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Posts from — December 2021

Spotlight: Burglary at Barnard by Lynn Morrison, Narrated by Pearl Hewitt

 

Author: Lynn Morrison

Narrator: Pearl Hewitt

Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

Series: Oxford Key Mysteries, Book 2

Released: Nov. 16, 2021

Publisher: Marketing Chair Press

Genre: Cozy Mystery


A secret chamber. A dead body. And one ghost who won’t tell the truth!

When Nat agrees to meet a friend in the archives of historic Barnard College after hours, she doesn’t expect to find a hidden chamber or stumble across another dead body.

The Master’s assistant has been murdered, and although Nat figures out who is responsible, finding the evidence is a challenge. Especially when the one ghost who witnessed the crime refuses to say what happened.

The closer Nat comes to finding the proof she needs, the more tempers flare and threats fly. The situation becomes a race against time, and just when she thinks she’s won, Nat realizes the murderer is willing to do whatever it takes to escape justice, including getting Nat out of the way.

Permanently.

Nat’s miscalculation will cost someone their life, but whose?

If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, wyverns play around, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight.

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Lynn Morrison lives in Oxford, England along with her husband, two daughters and two cats. Born and raised in Mississippi, her wanderlust attitude has led her to live in California, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, in addition to the UK. It’s no surprise then that she loves to travel, with a never-ending wish list of destinations to visit.

She is as passionate about reading as she is writing, and can almost always be found with a book in hand. You can find out more about her on her website LynnMorrisonWriter.com.

If you want to chat with her directly, join her Facebook group – Lynn Morrison’s Not a Book Club – where she happily talks about books, life and anything else that crosses her mind.

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Narrator Bio

Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in Northeast England, audiobook narrator Pearl Hewitt currently lives with her husband and two children in Houston, Texas. Over the years she has worked as a customer service rep, a teaching assistant, and a teacher, but deep down there was always a performer wanting to get out. In 2007 her twelve-year-old son told her that he believed she was so good at reading stories out loud that she should do that as a job. That was her defining, eureka moment, and she’s never looked back. Pearl immersed herself in training and pursued a career in general voice acting but in 2012 she decided to focus her attention to narrating audiobooks in a wide range of genres. It was then that her professional career blossomed. She regularly works directly with indie authors but also narrates for a number of major publishers and has gained lots of recognition in the process including IAAIS awards, a Voice Arts Award nomination and Audiofile Magazine reviews. Pearl’s is comfortable narrating both fiction and non-fiction titles and has been very successful reading British Regency romance, cozy murder mysteries, fantasy/science fiction, children’s literature, the classics, history, biographies and more.

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Review

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lynn Morrison. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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December 11, 2021   No Comments

Audio Book Review: Murder at St. Margaret by Lynn Morrison, Narrated by Pearl Hewitt

An audiobook review of Murder at St. Margaret by Lynn Morrison, Narrated by Pearl Hewitt.

 

Title: Murder at St. Margaret
Author: Lynn Morrison
Narrator: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes
Publisher: Marketing Chair Press⎮2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Stars: ★★★★
Buy On: Audible | Amazon US | Amazon India

My Review:

Note: I received this book from the author via AudioBookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Natalie takes up a job at St. Margaret college and discovers she has magical lineage. She is tasked with keeping the magical balance but the magic is depleting and no one knows why. On her first day at work, Nat discovers the body of the murdered chef. She along with her magical friends must now solve the mystery of the disappearing magic and find the chef’s murderer.

Set in Oxford, a college town, Murder at St. Margaret is a light and easy cozy mystery with a fascinating plot involving a magical realm that exists all around but that can only be accessed in the college towns of Oxford and Cambridge – the power of knowledge in this towns allows the two realms to intersect. There are three prefects who help maintain the balance between the realms, each prefect being in-charge of different aspects of it all. Natalie is the Head of Ceremonies.

I liked, that all three prefects were women but it seemed odd that men had been ignored for these roles. Oxford is a college town and St. Margaret is just one of the colleges, so it was also odd that there were no prefects in other colleges. Then there is the fact that only Cambridge and Oxford, in the whole wide world have the power to intersect with the magical realm. What about all the other college/knowledge towns across the world?

Lynn Morrison has created an interesting world of magic with characters like ‘H’ the 400 year-old wyvern who looks like a cat to non-magical folk, portraits and autobiographies that speak to magical folk and Eternals who help preserve the magical world connect.

The setting of the story in present-day Oxford led me to discover the college town through the story. I don’t know if all the places described by the author are real but I enjoyed traveling across the town with Nat, seeing the places in my mind’s eye. 

The story progresses at a steady pace and I was kept hooked wondering who was the murderer as a line-up of suspects were introduced and eliminated. Witten in the first person, Nat makes for a good character telling the story as she experiences it, meeting new people, dissecting them and their motives as she tries to solve the murder mystery and save the magic.

Pearl Hewitt has done a good job with narration, she brings the story alive with her voice. The characters are easy to identify with her voice variations and accents. I found that I enjoyed listening to her both while doing chores and as a bed-time listen.

I enjoyed the simplicity of language and the storyline. A good read/listen if you like me, are looking for something simple and easy on the mind and ears.

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December 4, 2021   1 Comment