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Killer Transaction

Cindy York Mystery Series, Book 1
Written by: Catherine Bruns
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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From USA Today best-selling cozy mystery author Catherine Bruns comes a brand new series... 

Real estate deals can be murder. 

All struggling real estate agent Cindy York wants is the home listing that was promised to her. But her deceitful co-worker, Tiffany Roberts, has other ideas, and she always manages to get what she wants. Tired of being manipulated, Cindy tells her to back off - or else! But when Cindy stumbles upon Tiffany’s lifeless body, she suddenly finds herself front and center in a deadly investigation. Now everyone from her kids' classmates to her monstrous mother-in-law is sold on the idea that Cindy's guilty. Determined to find out who's trying to frame her, Cindy enlists the help of her best buddy, Jacques, to negotiate a slew of suspects, a host of clues, and an office full of cutthroat agents...before the next contract is out on her! 

"Lock up your house before you begin Killer Transaction. You'll want no interruptions once you start this fast-paced tale of murder, family issues, and competitive real estate sales. A quick, enjoyable read!" (Nancy J. Cohen, best-selling author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries)

"Catherine Bruns closes the deal with this fantastic cozy. I loved everything about this story from the characters to the plot, the setting and the pace. I cannot wait to see what adventures Cindy gets up to next. If you enjoy your cozy with strong heroines and interesting circumstances this is a must read." (Night Owl Reviews, top pick)

"Killer Transaction is killer fun! With a heroine I couldn't help routing for and a plot that kept me guessing until the end, Catherine Bruns has penned another winner!" (Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author)

©2015 Catherine Bruns (P)2018 Catherine Bruns

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 2018-12-10

Earns 5/5 Cozy Commissions, Thank you, Karma!

I am a big fan of Catherine Bruns who skillfully wields “Karma,” and in “Killer Transaction,” the first book in her Cindy York Mystery series, she has given karma a lot from which to choose. Cindy York is a real estate agent who just wants to provide the best service to clients wishing to sell their home and make a fair living for herself and her children. However, a demanding boss who owes her coffee and lunch money and a “scruples free” colleague costing Cindy commission on a big sale is her biggest obstacle. But she'll regret standing up for herself with a message ending with “Unless you want to die soon,” when she finds the dead body. Ok, Karma, thank you!

The mystery was clever with enough twists and turns, motives and opportunities to challenge my inner amateur detective, and the well-written narrative kept me engaged. However, it's the insights into Cindy and her family in which I have invested my interest. Catherine provides rich characters to solicit varying emotions and satisfaction…some profess innocence too loudly, others deserve a “karmic bite,” teenage angst sounds familiar, sibling antics need a time out, a husband’s support enduring, and lots of buyers and sellers to round out the fun. When the first in the series has you eager for more…you know it's good!

I am a multi-tasker extraordinaire and a big audiobook fan, so I was eager to listen to the new release of Catherine Bruns’s Cindy York Mysteries, “Killer Transactions.” Amy Deuchler, narrator extraordinaire, is a very talented voice artist enriching Bruns’s work and my experience. She isn't challenged by accents, but she did very well performing the different American dialects and speech patterns to highlight the various female characters. She really nailed the annoyances of Tiffany and is that a Jersey Donna? As for the challenge to mimic male voices, kudos, she made a valiant effort. I love Jacques! Amy Deuchler does a great job, and this is an entertaining way to enjoy Catherine Bruns’s work!

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  • slozzy
  • 2018-12-14

Great Start to Cozy Series

I received this book for free. I voluntarily left this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the first book in the Cindy York series. Cindy is a realtor who has been married for 18 years and has three children. She works to make extra income for her family. She works at a realty where the most successful realtor, Tiffany, steals her deal. Cindy has had enough and she needed that income so she calls Tiffany and leaves a nasty message. Sure enough, Cindy then finds Tiffany murdered at the realty office. Cindy is suspect number one on top of the fact that her MIL hates her, her twin boys get into a lot of mischief, and her poor husband is trying to keep Cindy and the family on an even keel. Ultimately, Cindy and her BFF Jacques decide to find the true killer to clear Cindy.

Cozy mysteries are all more or less the same -- what sets a cozy apart is the likeability of the main characters and the ability for that character to grow. I found this story to be fun with likeable characters in Cindy, Greg and Jacques. I was interested in Cindy and Greg's home life and their interactions with their kids and dog. I liked how Cindy was dealing with the community when she was accused of being a murderer. There were several humorous moments -- in particular, Cindy's job interview.

The narrator, Amy Deuchler, did a very good job. She was the perfect voice for Cindy and set a great tone for this book. She used different voices for the various characters and it was easy to tell them apart. In this case, the narrator certainly added to the enjoyment of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-09

Flat

This is an average cozy mystery. The characters are stereotypical and the plot is predictable. The narrator is pretty good.

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  • Beatrice
  • 2018-12-09

Just okay

Killer Transaction is just ok. The characters are flat and predictable. I skipped to the end because I lost interest.

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