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California Schemin' Audiobook

California Schemin'

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Publisher's Summary

She's on a killer vacation.

Finding one dead body is unlucky. Finding two means you're Bella Bree MacGowan.

Most people can relax by an idyllic riverside without fishing a dead body out of the water; Bree MacGowan is not most people. And as luck would have it, it's not just any old corpse she's tripped over this time. It's the late wife of Senator R. Carl Wallace, a paragon of upstanding American citizenship to anyone who looks...unless they look too closely. Which is, of course, exactly what Bree does, and what she finds is definitely more trouble than she bargained for.

Where power and murder collide, danger follows, and Bree soon finds herself the target of break-ins, vandalism, and kidnapping, all at the hands of the dubious Senator who insists that she identify two criminals she's never seen before as the people who killed his wife. Now Bree has to save herself and the ones she loves from a conspiracy where the bad guys look good, the good guys look bad, and nothing is as it seems....

©2011 Kate George (P)2013 Kate George

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    bec/audiothing Australia 03/12/2014
    bec/audiothing Australia 03/12/2014

    I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!

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    "Not a wonderful mystery, but Entertaining"

    Publishers' Summary
    She's on a killer vacation.
    Finding one dead body is unlucky. Finding two means you're Bella Bree MacGowan.
    Most people can relax by an idyllic riverside without fishing a dead body out of the water; Bree MacGowan is not most people. And as luck would have it, it's not just any old corpse she's tripped over this time. It's the late wife of Senator R. Carl Wallace, a paragon of upstanding American citizenship to anyone who looks...unless they look too closely. Which is, of course, exactly what Bree does, and what she finds is definitely more trouble than she bargained for.
    Where power and murder collide, danger follows, and Bree soon finds herself the target of break-ins, vandalism, and kidnapping, all at the hands of the dubious Senator who insists that she identify two criminals she's never seen before as the people who killed his wife. Now Bree has to save herself and the ones she loves from a conspiracy where the bad guys look good, the good guys look bad, and nothing is as it seems....
    ©2011 Kate George

    My Review

    What would we do without the accidental detective? The ones who, whilst enjoying the most mundane of daily activities, always somehow manage to find a corpse! Not just a corpse you understand, but a murdered corpse. Bree though, finds hers in a slightly unusual manner. Whilst relaxing and enjoying herself taking a few photos, Bree focused her camera lens way up towards a high bridge, what is in her viewfinder? You've guessed, a body which comes hurtling through the air from on high and lands in the river almost at her feet! Just to make matters worse, along comes a bear and up a tree goes Bree.
    This is how this story (and trouble) starts, Bree finds herself suspected as a witness to this womans' murder, albeit from a great distance.

    Do not expect a well constructed whodunit as the story is a little disjointed, it contains some annoying inconsistencies and, for some odd reason, an ill fitting and rather pointless shape shifting FBI agent who, I would say, is more suited to a fantasy. The storyline is predictable, Bree is annoyingly hard headed and incapable of making reasoned decisions. Her boyfriend is not the brightest, for goodness sake, he didn't even realise he had been kidnapped!

    The book had the feel of one that had been dashed off quite quickly, I felt it could have done with a darn good polishing before being released. The story is, though, saved by its farcical element and proved entertaining enough.

    The narrator, Sarah Mackie, did a good job with all characterisations, she has a pleasant, easy on the ear voice and I'd happily listen to her again.
    Unfortunately, the sound quality was poor, with a slight echo, the consonants were uncomfortable to the ear. This is a shame, it is also a bit of a cheek to expect people to pay over $18 on Audible, for second rate recordings

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  • Debbie
    POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States
    19/05/16
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    "Odd sound quality"

    The narration sounds like it was done in a huge empty building. Kind of a tinny almost echo effect. Very distracting. Story was entertaining.

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  • K. April Holgate
    Montrose, PA, United States
    25/08/14
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    "All over the place!"

    I have no idea what happened between the first book and this one, honestly it is a total different feel. The story is all over the place, hard to follow and the plot made little sense.

    It is mostly a series of Bree getting kidnapped, escaping only to get nabbed again. It was never ending and disjointed.

    Where was the sleep resort town angle of the first book? We popped in for a visit but didn't stay, cause Bree was kidnapped.

    I wanted to like the book and really tried to stick with the plot. There are some fun supporting characters who will have you in stitches. Unfortunately that is it for what i liked about his book.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. She is probably the main reason I kept listening well after I lost interest.

    Oh, please let the next book be back in town with that awesome supporting cast! And her feisty pet menagerie!!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thought, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • Alicia
    Port Allen, LA, United States
    11/12/13
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    "Good read, not the best acoustics sound"

    The story was pretty good and so was the narrator, the problem was whatever she recorded on wasn't the best sound, but other than that the story was pretty good.

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