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Murder 101

By: Maggie Barbieri
Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
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Publisher's Summary

Safely away from the chaos of Manhattan, St. Thomas, a small college on the banks of the Hudson River in the Bronx, is supposed to be tranquil, bucolic, and serene. Unfortunately, English professor Alison Bergeron has found it to be anything but. Recently divorced from a fellow professor and even more recently without a car - it was stolen - she has been hoofing it to school. One Friday evening, two NYPD homicide detectives drop by her office. The good news is that they found her beat-up Volvo; the bad news is that the body of one of the students in her Shakespeare seminar was in the trunk.

Not only are Alison's chances of getting the car back bleak, but suddenly she's the primary suspect on a list that includes, among others, the murdered student's drug-dealing boyfriend, Vince, and the girl's father's business rivals (he's head of an old Italian family . . .).

Accused of a crime that she didn't commit, Alison enlists her best friend Max's emotional support and services as an amateur sleuth. Their fumbling efforts to clear Alison's name could land her in even hotter water with Detective Bobby Crawford, the handsome investigating officer (and former altar boy) - not to mention the nuns at St. Thomas….

Maggie Barbieri's charming professor and down-to-earth detective make an unlikely but lovable team in her delightful debut mystery.

©2006 Maggie Barbieri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Pleasurable Reading

This is lightweight but satisfying. It's probably only a 3.5, but I upped it because it was enjoyable. The pacing is good, the characters are fun, and the plot is interesting enough. Although romance hovers, it adds to the plot rather than interfering with it. Such melodrama as there is, is of a comical nature rather than overblown and stupid. There's a touch of Evanovich -- not nearly as fall-down funny, but definitely some laughs, and some zany co-stars.

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worse. narrator. ever.

book was NOT great. I'm glad it was free or else I would have wanted my money back. The narration made it SO much worse. Her sing song voice is horrible. I will not read more in this series JUST because of her.

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I enjoyed what I heard of the story, but the narrator was horrid. At 50 minutes of listening I had to quit. I'm going to buy the book and finish reading it, I can't tolerate listening this to it a minute longer.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's voice is very sing-songy -- and quite monotonous, her pacing and interpretation are grating. There is little or no distinction in character's voices. Male voices are really weak.

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Annoying lead character

Our female lead speaks often of vomiting, then does it even more. The narrator sounds like a heavy smoker or 60 years old, not at all like a 30 something professor.

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Just painful

I tried to stick with this til the end hoping it would improve. It did not. I ended up disliking everyone in this story. The narrator was not enjoyable to listen to in my opinion.

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Give it a minute

I initially couldn’t stand the narrator but she grows on you. If you want a cozy crime mystery to listen to while you fold laundry, make dinner or run errands this was a good fit for me. Nothing too complex that I had to focus intently and the protagonist is just kooky enough to be endearing rather than annoying. If the Hallmark movies and mysteries are your cup of tea, then you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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English studies

A college mystery and romance all mixed together still a fair mystery and quite enjoyable

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Good Read

I enjoyed the story it was funny and had some action. I read the other reviews and they didnt like the reader. I am not a big fan of the reader but it wasnt enough to make me quit the book. I am going to continue the series, but I do hope there will be a change in the reader. She doesnt have a bad voice, but some thing is off with the ending of a word. Again, it is not enough to make me quit the story.

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  • 01-16-21

Narrator ruined it.

If the main character is supposed to be 30 why the heck hire a 65+ throaty narrator? Ruined it even though there were some funny zingers. I mean, you’d think if your book is being delivered audibly you’d make sure the voice matches the characters. May as well have hired a man to narrate.

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Interesting start to a series needs to decide what

Murder 101 could have been a very nice cozy mystery. It just kept switching gears to a romance and a bit of a rom com. Two many characters seemed to be cameos that never really explained their existence. I'm glad it was a plus title. If the next one joins the plus catalogue I might even try it. There are signs of a good book in there.

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  • Jennifer
  • 10-20-13

Couldn't even get past the first chapter!

What would have made Murder 101 better?

A different narrator. She was so dull AND had a speech impediment. Impossible to listen to. She had no differentiation between characters. When she DID try to make it different it just exaggerated her speech impediment. I was really excited about listening to this book and now am going to return it and buy it in hardcopy as I couldn't listen past the 1st chapter ...and i didn't even finish that!

Who was your favorite character and why?

No idea. Couldn't get past the extremely annoying narrator and her speech impediment.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Please read above. It was so bad. So so so bad. I couldn't listen to her drone on anymore. She had terrible inflection that she used in exactly the same way for every sentence she read.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment. Not in the author. In the narrator and whoever produced it.

Any additional comments?

Release it again with a different narrator. PLEASE!

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  • Bake.
  • 08-30-22

Fun, but the narration made me cringe

The best way I can describe this book is 'Murder Mystery Dramedy', and although somewhat predictable, it was humorous and interesting enough to keep me listening. The narrator was not my cup of tea, however, and I came close on occasions to give up on the book due to the narrator's habit of holding on to her words at the ends of sentences, kinda like "I was pretty sure I had not left the door ajarrrrr." For some listeners this might not be a problem; for me, it grated severely. Still, I was entertained enough to keep going, and I'll probably listen to other audio books by this author, as long as it's a different/better narrator.

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  • Jack Bean
  • 06-26-22

Really old-fashioned story

I'm not sure why being treated rudely and roughly by an antagonistic policeman is considered romantic just because the policeman is "handsome". The main character is constantly in tears, neurotic, and nothing about her seems like a highly educated profession.

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  • Anne
  • 02-13-22

Cute twisty

Had good time listening to a realistic person who gets into trouble the end seemed out of the blue yet in hindsight predictable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Hard to get into.

I struggled with this story a little in the beginning but I found it slowly growing on me. I have downloaded the next book in the series because I was curious to see where the author would take it.