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Fields' Guide to Abduction

The Poppy Fields Adventures, Book 1
Narrated by: Cathy Barnett
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Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl extraordinaire, agreed to a week at the newest, most luxurious resort in Cabo. After all, what's better than the beach when a girl is feeling blue? When Poppy is abducted, she'll need all her smarts, all her charm, and a killer Chihuahua, to save herself in this new series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.

  1. Dead body number one: Found in bed, with me. That was a shock.
  2. Dead body number two: Found in bed, not with me. That was a relief.
  3. Dead body number three: Died telling me I’m a lousy actress. I already knew that.
  4. Dead body number four: Died trying to kill me.
  5. Dead body number five: Died kidnapping me.
  6. Dead body number six: Died guarding me.
  7. Dead body number seven: Was a really bad man.
  8. Dead body number eight: Was an even worse man.

That's a lot of dead bodies for a girl looking for a week's relaxation in Cabo. And, I’m probably leaving a few out - math isn’t my thing. Unless I can escape the cartel, I might be the next dead body.

“Poppy Fields is in a tough spot. People are dying at a statistically significant rate after interacting with her, starting with her ex-boyfriend. Now a drug cartel is chasing her, the police have taken her passport, and that beach vacation where she was supposed to chill out has turned into a nightmare. Action, humor, great characters, and an intriguing mystery, Mulhern has packed a lot into this excellent mystery. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!” (Julie Moffett, USA Today bestselling author of the Lexi Carmichael Mysteries)

©2018 Julie Mulhern (P)2019 Julie Mulhern

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 16-05-2019

Good with a few caveats

In Fields’ Guide to Abduction by Julie Mulhern, after having wakened up in a strange room to find herself in bed with her ex-boyfriend, who has died of a drug overdose, Poppy Fields goes to Cabo, Mexico to get away from her memories of Jake. As the daughter of an A- list movie star, Poppy has been offered a villa at a 5- star resort in exchange for a 30- minute photo op at the resort’s opening. While there, a woman introduces herself to Poppy as the co- star on the first show Poppy's mother starred in. So when Irene Vargas’s granddaughter, famous Mexican actress Marta Vargas, pounds on Poppy's door in the middle of the night, showing signs of having been beaten, Poppy lets Marta in. However, the next morning, Poppy finds Marta lying dead of another drug overdose, and soon the responding detective gets a call that Marta’s grandparents were attacked the night before, with her grandfather now dead and her grandmother barely clinging to life.

The bad guys seem to think that Marta gave something to Poppy because someone attacks Poppy that night, demanding to know where “it” is. After managing to escape her captor that night, Poppy ends up the hostage of the Sinaloan cartel in their fight against the Zeta cartel. Using her wits, she must survive as a prisoner and fight for her own freedom.

Fields’ Guide to Abduction was not the light- hearted romp that I initially expected it to be from the book's description. It has much darker undertones to it despite the humorous scenes, and the book contains a plethora of violent deaths, some of which are more descriptive than others. I did especially enjoy the scene when the Sinaloa cartel members become terrified, shouting that Consuela has gotten loose. Only after venturing into the room does Poppy discover that Consuela is a “killer chihuahua.” Despite the darker moments, in particular the themes related to the drug trade, the book was very enjoyable and made me appreciate the growth in Poppy as she learns to fight for herself.

I also found myself unable to connect to the frequent references of high-end fashion scattered throughout the book. Not knowing much about expensive brands, I couldn't picture the clothing or bags of the characters as they used such items, and this affected my ability to bond with the book. The talk throughout of the big names in fashion detracted from the book for me and made the characters feel very shallow to me as they immerse themselves in these possessions.

Cathy Barnett performs the audio edition of this book, with a voice that suits the first person narration of the character of Poppy. I felt a little conflicted about some of her use of Spanish in the narration because while Barnett uses Spanish accents for the Mexican characters, sometimes (but not always), she mangles the pronunciation of Spanish words. Poppy makes it clear that she can't speak any Spanish and pronounces the few Spanish words she does speak with a terrible accent. So I can see that as the narrator of the book, she might not get everything accurate when trying to repeat the speech of native Spanish speakers. However, it feels jarring to hear such words mispronounced while they contain a decent Spanish accent. Further, I find it doubtful that Poppy would even remember some of the Spanish- language speech she recounts. Other than this issue, I was pleased with the performance of Barnett and felt that overall, she did a good job.

Fields’ Guide to Abduction was in general a fun book that I mostly enjoyed listening to. I did find it darker than I would have preferred, but for the most part, I liked the book. I give it four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free for review purposes, but that had no influence on the content of my review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-2020

not digging this author

too many details that I just don't care about and the narrator is annoyingly irritating.

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  • Beatrice
  • 25-05-2019

Not for me

I love Mulhern's Country Club Murders series but this one isn't for me. There's nothing wrong with it, I just couldn't get into it.

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  • JLo88
  • 26-07-2020

Bravo!

I loved it. I can't wait to read more Julie Mulhern. She is so good and the narration was excellent. So enjoyable to hear written female perspective narrated by a female voice.

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  • Dawn
  • 19-06-2019

Great start to a new series

Julie Mulhern has crafted a great installment in her new series, Fields’ Guide to Abduction. It’s a wonderful adventure with los of laughs and a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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  • P. Ray
  • 13-06-2019

Fun and Excitement from J. Mulhern

Julie Mulhern writes wonderfully funny books. Her Country Club mysteries are favorites so I was looking forward to Poppy Field’s adventure. The story does not disappoint. The books introduces us to Poppy who is an unlikely capable heroine who extricates herself from danger from a drug cartel leader. Poppy also befriends a spirited chihuahua named Consuela. I always look forward to a book from Ms. Mulhern.

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  • Gretchen Archer
  • 17-04-2019

Fantastic

Action, adventure, an excellent book and a great narrator. Very highly recommended beach listening. Go, Poppy!