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Strangely Poignant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

A fantastic take on loneliness and the human condition. Going through the motions of everyday life, wake up, live, go to sleep; yet each motion echos the emptiness that is Eleanor's life. I think most can relate to Eleanor in one way or another, she is all of us but at our most vulnerable. She plows through, day after day, doing what she thinks she should, living her singular existence; until a chance encounter sets her on a journey of self discovery with surprisingly heart warming results.
Don't let the slow start of this novel deter you from experiencing this gem. You will be a better person after getting to know Eleanor Oliphant, I promise you.

Easy Listening and Sorta Believable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoyed this. It rolls along somewhat smoothly, the characters are interesting and fleshed out, but it lacks..... something.
I wasn't expecting blockbuster status when I purchased this, I was looking for what I always look for in a cozy, the fluff factor of easy to 'read' (listen) narrators with a fairly plausible storyline. Despite the ghosts, this one was all that.
I'll agree with another reviewers complaint of it being a bit too neat and tidy finish and the MC is a bit whiny about money then gives away a fortune that she could have benefitted from, but otherwise this was a great read.

Cozy Cookie-cutter Campiness, What's Not to Love!?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

The second instalment in the series does not disappoint. Aside from the supernatural elements this book is completely believable and fun. The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are believable and real.
A very enjoyable listen.

Fun Little Mystery, Complete with Accents!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

A fantastic little cozy mystery which takes place in the English countryside. Well rounded characters, fantastic storyline and on point accents make this a wonderful little fluff ride through mystery-town.
I look forward to reading more of these, sort of a Miss Marple mystery.. or think Angela Landsbury.

Heartwarming, slow-paced but FANTASTIC!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This book stayed with me long after the last chapter ended. It still haunts me in small ways as if written about people I knew or knew of. It leaves you with an almost palpable feeling, like a taste in your mouth that you just can't identify. But that isn't unpleasant.
The characters were very well developed and believable of the era and for being human. It gave me all the big feels that novels of great calibre tend to do.
Great storyline, fantastically rounded out characters and true to life situations make this a novel hard to put down (or in my case, stop listening to!)
It reminds me in some ways of the storyline in the movie A Time to Kill. Only a small comparison, mostly setting and subject similarity.

Seaside Mystery at its Finest!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoyed this novel tremendously. The characters are well developed and likeable and the narrator is wonderful. I did have to adjust to some aspects of her narration, such as pronouncing every single 'g' sound at the end of words. Even those ending in 'ing'. I found it distracting and not at all the normal way of things. But I was able to get past it to complete the book.
It was a fun little mystery that kept me guessing to the end.

So Much FUN!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another 'episode' in the life of Pepper, my new BFF. I love escaping from my own life and living vicariously through Pepper. Her friends and family are such normal, real people they could be your next door neighbour. Well rounded and full of angst and stress and confusion, just like real, every day people are.
I love getting to know these characters with every instalment; plus learning about spices and how to use them is just a wonderful bonus!

Gripping and Suspenseful, But Needs More

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

While I enjoyed the elements in this story and how it was told, I did not like the ending. I guess I'm old fashioned in that I like stories that finish up neat and tidy, it doesn't have to be a happy ending, but it does have to end. This one, did not. I guess the author felt enough clues were given to the reader to figure things out, but I don't read a book as a detective, I read a book as someone who's being told a story. This story needs a beginning, middle and an END.
I found it well written, nonetheless and a great spin on an otherwise overdone story.

Learning As I Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I enjoy lighthearted, fluff books immensely. It's just what I need to read after the dark, heaviness of a blockbuster thriller or mystery novel. Ms. Budewitz has the ability to create characters that are real and fun and someone you wouldn't mind meeting and getting to know.
This book was tremendously fun and I cannot wait for the 4th book to come out next year!

Fun Little Romp with the Supernatural

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I loved this book! I wasn't expecting an exemplary or noteworthy novel, if I wanted to read those I'd pick up one of the classics. I enjoyed it for what it was... a fluff piece of fun in between more serious novels.
The characters are well written and fun to meet, they're 'real' in a way some characters aren't in that I can imagine myself in some of the situations they find themselves in.
The narrator is fantastic, I've listened to a couple books by Xe Sands and find her to be very talented. She has the ability to voice multiple characters in such a way that you just know who's speaking without having to be told. Male or female, old or young, she does them all spectacularly!
If you like cozy mysteries that hold their own, full of fun and death, without the brain stingy seriousness of blockbuster novels, this might just be for you.