• Case of the Chatty Roadrunner

  • Corgi Case Files, Book 6
  • By: Jeffrey Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The latest thrilling mystery, starring Zack and his dogs - Sherlock and Watson - is finally here!

Zack and his two corgis take on their most difficult case yet: to learn what happened to Zack's late wife Samantha. Was it a car accident, as everyone had originally believed? Could it be murder, as suggested by a mystery caller in the middle of the night? 

Accompanied by his new girlfriend Jillian Cooper and good friend detective Vance Samuelson, Zack begins his investigation in his hometown of Phoenix, only to learn that what they uncover could simply be the largest cover-up anyone has ever seen.

Join Zack, Sherlock, Watson, and the gang as they dig for clues in sunny Arizona!

©2018 Jeffrey Poole (P)2020 Jeffrey Poole

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Fantastic

I love this series. The characters, both two legged and four legged are fantastic and lovable. This book has to be my favorite so far. The author has created a great series and i would recommend this to all cozy mystery fans.

The narrator is fantastic. He does a great job with each of the characters voices.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I love this darn series.

This series is great, the dogs are fun the writing is clever and fun. Zack, Vance, Jillian and the dogs head back to AZ to investigate Zack's late wife's death. Originally believed to be a car accident Zack has received information over the last few books that perhaps there was more to her death. I enjoyed this book a lot, plenty of great characters and finally we get some answers regarding Samantha. Can't wait for the next installment! I received a free review copy of this book and have voluntarily left this review. Keep up the good work!

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A Lot of Heart and Humor

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the sixth book the Corgi Files series. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending. While it is the sixth book in the series, you do not have to have read any of the prior books in the series to understand the events in this book. The author does provide summaries of any prior events he references to bring you up to speed. Having written that, I would urge you to start with the first book in this very enjoyable series.

In this book, we finally learn about the mystery of Zack's wife, which has been teased at for the entire series thus far. I also enjoyed learning about Zack's life prior to his move to Oregon to take over the winery. As always, I love the antics of the corgis Sherlock and Watson and the addition of the roadrunner. Although, it was a bit of a stretch that the corgis were able to find the internet cafe with a possible suspect inside when they were driving by it - but that's a minor quibble. The series has a lot of heart and humor with just the right amount of depth. I can't wait for the next one.

The narrator, Bob Johnson, is absolutely perfect for this series. He adds a lot of warmth and just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm to the story which makes it an incredibly enjoyable listen.

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Murder in Phoenix

Following immediately on the last book this story sees, Zack, the Corgies and his friends heading off to Phoenix to follow up on his 3:30 a.m. telephone call regarding his wife's death.
The characters are interesting, the dogs are adorable and although the story deals with some very heavy issues, including murder, the story is an entertaining, light hearted read.

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A new favorite in the series

I've listened to all the Corgi Case Files books and found each enjoyable. The current offering is a little darker than the others in the series, with Zack and the corgis on the trail of his wife's killer, despite it being labeled a tragic accident by the police. But the dogs lend humor and lightness to the story, as always, and I was happy to see the mystery of Samantha's death finally addressed.

Jeffrey Poole's narration is well done and fits the story.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator and am freely leaving an honest review.

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Case of the Chatty Roadrunner

Zack and his friends, Jillian and Vance, are in Phoenix, Arizona to investigate the death two years ago of Zack's wife. They meet with the detective he'd hired and find that he has video of Samantha's car accident. Vance watches it but refuses to let Zack watch. He immediately notices something that once pointed out the man,whose car's cam made the video, also notices. At this point it is possible it wasn't an accident. When they stop for something to eat Zack is approached by a young man who turns out to be his wife's younger brother. They go to Sam's parents new place and there Zack lets them know what is going on. Now it's up to Zack and his two corgis, Sherlock and Watson, to uncover clues and follow the dogs lead to the person or persons involved.
Bob Johnson is a fantastic narrator who brings Zack and his friends to live and gets the listener totally enthralled with the story.
Fantastic story and audio

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Scary thought

dogs, law-enforcement, private-investigators, Arizona, situational-humor, verbal-humor, amateur-sleuth, corporate-espionage

Zack, his Corgis, and two friends go to the Arizona city where his wife's fatal car wreck happened nearly two years ago. Someone had been phoning him in the middle of the night for days and then he was contacted by a PI with the info that it did not seem that the wreck had been a normal accident. The man in the car behind hers had dash cam footage which raised serious questions. So comes the who, how, and why investigated by people and solved by the corgis named Sherlock and Watson!
Loved it! Easily a stand alone.
Bob Johnson aces the narration with just the right touch that highlights the humor by downplaying the guffaws.
I won this audio in a giveaway.

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Scooby-Doo meets a romance novelist.

Another excellent book by Jeffrey Poole!

It's Scooby-Doo meets a romance novelist.

Yes, that does sound funny. Yes, this book has good comedy in it.

It's a Cozy Murder Mystery. It has heart, a killer voice, and two incredible dogs: Sherlock and Watson. There isn't much that could go wrong.

I love the characters of this book, and the voice of the author.

And let's not forget Bob Johnson's excellent narration for the audio book!

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Book 6

Oh, I really liked this book. This is book 6 in this fun mystery series and yes I have read all of them. So why did I really like this book... Well for starters it helps to answer so many questions from the first 5 books. But don't worry if this is your first time reading this series you will not be lost. Jeffrey Poole does a great job of answering the questions while explaining them if you didn't know what the question was about. Another reason I really liked this book is that it was just the distraction I needed from this crazy shutdown. Sherlock and Watson are so great at what they do that you get all caught up in the story and soon your mind is no longer thinking about the shutdown. And lastly but by no means least is the great narrator Bob Johnson. His voice is wonderful as the voice of this series. His laid back style is so perfect for Zack. You get caught up in the story and are lulled into listening to just one more chapter. I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. Well, this is my own words and I am grateful for the chance to review "Case of the Chatty Roadrunner".

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Excellent writing and audiobook performance

The corgi detective team of Sherlock and Watson are back with Case of the Chatty Roadrunner by Jeffrey Poole. When we last saw them and their human, Zack Anderson, they were getting ready to travel to Phoenix to solve the mystery of the death of Zack’s late wife. Zack has only just learned that Samantha’s fatal car accident was not merely a traffic accident but intentional, making it murder. So he; his new girlfriend, Jillian; his police detective friend, Vance; and of course the pair of corgis travel to Phoenix to get to the bottom of the case.

The investigation proves to be a challenging one, both personally and technically. Zack has to deal with the new knowledge that someone deliberately killed his wife after he has finally started to move on with his life. Further, the team faces new difficulties trying to get information about the giant pharmaceutical corporation which they suspect is responsible for Sam’s death. But every time they face a roadblock, Sherlock and Watson stand ready to put them on the right track again.

I really enjoy this series but was disappointed that two books prior to this one ended on the cliffhanger of Zack’s learning that Sam might have been murdered. However, I was very pleased with the resulting book detailing the investigation into Sam’s death. There was genuine humor and a more complex plot than is common. Further, the murder method was creative and unique. I also found it scary to learn that this can happen. I continue to love the dogs, and it’s obvious that Poole has a genuine love of corgis as I hear the descriptions of the pair. However, the dogs’ 6th sense seemed to stretch beyond credibility in this book, as Zack has them meet a group of people for the first time and expects them to tell him which one is the bad guy, which of course they do.

Bob Johnson continues in his performance of this series, creatively bringing to life the corgis and their people. When the dogs take over a corporate team building exercise by getting first every time to the bouncing beach ball and hitting it into the air, listeners really envision the scene vividly through the effectiveness of Johnson’s narration. As we listen to this audiobook, we genuinely believe that we are hearing the voice of Zack and not Johnson.

I really had fun listening to Case of the Chatty Roadrunner. While the whole series has humor, this one seemed to have an extras degree of it, which is good to balance the more serious subject matter. I give this book five stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free for review purposes, but that had no effect on the content if my review.

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