- File Size: 315 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TKU1B9A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Murder at Green Meadows: Cozy Mystery Set In Florida: An Angie Walker Cozy Mystery Kindle Edition
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There were some things I very much liked about this book. The author used an ingenious twist to end the book and resolve the puzzle, and while I suspected what was coming, I wasn’t entirely sure until just before it came. In addition, she played fair with her readers, and inserted her hints and clues with subtlety, while distributing just enough red herrings to cause doubt and sidetrack the reader.
In addition, the author has a very lovely sense of place. She brings life to her setting, and portrays it with sensitivity and charm, making it a place in which it was very nice to spend a mental vacation.
However, although this was a nice, quick little mystery, and certainly an excellent way to while away a leisurely afternoon, I found most of the characters too one dimensional for my taste, and some of the outcomes to the side stories almost to prettily resolved. The “good” characters were a bit *too* good, and her main character verged on being a Pollyanna, which detracted from her interest. The bad characters were, despite their rather delightful villainousness just *too* villainous.
What really detracted me from the book, though, was the rate of speech used by the narrator. I kept having the feeling that she wanted to cram as many words into as little time as she possibly could, and this rush to complete the book made it less than pleasant to read. This is too bad, too, because I think that if this narrator took her time, she would give an excellent performance. Her enunciation was perfect, as was her voicing and differentiation of the characters.
I give both book and narrator 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.
Let's start at the beginning. Within the first few pages one character has told us four times that he's a Christian and therefore is morally obligated to do XYZ. FOUR times. Ok, I think we get it.
In chapter two the protagonist can't decide if her old boss's name is Rick or Rich. In one sentence she tells the cop that Rick initiated the phone call. Two sentences later she tells the cop (as if for the first time) that Rich initiated the call. You may be reading this thinking that this has something to do with the story and was deliberate. No such luck; it's just poor writing and editing.
Here's another example of poor editing: ”He seemed be meditating on each word she had said, mulling them over carefully." There were a number of others in the first few chapters but I have no desire to go and find them again.
When Angie, the protagonist, is interviewed by the police she states that she just "ate" lunch with the victim. No she didn't. In fact the author introduces Angie having lunch with a friend as she doesn't want to eat with the slovenly ex-boss. It seems that by the time the author got to that third chapter she forgot what she wrote in the first.
The frequency of "shucks" and "gosh" is unbearable. I'm not advocating for foul language as an exclamation, but this is a contemporary setting and there are a number of suitable options. Superman was chided for using those words in 1978 and I'm doing it now.
Finally, the formatting of the Kindle edition sucks. Some paragraphs have no intention and no leading. Some have a few points of indent while others are much more indented. Reading with this inconsistency was difficult.
In conclusion, I had to stop at chapter three as this was just too painful to read. Take my advice and don't get this book.
Angie is interviewing a former publisher as her last assignment as a reporter before setting up her own business. Unfortunately, he keels over dead after being poisoned and an incriminating vial is found in Angie’s purse. Angie, of course becomes a suspect. Landon is also a suspect. So the two join forces to discover who the killer is. As it turns out, almost the entire town either wanted the publisher dead or at least is not bothered that he’s no longer alive.
Landon is a former police reporter and Angie is no slouch either in digging and discovering clues and putting what appears to be totally disconnected clues together. There are one or two surprises along the way but they never cheat the reader. I also assume the author must live in or has lived in Florida. Not only do the characters come alive, the descriptions make you think sand is blowing in your face and sea spray is splattering your clothes.
There is one expertly crafted scene that is moving and memorable. When Angie feels (unnecessarily) guilty about a past incident and asks Landon for his opinion, his answer is wise, insightful and also very witty. But the wit doesn’t undercut the seriousness of the moment.
All in all, a very good mystery. Angie and Harry are two are two great characters and I hope to see them back in action soon.
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