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Publisher's Summary

Recent widow Jane Marsh is determined to recapture a rich, full life. She strives for youthful fun by riding a bicycle downtown on her lunch hour in a suit and heels, smoking cigars, eating at hipster restaurants, and re-entering the dating scene, even if her dates prove to be peculiar.
Her most fervent desire, though, is to join an exclusive dinner club. She auditions, but is barred when her housekeeper is found murdered, and she and her guest list become the suspect list. Her, a killer? So what if her two late husbands died under suspicious circumstances. It doesn't make her a killer.
Having passed off a store bought Bundt cake as her own creation, she may have committed a culinary crime, but never murder!
©2016 Karen C. Whalen (P)2017 Karen C. Whalen
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5 out of 5 stars
By Troublemer on 12-05-17

Great story

This book had a decent story line, What happens when you are having a dinner party and the housekeeper you just hired is murdered in you basement ,, You decide to find the murderer yourself. I was not sure when i first started reading but as the story went on i really enjoyed, I was surprised at who killer was, The only complaint i have is the narrator, She was not bad but i feel she needed make more distinction with the voices for each character, Sometime i was not sure which one she was doing,

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 02-23-18

A unique heroine!

The big twist with this book is that the main character Jane is a widow, having two husbands who died under mysterious circumstances. So the whole book I kept questioning her motives. Her shady past was in stark contrast with her current persona which is deeply religious and kind. It was an interesting yin & yang which I found very unique.

However, I found that in some ways the story moved so quickly that it felt unrealistic & rushed. For example Jane goes on a blind date, stops by a pet store and on a whim adopts two dogs with 5 minutes of seeing them. She brings the dogs home who instantly go to sleep that night & settle in with no work whatsoever. It was so unrealistic that it took me out of the story. Anyone who has adopted a dog (let alone two at once) know it’s not something which works that way. Another example is when one of Jane’s sons meets a girl & marries her after like 3 dates. Then the daughter in law starts calling Jane “mom” within an hour of meeting her. It’s not sweet, it’s weird and inauthentic. These are just a few examples, but I wish more effort was put into being realistic and not so rushed.

The mystery itself was interesting & fun to follow. It offered a host of interesting & suspicious characters who kept me guessing, and it was a challenge to solve! I received this as a review copy & left my honest review

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 03-12-18

We'll take a cup of kindness yet ...

Jane's world is feeling empty. Both of her son's have left home, one for college and the other for the army. And she has recently been widowed for the second time, both of her husband's having died somewhat suspiciously falling to their deaths into the sea. So when her newly employed cleaner is found dead in her basement on the day of her first attempt to add the gourmet dinner club meetings to her calender, it was not too surprising that she became a prime suspect.
The police don't seem to be doing much to solve the murder and the dinner club group won't accept her as a member until the perpetrators are caught, so Jane, with the assistance of friend Cheryl and a lot of nosing about, decides she has to solve the mystery herself. But Miss Marple she certainly is not!

This intriguing little mystery story is an undemanding listen, ably read by Ann Simmons, whose delivery is clear with good intonation and a reasonable individualising of the voices of the different protagonists. Her reading was, however, rather cozy slow and this reader found it much more acceptable with the playback speed increased to 1.25.

The story has a host of suspects in addition to Jane herself, with clues included for the reader to guess who-dun-it, as well as a scattering of red herrings along the way. However, the main focus revolves more around Jane's life and friendships besides the crime solving and, although fulsome in detail, this felt rather two dimensional and shallow. The characters themselves seemed to act a couple of decades younger than their ages, but this could easily be simply the bias of this reader.

Overall, an easily read, light mystery story requiring little reader work or participation. I was fortunate in being freely gifted my complimentary copy, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Whilst i would not actively recommend this to friends, it was still an enjoyable listen to pass the time.

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