Buried in a Good Book

Dreamscape Media. (By the Book, Bk. 1). May 2022. 8:04 hrs. ISBN 9781666582666. $17.99. M
In this work, best-selling author Tess Harrow travels to rural Oregon seeking solace but finds something much more sinister. When a local blast fisherman sends body parts raining down on her cabin, she and her daughter are swept up in a small-town scandal of epic proportions. Tess’s wandering writer’s imagination is too much for the local no-nonsense sheriff, but when faced with bobcats, Bigfoot, and bookmobiles, it’s tough to keep her fanciful ideas in check. Are her amateur investigative skills enough to keep her from becoming the next victim? In this first installment of her “By the Book” series, author Berry (“Eleanor Wilde” series) crafts an engaging and entertaining murder mystery. Tess’s woolgathering serves as a parallel narrative as she turns peril into plot points. Narrator Tanya Eby’s expressive tone matches well with the offbeat and intelligent writing style. The no-frills audio experience allows Eby to expertly enhance the humor and suspense using only her voice.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a cozy mystery that is compelling, comical, and clever. Recommended for fans of Ann Purser, Elizabeth Blake, and Avery Aames.
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