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Ellie’s vacation in Florida is coming to an end, but there’s barely time to savor her last days on the beautiful Gulf Coast. When death strikes a bikini contest at her luxury beach resort, Ellie must use all her sleuthing skills to find the killer. Helped by Hemingway the parrot and Mojito the resort cat - not to mention her eccentric Aunt Olive - Ellie is soon busy combing the beach for clues. And she finds that this case could be her toughest yet: There are jealous rivals with murder in their hearts, sinister spa treatments with deadly effects, and powerful men who will stop at nothing to silence others.

But the mystery isn’t the only thing on Ellie’s mind. With her time in the Sunshine State ending soon, will she decide to return to her old life in London? And what about her "vacation fling" with handsome resort doctor Blake Thornton - does she dare follow her heart and allow the budding romance to grow into something more?

Join barefoot sleuth Ellie on her final adventure, as she finds that a vacation in Florida can be deadlier than she had ever imagined....

©2021 H.Y. Hanna (P)2021 H.Y. Hanna

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 12-04-2021

Earns 5+/5 Egos & Pranks...Engaging & Entertaining!

Pearl Hewitt is back with her superb narration for the final installment in H.Y. Hanna’s delightfully entertaining Barefoot Sleuth Mystery series. In “Bikinis and Murder,” Sunset Palms Beach Resort is hosting a bevy of bikini-clad beauties vying to be the next face, or body, for Bronzed Babe Sunscreen’s new ad campaign, and of course, in true “cozy” style, it is plagued with egos, rumors, pranks, and a dead contestant! This book continues Hanna’s signature well-developed mystery and rich characters, and also concludes the series with a more than satisfying wrap up of the loose ends concerning Ellie’s future and whether or not the hunky doctor will have a place. And Pearl’s narration makes listening quite a delight as she uses her voice talent to portray the British and American dialects, age, gender, tone, and personalities. Pearl is able to perform the seriousness of murder along with the humor, including the proper squawk and meow, breathing life into H.Y. Hanna’s witty dialogue. I loved it!

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  • Darlene
  • 05-04-2021

Very Intriguing! Awesome Book!

Loved the twists and turns in this series. Can't wait for the next release. Must Read!

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  • seashell
  • 26-03-2021

Well written and original!

This 4th entry in the "Barefoot Sleuth" series is an entertaining read, perfect for anyone who needs a mini-vacation! H. Y. Hanna's gift for description helped me picture the inviting sunny Florida setting perfectly, and made me sad that this series is apparently coming to an end.
Pearl Hewitt's reading is a pleasure to listen to; she gives each character a unique voice that really brings them to life. Her ability to switch accents continues to amaze me.
The characters are well drawn, and like real people do, they grow and change as time goes on. It was interesting to see how Ellie, likeable, enthusiastic, intrepid, but somewhat naive, has matured since book one, and I enjoyed the way the relationships between the various characters developed and evolved as well (particularly Ellie's relationship with Blake!) Quirky Aunt Olive, as well as Mojito the cat, and Hemingway the parrot, added some great humorous moments.
H. Y. Hanna's books always have great settings, intriguing characters, a little romance, lots of laughs, and a mystery that keeps me guessing, but they are ALWAYS
well written and completely original!
Just a few instances of adult language and sexual references are the reason I give this cozy mystery 4 stars instead of 5. Other than that, it was a lot of fun to listen to.
I received a free copy of Bikinis and Murder in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Nancy
  • 26-02-2021

Each story gets better!!

This story was the best of this series by far!!! The featherd fellow
is more enjoyable and seems smarter and more settled down
Of course that adorable precious kitten shows his feelings and feline intelligence above all involved! I Love them All !!
Thank you H. Y. for All your stories ! I enjoy and love every series.
Im longing for more " Garden" stories. I would love tohear more of Oren!!!! He makes my heart happy beyond words !!
Pearl Hewitt.... What more can be said?!! She is The Best, Most Gifted Narrater I have ever heard !!! Not another one like her !! If she could narrate more books...I would never get anything done!
I have " The Secret Garden " narrated by her. I listen to parts of it every nigh ! What a talented gift !! Thank you !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2021

Great Ending for the series

loved it. another great writer/ narrator project. so many paths available if she decides to return to this couple. I love the stories set in England, but it was nice to read one at here in the states. Florida is truly that beautiful, I hope ellie at least returns to see her aunt once in a while. thank you H Y Hannah.

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  • April Goldman
  • 19-02-2021

Another great story

I've really been enjoying this series. It's not the norm for the author but it's definitely a hit!
Ellie found herself in the middle of yet another murder while on holiday with her fabulously eccentric Aunt. This time it was a bikini contest gone bad. I never guessed the murderer and loved how Hanna had me guessing the whole time.
I was excited to read this book to see how it would end since Ellie is on vacation during the series. I love that she left it open to continue this series in different ways and hope she does. It was a great escape for a few hours.
*Disclaimer*
I was given this copy for free. The above review is my own opinion.

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  • Duane
  • 16-02-2021

LOVE THE BAREFOOT SLEUTH MYSTERIES!

I really enjoy this author and her characters especially the eccentric old ladies and the pesky pets. Also,I like the narrator.She does the books justice.

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  • Julie
  • 20-02-2021

Island paradise

I loved the book and just had to add it to me audible collection. The story is just like the cover shows a fun cozy mystery that is bound to cheer up any miserable day or add more sunshine to a bright day.
You don't need to have read or listened to the previous books but it does help as you get to know the characters so well. I really enjoyed the three books in this series and I am a little sad that this is the last. The author has left us with the possibility of seeing the characters again, although not sure if it will be the same if they move location because you won't have the loveable Mojito ( a mischievous cat) or the amusing Hemingway ( a loud talkative parrot). The characters are what makes this a great series and the author always develops such a like able cast and funny situations. I had worked out who the killer was because the author left a few bread crumbs for you to pick up but it was still a lot of fun.
As Ellie's time at the beach resort draws to an end, she never thought she would find herself involved in another murder investigation. Her aunt as a famous author is invited to join the owner of a sun screen lotion that holds a bikini competition every year. Ellie's boyfriend's ex girlfriend is in charge of the publicity for the event and isn't happy to see Ellie but she is even less happy when feminist target the contestant. Strange accident and messages also follow the group but it is only when one of the girls turns up dead that Aunt Olive asks Ellie to investigate with her. Can Ellie, Aunt Olive, Mojito and Hemingway find the killer before they strike again?
I like the narrator and think her timing and delivery is perfect, especially the highly amusing parrots screech of pants on.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Lou Lou
  • 15-02-2021

Loved it, but gutted that it's the final part!

I have loved all 4 of these and I know that Ellie couldn't stay on holiday for ever, but so sad it's the last one.
Really hoping it is paving the way for more adventures for some of the characters, as the holiday comes to an end. Please don't let this be the last we hear of them! :-)

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