• Reading Between the Crimes

  • A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
  • By: Kate Young
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What better time than Halloween to dig into a bracing discussion of a diabolical murder mystery? And what better choice for the Jane Doe Book Club than Agatha Christie's Crooked House? Lyla Moody and her friends are soon embroiled in debate over whether the heroine's actions are particularly believable. But not long after the meeting, sleepy Sweet Mountain, Georgia, is rocked by a murder that uncannily echoes the novel in question. 

When Lyla and her grandmother arrive at the charity event that Lyla's mother is hosting, they barely have time to hang up their fall jackets before they stumble upon a body in the library. Leonard Richardson, it seems, was robbed and then hit over the head with a brass candlestick - which throws suspicion on Harper Richardson, his young widow and a friend of the Jane Does. 

Lyla and the rest of the Jane Does pool their prodigious intellects to clear Harper's name. Peculiarly, all of the clues seem to have been lifted directly from the plot of Crooked House. But as Lyla probes the pages of Christie's classic whodunnit for hints, she uncovers secrets from her mother's past - secrets that suggest that Lyla's own house may be crooked as well.

©2021 Kate Young (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Good Read

This is a good series, though it is between a mystery and a cozy in many ways. The characters are a little more complex. Situations a little more hard core. Regardless, I enjoy getting to know them. Gran may be my favorite. She is a hoot. I cannot wait for Book 3.

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The story line was weak. too few plausible suspects. A major flaw was a narrator with a particularly ugly, hag like voice when the protagonist was a lovely 30 ish woman. Why??

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I really wanted to love it

I really wanted to love this book, but it just didn't live up to the blurb. First of all, Dina Pearlman should not do Southern accents. I almost stopped listening during the first chapter - the accent comes and goes, strong one moment then non-existent the next. And it's cartoonish. I am "Southern", and the accent is cringey sometimes.
The story itself was pretty cute, but nothing that just wowed me. I am glad the main character wasn't "damaged" nor ditzy, I am tired of reading books where the leads are helpless. But that fact alone didn't save the book. I know cozy mysteries aren't supposed to be deep, but I didn't feel any connection to these people. So why waste more money or credits on them?

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Loved it!!!!

Dina Pearlman is a rockstar narrator and brings life to every character!!! I hope book 3 comes in before 2022!

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