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Publisher's Summary

From a number one best-selling author: a fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before....

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. The one side of the job that lives up to expectations is the money. Which is just as well for Izzy, since she needs an awful lot of it. Who knew when she made a lifelong commitment to a man that it would be one year living with him and the rest of her life paying for it? 

But even her scoundrel ex-husband doesn't look so bad compared to her new client. He's competent, condescending, and annoyingly attractive, and Izzy doesn't know whether to sleep with him or poison him herself. Throw in a loan shark, a nosy neighbor, and a murder attempt, and Izzy will have her work cut out for her. 

Perfect for fans of Camilla Chafer, Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond, Julie Moffett, and JB Lynn.

©2016 Chelsea Field (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not a heroine I can get along with

I didn't like this story overall. The heroine and our POV character just isn't one I could enjoy being inside the head of.

She wasn't the first female heroine POV character I've read/listened to but the insecurities and self-doubt just ate at my possible enjoyment of the story so consistently that I really questioned how this character got up most mornings. In conversations with others about this sort of female character (not related to this book specifically) I understood that some readers can really identify with such a person. One who can't go past a mirror without thinking they are too fat or who looks at every male character and rates how quickly they would like to strip them.

To be fair on the last point when I have a male POV character who is doing that I also check out.

The book is 8 hours long, at least half the dialogue is inside the characters own head. If it became a movie without a voice over the story could be shown inside a tight 90 minute run time. Maybe a poorly edited 120. Very little plot happens, the clues to the mystery are there but some leaps have to be made to reach the final conclusion.

Others have rated this book much higher than I and the series seems to be quite popular. I just couldn't handle the character through whom the world was being presented.

Not going to go for a refund on the book as A) The quality of the performance wasn't bad and B) I wasn't the only one who listened to it, but it's my account so I get to leave the review.

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Great fun!

This is an extremely well narrated package of fun. It's light, escapist, humorous, and a great start for C. Field. Can't wait to listen/read the second story... but after some serious lit.

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Light hearted and clever

Good easy listening book, likable characters, original concept. Looking forward to listening to more in the series.

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Unexpected Gem

I got this book on a whim a while ago and finally listened to it. I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this. Fun, fast paced, and a completely different take on the mystery novel. Fantastic. I didn't want the book to end.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. There were some great laugh out loud moments, that caught me off guard at work, to the amusement of my co-workers.
I listen to many "first in a series" and don't continue with them. I WILL continue on with these.
The narrator was perfect and I'm happy to see that she reads the rest of the series.

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impressed... delighted... left reminiscing vast

I am not certain what prompted me to buy this book... perhaps it was a special offer I just could not refuse. what ever the reason I am delighted that I did. she is a charming character.

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  • Meg
  • 2019-02-12

Great!

Loved:
-The character's unique job, very clever.
-The Australian narrator; this is one of the rare books that are better listened to than read.
-The pacing was perfect. I have a short attention span and this kept me engaged.
-I couldn't tell who the murderer was.
-I liked our lead characters.

I would caution anyone though who is a bit conservative. There isn't much language, but sexual innuendos are often. There is no sex scene, but there are two foiled rape attempts that made me uncomfortable, so I skipped to the rescue portion. I really enjoyed it overall though and would recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-16

I love this series!

The first in the series Eat Pray Die is a fun cozy mystery built around a truly unique premise. Who knew the Hollywood rich and famous needed taste testers? Izzy has moved from Australia to SoCal for an urgently needed job. Conner is her hunky boss, Arthur her roommate, Meow the cat, Mr Black the enforcer and Etta the spunky elderly neighbor (who I’m convinced is ex-CIA). All are delightful and add to the fun. Can't wait to listen to the other books.

FYI, for those who have listened to the original Eat Pray Die audio book the biggest change is that the characters finally have their proper accents. It is well worth a second credit.

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  • dina washington
  • 2019-12-10

Very Entertaining!

Funny mystery. Engrossing story mingled with a touch of romance. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Sunshine
  • 2019-08-14

Enjoying

I really enjoyed this. It started out slow but it was great and so was the reader. Love the accent.

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  • ELF
  • 2019-03-11

Entertaining and well narrated

Really like the narrator. Made the story fun.
Liked the poison taster premise. Enjoyable characters.

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  • nathan
  • 2019-01-08

Humor & suspense

Love the accent of the reader. The story was fast-paced, with humor, romance, and suspense. Plot was unique especially the job of the main character. Overall great listen!

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-08-25

Food snob investigates crime- boringly

If it’s going to be a cozy, the dialogue, setting or plot needs to cook. But, other than the Australian accent, this is milk toast bland. Even the cat has a boring name (Meow). Also, the premise of Isabel becoming a super spy food taster in eight months defies credulity. The summary says fans of Evanovich or Deleon will like this, and this is similar, although less funny or substantial as the Stephanie Plum or Miss Fortune series. If you can get these on sale, the series does improve to delightful, if always implausible, cozy fun by book 3.

For a funnier, “average girl gets mixed up in danger,” cozy adventure, I recommend Camilla Monk’s Spotless series, which has books 1-4.5 in a single credit omnibus. Island is a plucky tech gal who tangles with a British assassin with OCD. It’s also got some great accents, and way better action, dialogue, plots, and quirky, cozy fun.

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  • Avid Listener
  • 2019-10-27

Ouch! Put this series out of listeners' misery!

Audible - pls put this series out of listeners' misery! Painfully shallow and cliched. I will be requesting a refund!

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  • Shari S.
  • 2021-08-07

A New Twist for a Series

This is a unique, bizarre, fascinating concept for a heroine/series. I found all 6 on sale and took a leap of faith. I am so glad that I did. I look forward to number 2! I enjoyed the narrator as well.

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  • Patricia G
  • 2021-04-30

entertaining, a bit silly, but enjoyable.

listened with my husband in a road trip. a bit silly, but enjoyable none the les.