Mysterious Happenings and Conundrums, Inc.

  • by Austin Miller
  • Narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since the day that Tom Middleberry was rejected by the International Federation of Magical Law Enforcement, he has never been the same. He spends his days at his detective agency, Mysterious Happenings and Conundrums, Inc., trying to eat, drink, and smoke his tragic life away - until the murders, that is. Tom doesn't give up his gluttonous habits, however - for the first time - there's a sense of purpose in his step.
When a new string of murders, accompanied by art theft, soon occur, Tom begins to fear that the federation will take over his jurisdiction and steal the only real case he's ever had. Tom moves quickly to recruit his old partner, Charles. Charles is a family man and is reluctant to join forces with his old partner due to differences in character, but when he hears there is prize money involved and a chance to go up against the federation, he readily accepts.
When the federation comes to the small Louisiana swamp town of Gourmandise, they threaten Tom and Charles with imprisonment if they don't stay away. It is unforeseen if Tom and Charles will cower to the governing body of magic, or if they can find a way to solve the murders and evade the federation.
Mysterious Happenings and Conundrums, Inc. is a fantasy mystery intended for a young adult audience. It combines dark humor, mystery, magic, and an intriguingly genuine cast that will pull you in from the start and leave you wanting for more when you're through.


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would...its short and well narrated....and a great little story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom,,,he is funny!

Which character – as performed by Barbara Benjamin-Creel – was your favorite?

She was excellent...I am going to say the Beaver

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did,,,its a quick well told short story!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Tom is an alcoholic, chain smoking magical detective...who receives his cases through paper He teams up with his old partner Charles to solve a mystery of murders and stolen artwork...when the wrong suspect gets fingered for the crime, Tom does not give until they prove the beaver innocent!!


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- anne "I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!"

a fantasy/mystery/fable with giggles on top

Although this reads like a children’s book, don’t be fooled. It is a fantasy. It is a fable. It is a gentle satire. It is a little jewel box filled with treasures, and it is an absolute delight, but it is not a book for children.

The setting is a place where beavers run ferries, and ladies live in mushroom houses; where magic is a part of everyday life (and crime), and where when guys go to the local “club” they play ..croquet! It is also a mystery, though, and, in its context, the author follows all the rules for mysteries, so that we *could* solve it before the intrepid? Sleuth does. But, along the way, the author touches on a truly broad range of topics, from crime fiction to law enforcement, to philosophy and art, laughing at many things, and putting them into a perspective that shows sometimes hilarious aspects to them, and even more, to our assumptions about them. Nothing is beneath this author’s scrutiny, and that scrutiny is both revealing and, in its way, compassionate.

I chortled my way through this little gem, and thoroughly enjoyed the exquisite narration, as well. The narrator really does use her voice and skills to enhance this charming story, and she does, to perfection.

I give both book and narrator 5 out of 5 stars, and dare you to read this and NOT crack a smile. (you’ll laugh out loud, I think, actually.)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.

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- Shoshana Hathaway "blind Kindle TTS user"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2015
  • Publisher: Austin Miller