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What did you love best about Board Stiff?
The story was fast moving without a lot of interludes. It also included several episodes of peeling back the onion to find a new level of plot.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I personally loved the two chefs, especially their interactions with each other. i found Elliott a bit too much to believe, but that is somewhat the nature of the beast with cozy mysteries.
What about Rachel Frawley’s performance did you like?
While the narrator was a bit breathy and off-setting at the beginning once the story began to move along it was more that sufficient to draw me right in.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Once I was past the first couple of chapters and the characters were established, I knew i would be with them through to the end. Well deserving of it's nomination for best first novel in the 2014 Agatha awards.
Any additional comments?
It would be really nice to have a ongoing successful male character who could participate in the mysteries without being a romantic interest for the main female character or one of her friends. As is common with many current cozy's, male characters are either a possible love interest for the main female character or her posse, gay, humorous figures (boozers, druggies, losers, computer nerds), or father figures too old to be of any romantic interest. i would hope that a successful 40-year-old single female would have a few mainstream male friends.
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Board Stiff combines a quirky main character with an interesting group of supporting staff and a set of plot twists to bring about a very good story. The characters are a motley crew which all have their own set of flaw which can make them disliked at times but also makes them more human and relatable. The plot is slow moving but takes a number of twists that I didn’t see coming which made the overall story enjoyable. I’m probably not the target demographic for this story but overall I thought it was a nice little beach mystery.
Ms. Frawley does a decent job with the narration. She does a good job of switching up the characters but they all have her undertone in them so they're not totally distinct. She also pronounces her T's hard so if you tend to focus on one aspect of a narrator and have it drive you nuts this might not be the story for you.
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