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Sally Braddock invites her children and their spouses to her mountain top mansion, atop a mountain in Vail. They are there for Christmas, but Sally has some news for her family. That news will change everyone's life, because someone is willing to murder in order to stop it from happening!!
I love a good cozy mystery and this one was awesome!! I have to say that Sally's children were horrible! So obnoxious, and I just wanted to reach in and shake them, but I suppose, that's what money can do. As for their spouses, oh god, they were so ungrateful! It would be a nightmare to sit through that.
Anyway, the plot was entertaining and exciting. I actually thought I had the right person figured out, but I didn't. I love a book like this, that can throw you off the scent completely!!! It could have been any of them, because they were all set to lose an awful lot of money.
The only nice character was Sally. She was such a nice woman and just wanted to do the best by her kids, and if that meant doing what she had planned, then that was what she would do. I thought she deserved so much, what with the amount of things she had to put up with!! I will say that one of her kids redeemed themselves somewhat near the end and I ended up liking them.
Anyway, this was a great mystery and I will definitely be checking out more from this author. She made me feel a lot for the characters, and that's always good!
Stacey Melotte was clear and read it well, but I found some of her voices to be so forced and annoying! Especially for the wife of one of Sally's son. I thought she really didn't need to put on such a fake accent and force it. A subtle change would have done fine.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Both the author and narrator were new to me in this thrilling book. I loved all of the twists and turns this book had. The imagery the author wrote was very good and detailed. I could picture so much of Vail, the mountain, the home, etc. The story had unique characters and was well plotted. I enjoy it when I do not figure out who the killer is. The concept of donating a fortune to charity is something that makes one think. This book was so original and worth listening to again. I loved all of the nuances this book had, plus the subtle clues and the references to synchronized swimming. (I was a swimmer and know the discipline the sport takes.) The narrator did a good performance with the various characters but I didn't think her portrayal of Helga the Swedish housekeeper matched her accent. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. On a side note, the production of this audiobook had inconsistent pauses between chapters, which I did not hold against the author or narrator. I will definitely look for more books by this talented author.