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By Paranormaly Yours on 11-12-15
Savy mystery story
This cozy mystery takes place in Mackinac Island, on the sleuth sisters’ family farm. The three sisters, Faye, Barb, and Reta grew up on this lovely farm that they were renting out to a very quiet and godly man Ben McAdams. Ben had taken up with a single mother of three, and moved them in with him. One day the sisters receive a letter from McAdams stating that he and the ladies moved, left town, so sorry to not give a notice of departure. Right then and there the Smart Detective Agency side of the sisters raised a red flag! When the sisters go to the farm to prepare it for new renters, they uncover a ghastly secret! With nowhere to go but forward, the sleuth sisters on are on the case!
The story was very relaxed and comfortable with the pacing. I am new to this series, never having read books one or two, but I did not feel like it was hard to follow. Reta, Barb and Faye all had unique qualities about them that meshed well with each other, and I appreciated their relationships. During the investigation, I was introduced to three new characters; Pansy, Iris, and Daisy, three very young sisters who were scared and alone, while Barb, Reta, and Faye tried to find their mother.
The plot of the story was pretty disturbing at times, considering the nature of the men involved and the belief systems that they had. The book was written through the point of view of each sister, which made for some interesting narrator choices for the audiobook. I do appreciate the threesome point of view though, because I was able to learn more details about each character more intimately. The mystery had a scary reality to it, but the story was written in a way to soften the blows, and focus more on the relationships.
The Sleuth Sisters Mysteries was a nice change of pace for me as far as mysteries go (my first cozy mystery) and I look forward to reading more from this series.
Laura Bednarski as Faye
Judy Blue as Reta
Anne Jacques as Barb
Considering the book was written through the point of view of all three sisters, it makes sense that the audiobook is narrated by three different women. Each woman's voice put a soul to the character being read for. I really enjoyed Judy and Anne for the sisters they were chosen for, the exception was Laura Bednarski as Faye. Laura narrated as if she had never read the book beforehand, and had stopped short many, many times while reading, then pausing where there shouldn't have been a break in what she was saying, then finishing the sentence. It was very difficult to follow when she read because she continued like that through the whole book. Her voice rose and put emphasis on the wrong part of the sentence, which was funny at first, but then quickly irritating when I discovered that wasn't a one-time thing. Laura has a fitting voice for Faye, and would have been fantastic if it weren't for her fumbling through the read. Unfortunately this faux pas has brought the overall rating of the book down from a lovely 4 stars I felt it had potential for, down to 3 stars.
**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**
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