What high school class has a 32 year reunion? A class whose president has left the country, whose vice president is dead, and whose treasurer is in the Witness Protection program - in fact, Professor Susan Lombardi's class from Count Basie High School. Susan has misgivings about revisiting her hometown: she's leery of seeing her former high school sweetheart, now a high tech millionaire, and reluctant to get involved in a battle between her squabbling brothers. But when she does go, one of her “old gang” ends up dead, and Susan and her friends team up to find the classmate Most Likely to Murder.
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The irrepressible Susan is at it again! Reluctantly, she has agreed to help organise her High School 32 year reunion. Most of the classmates - albeit a little nonplussed at the thought of the first reunion occurring at thirty two years after the fact - do attend. I was delighted though to discover that one of the absentees now resided on the Island of Tasmania, my home State of Australia, the author may want to check on time differences between the two countries though, 12 hours doesn't do it!
Anyway, back to the story, the reunion eventually happens, but, of course, it all gets spoiled when the very next day one of their own is murdered during an organised run. The surviving classmates decide to solve the murder, Susan being coordinating sleuth in charge of course. It's all quite witty and sharp, I enjoyed the dialogue and humour, it's not the best of mysteries, but it's probably an impossibility to produce a light hearted, easy listen and a deeply dark mystery! Although I enjoyed the first book in this series "Dead Mistress", I thought "Most Likely to Murder" to be a big improvement, I'd happily listen to more.
The first Susan Lombardi mystery I listened to was narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel, I remember being so impressed with her work, and how it soon became obvious to the listener that here is a true professional. Her characterisations are spot on, I have no trouble in envisioning all the characters in my mind, Susan is just as she should be, bright, sparky, nosy and endearing. Barbara does everything right, so who could ask for more?
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Great quick series
This is the third book in the Susan Lombardi Mystery Series. I enjoy these quick cozy mysteries, they have great detail for their length. I am familiar with the characters at this point and know what to expect.
I love the dynamic between Susan and Swash. They really are a great example of marriage working. It is nice how she uses him to bounce her theories and he puts up with her investigations.
This wasn't a taxing mystery, but it was very engaging and entertaining. I love seeing things evolve over time with her best friend and the shady boyfriend. I expect that will come up in a later book, it can not end well.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel, who has been with the series from the beginning. She has a terrific feel for the characters and situations. I love how she voices Susan, it really suits her attitude. Love e smooth pace and even tone. She continues to keep the voices consistent and is a pleasure to listen to each time.
Overall this has been a very interesting series, I can not wait to see what happens next.
Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.
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