• Christmas Diner & Death

  • Mrs. Pomolo Investigates
  • By: Donna Muse
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Strecker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For nearly 20 years, Chester Claus had run a year-round Christmas-themed diner in Wrangler’s Hill. His annual holiday feasts were legendary, attracting favorable columns in the Guardian and the New York Times. For many Indiana locals, he was the embodiment of the holidays - gregarious, portly, his eyes radiating amusement as he handed out candy to children. The idea of anyone wanting to murder him was simply preposterous. 

But when Claus is found dead in his kitchen during the Christmas Feast, poisoned with his own favorite knife, it falls on Indiana’s finest amateur detective, Geneva Pomolo, and her partner, Iris Reeves, to investigate. What they discover will shatter the legend around Claus’s life, revealing a marriage in turmoil, a history of bullying, and a rivalry with fellow restaurateurs.

The investigation yields no shortage of suspects - the old enemy from his school days still bearing a grudge, the wife terrified he is going to leave her, the bookie who assists him in betting on horses. And when Geneva is close to uncovering the truth, her own life is endangered by someone who will go to any lengths to avoid prison - even if that means committing a second murder....

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Enjoyed this book.

This is a good book. If you are looking for a quick listen , this might be for you.

Narration was excellent.
I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Awesome Narration!

I decided to read this book because I have listened to this narrator before and really enjoyed her voice. She completely disappears into the various characters she portrays, which allows me to become immersed in the story. The story itself is cute and cozy, as advertised. I highly recommend Kathleen Strecker as a narrator. I only wish she had more books on audible to choose from.

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Fun cozy

Fun cozy with likeable characters and a great setting. Good read. I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Cute cozy mystery

Christmas Diner & Death (#23 Mrs. Pomolo Investigates series) by Donna Muse is a fun cozy mystery story. Geneva Pomolo and her partner Iris Reeves investigate the death of Chester Claus at a holiday dinner. Lots of quirky characters and lots of suspects. Even though this is a series, this book was enjoyable as a stand-alone. Kathleen Strecker is a great narrator. She brought the characters to life.

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"Happy Christmas, Mr.Claus."

Geneva takes pity on the new and irritating neighbour, inviting her to attend the Claus Christmas dinner as her guest. Unfortunately, dinner is never served...
This is book 23 of the Mrs.Polloi series - and the first that I have read. It's fun, with gossipy characters and a murder mystery to solve, a little bit Agatha Christie style, at least that's what Geneva thinks.
This cosy mystery is read by Kathleen Strecher, a hint of laughter playing somewhere in the depths of her warm and pleasant voice. Well paced, her narration also has good modulation and fresh voicing for each of the varied protagonists, her performance definitely helping to successfully steer the reader to the end.
.Short (only two and a bit hours), fun and totally unbelievable, Christmas Diner & Death is an easy book to enjoy and stands alone despite being part of a long running series

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twisted revenge

Senior sleuths bungle their way to solving a Christmas crime. Hilda seems certifiable but harmless. A strange mystery. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job bringing it to life. Entertaining story.

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Easy to listen to!

I'm not a huge fan of murder mysteries but I was gifted a copy of this book, so decided to give it a try. As I listened, I was pleasantly surprised at the quirky characters but what I really enjoyed was the narrator's performance! She really brought each character into focus and I felt like she was telling me a story instead of just reading a book.

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  • 01-30-22

A decent short story

The idea for the plot is really good. It could definitely use more character development and a few twists to make it a full story. As a short I enjoyed it and thought the writer created some good characters. Worth a listen if you like American narration.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-16-22

"Happy Christmas, Mr.Claus."

Geneva takes pity on the new and irritating neighbour, inviting her to attend the Claus Christmas dinner as her guest. Unfortunately, dinner is never served...
This is book 23 of the Mrs.Polloi series - and the first that I have read. It's fun, with gossipy characters and a murder mystery to solve, a little bit Agatha Christie style, at least that's what Geneva thinks.
This cosy mystery is read by Kathleen Strecher, a hint of laughter playing somewhere in the depths of her warm and pleasant voice. Well paced, her narration also has good modulation and fresh voicing for each of the varied protagonists, her performance definitely helping to successfully steer the reader to the end.
.Short (only two and a bit hours), fun and totally unbelievable, Christmas Diner & Death is an easy book to enjoy and stands alone despite being part of a long running series

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  • Fred Jones
  • 01-14-22

A fun cozy mystery

A fun seasonal cozy mystery. Chester Claus runs the Christmas Themed diner, or he did until he is found dead in the kitchen. A well written story with great characters, a nice seasonal feel and a satisfying ending. It is a short listen but a rewarding one. The narrator is very good and makes the most of her performance. This is my first book in this series and I will definitely be listening to more . I received a complimentary copy from the narrator and am leaving a honest voluntary review