• Almost Picture Perfect

  • A Blooms, Bones and Stones Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Olivia Swift
  • Narrated by: Ginger Sue
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What can happen when two redheads meet and fall for each other?
 

Miller Hollenbeck - She’s in a job which she hates. In her spare time, she loves to upcycle furniture.

Miller Hollenbeck dropped the screw she was about to tighten with her electric drill and it slipped to the floor. The door dropped away from her hand and fell over onto her shoulder. She swore loudly and expressively and pushed the door to one side as she retrieved the escapee screw. Hanging doors was something she had learned how to do but it was never easy. Dressed in her favorite attire of jeans and a skimpy tee with a tool belt around her waist, Miller was determined to make this house just the way she imagined. She wanted to do it herself. As she straightened, she jumped as a voice spoke from the front porch.
 

Jules Callander - He’s a successful photographer, but his family has somewhat dubious connections.

“Jules is one fantastic photographer. Just so natural at it. His prints sell for big money.” Miller was curious after Evan’s remarks about his friend. As she sat with a drink before crawling between the sheets, she pulled up Jules Callander’s name on the web. “Wow,” she said out loud. “He is actually really famous and he was impressed by my handiwork. Well there’s a compliment I can live with.” She switched off the tablet and her eyes closed almost immediately. The work in the house and the evening meal at Jazz’s house was taking its toll. Sleep washed over her like a comfortable blanket. The last image in her head was Jules Callander pointing his tiny camera at her and the new front door.

©2019 Lirios Publishing (P)2019 Lirios Publishing

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More Romance than Mystery

Almost Picture Perfect is the third book in Olivia Swift's Blooms, Bones and Stones Cozy Mystery Series. Although this is billed as a series, the books can be read as stand alone novels as each focuses on a different romantic couple facing their own unique mystery. This book is more focused on the romance of Jules Callendar and Miller Hollenbeck than a true mystery. The book opens with the couple meeting for the first time and moves quickly through Jules taking photographs of Miller's upcycle projects while encouraging her to start offering her completed items for sale to the public. The mystery comes in only after one of Jules' photographs of Miller is displayed at a local gallery that subsequently creates friction with Jules' mother and inspires jealousy in a female acquaintance of Jules.

Although the author does a good job of character and plotline development, I would like to see more focus on the actual investigation as it appeared to be more of an afterthought that was designed to just cause a speed bump in the road of love for these characters. Unfortunately, the narration was inconsistent in pace and character voices and several times I found myself getting distracted and losing focus as a result.

I received a copy of this audiobook from StoryOrigin and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Entertaining

The entertaining character work and engaging story line kept my attention from start to finish. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing this story to life and made this a a fun listen.

I received a copy of the audiobook and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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book 3 in series Blooms, Bones and Stones

Book 3 in Swift's Blooms, Bones & Stones. A short listen but with detail and depth not normally found in short reads / listens. Good storyline and flow. Sweet and cozy. Main characters are Miller (stuck in a job she dislikes and upcycles furniture as a hobby) and Jules (a professional photographer - smitten at first sight). While this can be read as a stand alone, the majority of these characters are found in the previous reads in this series so to get the back ground and how these characters inter connect it's good to read / listen in series order if able. Fun and sweet a nice short listen to entertain!

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redheads rule

I absolutely love reading/listening to this author. Each book just makes me feel good and want to dive right into the next myself and story.
This one is a really quick one that has romance, adventure and a happy ending. Just what you need to make your day. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed

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YOU WILL LOVE THIS ENTERTAINING SERIES

Well narrated with likeable characters in a fun cozy mystery romance. I like that the same people are in each book. RECOMMENDED

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THE IS A GOOD ONE

A REALLY GOOD STORY HAVING A WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW STORYLINE .

ACCEPTABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

NARRATOR IS GOOD AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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Enjoyable read/listen

Almost picture perfect (Blooms, Bones and Stones, #3), my third read from author Olivia Swift. A thrilling cozy mystery. The plot is consistent & clever steadily building to a satisfying ending although the beginning of the book was a bit "romancy" for me. Becky Boyd's narration adds to the enjoyment. “I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. I look forward to the next book in this series The Secret of the Quilt. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Almost Picture Perfect

A clean, short cozy mystery.

Olivia Swift continues the series with another couple falling for each other, but being plagued by some unfortunate circumstances. Can they figure out what’s really going on before someone pays the ultimate price?

Ginger Sue’s narration was well done, and easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Intriguing

What a wonderful way to continue this series. It had it all, romance and mystery.

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Sweet cozy mystery

Miller and Jules are a delightful and charming couple. They have some great friends and some not so wonderful family members. Engaging and entertaining story.

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  • Marcia
  • 05-06-22

Good

Thank you to Storyorigin and publishers for the Audio book of Almost Picture Perfect by Olivia Swift.

My branching out into the Audio book world is off to a good start... The narrators voice is captivating and soothing, lulling me into the story.

Almost Picture Perfect follows Miller who turns her hand at up cycling and selling the products, She gets tangled up in trouble due to her friendship with Jules.
Jules' family think they're still old style mobsters and Glenda is just after his family's money.

This novel turns into a fast pace mystery, sometimes with the narration it was hard to keep track with all the different characters but the story was good enough to follow what was happening.
The characters were likeable, if not a little predictable, However this didn't take away from this little cozy mystery story.

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  • Korra II Baskerville
  • 12-22-21

Baskerville Book Reviews

Much like with book 2 in this series, the ending feels cheapened. It was a lazy copy/paste for book 2, but in book 3 it’s just insultingly lazy, uninspired, and predictable.

Other than the sorry excuse of an ending, this is easily the most compelling of these books so far. The mystery is based around the romance so the protagonists have a decent amount of time to get to know each other and build chemistry. While the who is answered, the characters have to prove it while trying to just live their lives.

The narrator is good overall, but I’m always going to knock points for people who mispronounce basic words. “Onvelope” isn’t a word. Envelopes are called envelopes because they envelop something.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 11-29-21

good

Liked how the characters are expanding but each couple draws you in to their own mystery situation. good, clean, funny and worth a read.

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  • Angel Cross
  • 09-23-20

Romance and Intrigue!

What happens when you cross a crafty redhead with a redheaded photographer? Madness and mayhem, of course! Throw in treachery and deceit and you have a fast-paced story of romance and intrigue! Well written! Loved it! Great narration, brought the story to life!

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  • Julie
  • 01-12-20

Picture perfect

This is a fun cozy mystery with plenty of suspects to keep you guessing as to what is going on. It has a little bit of romance to make the characters more real. Its the type of book you can sit back and enjoy with out it being complicated and long winded just right for car rides as you can easily pick up from where you left off. The characters were fun and obversely have a history but I started with this book so might have to go back a few books to learn more.
Miller is stuck in a job she hates but when a handsome man delivers a potted plant to her new home as a gift from a friend she has know idea her life is turned upside down when he helps her hang up her new door. He is a photograph and likes what he sees, both the door and Miller. When he bets her he can sell the photo he has just taken it ends up in a gallery and she ends up with a date. But his family has other ideas for him and with an unwanted betrothed strange things start to happen to Miller and things get damaged. Will Miller's heart be one of them?
The narrator was easy to listen to and made the story fly by.