Get Sharpe: Maycroft Mysteries, Books 1-5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Deena sharpe wants a change…what she gets is murder!
Fed up after 30 years of teaching, Deena has no idea she’s just traded in lesson plans for lethal weapons and report cards for ballistics reports.
It’s been fifty years since her uncle disappeared without a trace, but when science and luck collide, a rookie sheriff’s deputy breathes new life into this cold case. And when Deena’s elderly grandmother asks for her help, how can she say no? After all, she’s just quit her teaching job and is looking for a new challenge.
With her devoted husband and off-beat brother by her side, Deena sets out to right a wrong and uncover buried family secrets. When push comes to shove, will Deena back down? You should never underestimate a country girl!
Get Sharpe includes audiobooks 1-5 of the Maycroft Mysteries. Follow Deena as she faces the challenges and rewards of trying to make the most of the 2nd big chapter in her life. Between family relationships, jobs, and murder, she’s got to be one sharp cookie to hold it all together. Get your copy today.
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|Listening Length||29 hours and 54 minutes|
|Author||Lisa B. Thomas|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 05, 2019|
|Publisher||Cozy Stuff and Such|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #42,122 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Principle made demands concerning his daughter, which were not right and broke every rule of ethics. Finally telling Deena if she kept this under wraps she could resign at the end of school instead of being fired. She was fifty seven and used to having summers off.
Simms finding a. box in the storage closet he was to clean out, heavy and one Skelton inside, and it was an old unsolved case. When the face was reconstructed calls came. With the identity, they turn to Deena their niece to find the answers. Good story with humor, and an intriguing plot.
Deena from a Christmas party when the monarch dies, she has another case to investigate. She is gutsy, and inquisitive, not believing it was a natural death, nor did the daughter. Good characters add to this story.
Down and out showgirl, missing that life, when a waitress mistaken her for a psychic. Wanting a reading from her, and with money in hand why not. She comes to a new town with her looser boyfriend. Things start happening, for Deena she wants a good lead to write about, and when she does she becomes a suspect, along with along list of suspects
An author is teaching this class and his wife is killed, is this the type of class, or a hoax of learning to write better about murder. A friend is accused of the murder, and with a mother in law coming to town, she is in a hurry to solve. Good story.
Deena is now an investigator for a defense attorney. When a haunted house has the real dead body inside, and the suspects don’t seem the likely ones to be. These all good stories to enjoy with good characters, and good flowing plots
I first listened to each of Deena Sharpe's cozy mysteries as separate books and I loved each one of them, so I think it's a great thing to have the first 5 as a box set:) And I also reviewed all of them, so here are some of my earlier thoughts (all are quotes from my reviews of the five books):
Book 1 - Sharpe Shooter - This is Deena Sharpe's first murder investigation - and it's really intriguing, engaging and funny:) It's also a wonderful introduction to all the characters that we will meet again in the next books in the series and it sets up mood for them - all murder cases Deena gets involved in are personal matters and hit close to home... The plot is fast, the leads appear and take us in different directions, there are a few possible suspects, all with plausible motifs for murder and no alibis, and there's Deena - smart, a bit crazy, but warm and loyal to those she considers family and friends, sometimes too loyal for her own good:) She's definitely one of the more likeable amator sleuths in literature:)
Book 2 - Sharpe Edge - The book starts a bit slow, but soon the pace grows and the plot engages the reader/listener... And the ending - when we find out who the murderer is - really does make you bite your nails:) I liked the last scenes of the book a lot - right from the point when we realize who the murderer is it's a real rollercoaster and it's described (and read by Ms Hazen) magnificently.
Book 3 - Sharpe Mind - The action is almost non-stop, with a few scary moments but without the gore, obviously, as it is a "cozy" mystery:) It's also well written; the plot flows smoothly and the dialogues contain that little ironic and satirical kind of humour that I like. I also think it's a little bit more complicated than the previous one in the series, with more suspects and red herrings:)
Book 4 - Sharpe Turn - This time Deena has to help her brother's friend to prove his innocence - and as usual before we find out who the real killer is we will discover clues, uncover secrets and suspect more than one person only to change our mind with every new piece of evidence or information Deena finds... We'll also smile a lot - Deena has a knack for getting into embarassing situations:) The plot is really fast, dialogues funny, background characters colourful and sometimes quirky but believable, and the ending as surprising as it should be:)
Book 5 - Sharpe Point - This time there's a hard task ahead of Deena - how can she defend someone she personally thinks is guilty of the crime? But then new evidence comes to light and things stop being seemingly obvious, more suspects appear as more facts are uncovered, and finally Deena's conscience is satisfied:) The books in the series are quite short, but the plots are logical, with enough red herrings and enough twists to keep you glued to the pages. As usual, we get a satisfactory although quite unexpected ending, but this time Ms Thomas added a cherry on the cake in the form of Deena's mother-in-law, Sylvia - I loved her character a lot:)
As for the interpretation of the books, Ms Hazen does a great job. The character voices are very well done, diversified and well-matched, and the pace of her reading makes it easy to follow the story. She balances well the impartiality of the narrative parts and the emotions required in many of the scenes. I can't imagine the series being read by another narrator:)
DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.