• Yappy Hour

  • The Roundup Crew Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Diana Orgain
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (847 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A rollicking start to a charming new cozy series featuring a loveable heroine and a colorful band of dog lovers who gather regularly with their pets at their local watering hole.

With side-splitting humor, an irresistible cast of characters - both human and canine-and an intimate small-town setting, Yappy Hour is sure to delight fans of Rita Mae Brown and Diane Kelly.

Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-loving friends, meets at a neighborhood wine bar for Yappy Hour. When Rachel, the owner, mysteriously leaves town and asks her sister, Maggie - who is neither pet friendly nor business savvy - to run the bar in her absence, things get complicated fast. Maggie arrives to open up and finds a body sprawled on the floor, and worse, an incriminating letter with Rachel's name on it nearby. On impulse, she hides the letter from the hunky detective, Officer Brad Brooks, who's dispatched to the scene.

When Rachel is declared the top suspect by the police, Maggie decides to investigate on her own. She reopens the bar and gets to know the members of the Roundup Crew, including chief organizer Yolanda, who never goes anywhere without her signature strappy stilettos or her Yorkie Beepo. Maggie juggles searching for clues, trying to locate Rachel, and serving up Doggie Daiquiris, Muttguaritas, and homemade Arf D'Oeuvres - until another body turns up. The Roundup Crew must step in and save the bar, and it seems the only way to do that will be to solve the mystery and turn Maggie into a dog-lover.

©2015 Diana Orgain (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent Start For A New Cozy Mystery

This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while. The characters were all likable and well developed. The mystery was very entertaining with lots of twists. I actually found myself laughing aloud at times. I hope there will be more books to come in this series.

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Will Not Read Another In The Series

The main character is too weak-willed. She lets others make her do things she does not want to do. Also, the two love interests theme is old and tiresome. The narrator mispronounces the name of the restaurant next door. That restaurant happens to be a main subject in the book so it is mentioned multiple times in almost every chapter. Very grating.

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  • ML
  • 11-11-15

Loved it!

A great read! Smooth, easy, read. I hope this author writes more books involving these characters and the dogs.

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Cute story

just a fun book🐩 lots of dogs and funny owners. Very light hearted ❤️ and easy to listen to

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Let me down

By the time I had reached the climatic reveal of whodunnit, I honestly felt like I had been let down. I felt as if I had invested too much time in this book to be rewarded with such a far fetched reveal. It’s as if the author took great time and thought writing the book, putting almost too much detail into it at times, then faced a deadline and just pulled the ending out of the air and jotted it down in the cab on the way to mail the transcript to his editor.

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Not my style

The main character is annoying. She’s overly loyal to her sister, who (for most of the book) is absent for unclear reasons. When the sister finally shows up, she’s equally annoying.
The narration is pretty good, just a little stilted but easy to understand. The plot is solid -it’s a “who dunnit” with lots of clues. The actual story is slow and randomly wanders around. I kept falling asleep.

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Couldn’t finish

I’m sure I would have liked this book if I could get past the dreadful narrator. I stopped listening after the first chapter - very unlike me! Will try perhaps to get hard copy version.

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Irritating

I wanted to like this book but alas I could not even finish it. The main character taints the crime scene steals from the officer and lies and wants others to lie for her. The ethics suck

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Barely got started. Annoying narration.

The narration is so annoying that I had to stop listening less than 30 minutes in. I have listened to over 500 audiobooks, and this is only my 3rd time that I absolutely could not stand the narration.

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Not Good!!!!!

I couldn’t even listen to 3 chapters. Narrator was annoying,uninteresting characters and just generally not good.

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  • Julie
  • 03-16-22

Dogs and murder

This is a fun enjoyable book with plenty of bark. I liked the whole idea of a dog friendly wine bar and a few of the dogs did play an important roll in the mystery but as the main characters hated dogs I did expect her to have more problems with them. The only problem I had with this book was the sisters whole disappearing act, I know if is supposed to add drama over the fact that she might have killed him and run away but you would think she would have at least checked in on her sister, especially as she didn't even know if her sister would look after her business. There was plenty of suspects to keep it interesting and there was a number of good characters. There was the normal love triangle that keeps you guessing as to who she is going to end up with. On the whole a fun cozy with a dash of humour, a splash of romance and a lot of tail wagging.
Maggie is back in town to help out with her great uncles after he suffers a heart attack. The problem is he doesn't want the help and when Maggie gets a phone call from her sister saying she is going out of town and Maggie is in charge of the wine bar, she finds herself juggling more than she can handle and thats before she finds her sister's ex lying dead in the bar. Did her sister kill him and that's the reason for her sudden trip? The police want to question Rachel and Maggie has a few choice questions to ask her sister herself but nobody can locate her. The longer she stays away the guilty she looks. Maggie on the other hand knows her sister didn't do it and starts to look closer at her customers, especially the round-up crew a group of dog owners who had a problem with the dead man. Or was it his business partner? Maggie knows she can't stop until she finds her sister and clears her name even if it means dealing with yappy dogs all day.
I liked the narrator, she used her voice well to breath life in to the cast of colourful characters

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  • pip oddie
  • 12-04-21

Yapping Hour

this is a fun 😄 story. Read well. different from other murder mysteries. Great imagination 🙃