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Publisher's Summary

Cabot Cove's crime-solving novelist Jessica Fletcher goes to New York just prior to Christmas, where a sidewalk Santa leads her into another mystery in this installment of the USA Today best-selling series.

Promoting her latest books brings best-selling mystery writer Jessica Fletcher to New York for Christmas. Her schedule includes book signings, chat-show appearances, department store shopping...and murder. But it all begins with a sidewalk Santa staring at Jessica with fear and recognition.

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A release of an older Donald Bain book in the series, thank goodness

There have been a few sadly disheartening, and unsuccessful attempts, by newer authors, to reproduce the success of Donald Bain at capturing the Jessica Fletcher character popularized by Angela Lansbury in the TV series Murder, She Wrote. This book represents Donald Bain’s classic representation of the original; integral, caring, bright, kind, inquisitive, honourable JESSICA FLETCHER character.

Audible pls bring back more of these golden oldies until a modern author can channel Donald Bain

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Terrible narrator

I could barely listen to this because of the narrator. The story was ok but not great. I will try one with the usual narrator.

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One of the worse narratations...

The story was better than average. Reading the book was much better than listening to this narration. Simply can't call it a performance. Disappointing as I do love to listen to the cozies while driving.

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Narrator speaks very quickly.

The story is ok but the narrator speaks very fast and the accents are strange in places.

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Narrator ruins this book

While some characters have clear voices, unfortunately the voice of Jessica Fletcher does annoy. It is TERRIBLE.

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Good story, but bad voice actor

I am so happy they have released an older novel on audiobook, but the voice actor they used really distracted from the story. Really took me out of the book. At first, I thought she may have a speech impediment, but the more I listened, the less I heard.

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Love love love this!

I have always loved the Murder She Wrote stories! Fletcher and Bain did a great job of this book. Beth Porter is amazing as a narrator! The story line keeps you scratching your head about who did what and why! The ending was great! I couldn’t stop listening. I did an all nighter. Now I get to sleep😁. Or on to the next one!👍

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Vintage Jessica!

I own all of the audio books in this series. I loved this one. The story was interesting and told in a straight-forward, fast-moving way. I enjoyed the narration too. It was a very different voice for Jessica but it grew on me. I hope more of the older books will be turned into audio books.

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Not as good as the others

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the normal JB Fletcher books and the narrator is horrible. All the quirky voices are soo bad much prefer the other lady.

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Not as good as the others ..

Story was way too long- they could have wrapped it up with shorter chapters. Narrator was ok but not as good as Cynthia Darlow .

And this Jessica Fletcher ,unfortunately, sounded like a prudish rude woman. And as a New Yorker, I was a little offended by her description about various parts of the city. Did not enjoy this book as I had the other 5.

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 08-23-21

MUCH better than Margaritas & Murder (in Mexico)

So much better than the other 'free' Jessica Fletcher book! This was an interesting idea, had better defined characters, a faster pace, and a believable storyline (well, in Mrs Fletcher's world!).
One of Jessica's journeys should have been edited out or précised to a single paragraph its contents served no purpose.
The female narrator voices Seth & Morton convincingly. The whole story made me feel very Christmassy...but glad I'm in an English Cabot Cove rather than vast a metropolis.

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  • Craftlover
  • 07-18-22

Entertaining story

I always enjoyed the Murder She Wrote episodes on TV and so tried this audiobook. These are not great literature by any stretch of the imagination or even great crime writing but it is entertaining if you like Jessica Fletcher and the narration is o.k. It has nostalgia value for me and so I will be listening to more of them.

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  • I Palmer
  • 06-29-22

Pretty woeful

Which the narrator isn't quite as annoying as the previous one (Margaritas and Murder) still poor, giving the impression they'd not read the script before - constantly providing an unnecessary roller coaster of delivery and being surprised by the punctuation. And I seriesly doudt the author has even watched Murder, She Wrote as the characters are wrong, to the extet Mort (en ex NYPD cop) is renamed Moron and described as finding New York somewhere he wouldn't feel comfortable in. Also the mystery is pretty non existent.

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  • Mrs. Caroline Lee
  • 06-03-22

Another great Jessica Fletcher story

well paced and narrated
great to see some familiar characters and in line with the TV show

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  • M BEATTIE
  • 04-04-22

Just don’t bother

The narrator is awful, couldn’t listen further than the first few lines. Look for something else to listen to.

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  • markfromlodz
  • 12-09-21

An APPALLING narrator makes a poor story terrible.

The first time the narrator attempted (ATTEMPTED!) to do the voice of Seth Hazlitt, I laughed out loud while walking down the street. It was that bad. Her attempts at a Scottish accent are even worse. And then she says something in the same voice she uses for Jessica and says, "the operator had a distinctly British accent." It is hard to emphasise how poorly this narrator does. In fact, in the last chapter, she starts to talk about "Sed" instead of Seth. It's like she just gave up completely.

Of course, it's not helped by the fact that she has poor material to narrate. The plot is absolutely ludicrous - Jessica sees someone being murdered, and things go downhill from there on her publicity tour of New York. To aid her, Sheriff Mort Metzger and the physician Seth Hazlitt join her from Cabot Cove. Why? What about crime back in Cabot Cove? Is that not important? What about Seth's patients? Are they just expected to hold on while he's out of town indefinitely?

However, this isn't the worst part. It's the out-and-out racism that comes out of nowhere. "The living room was massive, and dominated by a huge natural stone fireplace that spanned an entire wall. An Indian family could have cooked in it. Lived in it!"

WTF??? An Indian family could have lived in the fireplace?!?

And then there's this gem. "'Home! It looks wonderful,' I said as Mort pulled into my driveway. Joseph, a mildly r*tarded gentleman who made a pretty good living around town as a handyman, shovelled my driveway and walk."

Mildly r*tarded??? (she obviously said the full word, but I'm adding the asterisk in case Audible decides the review is inappropriate).

I can understand that the use of the word r*tarded has changed over the years, but there's no need to say an Indian family could have lived in the fireplace!

As for the plot, it's not very engaging and it has many irritating characters (the publicist and the reporter are two that stand out).

Do not waste your time on this.

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  • Carole
  • 08-23-21

what??

Disappointed. Can't get past that unbelievable accent. Lucky I don't have to return this book as it came for free.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-23-21

Awful narrative

Story was ok, the narrative was just so awful
Why did the Beth Porter try to sound like Jessica Fletcher??
Won't listen to narratives by Beth Porter again
Was very difficult to listen to the end

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