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A blind deejay (Shepard Krausse) and an invisible librarian (Miranda Ogilvy) from a tiny, rural Florida town try to solve a double disappearance connected to a recent canoe trip. It ain't exactly "Deliverance," but there's a heap of trouble brewing for these folks - some of it human, some of it animal, and all of it deadly. Shep and Miranda rely on their sense of humor as they face dangerous fossil poachers - but even that is difficult when their engagement is broken amidst a river of troubles. This is Book 2 in the Minokee Mysteries series.

Shep's Italian friend (Carlo Fratelli - cook, chauffeur, valet, and ladies man) aids the couple in their adventures. Shep's animal friend, Zeus, a huge and independent Maine Coon cat, is so clever, he sometimes seems clairvoyant. 

The Coffee Ritual ladies of Minokee add their quirky personalities and folksy wisdom to help Shep & Miranda iron out the bumps in their lives. Martha, Bernice, Wyneen, and Charlotte (average age 74.3) gather every dawn on their front porches to sip their coffee while they wait for the sight of the blond Adonis (Shep) jogging past their Magnolia Street cottages. 

Shepard's absurdly wealthy, snobbish, and domineering mother (Hermione Montgomery-Krausse) is always behind the scenes, attempting to direct the course of Shep's career. Hermione wants Shep to become a politician, like several of his ancestors. At the very least, she wants her son to become a television commentator. With his blindness, his noble family connections, and his golden good looks, Shepard would be recognized by future voters - which will not happen if he stays in radio.  

The shy Miranda shows a surprising inner strength when confronting Shepard's officious mother, and Hermione has been forced to admire the librarian. Hermione vacillates between trying to separate Shep and Miranda or trying to marry them - on Hermione's terms.

Miranda's difficulties with Hermione are compounded when Miranda's parents arrive unannounced from Miami. Dr. Rosario Ogilvy, Miranda's mother, is a soulmate for Hermione Montgomery-Krausse, while Dr. Ezekiel Ogilvy, Miranda's father, sides with his daughter (and Hermione's son) against the two matriarchs.  

The serio-comic family battle continues in the background even while Shep and Miranda risk their future and their very lives attempting to find the killers responsible for The Mammoth Murders.

©2019 Delia L Stewart (P)2020 Delia L Stewart

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  • Au global
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  • sci teacher
  • 2021-07-26

4 Stars

Summary:
Typical yet still charming cozy mystery starring a likable cast of weirdos.

Additional Comments:
- Not exactly sure why the blurb decides to list a resume for every character, but okay. You’d expect those kind of entries in an epic science fiction book.
- The book does a fair amount of wandering, but the end was exciting enough to make you forget most excess meandering across the rest of the plot.
- The end twists, though predictable, still work nicely.
- Shep being blind is an intriguing twist.
- Cozies live and die by the cast of strange characters. This one hits the marks of cat companion, spunky sidekick, annoying parent figure(s), and sweet, innocent looking bad guy.
- The mammoth fossil part didn’t take up as much of the plot as I thought it would, but the book still has decent balance between life craziness the characters deal with and danger they face.
- Unlike many cozies, this one actually had some action at the end.
- Got the book because I like Jenny Hoops’s voice. She’s still better at Louise Pearlie but she did all right here too.

Conclusion:
I got the book for the narrator, but the story kept my attention enough to make me like the author too. I’d read more by her.

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  • Amanda
  • 2021-05-02

So fun!

Miranda and Shep get accidentally involved in a archeological mystery and of course murder. Drama and danger ensue and it develops into a solid mystery and great character and relationship story! Loved it and can’t wait for more. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Highly recommend and excellently narrated!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 2020-12-16

So much fun!

This is such a fun mystery romance and I really enjoyed the interactions between Shep and the other characters. I have a daughter who is visually impaired and I can't even express how great it is to read a book where someone with that disability is protrayed in such a competent and real way. The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life. It's a clean family-friendly story and I highly recommend it to those who like the cozy mystery romance genre.

--I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • SpokaneBecky
  • 2020-10-11

What fun!

Although this is the second book in the series, you don't have to read the first to follow the story and have a good time. The characters are fun and quirky. The action is great, and the "whodunnit"... Well, you will have to wait until the last page to find out. I know I didn't see it coming. If you are looking for a fun read (like I was during these stressful times), you won't be disappointed by this book. I highly recommend it.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jan
  • 2020-09-21

Just as good as the earlier book!

romantic, cozy-mystery, florida, suspense, pet, amateur-sleuth, family-dynamics, situational-humor, verbal-humor

What a mess! Shep and Miranda enjoy a canoe trip up the river with Shep's professor friend and some students and later get involved in the mysterious disappearance and probable murder of one of the doctoral students. Shep's overbearing mother and Miranda's overbearing mother (her dad is a really nice guy) have totally hijacked their possible wedding to the point where the couple had an acrimonious split even before buying an engagement ring. Shep can't bear the thought of getting another guide dog in the wake of the explosion that killed his best buddy instead of himself, but a kitten with some surprising abilities enters the scene. It's not a grim story and there's plenty of laughs. I loved it!
Even if you haven't read the earlier book, there's enough referencing to keep you from missing out. I loved the first book, so when I saw this one in a giveaway I hurried to enter--and won!
Jenny Hoops is the perfect voice performance narrator as she really adds to the characters' personalities. I was surprised to hear music at the chapter beginnings, but it did make it easier to return after a necessary pause.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tim Emmons
  • 2020-09-07

Cozy, Quaint and right at home.

It's been a long time since I've given a cozy little book like this a shot, and I'm glad I did. I was given a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review, and here it is. I absolutely fell in love with Menoki Florida, and its residences. All the characters were so unique in their individual way that it just sucked you in. I'm definitely going to have to go back and read the previous book in the series, but if you don't, you'll figure it out well enough that it's ok. Jenny Hoops did a phenomenal job of narration with all the characters. She captured the nuances of a small town and all it's many characters in a way that worked with the writing to pull you in and make you feel right at home while keeping you interested in seeing how it's all going to wrap up. This was fun, and I can't wait to read more of Ms Jacone's novels, and would give anything else Jenny Hoops narrates, a listen any time. Great work guys. I want more. Happy reading yall. Enjoy.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nicole
  • 2020-09-05

Great read!!

What a fun series!! I hope there are more! Great mystery and great characters

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rebecca
  • 2020-09-05

Great story

I actually listened to the second book first and was not disappointed. It was a stand alone, but will go back and listen to the first in the series. The story kept me listening and wanting more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-31

Fun read, very enjoyable clean story

A very clean fun story to listen to. Both the author and the narrator did an excellent job. Looking forward to book 3 of the series

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  • B.McGrath
  • 2021-05-29

fair

I found this mildly suspenseful. The characters are unique and interesting in their own special way. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did okay.