Audiobook Review – Better Homes and Corpses

Posted May 29, 2017 by Kathy in 3.5 Stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review – Better Homes and CorpsesBetter Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
Narrator: Vanessa Daniels
Published by Tantor Audio on February 16, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Mystery
Length: 7 hours and 20 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives—she learns how the other half dies. Jillian’s mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup.

When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers’ estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture…

Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 Blogger Shame Review Challenge

 

3.5 Stars for Better Homes and Corpses

Better Homes and Corpses is a charming, cozy mystery and fun introduction to a new series.

What did I like?

  • The story is fast paced and the murder occurs in the early chapters. As the story progresses readers get a more in depth look at all the characters which I enjoyed, instead of getting the details before the murder occurs and possibly forgetting some important clues.
  • I liked Meg and her keen eye for details in decorating and observing people. Her friends Elle and Doc assist Meg with her work and add some funny moments to the story.
  • The list of suspects is short so it was easy to keep track of the characters. All of them were a bit shady from the start so I was kept guessing at the identity of the killer.

 

What didn’t I like?

  • Meg is an interior decorator and I found that fascinating. But some of the dialogue on decorating was too long winded and slowed the pace of the plot.
  • The narrator, Vanessa Daniels, performance was ok and didn’t bring any excitement to the story. I felt that she basically read the book to us. She didn’t create unique voices for the characters so at times I was confused as to who was speaking. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it.

 

Despite the issues I had with the book I do want to read more from this series. The mystery was suspenseful and had some interesting twists. Also, I would like to see what happens with Meg and a certain guy (which I don’t want to spoil).

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Audiobook Performance
two-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

About Kathleen Bridge

Kathleen Bridge, national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses, started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antiques reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and has taught creative writing classes at Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York. Kathleen is also an antiques and vintage dealer in Long Island, New York, and has contributed to Country Living magazine.

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