Brandi T.

The Seafront Tearoom

Monday, September 19, 2016
Vanessa Greene
The Seafront Tearoom

The female friendships that develop in this cozy book are so sweet and will warm your heart and soul--just like the scrummy pastries and good cups of tea that the characters so generously eat and imbibe in this contemporary British novel. The characters are thoughtful and sympathetic, particularly the three protagonists Charlie, Kat, and Séraphine. While serious issues arise for each in turn, the conflicts and problems are resolved with satisfaction and heart. I found myself thinking of my close girlfriends as I read and how there’s nothing like a really good cup of tea and delicious cakes to bring people together.

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Brandi T., Reference

Mrs. Jeffries Series

Friday, June 3, 2016
Emily Brightwell
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

In this Victorian cozy mystery series, the kind-hearted, well-meaning, and oblivious Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon owes his success at solving murders to his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, a whip-smart lady who could give Miss Marple a run for her money. Along with the rest of the household's servants, the policeman’s widow with superior sleuthing skills of her own helps her unwitting employer in his homicide investigations. In the first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, the sudden death of an unlikable doctor sets Inspector Witherspoon and his servants on the path of the culprit.

I listen to the books on audio. The audiobooks are well read by Lindy Nettleton. The first eight of the series are available as downloadable audiobooks through the library.

I love cozy mysteries and these books hit the spot. With 34 books in this series (the most recent of which was published this year, in 2016), this series-junkie shall be kept quite happy for a good while!

 

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Brandi T., Reference

Carrie (Audiobook)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stephen King
Carrie (Audiobook)

Read by Sissy Spacek

In Stephen King’s classic supernatural horror story, sixteen-year-old Carrie, terminally unpopular and sheltered by her religious fanatic mother, develops telekinetic powers with the onset of puberty. Bullied one too many times, she uses her terrifying new abilities to take revenge on her tormentors.

The novel feels very dated; it was written in 1974 and sure shows it. I am glad I finally listened to the story, however, since it is such an iconic tale of supernatural vengeance and lasting fixture in our pop culture history.

The version available through Overdrive includes an introduction by King himself about the story’s origins and background on his life at the time of the writing, which I found interesting and enriched my experience with the book.

 

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Brandi T., Reference

Career of Evil (Audiobook)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil

Read by Robert Glenister

In this third installment in the Cormoran Strike British mystery series, former military police now private investigator Strike tries to uncover who has sent his assistant/partner Robin a severed leg. As the pair delve into Strike’s colorful past to uncover the sender’s identity, the mutilated bodies of women begin turning up across London.

I really enjoy this series, looking forward to the next book well after finishing one. Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacot are compelling characters whose backstories are revealed in tantalizing pieces over the course of the books. I also like hearing about Britain, especially London, and all the Britishcisms of language throughout the stories.

I have listened to the downloaded audiobooks for all three installments of the series so far and, though I am a perpetual user of the 2x speed on the Overdrive app, I am still quite enchanted with the reader, Robert Glenister, and his performances. I have considered picking up the print copies of these books, but I would miss what I now think of as Cormoran’s signature voice too much.

And one more thing to recommend this series: Robert Galbraith is a nom de plume for J.K Rowling, she of the wonderful Harry Potter fame. Her turn as Galbraith is quite different from the boy wizard’s fantastical world, but her writing is still magic.

 

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to listen to the book on audio CDs? Check MeLCat to request it through interlibrary loan.

Prefer to download a digital copy onto your smartphone and listen on the Overdrive app, or simply stream through your computer? Find the title on the MCLS site.

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Brandi T., Reference

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