Grave in the Garage: A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A body. A crumbling graveyard. A lively, bounding puppy.
When her beloved Mini Cooper breaks down, Reverend Annabelle Dixon stumbles upon a gruesome scene at the Mildred’s Garage...a lifeless hand peeking out from the pit beneath a parked car.
Across the road, Inspector Mike Nichols is in Upton St. Mary on personal business, yet that business is soon overshadowed as the stalwart, logical detective finds himself embroiled in yet another mystery with the kindhearted and tenacious vicar.
Together, they discover who the hand in the pit belongs to, and with two missing mechanics, a money-strapped town, some matchmaking, and rumors a-plenty rolling all around the English village of Upton St. Mary, the case threatens to overwhelm them. The hours and clues mount as the duo sets off on an investigation that soon proves larger, more dangerous, and more mysterious than either of them could ever have guessed. Thank goodness for the puppy.
Grave in the Garage is the fourth book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series, a set of heartwarming cozy mysteries about a country vicar that will make you laugh out loud. If you like small town mysteries full of fun and colorful characters, a strong yet compassionate female lead, and a hint of romance, then you’ll love Alison Golden’s sweet, humorous storytelling. This audiobook may even restore your faith in humanity.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 39 minutes|
|Author||Jamie Vougeot, Alison Golden|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 14, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #315,553 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,473 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,971 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#51,726 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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Except today, the Mini Cooper dies on her. So, she goes tromping back up the road, takes a shortcut through farmers’ fields (dealing with a few obstinate cows along the way), and finally arrives at Mildred’s Garage. But Mildred and her employees Ted and Aziz are nowhere to be found. Until Annabelle finds a body in the service bay, under a car. It’s a very dead Mildred.
Annabelle unexpectedly finds Inspector Mike Nicholls in the pub across the street. He knows the reverend well; he also knows her penchant for getting involved in murder investigations. He’s also discovering that he’s attracted to Annabelle, and while she’s not ready to admit it, she’s attracted to him as well. It’s a potent combination of murder and romance.
The assistants, Ted and Aziz, remain missing. Forty-year-old Ted mains he life like clockwork – work, pub, home. But he’s a no-show at the pub, and he can’t be found. Teenager Aziz is normally a various serious young man, and his family wants to believe that he’s just off with friends, or something. There’s an ongoing mystery that may or may not be related to the murder – the men of the village keep disappearing at night, and they’re spending a lot less money at the pub.
“Grave in the Garage” by mystery writer Alison Golden is part of the ongoing Annabelle Dixon series. It falls squarely in the cozy mystery sub-genre. The books in the series also include a considerable element of light humor involving Annabelle, Nicholls, and Annabelle’s housekeeper Phillippa, a wannabe matchmaker.
Golden has three mystery and suspense series involving signature detectives. The Diana Hunter series is set in Vancouver; the series includes “Hunted,” “Snatched,” “Stolen,” “Chopped,” and “Exposed.” The Rev. Annabelle Dixon series is set in Cornwall. And the Inspector David Graham series is set on Jersey, one of the Channel Islands. The last two are officially “cozy mysteries,” which translates as minimal violence and any romantic interest will not involve graphic sex.
“Grave in the Garage”is an entertaining story, with a nice overlay of the developing relationship between Annabelle and the police inspector.
Annabelle is the Vicar of her local country church and she seems to understand people as a path to the truth with many unique turns in the path to the truth. She is struggling to raise funds to improve and rehab the old Church cemetery but is unable to do so. While in the meantime many angles and twists lead her to a possible solution including the murder of her dear friend Mildred, the garage repair owner; the sudden unpopularity of the local Dog & Duck Pub; an apparent gambling ring. But how did this all lead to Mildred's murder? This is a well worth the read book. Enjoy it. John Payseno, Reviewer
I have purchased a copy of The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mysteries Book 4: Grave in the Garage by Alison Golden and this review was given freely.
Suspenseful and action packed involving a few twist, puppies, and some surprises. As Reverend Annabelle laments the reduction in church funds and her friendship with Inspector Mike deepens, Phillia's matchmaking escalates, and the village of Upton ST. Mary experiences another murder as well as a secret gambling ring.
Horror in the Highlands:
I have purchased a copy of The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mysteries Book 5: Horror in the Highlands by Alison Golden and this review was given freely.
Vivid descriptions, an eclectic group of colorful characters, and a series of oddities and mysteries fill the pages of this cozy mystery where Reverend Annabelle visits her brother Roger and niece Bonnie on the island of Blodraigh, Scotland where she finds herself having to solve the murder of pub owner Harry Anderson without the help of the police while isolated on a small island in the midst of a severe storm. Things escalate when a chance email results in a surprise visit from Inspector Mike.
In the midst of this morass Annabelle Dixon comes in like a breath of fresh air. She is real, and her passions are for truth and fairness. There is a hint of romance, but not so much that she loses objectivity. There is no shortage of quirky characters, but not overly bound to stereotype.
"Grave in the Garage" presents a number of puzzles that may or may not bear on the bludgeoning death of a well-loved garage owner. Where is her missing employee? Who are these strangers in town in their expensive cars? Is the rival shop in the next town involved? Why are the pubs losing business? Annabelle puts her mind to work to find the answers along with her friend the inspector and his new canine companion to bring the murderer to justice.
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When her car breaks down, she tries to make her way to the local garage only to find the owner underneath a car in the pit. Unmoving. Luckily the Inspector is in the pub when she goes for help. Murder! The owner, Mildred, had been bludgeoned to death and now her two employees are missing. Plus there is talk around the village that the men are off somewhere secret nightly. Take a sacred man, a beaten up teen, a criminal ring, a church organist and a couple of puppies looking for a home and stir well with the residents of the village. Will they find the killer? Will they find what crinkle activity is happening and be able to stop it? Will the two pups find homes? Will she get enough donations to fix up the cemetery?
The constant Americanisms are irritating. This is a series set in Cornwall with English characters by an English born author. the frequent use of gas instead of petrol particularly grated. It is no defence to claim that she is writing for an American audience - that is an insult to their intelligence.
There is no defence for the lack of research (the incorrect facts are too many to pick out) and poor editing.
The plot itself was reasonably intriguing until the end when the author appeared to pick a murderer out of the hat with nothing in the earlier chapters to make the reader think back and say 'I should have picked that up'.
All in all - an unsatisfactory read and I won't be reading another by the author and I certainly wouldn't recommended it to my friends..
I have followed the Annabelle series from the beginning and for me, this is the best one yet.. The plots never fail to surprise and the characters, all with their own frailties, fit happily into their setting in the English countryside.
An easy read that kept me turning the pages until the end. I want to know what happens next in Annabelle's budding relationship with her Detective Inspector . And what will those rescue puppies get round to next?
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy from the author in return for a fair and honest review. But I have now bought my own copy. Can't say it better than that. :-)