Audiobook Review: Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles

Posted May 23, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 16 Comments

Audiobook Review: Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann CharlesSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Blackstone

Format: Audiobook

Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles
Narrator: Caroline Shaffer
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins

Date Read: February 2014

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks.

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act, murder-suicide tragedy.

Ghost or no ghost, Violet knows this can't be as bad as the last house of horrors she tried to sell, but sexy Doc Nyce has serious doubts. Her only hope of hanging on to her job is to prove that the so-called, ghostly sightings are merely the eccentric owner's optical delusions.

But someone-or something-in the house wants Violet stopped...dead.

More Information:
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Series: Deadwood Mystery #2

Also by this author: Nearly Departed in Deadwood


Read from February 01 to 28, 2014

Listened for Review (Audiobook Jukebox)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

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

First Thought when Finished: Really enjoyed Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles. The case was super fun and twisty!

Story Thoughts: I really enjoyed the case! Let’s just that Violet has a knack for getting the absolute worst houses to sell (where history and mayhem are concerned–they all actually sound delightful to the eye though). In this case, she has to sell a house with a history of violence and well it was crazy as can be. I don’t think she will ever catch a break: rumors, mayhem, and ghosts. What could possibly be wrong with any of that? lol

Character Thoughts: Here is the thing.I really love the characters of the Deadwood series. Violet is great! Her friends are Awesome. Her kids are a hoot. However, I am not feeling the romance with Doc. I like him as a character but just not as a couple for Violet! πŸ™

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Caroline Shaffer / Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins

Caroline is perfect for this series. I don’t think I could read the series without hearing her in my head for Violet. This is on my series to listen to in audio list!

Final Thoughts: Ready for the next one!
FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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16 responses to “Audiobook Review: Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles

  1. I’m on the cozy bandwagon now, so I may have to go check this series out. Too bad the romance isn’t clicking for you, but I’m glad you like the characters overall – that’s always a big thing for me.

  2. I one-clicked book 1 in this series when it was a kindle freebie awhile back. I’m glad to know it’s worth checking out whenever my next cozy mood hits. I know I’ve said I haven’t read a lot of them, but do the Aurora Teagarden books count? I think you said something about those when we were reading Midnight Crossroad, and if those count, the the cozy mystery mood may hit sooners rather than laters, baby (*snickers*). I LOVED those books. I think it’s the “cozy” part that throws me off . . . what does that even mean??

    • Those do count as do her Harper Connelly series! These are very much a cross between UF and Cozy Mystery. Think of them as light UF with the mystery being a huge part of the story!

  3. My first thought was that it was definitely a different type of cover for a cozy. I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover! LOL It sounds like a fun read.

    • Actually a lot of cozies are getting creative with their covers and you should totally judge that way LOL This one is a little quirky and a whole lot of fun πŸ™‚

  4. This one sounds different and I am in the mood for a good cozy, I am going to go check out this series. Happy Friday, Felicia!