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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Fun in Australia!

witches, situational-humor, laugh-out-loud, cosy-mystery, verbal-humor

How could I have skipped this one! ?
I love the Amelia Spelled series with her wacky friends, peculiar house, and inept detectives in a nice rural village in Australia. All in good fun!
Enjoy!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Excellent!

This is not a book about teaching students to decode words and assemble them into something meaningful, it is about using books to teach students to decode themselves and see something good. It's about trying her best to teach each one how to want to become the best self.
She causes the reader of her book to see each of a number of students (and teachers) as real, valuable, and challenging. Get clues from the publisher's blurb, then read the book.
E L Beckett gives an excellent audio interpretation!
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Excellent historical !

historical-fiction, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, Quaker, audiobook, friendship, family

Where Amazon got the idea that this is a children's book is incomprehensible to me, unless it's because there is no erotica or repetitive use of the f bomb.
This well researched and crafted novella explores the personal conflicts of a Quaker blacksmith/son/husband/father/friend whose convictions lead him to believe in the Patriot cause and the problems caused by his stance among the congregation as well as those caused by an amoral man whose only cause was himself. The plot is ingenious and very well done. I thought that using the perspective of the townsfolk on December 26, 1776 was inspired!
In spite of our family's years in the Northwest Territory Alliance and being a history addict, I never really thought a whole lot about the personal problems this group faced (think Major General Nathaniel Green, or the YA book Buttons for General Washington and a number of others both fiction and nonfiction).
Shamaan Casey has an excellent and remarkable manner of narrating with his mesmerizing voice!
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Funny!

friendship, family-dynamics, paranormal, ghosts, murder-investigation, fun

Harper interacts with ghosts, Zander is her BFF since kindergarten/business partner/gay housemate, Mel is the longtime local cop/Zander's uncle, Jared is the new-to-town hot detective who doesn't believe in ghosts, and Annie is the murder victim who can't remember whodunit. Add in more zany characters and some plot twists plus lots of laughs and you have this very fun book!
Angel Clark is the perky narrator who doesn't crack up during the performance.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Proof that there is more to it's history!

historical-places-events, historical-research, history-and-culture, hinduism, buddhism, pictures

The development of the people is documented from the beginning of the common era thruogh the invasion of the Mongols led by Kubla Khan. There is much detailing of dynasties and wars, crossover beliefs between specific Hindu and Buddhist sects, development of Sanskrit and the excellence of carvings of various building projects most notably Angkor Wat. There is only one map, and no modern one for comparison. But the photos of Angkor Wat are quite well done. The publisher's blurb is rather extensive and needs no repeat.
The narrator is adequate.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Super!

Totally classic teenaged boys humor and idiocy EXCEPT that they get into some awesome investigating of an artifact and the whole thing kind of prepares readers for the adventures of the adult Chase Baker. The publisher's blurb covers a lot of the plot and introduces the characters, so there's no need to get into all that here. It's a fun book and the audio is even better! Andrew Wehrlen adds to the characters and to the goings on in a very good way.
I requested and received a free audio copy courtesy of AudioBookBOOM.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Fun and investigating!

Well written engaging mystery with lots of interesting characters, the ones you love and the ones you love to despise. Jake and most of his friends live in Colorado, but he is asked to go to Missouri to find out about a probable robbery of the grave of a Civil War ancestor. Let the body count begin! It's a good thing that the local sheriff knows and likes Jake and his brilliant Golden Retriever Fred from a previous case or things could get even messier. This is the first that I've read of this series, but that didn't reduce my enjoyment in any way except that now I have to hunt down the others for personal enjoyment.
I need audio, and Tom Taverna is great for this narration!
I requested and received a free audio copy courtesy of AudioBookBOOM.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Ghosts or ?????

cozy-mystery, law-enforcement, short

The mystery was pretty good for a cozy short story in that it had an interesting cause of death, a decent suspect pool and red herrings, and plot twists. But although it was very clear that her brother was the homicide detective, there is nothing to indicate why she is allowed to tag along on the investigation. The devil is in the details.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Thoroughly enjoyable!

cosy-mystery, murder, romance, suspense, friendship, family-dynamics

Well plotted mystery with lots of suspense, red herrings, and twists. Juniper and Jack are business partners with a romantic past who renovate and resell houses, and this time it's a Victorian with a ghoulish history in Jack's hometown. A number of the townsfolk are beyond odd, there's a new police detective in town, Juniper's BFF runs a shop nearby, and then there's that rising body count. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable mystery!
I need audiobooks and the narrator is really good at understated performance art.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The book is a good read

Five stories, four locations/protagonists, all well done.
COLLEGE CAN BE MURDER: Pastor's daughter is missing and presumed a suicide but the PI doesn't give up. Wisconsin.
THE LAST FRONTIER OF MURDER: She finds her PI boyfriend dying of a GSW in his office and becomes an amateur sleuth by working with an old friend who is on the force. Alaska.
DEADPAN MURDER: Librarian finds her friend murdered in her own home. She is an amateur sleuth who works with her friend on the force. British.
KILLER AMNESIA: Out for morning exercise, she encounters an injured woman with no memory or identity who is found to have disappeared from another part of the state a year and a half ago. WI.
MURDER IN HAPPY CREEK: Widow of a cop who died of a heart attack, Rose and her detective daughter investigate the murder of an old family friend in Smalltown, Anywhere.
Each story is just the right length.
I have the Whispersync, and the narrator needs a better sound booth at least. I found her voice to be grating, but her cadencing and interpretations were fine.

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