Laid Out and Candle Lit

  • by Ann Everett
  • Narrated by Margo Trueblood
  • 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tizzy Donovan is having a run of bad luck. A bakery delivery gone wrong. A bar fight with an old classmate. And the discovery of a dead body in the cemetery.
Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper's luck isn't much better. He's finally gotten his first solo case, and it's in the Podunk town of Brownsboro, Texas. But when he meets local beauty, Tizzy, he thinks his luck is about to change - until she becomes the prime suspect in his case!

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It's ... ok

Note: I listened to the audio version of this book and it was provided at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast.

Approximate score: 2-2.5 STARS

This book was advertised on AudiobookBlast as a "Mystery" - and it was ... sorta. But the primary plot was more centered around the romance between the two characters, and because of that the book was longer than it really needed to be; extra scenes were thrown in that didn't really serve much purpose plot-wise (for example, the skunk scene). The characters also lacked depth - they felt stereotypical and didn't really pull me in. The ending was rushed, cliched, and not all that surprising or suspenseful. The hint of supernatural (that the female protagonist could hear the dead) was barely there and not all that intriguing. It's unfortunate because the premise of this story was decent and I think it could have been more effective if the characters and plot had been fleshed out a bit more. The narrator did an OK job (and pretty much nailed the southern accent part), but the performance of certain scenes felt wooden and monotone.

Bottom line: if you go into this book looking for a supernatural mystery, you'll be disappointed; it's mostly a (not-all-that-compelling) romance story with a small sprinkling of mystery and a grain of supernatural.
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Names like Bubba & Sweetie Pie plus Wit = FUN

What made the experience of listening to Laid Out and Candle Lit the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed Ms. Trueblood's southern style narration. It totally captured the essence of the piece. She brought the characters to life. At first, I thought the breathy gasps in her storytelling would ruin the piece for me, but either the narration became more relaxed or I just let myself get lost in the story. Good job!


Which character – as performed by Margo Trueblood – was your favorite?

I fell in love with Bubba/Dwayne.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So many times I found myself laughing out loud. The writing of Ms. Everett is witty and fun without being too much and taking away from the storyline.


Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook copy via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Tiasdolls "I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Ann Everett