Audibook Review: Crime Wave by Rose Pressey

Posted April 16, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 9 Comments

Audibook Review: Crime Wave by Rose PresseySource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Brilliance

Format: Audiobook

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.

More Information:
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!

Audio Thoughts:

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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Overall Rating
3 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
2.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
Felicia S
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9 responses to “Audibook Review: Crime Wave by Rose Pressey

  1. I think I’ll pass on this one. I don’t read many cozy mysteries to begin with, so I don’t think I want to take a risk on characters I may not be able to connect with . . .

    Thanks for the heads-up though!

  2. aurian

    A good cozy mystery stands or falls with its main characters. If you don’t connect with them, the series will never appeal to you. But good news Felicia, there are thousands and thousands of other books out there to try and fall in love with πŸ˜‰