixie Silvertale

Published today!

A touching gift. A shocking truth. Can this psychic sleuth solve a decade-old murder?
Mitzy Moon is happy to leave her painful past buried. But a thoughtful present turns her world upside down and forces her to abandon Ghost-ma and her fiendish feline to search for answers in the Southwest. Turns out her mom’s death was no accident, and proving it could be the last thing she does…

Local sheriff Erick Harper wants Mitzy to have a loving remembrance of her mother. But after calling in a favor to get the dead woman’s personal effects, he uncovers an unexpected skeleton hiding in the evidence. And now that the cat’s out of the bag, he can’t stop her from risking everything to dig up more clues.

Mitzy won’t rest until she slams her mama’s killer behind bars. And Erick is desperate to bring her back to Pin Cherry Harbor in one piece.

Can Mitzy deliver some Wild West justice, or will she bite the dust in the Arizona desert?

Tracks and Flashbacks is the ninth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been a year since Mitzy Moon inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She’s gotten close to her father and especially Grams (in her ghostly form). All of the main characters are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Grams is a force of nature but she and Pyewacket have taken a backseat in this book. Erick, the sheriff, is an amazing man and in love with Mitzy.

Mitzy and Erick decide to try to solve the cold case of Mitzy’s mother. Mitzy had been told that she’d died in an accident but Erick found out that wasn’t true. When they go to Arizona together, they do find more evidence but will it lead them to the killer?

Being together in one room and working together brings Mitzy and Erick closer, but they are both determined to take things slowly. I love that! Friends first and lovers later is the best way for a relationship to stand the test of time. One problem, though, is that Erick is beginning to realize that Mitzy’s “hunches” are more than hunches. I wish she’d come clean. He obviously loves her, and her psychic abilities shouldn’t change the way he feels. He already suspects, he doesn’t seem bothered at all from what he’s seen, and he’s Erick.

Tracks & Flashbacks is the ninth book in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries series and my absolute favorite so far! I was not ready for it to end. I need more.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Restaurant Affair by K.M. Morgan

Sixth Book In The Bestselling Series!
Daisy McDare’s latest decorating job turns into a crime scene when Adam Dunning, the arrogant owner of a French restaurant, is found stabbed in the back. As Daisy starts digging deeper, she realizes Adam had a knack for making enemies. Between Adam’s bitter wife, needy mistress, unhappy staff, and scheming daughter, Daisy has her hands full in trying to crack the case.
Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before they strike again.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Restaurant Affair is a novella with a listening time of a little over 3 hours. It’s the fifth book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy is an interior decorator but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she can’t turn her back on a murder. This time, the owner of a restaurant hires her to redecorate his restaurant, but he winds up dead before she can get started.

Luckily, after all of the murders that Daisy has solved, the local detective has finally decided to work with Daisy. There are several people who are suspects and, sadly, most of them are happy that the victim was murdered.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her timing is good, but in this story, the voices weren’t as distinct as I’d like. Many of the characters had the same voices. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Restaurant Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m looking forward to more of the Daisy McDare series.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Rock Star Affair by K.M. Morgan

Fifth Book In The Bestselling Series!
Daisy McDare’s vacation plans go awry when a washed up rock star turns up dead and the local detective thinks Daisy’s cousin Addison is the killer.

Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before her cousin goes to jail for a crime she didn’t commit.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rockstar Affair is a novella with a listening time of a little over 3 hours. It’s the fourth book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy is an interior decorator but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, and she decides she needs to get away for a few days, so she goes to visit her cousin.

Her cousin works for a rock star who is past his prime. Unfortunately, he’s not a very nice person and is murdered. Her cousin is the main suspect! Of course, Daisy has to clear her cousin’s name, so she’s back to solving a murder on her vacation. There are several people who are suspects but Daisy figures out who the murderer is in record time.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her pronunciation and timing are good. Her voice doesn’t fit this series though. In my opinion, the narrator’s voice should sound younger and perkier.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rock Star Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I’m looking forward to listening to more of the Daisy McDare series.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Book Review & Giveaway: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr

Book Title: It’s Murder My Son by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book 1)
Category: Adult fiction, 288 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Lauren Carr
Release date: June 23, 2010

Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executer.

 
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I listened to this audiobook a while back, but since there are so many Mac Faraday books, I was happy to read it again. I seem to pick up on different things when I both listen and read to books. 

Mac started his new life in Deep Creek Lake after inheriting his biological mother’s estate and money. He recently retired as a homicide detective, but he finds himself helping to solve a murder mystery. He just thought he was going to be retired! There’s also a petty thief that the town is looking for…will he be able to figure out the murder and the thief? It almost seems like one of his mother’s novels come to life. There’s never a dull moment in Deep Creek Lake!

The characters are great, and I feel like I know most of them already. Although Mac has just met Gnarly, the German Shepherd he inherited, he’s beginning to learn what a character Gnarly really is. It’s not often that my favorite character is a dog! 

Meet the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Sep 1 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 2 – Books for Books – book review of It’s Murder, My Son
Sep 2 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
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Sep 8 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 9 – My Fictional Oasis – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 10 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
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Sep 14 – Literary Flits – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Sep 17 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Sep 21 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / author interview
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Sep 24 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Audiobook Review: Turn to Dust by Rachel Amphlett

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2020

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 9

Release date: May 14, 2020

 When the body of a naked man is found in the middle of a barren field, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.

Discovering that someone is offering money in return for information about the dead man and anyone connected to him, Detective Kay Hunter realises there is a dark side to the victim’s past.

When a key witness disappears and a web of deceit and lies threatens to derail the investigation, she fears the worst.

Can Kay and her team of detectives find out who is behind the man’s murder before another victim is targeted?

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My Review

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

When a body is found in a field, Kay Hunter and team can’t believe the horrific condition the body is in. They soon realize that it may have been thrown from an airplane. As the team investigates, there’s another murder, and Kay is determined to find the murderer. What the team finds is worse than anyone had imagined.

This series is about the same investigative team, but each case is quite a bit different. Detectives come and go but even though it’s difficult, they remain strong. I like Kay Hunter and the members of her team. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and her team members are supportive of her and each other, and they know each other well.

I like Rachel Amphlett’s writing style, and Alison Campbell does a good job with pace and enunciation. I like the fact that the same person narrates all of these books. It’s almost like listening to a friend.  Turn to Dust is a detective mystery, and like all of the books in this series, it has an interesting and surprising end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to more Kay Hunter books.

About the Author

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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About the Narrator

Alison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries, her most recent co star was a CGI elephant. She can also be found performing the Natural Theatre Company’s award-winning surreal brand of interactive comedy around the globe.

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