Murder in Cottage #6 : A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1

  • by Dianne Harman
  • Narrated by Erin deWard
  • 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she's been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, she discovers that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered. In order to save the spa's reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer.
The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie's Diner, the dead woman's husband (the mayor) and his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it's up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.
Dianne is the author of two best-selling series: the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Coyote Series.

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Very disappointed

This book was very disappointing to say the least. Without any spoilers, I'd have to say the main character seemed way to convinced that things would hurt the reputation of the spa. I found this quite unbelievable since it didn't seem as though the reputation could be harmed in any way. The characters were unbelievable at best. I would not recommend this to anyone. Not sure I'd be willing to give this series a second try.
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- Dawn

Upbeat 'Whodunit' with Scenic Views and Recipes

This is a fast-moving, entertaining "whodunit" mystery, complete with recipes from Liz Lucas' upscale Northern Californian spa. As a 52-year old widow, Liz is now managing the spa, lodge, and guest cottages on her own, with the help of loyal staff. A dead guest is the last thing she needs for the spa's reputation--especially considering that the small town police chief is a lecherous slob and the guest is the new mayor's wife. So Liz is forced to play detective herself, and the result is a fun adventure filled with new love, old friends, and devoted dogs (every mystery needs a really smart dog!)

From long conversations on the lodge's balcony overlooking the ocean, to multiple visits to the nearby town of Red Cedar to interview important leads, the pace and atmosphere of coastal Northern California imbue this novel with a unique flavor. And since Liz is quite a cook, every meal is an imaginative feast (and all her recipes are included at the end of the novel). Her new romantic partner, Roger, is smart, successful, and totally enamored of Liz, which definitely doesn't hurt!

I admire how Liz trusts her intuition, verging on ESP, a sense she's called her "niggle" since childhood. There are a lot of male characters who "trust their gut," and it's about time that female intuition is respected and reinforced. (Let me tell you about my "chills of rightness...")

Narrator Erin deWard displays an especially wide range of styles and voices as she moves from the heroine's internal reveries to the fast action scenes, and each character is completely recognizable by voice alone. (My one quibble is the amount of "vocal fry" apparent in the low masculine voice of Roger--it's a bit grating.)

At just under five hours, this is an ideal listen at the airport, beach, or waiting for an appointment. The narrative is straightforward and easy to pick up again (if you don't listen in a single sitting as I did). I think I can add that there's even a happy ending without spoiling the plot! Enjoy...

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

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2015
  • Publisher: Dianne Harman