Murder Makes Scents Lib/E: 2 Audio CD – Unabridged, 25 February 2020
About the Author
Callie Beaulieu, audiobook narrator, has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
- ASIN : B08ZBM2RYD
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (25 February 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200360260
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The plot of this book is not traditional for a cozy mystery. It involves the FBI and an international assassin. I found it all a little ludicrous by the time the local candlemaker was jumping out of an airplane. If you are willing to suspend your belief, you may well enjoy this book.
1 and 2 of this series I am done.
I like where Stella and Peter are in their relationship, they're really sweet together but haven't really had much time in just four short months to get to know each other very well. The worst part was having to leave Peter as well as Stella's police friend Andy out of what she was investigating. The adventure played out like a fast spy movie and kind of incredible at that. Who knew that she'd face the killer at the most unlikely place.
Millie was never one to stay put long, so she was back at another destination after Stella and all her friends and Millie had celebrated Stella's thirtieth. I'm so anxious now to see what kind of adventure Stella gets into next and whether her mom will be in it. She's kind of a crazy lady, but I like her!
On the ferry back to the island, Stella notices a dark-haired woman staring at her from a nearby yacht; and it seems that Millie has met an old school friend, Nathaniel Dinks, who is there for a birthday party weekend for another school chum. Millie is afraid of cats (silly woman), so Stella leaves Tinker in the shop all night, and when she returns the front of the shop has been torn through and she blames it on her cat. But a strange note on her door is telling her different: that her mother has stolen a secret formula and if it's not returned, it will be the worse for her.
Now Stella is wondering what exactly they've gotten themselves into. Why would her mother steal anything? And when Millie has an accident and winds up in the hospital, it's up to Stella to sniff out who's after her. But finding out she's involved with spies doesn't help. Or that her boyfriend Peter is up to something. Or the fact that the guests in her cousin's B&B could be the spies, or a nice English woman they met in Paris, or even any one of the men for the party. All Stella cares about is finding the formula to keep her mom alive...now if she can do that...
This is the second book in the series, and although it's far-fetched, it doesn't matter because it's fun, and that's what books are all about. There are secrets and spies, and Stella is caught up in it, and who hasn't wanted to experience the type of things James Bond seems to be up to? (Although I can do without Mr. Bond's enemies).
Stella finds herself right in the middle of an international mystery, and her job is to keep her mom safe and out of it. Which means not telling anyone, including her journalist boyfriend Peter or her cop friend Andy. Which also means she's working on her own, besides trying to ferret out the spy who wants the formula and find the formula itself. Things are more difficult than she thinks, and she doesn't know who the killer is, and she has a lot of suspects who might be the guilty party. But when the stakes are upped she knows she doesn't have time, and it's only through the grace of a US Government agent that she's able to figure things out.
What follows is a sprightly tale of intrigue, secrets, lies, murder, and Stella's own frustration, as she's chasing down a murderer to keep her mother safe. Yes, it's rather unbelievable, but fun nevertheless, and it never gets bogged down in anything that's over the top. Stella is an interesting character who, while she tries to figure it out, goes places I wouldn't go, but in the spirit of the book it can be forgiven.
Her mother Millie is a hoot. She lives life to the fullest and has no idea what's going on with her daughter throughout the book -- although to be fair, she spends some time sleeping in the hospital. I did wonder why Stella calls her Millie instead of mom; hopefully this will be explained in another book. (If it was in the first, I might have missed or ignored it).
In the end, when everything comes together after an adventurous climax, it gives a feeling of satisfaction and something to look forward to in the next in the series. Recommended.