Audiobook Review: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

Posted November 18, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann CharlesSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
Narrator: Caroline Shaffer
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins

Date Read: November 2013

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom, Violet Parker, is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her Realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old, Victorian masterpiece, until she sees the dilapidated dwelling. Now, if she could just convince her only buyer to stop rejecting vintage homes as if they're haunted. Short on time and long on worry, she refuses to give up her dream of a fresh start in Deadwood. But with a malicious coworker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending her creepy messages, and a sexy stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, will Violet end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed?

More Information:
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc., Corvallis Press
Series: Deadwood Mystery #1

Also by this author: Optical Delusions in Deadwood
Also in this series: Optical Delusions in Deadwood

My Thoughts on


Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a seriously fun cozy mystery that had me giggling, gasping, and growling (in a good way)!

Story Thoughts: They mystery is strong in Nearly Departed in Deadwood, grasshoppers! Ann Charles knows how to write a twisty mystery that will keep you guessing. In true Jessica Fletcher style (which is the bar I hold all cozy mysteries too) knocks out suspects as she goes. I love when an author lines up your suspects and then slowly knocks them down! I laughed at poor Violet as she juggled her job, trying to protect her daughter, the crazies she met (even the adorable fun ones —>Sylvester Schwarzenegger), and dating. I could buy her getting involved in the case because like any mom, the desire to protect the offspring (no matter how annoying they get) is strong. Overall the story was very strong and had some great moments!

Character Thoughts: I really liked Violet till the end of Nearly Departed in Deadwood and she broke the code. I truly thought that could have been handled better but other than that, Violet was a delightful leading lady. Depending on how the situation is handled in the next book, I might even forgive her breaking the code(her friend is a tad bit of a “I claim every guy” kind of gal). Violet’s kids though were awesome. I love how Ann Charles didn’t push them to the background. It made Violet more real and easier to relate too. I know lots of single moms who get those “emergency” calls at work, have a hard time dating, and seem to always be frazzled/rushed. The fact that it was all part of Violet’s personality too just made her more likable. All the rest of the characters are great (even the sleazy annoying ones) and I can’t wait to get back to Deadwood.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Caroline Shaffer / Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins

I don’t think I have listened to a book narrated by Caroline Shaffer before but I certainly will in the future. She was fantastic and well suited to a cozy mystery. She had great comedic timing, good voices, and just enough “lightness” to make it fun.

Final Thoughts: Totally loved Nearly Departed in Deadwood! Can’t wait to continue the series!


FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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7 responses to “Audiobook Review: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

  1. I really liked this series, too! Picked it up after reading Kelly’s rave review. Love the cozy and the different atmosphere (as well as the quirky characters that you find in most cozies). Great mystery! Definitely continuing with this series.

  2. I’ve heard such great things about Ann Charles Felicia! Kelly reviews her on Amanda’s blog sometimes and she seems like an author I would really like. It’s a shame Violet’s a bit of a code-breaker in this book, but aside from that she sounds awesome, as does the story in general:)

    • It is a really fun and Violet’s code-breaking is at the very end and I might forgive her! That being said–great location, great mystery, and fun story!