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Mind Over Murder Paperback – June 15, 2014
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Evelyn David is the pseudonym for a pair of mystery writers, Marian Borden and Rhonda Dossett. Marian lives in New York and is the author of ten nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics ranging from veterans benefits to playgroups for toddlers! Rhonda lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is the director of the coal program for the state, and in her spare time enjoys imagining and writing funny, scary mysteries. Marian and Rhonda write their mystery series via the internet. While many fans who attend mystery conventions have now chatted with both halves of Evelyn David, Marian and Rhonda have yet to meet in person. Evelyn David is the author of the Brianna Sullivan Mysteries (11 to date), The Sullivan Investigations Mystery series (3 novels plus two short stories) and the stand-alone mysteries, Zoned for Murder and Mind Over Murder Please check out Evelyn's website at www.evelyndavid.com for information about Evelyn David's appearance schedule and writing projects.
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Valentine is now married to Jake Cohen, whom she met during the trial of Alex Fletcher, the man convicted of the Chang murders. Jake has an antique store where he and now Valentine sell the antiques they buy. Five years has passed and now another vicious double murder has taken place in the same house and in the same way. As the body count goes up, Valentine will not stop until the murderer is brought to justice.
I really liked the characters in this book and thought they were well developed. The mystery was well plotted and by the end everything is brought to a satisfying conclusion. I sincerely hope this is a first of a new series because I really enjoyed everything about it. If you like mysteries, good characters and a great story, I think you will really enjoy this book.
But, what I cannot stand is when women are used and deceived to the point where they should walk out, and yet the author puts them back in the same situation and they enjoy it. Cannot stand that abuse of women.
Thus the two stars. Probably should have been one.
I've read everything by this author pair and have watched them get progressively better and better! While always good writers, this book has outdone all their past works!
I couldn't put it down. It is fast paced, humorous, and keeps you on your toes! Some characters are quirky, which I love, and some are more steadfast and predictable, just the right mix.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but let me tell you this, you keep getting surprised until the very end of the book!
I don't know if this book is a stand alone or the first in a series, yet. But I will be waiting in line to see more from Val and the gang! :) - Kath
The premise of Valentine and Jake Cohen as a married couple who own an antique business which leads them into layers of a number of mysteries and shenanigans works well. The story is told from the wife's point of view and at times I would have liked a tad less one-sided bickering, but maybe it's because I couldn't just skip over the bits that annoyed like I would if I were reading it. The couple discover some interesting and unsettling coincidences involving a murder they were both pulled into for professional reasons, and where they first met, five years earlier. The mix of the Cohen's antique collection, people from their pasts, a dead furnace along with her psychic premonitions and his encounters with the dead all make for an enjoyable adventure. The author's research or knowledge of antiques added an interesting bit of knowledge and a bit light on the inside day-to-day antique dealers' world. I could have done without the cliche' clingy, disapproving mother-in-law and wish she'd been given a bit more compassion and credit. Valentine did try to be 'nice', but her attitude toward Mrs. Cohen made her seem a bit petty and childish at times.
If you want an entertaining listen while cleaning out that cluttered garage, folding Mt. Laundry or while on your daily commute, and a plot with an interesting cast of characters, and engaging story told in a family friendly way, this is the audio book for you.
I may give my penchant for classic films away when I say that the old "Topper" movies came to mind with the sometimes witty exchanges between Valentine and her husband Jake. I also enjoyed Jake's dealings with the dead. Some of the minor characters were interesting, such as the bail bondsman/body-guard, but we never got to 'see' them very often and the narrator didn't do them justice. There is a bit of violence, but it's applied with as gentle a hand as possible and was important to the plot line, but not gory or gratuitous.
Cindy Piller has a very crisp and pleasant voice. I know I've been spoiled by the work of Stephen Fry and Kathy Bates, so don't expect a wide range of voices, so you'll have to pay attention when new characters enter the scene.
This is not a "I just can't stop listening!" audio book that might make you miss your freeway exit, but it will hold your interest and you will look forward to the return.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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