Narrator: Vanessa Daniels
Published by Tantor Audio on February 16, 2016
Genres: Adult Cozy Mystery
Length: 7 hours and 20 minutes
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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…
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).
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Audiobook Challenge
- 2017 Blogger Shame Review Challenge