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A dying invalid…a house full of treasures….a family haunted by tragedy. Deception and heartbreak stalk estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon when she accepts a lucrative new job in a posh New Jersey town. Eager to settle their mother’s estate and close the door on their elegant family home, the Eskew children hire Audrey to run an estate sale as their mother lies dying, ten A dying invalid…a house full of treasures….a family haunted by tragedy. Deception and heartbreak stalk estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon when she accepts a lucrative new job in a posh New Jersey town. Eager to settle their mother’s estate and close the door on their elegant family home, the Eskew children hire Audrey to run an estate sale as their mother lies dying, tended by a home health aide. Every day Audrey works in the house, she discovers another valuable artwork and another family secret. How did the adored oldest son die? What’s wrong with the strange younger sister? Who is making off with rare books, antique silver, and vintage ball gowns? Most of all, how reliable are the dying woman’s deathbed ramblings? As Audrey uncovers more about the Eskew family’s tortured past, she begins to doubt her own perceptions of the elusive people who surround her in the house. Charm turns to deceit, compassion morphs to rage. Whom can she trust? When a murderer strikes, Audrey’s sense of justice compels her to defend the defenseless, no matter the risk to herself. Fans of psychological suspense and psychological thrillers will enjoy this twist-ending family drama with a strong female protagonist and complex characters. Intervals of romance, antiques, and humor provide a break from the intensity. This Bitter Treasure is a top-rated Kindle Unlimited thriller.


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A dying invalid…a house full of treasures….a family haunted by tragedy. Deception and heartbreak stalk estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon when she accepts a lucrative new job in a posh New Jersey town. Eager to settle their mother’s estate and close the door on their elegant family home, the Eskew children hire Audrey to run an estate sale as their mother lies dying, ten A dying invalid…a house full of treasures….a family haunted by tragedy. Deception and heartbreak stalk estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon when she accepts a lucrative new job in a posh New Jersey town. Eager to settle their mother’s estate and close the door on their elegant family home, the Eskew children hire Audrey to run an estate sale as their mother lies dying, tended by a home health aide. Every day Audrey works in the house, she discovers another valuable artwork and another family secret. How did the adored oldest son die? What’s wrong with the strange younger sister? Who is making off with rare books, antique silver, and vintage ball gowns? Most of all, how reliable are the dying woman’s deathbed ramblings? As Audrey uncovers more about the Eskew family’s tortured past, she begins to doubt her own perceptions of the elusive people who surround her in the house. Charm turns to deceit, compassion morphs to rage. Whom can she trust? When a murderer strikes, Audrey’s sense of justice compels her to defend the defenseless, no matter the risk to herself. Fans of psychological suspense and psychological thrillers will enjoy this twist-ending family drama with a strong female protagonist and complex characters. Intervals of romance, antiques, and humor provide a break from the intensity. This Bitter Treasure is a top-rated Kindle Unlimited thriller.

30 review for This Bitter Treasure

  1. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon doesn't realize what's to come when she takes on her latest job. While their mother lays dying, the Eskew heirs eagerly want to close the estate so they hire Audrey. As she takes inventory of the contents inside the manor house, Audrey discovers hidden artworks and unearths deep family secrets. When a murderer strikes, Audrey must unravel the mystery before she's the next victim. Oh man, I loved this mystery! This is my first book by Hubbard and it won't be the Estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon doesn't realize what's to come when she takes on her latest job. While their mother lays dying, the Eskew heirs eagerly want to close the estate so they hire Audrey. As she takes inventory of the contents inside the manor house, Audrey discovers hidden artworks and unearths deep family secrets. When a murderer strikes, Audrey must unravel the mystery before she's the next victim. Oh man, I loved this mystery! This is my first book by Hubbard and it won't be the last. Reminiscent of Dame Christie, Hubbard weaves a suspenseful mystery with a strong female sleuth, art and antiques, humor, family secrets and plenty of twists and turns. The characters are multi-layered and fleshed out fully. Hubbard reveals only what you need to know at the time and the ending was unexpected. Highly recommend! My Rating: 5+ stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Big Time Book Junkie

    In This Bitter Treasure, book 3 of the Palmyrton Estate Sale series, S. W. Hubbard has done it again. There's intrigue, family secrets, interesting tidbits about items found while clearing houses and the familiar characters that I so enjoy. I also loved the progression of Audrey's and Sean's romance and can't wait to find out what happens next. This novel primarily focused on the Eskew family and what a family they were! Everyone seemed just a tad bit quirky or strange and again, I never figured In This Bitter Treasure, book 3 of the Palmyrton Estate Sale series, S. W. Hubbard has done it again. There's intrigue, family secrets, interesting tidbits about items found while clearing houses and the familiar characters that I so enjoy. I also loved the progression of Audrey's and Sean's romance and can't wait to find out what happens next. This novel primarily focused on the Eskew family and what a family they were! Everyone seemed just a tad bit quirky or strange and again, I never figured out whodunit until it was revealed in the book. I've read all of the books by this author and believe me, if you enjoy mysteries with great characters, some humor and love, you will enjoy them also. The only criticism I have is that the author does NOT write quick enough for me! I would like more books in this series......probably by tomorrow!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leserling Belana

    I had already listened to the first two books in that series, and I keenly awaited the launch of tome 3. Two days ago, I got a free copy for review. Of course I had to listen to it immediately, my other audio books took a back seat for the duration. 🙂 What can I say: I loved it just as much as the first two sequels. The story is firmly rooted in today’s society, with all the problems we are confronted with on a daily basis. There are lots of references to current events in this book, and the prob I had already listened to the first two books in that series, and I keenly awaited the launch of tome 3. Two days ago, I got a free copy for review. Of course I had to listen to it immediately, my other audio books took a back seat for the duration. 🙂 What can I say: I loved it just as much as the first two sequels. The story is firmly rooted in today’s society, with all the problems we are confronted with on a daily basis. There are lots of references to current events in this book, and the problems mentioned are certainly a reality for a lot of people. I’ve mentioned it in my previous reviews, but it needs to be said again: I totally love the language. It is so refreshingly ’normal‘, which is one huge factor in making the characters and the story so very convincing. Plus: there is no foul language, no swearing of any kind– it’s like a holiday, because lots of authors seem to think that their stories are more authentic if they use a lot of swearing. Let me tell you: swearing and foul language don’t add any authenticity to a story, at least not in the world I live in. I don’t know anybody who swears a lot, and I don’t want to, either. This is why I really appreciate the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mysteries: they’re great suspense, convincing and authentic without swearing. The budding romance between Sean and Audrey has gone up a step, they are committed now, and again, the story convinces without describing any sex scenes ( which really is another beef I have with lots of other stories, where I’m regaled with detailed sexual encounters between the main characters. Again: this is not necessary to make the reader part of a romance. We all have our imagination and I for one don’t need those page fillers. They’re usually ridiculous and boring and make me wish I could skim the audio book the way I would skim a print). The Palmyrton Estate Sale Mysteries series is a great example of wonderful story telling: the characters, the language, the mystery, the wit and humour: all make this an absolutely enjoyable story. Janelle Tedesco again excels in narrating the story. Not only does she manage to give each character a distinctive voice, her accent and convincing speech impediment (when narrating Audrey’s father) are masterfully done. I was so engrossed that I had to chide myself and to deliberately switch the audio off in order to get some much needed sleep. It is a ‚page turner‘, and I sincerely hope there’ll be more sequels, cause the characters feel like good friends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patricia A. Borden

    Just discovered an author that tells a tale that keeps you involved. Loved the storyline as well as all the characters. Kept my attention thoroughly and guessing right up until the end. Will look forward to the next read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deane

    Treasure Great read. A good mystery until the end. The cast of characters each have their own story within the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    S.W. Hubbard has produced another winner in This Bitter Treasure, a book that deals with the theme of drug usage, in particular the abuse of prescription drugs that can then lead to further addictions. The book opens as Audrey goes to the restroom at a coffee place to find a young woman lying on the floor in a stall dead of a heroin overdose. Soon she learns that the 24-year-old was her former assistant Jill's childhood best friend, and the friend's mother blames Jill for Amber's drug addiction, S.W. Hubbard has produced another winner in This Bitter Treasure, a book that deals with the theme of drug usage, in particular the abuse of prescription drugs that can then lead to further addictions. The book opens as Audrey goes to the restroom at a coffee place to find a young woman lying on the floor in a stall dead of a heroin overdose. Soon she learns that the 24-year-old was her former assistant Jill's childhood best friend, and the friend's mother blames Jill for Amber's drug addiction, which began with injuries from a car accident. Eventually Amber was filling medicine scripts, selling the pills, and spending the money on heroin. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judith Boger

    Great series I just stumbled onto this series on Kindle Unlimited and decided to give it a try. I really enjoy getting to know the characters. Definitely start with book one - you will enjoy them all!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I usually like to start a series from the beginning, but for some reason I started this one with book 3, the most recent. The only problem with that was figuring out some of the complicated relationships in the protagonist's extended family and friends group, including her fiance's family. Otherwise it was quite enjoyable and held my interest so that I stayed up too late reading. "Another Man's Treasure" is a business that does estate sales, and that kind of business seems to lend itself to beli I usually like to start a series from the beginning, but for some reason I started this one with book 3, the most recent. The only problem with that was figuring out some of the complicated relationships in the protagonist's extended family and friends group, including her fiance's family. Otherwise it was quite enjoyable and held my interest so that I stayed up too late reading. "Another Man's Treasure" is a business that does estate sales, and that kind of business seems to lend itself to believable crime stories more than some of the others that are being used as series hooks these days. Especially when the person whose estate it is isn't dead yet, which is the case in this book. The quiet New Jersey town that is the setting is undergoing an opioid epidemic, but the main focus of the book is a family secret from the past. It all comes together in the end, and I would recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Every installment gets better. SW Hubbard's writing draws me in to the story quickly. Always a benefit because I enjoy a story with well defined characters and quirks. So happy I found this author! This Estate Sale Mystery and the Adirondack Mountain series are both keepers. Highly recommended. Every installment gets better. SW Hubbard's writing draws me in to the story quickly. Always a benefit because I enjoy a story with well defined characters and quirks. So happy I found this author! This Estate Sale Mystery and the Adirondack Mountain series are both keepers. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    4th ? I sincerely hope you will write a fourth book. This series is really terrific and I enjoyed reading every word.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lidia

    Beware of the skeletons in your cupboard - secrets always come out in the end... I received the audiobook version of the book in return for an honest review - and I'm so glad I requested it:) It was a fantastic listening experience - both in terms of the plot itself and because of the interpretation by Ms Janelle Tedesco:) As for the book by S. W. Hubbard: First let me say that I hadn't read the previous 2 books in the series so I didn't know the characters at all. That said, I liked the plot a lot Beware of the skeletons in your cupboard - secrets always come out in the end... I received the audiobook version of the book in return for an honest review - and I'm so glad I requested it:) It was a fantastic listening experience - both in terms of the plot itself and because of the interpretation by Ms Janelle Tedesco:) As for the book by S. W. Hubbard: First let me say that I hadn't read the previous 2 books in the series so I didn't know the characters at all. That said, I liked the plot a lot; at first it developed rather slowly, with all the descriptions of the Eskew's house and Audrey and Sean's house-hunting, and Ty's classes in writing... But as soon as the "strange incidents" started to happen, the pace got faster. We were given some clues here and there and also followed some misleading trails together with Audrey to finally discover the culprit of the hideous crimes. I liked the fact that all the elements that at first seemed maybe an unnecessary addition turned out to have some significance for the solution of the crimes:) Now for the interpretation by Ms Janelle Tedesco: I generally liked this interpretation a lot, with only one exception - the character of Jill, who supposedly is a young college girl, had this high-pitched whining kind of "voice" which I found really irritating (it reminded me of a spoilt little brat who has just had a toy taken from her and is going tantrum about it....:)). On the other hand, I liked the way Ms Tedesco interpreted all the male characters (especially Ty) - lowering her voice a little, but without exaggeration which would make it laughable...:) As it is really difficult for a woman narrator to do that right, I greatly apppreciate Ms Tedesco's work there. Generally, I especially liked the fact that Ms Janelle Tedesco's interpretation did not overshadow the story itself - her voice and the way she differentiated the characters allowed me to concentrate on the plot instead of wondering who was speaking. I also liked the tempo of her reading - not too fast, not too slow, just about right:) (It's important for me, as I am not a native speaker of English:)) So, to sum up: it's a great crime/mystery book by S. M. Hubbard in a great interpretation by J. Tedesco:) (You can also find a little altered version of this review on my audible.com listener's page:))

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Clark

    I didn't care for this third book in the series as much as I did for the other two. There seemed to be too many coincidences, for one thing. In the beginning of the novel, a young woman overdoses in the ladies room at a coffee shop. Audrey just happens to be there, and it turns out that the young woman just happened to be a friend of Jill's. Then, Ty, who is now in college, has a classmate who just happens to figure into the mystery. Yes, there are coincidences is mysteries and suspense novels, I didn't care for this third book in the series as much as I did for the other two. There seemed to be too many coincidences, for one thing. In the beginning of the novel, a young woman overdoses in the ladies room at a coffee shop. Audrey just happens to be there, and it turns out that the young woman just happened to be a friend of Jill's. Then, Ty, who is now in college, has a classmate who just happens to figure into the mystery. Yes, there are coincidences is mysteries and suspense novels, but it just seemed to me to be a little clunky in this novel. Also, I didn't really think it made sense, the way several characters covered up for a character they knew to be dangerous. Then again, people all react in different ways to things, so maybe it was plausible. There are some families who will circle the wagons around a homicidal loose cannon they're related to, in order to protect the family's reputation. The Eskews were very off-putting. I don't really care for the Coughlin family, either. Audrey is an introvert, an only child raised by her father. She loves Sean and is engaged to marry him, but does she really want to have to put up with that overbearing, overwhelming bunch for the rest of her life?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patty Frye

    Highly recommended that This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last. It seems that I read #3 of the series first but that didn't make any difference. This story was great and kept my interest all the way. The characters were well developed and I didn't notice but one misspelled word and no grammar errors, which seems to be rare in many books these days. Try it, you'll like it! Now onto the first book...... Highly recommended that This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last. It seems that I read #3 of the series first but that didn't make any difference. This story was great and kept my interest all the way. The characters were well developed and I didn't notice but one misspelled word and no grammar errors, which seems to be rare in many books these days. Try it, you'll like it! Now onto the first book......

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Delightful, Horrifying, Deftly Written Classic murder mystery woven around wealth and madness. Everything sewn together seamlessly by the author. The heroine is easily relatable but not irritatingly neurotic, her fiancé human and not the perfect cardboard cut-out of a romantic lead. Two thumbs up!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill D Coffin

    As great as the other two in the series...Recommend All Three!!! Although these are a series, they could be read as stand alones, but you would miss the brilliant character evolution. Storyline is dark and thrilling, with fascinating characters. Quirky and original, they are deftly sketched and are ,to me, what makes this book memorable. Falling in between a cozy and hard boiled, they are just right for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    So,I read the last book first.I will have to go back and get #1 and #2 now!I loved this book.It had me hooked right off.The owner of an Estate sale agency takes on a house with a family who's mother is still alive.The family dynamics are well plated out by narrator Janelle Tedesco.There is friendship, love and murder included within.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publis So,I read the last book first.I will have to go back and get #1 and #2 now!I loved this book.It had me hooked right off.The owner of an Estate sale agency takes on a house with a family who's mother is still alive.The family dynamics are well plated out by narrator Janelle Tedesco.There is friendship, love and murder included within.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publis

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Wieromiej

    Great Mystery! Finally a book where the characters aren't perfect. Everyone doesn't live happily ever after and money doesn't buy happiness. Good mystery too! Great Mystery! Finally a book where the characters aren't perfect. Everyone doesn't live happily ever after and money doesn't buy happiness. Good mystery too!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Michaud

    SW Hubbard weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue that is sure to capture the heart of any mystery lover. What better setting for a mystery than a spooky old house, a dying woman, and a brood of crazy children? This is the first SW Hubbard book that I have listened to, but it certainly won’t be the last. I was immediately drawn to the main characters and their diverse personalities. I listened to the Audible version, and I had a hard time finding a place to stop. Many of the chapters had cliff han SW Hubbard weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue that is sure to capture the heart of any mystery lover. What better setting for a mystery than a spooky old house, a dying woman, and a brood of crazy children? This is the first SW Hubbard book that I have listened to, but it certainly won’t be the last. I was immediately drawn to the main characters and their diverse personalities. I listened to the Audible version, and I had a hard time finding a place to stop. Many of the chapters had cliff hangers, and Hubbard also developed the main character, Audrey, sufficiently so that I felt I was walking side by side with her throughout the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina Marking

    Oh, the stories our houses tell. The secrets it keeps, then reveals. What a sad tale of greed, malice, abuse, all within the confines of family. The side storylines kept me laughing, crying, frustrated, angry. All because of family. But, that's all we have, isn't it. When it comes right down to it, it's family, whether it's a two person family, or a midsize family, or a large family. Each family has its troubles. It's how those troubles are handled that help us along the way. The one thing I don' Oh, the stories our houses tell. The secrets it keeps, then reveals. What a sad tale of greed, malice, abuse, all within the confines of family. The side storylines kept me laughing, crying, frustrated, angry. All because of family. But, that's all we have, isn't it. When it comes right down to it, it's family, whether it's a two person family, or a midsize family, or a large family. Each family has its troubles. It's how those troubles are handled that help us along the way. The one thing I don't care for in the series is the portrayal that the cops don't know what they're doing. It has improved to the better in the series, and I hope it remains that way. Most cops/detectives I know are intelligent, warm, caring individuals who know exactly what they're doing, and do it very well. Show them the respect that is their due for protecting us from the evil and destruction that walks among us. Please. Oh, and I still want a Grandma Betty.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    I liked this book for a number of reasons. The characters were well-developed, which was nice since I was reading #3 in the series (got it free). Descriptions of estate sale items was fascinating and I almost felt like I was there while Audrey was organizing the sale. The sub-plot was interesting and fit neatly with the main plot. It was a clean read - always what I look for! There was a good deal of mystery surrounding the family of the estate and it kept me in suspense. A really good read! I w I liked this book for a number of reasons. The characters were well-developed, which was nice since I was reading #3 in the series (got it free). Descriptions of estate sale items was fascinating and I almost felt like I was there while Audrey was organizing the sale. The sub-plot was interesting and fit neatly with the main plot. It was a clean read - always what I look for! There was a good deal of mystery surrounding the family of the estate and it kept me in suspense. A really good read! I will read more of S.W. Hubbard's books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda T White

    Great book I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It kept me guessing a the way throughout. All the characters were very interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    This is an interest keeping read. I really like the main character and enjoyed how her life story came out slowly in the story. While it's a mystery it's also a good story involving fascinating characters. I enjoyed it so much I just bought both of the other two books in this series. This is an interest keeping read. I really like the main character and enjoyed how her life story came out slowly in the story. While it's a mystery it's also a good story involving fascinating characters. I enjoyed it so much I just bought both of the other two books in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arline Amaducci

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Susan develops her characters well. However, for me the end of the book is the most astounding. The conclusion ties all the characters together and is nothing you could ever imagine. This book is definitely worth the read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    phenomenal as always! i really feel as though i know the characters. like they're friends! phenomenal as always! i really feel as though i know the characters. like they're friends!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alice Jaworski

    Lifelike characters The descriptions of the characters maker them seem so real. Will read others by this author. Enjoyed every intriguing chapter.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cvneeley

    Another great read by S W Hubbard. I have enjoyed all her books and look forward to the next in this series as well as the Adirondack series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "".the squeak of the swing's chain."" Audrey, who runs the small house clearance business, Another Man's Treasure, has good reason to be pleased to be called in to catalogue the contents of a prosperously well stocked, spacious 1960s home packed full of artwork, china and first edition books. The sale should bring her a large commission, especially welcome as she and fiancée Sean need the extra money to purchase their own first home together. Just one problem: the current ow ( Format : Audiobook ) "".the squeak of the swing's chain."" Audrey, who runs the small house clearance business, Another Man's Treasure, has good reason to be pleased to be called in to catalogue the contents of a prosperously well stocked, spacious 1960s home packed full of artwork, china and first edition books. The sale should bring her a large commission, especially welcome as she and fiancée Sean need the extra money to purchase their own first home together. Just one problem: the current owner, though very old and sick, is still alive, just. It is the daughter who has requested the inventory and is impatient for the sale to go ahead as soon as possible. Although reluctant to work in the house before the mother's death, Audrey really needs that large commission. But something feels wrong: a couple of valuable items go missing. Then the owner is brutally killed. The marvellous Janelle Tedesco not only takes on the personality of Audrey, adding depth and feeling by her reading, but also convincingly voices all of the other characters, giving each their own distinct lives. Her performance is a pleasure to hear, never abrasive to the ear but always well modulated and clearly delivered. And always perfectly fitting the text. Superb, as always. I was gifted my copy of this book by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. This whole series is totally delightful. The characterisations are so good that throughout this sad and bizarre tale, it always feels real as the main protagonists are fully fleshed, living, feeling people. The third of the Palmyrton Estate Sale stories, This Bitter Treasure is completely standalone, any background information easily gleaned from the ongoing text, although part of the pleasure of these books is following the life changes of Audrey, Ty and Jill as seen through the eyes of Audrey herself. Warm, human, and an intriguing mystery yet without bad language, I highly recommend it

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This Bitter Treasure - a review by Rosemary Kenny Audrey Nealon's Another Man's Treasure estate clearance company is hired by the prestigious Eskew family's elder daughter Kara, [and her remaining siblings' -Tom and Rachel] to sell off the estate's belongings, even before the soon-anticipated death of their mother. Although this sale is somewhat unsavory to Audrey, (and her employees, Ty and Adrienne - the latter her soon to be sister-in-law) it will bring in a great deal of commission revenue, w This Bitter Treasure - a review by Rosemary Kenny Audrey Nealon's Another Man's Treasure estate clearance company is hired by the prestigious Eskew family's elder daughter Kara, [and her remaining siblings' -Tom and Rachel] to sell off the estate's belongings, even before the soon-anticipated death of their mother. Although this sale is somewhat unsavory to Audrey, (and her employees, Ty and Adrienne - the latter her soon to be sister-in-law) it will bring in a great deal of commission revenue, which will help Audrey and fiance Sean's marital home-buying plans along considerably. However events soon unfold that will make Audrey's misgivings all too pertinent as this excellent murder-mystery by S. W. Hubbard will reveal most entertainingly! What is 'different' about Rachel? What event in her teens affected her relationship with her parents so badly? Who is the deceased elder son of the family and how did he and his pregnant wife come to die in his plane's crash? Why did Mr Eskew change his name in his teens? What terrible secret did he and his elder son try to hide from the rest of the family? What 'treasures' does Audrey find in the Eskew house? Who's accused of Mrs Eskew's murder? Who is really guilty of it? Working under pressure amid often misleading information and experiencing several unpleasant events, makes Audrey's wedding plans and Sean's enthusiasm for starting a family seem totally unrealistic to Audrey...but stranger things later happen that may well change her mind in the future. I can highly recommend this charming series to fans of 'cozy' murder-mysteries, involving several different types of relationship, that are interesting and have engaging, fully-rounded characters in an easy-to-read format 'Treasures' please!

  29. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    (3.5 stars) Love this series and characters, but this book a little less than the first two. It seemed a little 'hyper' to me with too many things happening; maybe it's the big Coughlin family that bothers me; they just don't seem like real people (like Audrey, Jill and Ty) or maybe the fact that Jill is mostly MIA. I don't think I'm going to like stories about members of Sean's family but I know writers have to expand characters to bring in more story lines. I just hope they're not in the pictu (3.5 stars) Love this series and characters, but this book a little less than the first two. It seemed a little 'hyper' to me with too many things happening; maybe it's the big Coughlin family that bothers me; they just don't seem like real people (like Audrey, Jill and Ty) or maybe the fact that Jill is mostly MIA. I don't think I'm going to like stories about members of Sean's family but I know writers have to expand characters to bring in more story lines. I just hope they're not in the picture too much. If his family and all the kids are going to be regulars, I don't think I would enjoy the books as much. Really really miss Jill! She added so much to the story. I don't get why that was done. She was much more entertaining than Adrienne (who is really getting on my nerves; never hire a relative/relative to be). At least Ty is still around. I was worried about that when he was going to go to college. Both of them gone would have been a disaster IMO. You just get invested in the main characters and their personalities, and they're gone! I almost forgot Sean in talking about the characters, and I think that's because he's kind of like a "cameo" character to me, and not really very interesting. That will probably change and he will be around more. AND I guess Audrey will be having a baby soon. Wow, talk about changing just about everything that started out so well in the first two books! I think I'll try the 'sample' first this time before buying the book. All in all, a mixed bag for me and it will be interesting to see where the writer takes it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Thoroughly enjoyable and very entertaining. Evidently I've been missing out. Definitely worth your time and credit. Even though this is book 3 in the series it is a standalone story. Not having read the previous installments did not effect my enjoyment of this story at all. I will be going back and reading the previous books in the series. An interesting, original, creative and well written story with plenty of mystery and suspense that was brought to life through great narration. It's actually Thoroughly enjoyable and very entertaining. Evidently I've been missing out. Definitely worth your time and credit. Even though this is book 3 in the series it is a standalone story. Not having read the previous installments did not effect my enjoyment of this story at all. I will be going back and reading the previous books in the series. An interesting, original, creative and well written story with plenty of mystery and suspense that was brought to life through great narration. It's actually a "clean" story as well. You don't have to be worried about listening to the book and other people overhearing content that is appropriate. Which was a nice change of pace. The story pulls you in and keeps your complete attention until the end. Great cast of well developed and likable characters. Janelle Tedesco did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice that just pulls you right into the story. She was the perfect narrator for this story. Easy to listen to for hours at a time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Really good character voices. She was able to bring the story and characters to life. Very enjoyable. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

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