Malice Domestic 1: An Anthology of Original Mystery Stories (Unabridged)
- Narrated by: Mary Catlett, Richard Gilliland, Jill Larson, Loryn Locklin, Lois Nettleton, Mackenzie Phillips, Amy Povich
- Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-22-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Phoenix Books
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By Marcelyn on 05-15-16
Old Friends in Shorter Form
These short stories were written by the most popular authors of what are now called "cozies ." Some of them feature their series detectives (Carolyn Hart's Harry O and Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling), but others wrote about new characters. Most novelists were very successful writing this length, but a couple of the stories seemed to end somewhat abruptly, as though they wanted to be novellas.
I particularly enjoyed MacLeod's over-the-top dialogue, full of alliteration and arch and erudite phrases. It would have been tiresome in a novel, but was fun in this small dose. Unfortunately, the narrator was unaware of the stylish twist or was unable to carry it off.
I thought the narration was the weakest part of the book. Perhaps the stories should have been narrated by those who regularly did each author's books. Even so, I recommend these stories to readers who enjoy well-plotted, well-written classic mystery stories.
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By MollyM/CA on 06-30-18
7 of the worst from the 14 in print editions
7 of the 14 books in the print editions are presented in this supposedly "unabridged" audio version -- the worst of the 14 so far as I can tell. Most are by little-known authors -- in some cases, apparently for good reason. The Charlotte McLeod entry may be the worst thing she ever wrote, Sarah Kelling in first person, trumpeting that she's never wrong about every third paragraph in a story I found inane. Diane Mott Davidson's "Cottonwood Caper" story, told by Goldy the caterer's son Archie, is ruined by a narrator whose idea of how to present a sub-teenaged boy varies from nasal honk to screechy -- well, screeching. And I thought it was one of her best, so sadly ruined. P. M. Carlson's "The Jersey Lily was not to my taste but one of the more bearable stories, and I was delighted to discover Carolyn G. Hart's Henrie O story -- Henrie O has 7 meticulously crafted (sometimes to the point of tedium) well-narrated full-length books in the Audible compendium. Missing? Joan Hess. Aaron Elkins. Sharon McCrumb. Ellis Peters, among others.