Title: Muffin to Fear
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Narrator: Margaret Storm
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Version: Unabridged Audiobook
Length of Production: 10 hrs 29 mins.
Year of publication: 2017
Description from Goodreads: “In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…
While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry’s home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it’s a miracle they get a show produced at all.
It all goes from bad to worse when the show’s psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry’s property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.”
Review: This was an interesting, fun, and lighthearted cozy mystery. It’s the type of story you can just relax and get lost in for a while. This is a perfect lazy or rainy weekend book. There wasn’t anything real deep in this book, it wasn’t freighting or creepy. In classic cozy mystery fashion, the murders weren’t gory or real dark.
The characters were interesting and had differing personalities making it more complex and fun. Figuring out who was the murderer was amusing and not as simple as I would have thought. Each character had a different motive, but yet had reasons not to do it also. I didn’t figure out for sure who the murderer was until it was revealed.
I thought this book was a good selection for an audio-book. This is the type of story you would love to just sit back and have someone read to you. The narrator’s voice was calming and soothing, it fit the story well.
This is a single voice narration but she did do voice inflections for different characters, making it easy to differentiate between characters.
I did feel the narration was too slow paced; there were dramatic pauses at each punctuation mark which I felt broke up the story. It was as though she was reading to a hearing impaired person; as though she was making sure they could read her lips. I played it for my husband, to make sure I wasn’t just in a weird mood, and he compared it to the robot who reads the weather alerts.
That was my only problem with this book. I think if it would have been sped up a little, this would have flowed better and I would have enjoyed it more.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*