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This is one of those cozy mysteries where some of the main characters are supernatural. Very similar to Molly Harper - particularly since Amanda Ronconi is narrating. She can always take a good book to the next level.
It's a fun listen and a nice beginning to a new series, but we do get the feeling we've been dropped in the middle of something that we don't quite understand. Usually, when this happens, there's a slow or eventual reveal. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm just saying that we're left with nearly as many questions as we had in the beginning. (we do find out whodunnit, so don't worry about that) I suppose we'll learn more when we get book 2, which isn't out yet.
Ms. Ronconi did a nice job with the different characters. It feels as if she's doing a bit more with tone and accents than she has in the past. That's all to the good.
As for the story itself, I didn't have any problem keeping the characters straight, which is sometimes hard with audiobooks and I certainly didn't guess who did it. I did keep expecting to find out that some people who are introduced to us as 'normal' might turn out to be not quite normal after all. As I said, the book prompted a lot more questions than it answered.
Finally, a technical note. My download had a few (maybe three?) speed glitches in it. Quite noticeable and disappointing. This is an audible production and I know audible has some pretty stringent guidelines, so how did these glitches make their way past Quality Control?
I certainly do recommend this book. I'm looking forward to book 2.
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cozy-mystery, witches, urban-fantasy, friendship, supernatural, amateur-sleuth -----
I really enjoyed this book in spite of the publisher's blurb. Holly lives in a large old rooming house with other supernaturals in a small town on the coast and works with locals in the only coffee shop in town. Her coworkers are her good friends, so it gets really hairy when one of them becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the shop's owner. The rest is fun and well done, but no spoilers here. A good read!
I have the audio, and Amanda Ronconi gives a great audio performance.
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