Crime Wave by Rose Pressey
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 6 hours and 50 min
Date Read: April 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Maggie Thomas doesn't know the first thing about being a private eye. She quickly discovers that running her uncle's faltering Miami Beach P.I. agency is nothing like watching detective show reruns. Even the private eye app on her iPhone can't help.
But Maggie's first case is surprisingly easy...or so she thinks until she stumbles upon a dead body. With whizzing bullets, car chases, and spandex-clad bodybuilders, Maggie wonders if she's in over her head. Jake Jackson, the dangerously charming cop, thinks Maggie needs to stick to snapping pictures of cheating husbands and leave the detective work to the professionals.
The danger escalates when another homicide victim washes up on the shore and now someone wants to stop Maggie from solving the murders. With the help of her knitting needle-wielding, orthopedic shoe-wearing assistant Dorothy Raye, Maggie must solve the case before she's the next victim of this crime wave.
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Series: Maggie PI Mystery #1
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Listened for Review (Brilliance)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Crime Wave by Rose Pressey had a very strong mystery but the characters weren’t my favorite.
Read It File It : I am a fan of cozy mysteries but the characters have to hook me almost from the beginning. I don’t know what it was about Maggie but she and I just didn’t click. I thought the writing was fun, the plot was well done (the mystery was twisty), and I did like Dorothy Raye (her bunco playing assistant). I just didn’t like Maggie or Jake (the cop who I am going to assume is her love interest). I do think Maggie and Jake will work for other people though so give it a whirl!
Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith/Running Time 6 hours 50 Min
Emily did a good job with the narration. I liked her tone and she was perfect for Dorothy. I am not sure if my problem was the character of Maggie or the pacing of her character. However, I think it was more the character. I do have Emily on my list to try with another story now.
Final Thoughts: Even though the characters did not work for me, the mystery was strong! I think it is worth a whirl if you are a cozy mystery fan.
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