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Publisher's Summary

In this historical mystery, set in Arkansas in 1961 when the mob still ruled Hot Springs, babies are being kidnapped, and the local sheriff has to put this case to bed before the bosses come down from Chicago. They don't need the heat, and they have the leverage with the sheriff to make him do whatever they want. It seems like a good move to arrest Leslie Richards, the new woman in town, even though there is only thin circumstantial evidence against her. Better for it to be a stranger taking those babies and not one of their own.
Leslie has left New York with her 10-year-old daughter, Mandy, hoping to escape from her past and the ruins of a relationship, only to discover that there is little peace for her in Pine Hollow, Arkansas.
©2013 Maryann Miller (P)2015 Maryann Miller
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3 out of 5 stars
By espanolish on 07-14-16

A Different Kind of Psycho

This narrative gives a fresh, lighter feel on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and even has a character named Bates. Underneath the mystery (including a good slather of “who done it”) are mid-century era references to the treatment of minorities in the south and women everywhere. I found myself rooting for the main character, Leslie, who is a New Yorker and writer who transplants herself to the south. Leslie neither loses civility under pressure of small town residences who are easily influenced by local authorities; a neighborly, if false, smile; and the offer of apple pie, nor allows herself to be totally controlled by an imperfect personal past or the people who respond negatively to it. The best parts of Boxes for Beds were the relationships between Leslie and her daughter; Sheriff Bates and his deputy, Gus; and the people of the town and their collective judgements. Author Joann Miller uses these situations to build energy and several backstories around Leslie. These elements make for an interesting narrative. Still, I something was missing, depth of texture or complexity perhaps, to keep me connected and captivated.

The narrator, while speaking slow enough for me to crank up the speed to 1.5x, does a good job capturing what felt like the author’s intent.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Carrie on 09-07-16

Interesting Plot

The plot was very interesting and the ending was good. I would have liked a little more background or information on the motive. The motive was presented, but the full story wasn't really presented.

The narrator was perfect for this book. She had nice accents, and she had a voice that seemed was great for a mom in the 70s.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

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