The Bloodstone Vial : The Belrose Abbey Mystery Series

  • by Anita Higman, Hillary McMullen
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • Series: The Belrose Abbey Mystery Series
  • 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the time it takes for a villain to breathe his last, Anne and her mother, Dauphine, suddenly inherit Belrose Abbey -- a gothic castle set on a monstrous estate, complete with devious servants, mysterious forests, and the darkest of secrets. The more they settle into their new home, the more unsettling the house becomes. What do all the unmarked graves mean? Where are all the people who had arrived on the estate but then vanished? And could there really be an abandoned insane asylum on the property? Although Anne and Dauphine are determined to purge all the horrors from Belrose Abbey, this new mystery could very well be their undoing.

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Intriguing and addictive

We left Wyatt, Anna, and and her mother Dauphine in charge of the Abbey at the end of book 1. This one just continues the story where we left it, and we witness the attempts of the two women to manage the Abbey and its surroundings. But things will get messy again. Dauphine finds the blueprints of a building that should belong to the Abbey, and she realizes that there are some missing files from what used to be Ivan’s office. The fact that the staff at the Abbey is not helping and some are even bold face lying, just adds to Dauphine’s suspicions. Who can they trust?

After finishing the previous book just two days ago, I had to start with this one almost immediately. I have a soft spot for well written cozy mysteries, and I can’t resist to Michelle Babb.

On this occasion we are up against a clear cozy mystery. There were some elements in the previous book that led me to think that there could be something paranormal, but there is nothing of the kind in this book, and some of the strange phenomena from book 1 are explained.

Our characters need to find out the truth about this supposed building belonging to the Abbey, but nothing and no one can be trusted. The authors did a wonderful job building up the suspense and describing the scenes and hard events the characters met. I am not usually scared when reading horror books, but I listened to this one with bated breath. The scenes seemed so real that I felt that I was with Anne and Dauphine, and I could not stop listening.

There are no loose ends and the story arc is complete. Nevertheless there is plenty of room for the authors to create more stories around these characters and place. I do hope they will delight us with more books.

This is a great book, but Michelle Bab’s narration made it excellent. I find impossible not to enjoy a book narrated by Michelle. She focuses on great character interpretation, making them sound natural; and her narration traps you in a way that you can’t stop listening. When I listen to a book narrated by Babb I have the feeling that somebody is telling me a story, not just reading it. And the characters are brought to life and they talk like real people.

I really enjoyed this series so far. The stories are intriguing, the characters are believable, and their length (this one just over four hours) provides almost instant gratification. I hope there will be more books in this series.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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- Lomeraniel

Suitably Creepy

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I found the Bloodstone Vial: The Belrose Mystery Series Book 2 by Anita Higman and Hilary McMullen to be a bit of a letdown. While it is an easy listen and diverting, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did the first book of the series, The Ruby Locket. As with its predecessor, The Bloodstone Vial has an appropriately creepy atmosphere and is filled with people who may or may not be what they appear. My issues are that it doesn’t seem as cohesive. There are several different plot lines that eventually converge but it takes awhile and I felt my interest wane a bit. Of the main characters, I am particularly fond of Anne, who has spunk, and I was glad to see her friendship with Wyatt continue to grow. Dauphine comes across as a bit too tentative for my tastes. 

Michelle Babb did a fine job with the narration. I especially like her voicing of Anne, giving her just the right amount of snark.

Though the book is a very short listen—a bit over four hours, I did enjoy it and would read other books in the series. Two and a half stars.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated. The opinions are solely my own.

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- Melstamps

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: Winged Publications