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The Deadly Art of Love & Murder
: Linda Crowder
This cozy mystery is set in Alaska. The cast of characters, all with their own quirky personalities will keep the listener wondering "What's next?" The descriptions of the Alaskan landscape draws you in. There are twists some won't see coming, while others will see it right away. I want to know what's next for Caribou King.
The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Michelle Babb is always fun to listen to perform.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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At the end of the tourist season when the Alaskan winter gets bittier, Caribou stumbles upon the corpse of an old woman who has lived in town for many years. Having the appearance of a suicide, Cara feels there is something amiss, and will try to find out who would have wanted to have this old woman killed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and I wanted to continue with it. We meet again the same characters in Coho Bay, an atypical scenario for a cozy mystery, but one that works really well. I agreed with Cara that something smelled fishy about Mrs. Nash’s death, so I got hooked to the story from the beginning. There are several twists to the story that kept me entertained until the end. One of the things that I like best about this series is how relatable the characters are. It is easy to imagine oneself being part of Cara’s family and friends.
I am not usually keen on romance in books, but I kind of enjoyed the competition between Dan and Frank, and laughed out hard at some of the awkward moments when Cara has to interact with both. I confess I didn’t agree with some of her reactions but I partly understand her position. I have a favorite though, and I hope Cara goes for this one (I don’t want to give anything away).
Michelle Babb is a wonderful narrator, and here she gave soul to Cara, with the right inflections at the right times. She also interpreted exceptionally well the rest of the characters, and the story flowed like water, like any audiobook narrated by Babb. She has amazing storytelling skills.
It was a very pleasing and enjoyable listening, and my intention is going for the whole series. I wish I could lose myself for hours in books like this one.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.