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The blend of mystery and paranormal drew my attention to Mind Over Murder by Evelyn David and narrated by Cindy Piller. A third ingredient, antiques, made it irresistible.
The premise of Valentine and Jake Cohen as a married couple who own an antique business which leads them into layers of a number of mysteries and shenanigans works well. The story is told from the wife's point of view and at times I would have liked a tad less one-sided bickering, but maybe it's because I couldn't just skip over the bits that annoyed like I would if I were reading it. The couple discover some interesting and unsettling coincidences involving a murder they were both pulled into for professional reasons, and where they first met, five years earlier. The mix of the Cohen's antique collection, people from their pasts, a dead furnace along with her psychic premonitions and his encounters with the dead all make for an enjoyable adventure. The author's research or knowledge of antiques added an interesting bit of knowledge and a bit light on the inside day-to-day antique dealers' world. I could have done without the cliche' clingy, disapproving mother-in-law and wish she'd been given a bit more compassion and credit. Valentine did try to be 'nice', but her attitude toward Mrs. Cohen made her seem a bit petty and childish at times.
If you want an entertaining listen while cleaning out that cluttered garage, folding Mt. Laundry or while on your daily commute, and a plot with an interesting cast of characters, and engaging story told in a family friendly way, this is the audio book for you.
I may give my penchant for classic films away when I say that the old "Topper" movies came to mind with the sometimes witty exchanges between Valentine and her husband Jake. I also enjoyed Jake's dealings with the dead. Some of the minor characters were interesting, such as the bail bondsman/body-guard, but we never got to 'see' them very often and the narrator didn't do them justice. There is a bit of violence, but it's applied with as gentle a hand as possible and was important to the plot line, but not gory or gratuitous.
Cindy Piller has a very crisp and pleasant voice. I know I've been spoiled by the work of Stephen Fry and Kathy Bates, so don't expect a wide range of voices, so you'll have to pay attention when new characters enter the scene.
This is not a "I just can't stop listening!" audio book that might make you miss your freeway exit, but it will hold your interest and you will look forward to the return.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful
Cindy Piller narrates this story nicely.I liked it.Valentine is a psychic.After she gives a bad reading to the police she doesn't want to be approached by them again.They come to her when a couple is murdered in the same house she miss advised about before.Cane she help?I was given this book free for an honest review.