Audiobook Review: Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson

Posted May 22, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 13 Comments

Audiobook Review: Little Shop of Homicide by Denise SwansonSource: Audiobook Purchase, Physical Book Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson
Narrator: Maia Guest
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins

Date Read: May 2013

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Devereaux Sinclair was never happier than the day she quit her city job and bought the old-fashioned five-and-dime in her small Missouri hometown. But her happiness is short-lived when murder turns her charming store into a little shop of horrors When Joelle Ayers, the fiancee of Dev's ex-boyfriend, is found handcuffed to a hotel bed and murdered with a champagne bottle and a stiletto, a revenge-crazed cop is determined to put Dev behind bars. The cuffs and the champagne were part of a gift basket Dev had made and they have her fingerprints all over them. Now the finger of suspicion is pointing directly at Dev. Desperate to clear her name, Dev enlists the help of her two longtime pals Poppy and Boone. Luckily, the sexy new guy in town, Jake DelVecchio, decides to assist -- and it's a big plus that he happens to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal. If they don't solve this murder, Dev may soon be trading in her charming new life for a life behind bars.

More Information:
Publisher: Audible, NAL
Series: A Devereaux Dime Store Mystery #1

My Thoughts on

Read from May 16 to 17, 2013

Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought When Finished: Dare I say that A Little Shop of Homicide was a steamy cozy mystery? Had a bit of a kick in the romance department *hubba hubba*

Story Thoughts: Quirky, Fun, and a little outrageous is what I would call a Little Shop of Homicide. It was a fantastic afternoon read with a who-dun-it that was a little off the beaten path. It was fun, saucy, and sassy. In fact, the romance was a little hot and heavy for a cozy mystery. That was actually a fun surprise for me since romance is my favorite genre to read. Nothing over the line but it was fun to see that element get a little more time. I was a little disappointed in how the case played out but otherwise Little Shop of Homicide was a fun and engaging read.

Character Thoughts: I am a sucker for quirky characters! Little Shop of Homicide is full of them and they shined. There might be a triangle brewing (not happy about that as I am OPPOSED TO LOVE TRIANGLES) so in the future I might not be as happy but for this entry the characters were fantastic. Dev was a great leading lady: smart, fun, and independent. She has insecurities, a back story that will make you want to hug her, and great friends. It will be fun to watch her tackle life in future installments as she also has a penchant for landing in the middle of trouble. Also, her back story needs delved into and hopefully some resolution there.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Maia Guest/Running Time 8h 55m

The narration was fun, light, and had good pacing. It was a quick listen and the production levels were pretty good. I wasn’t a fan of the male voices but loved her version of Dev!

Final Thoughts: Fun beginning to a series that I will be continuing πŸ™‚

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13 responses to “Audiobook Review: Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson

  1. Another series still on my wishlist! There are just too many great cozy series out there. Someday … Glad you loved it.

  2. I’ve always enjoyed cozies but yay for a a bit of steam, too! Plus, you’ve got to have those quirky characters. They’re awesome.

  3. I love quirky characters and you had my interest piqued at steamy Let’s hope the triangle doesn’t develop..i get it in YA, i mean the young girl is confused etc but with a grown woman..blech! Awesome review:)

  4. I sure hope this doesn’t stray into love triangle territory. It would be a shame to ruin a good thing. What is up with cozy mysteries resorting to love triangles. Is no genre safe from the disease?

    • I have NO idea but in the last 2 years there have been an upswing in the number of cozies going that love triangle route. Makes me mad because please–no 30 to 40 year old dating woman has time for two men. I am pretty sure one is even pushing it LOL