Mildred Abbott comes to the blog today with the sixth in her Cozy Corgi Mystery series – and how could I resist? Narrated by Angie Hickman this story was as cute as I hoped for, and just as engaging as I could want.
Winifred (Fred) and her companion Winston are happy to celebrate the 4th of July, bringing together friends of two and four-legged variety to enjoy the holiday. Owner of the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery, Fred is solidly settled into her life in Estes Park, with several friends, a boyfriend-ish relationship and the amusement provided by Winston. And then her friend Paulie is left for dead in his pet store, while a customer is murdered Fred’s curiosity is piqued and Paulie’s two chaotic corgis, Flotsam and Jetsam only add to the story with their wild ways and almost untenable exuberance. And, while Fred is dating a police officer, the uncomfortable questions that serve to stir the pot, and they see it as interference and unwelcome at that
Aside from the lovely inclusions of the dogs – as corgis are little fur-dropping, stubborn, I can do anything and will, full of personality and attitude moments, the quiet Winston being almost undone with the antics of his unwanted houseguests, the story had so much depth and so many twists that the mystery didn’t actually resolve itself in any coherent way, until the big reveal. Cleverly plotted with twists that I didn’t see coming, the story mixed humor, information and a bunch of twists to keep me guessing until the end. Fred is a determined and often single-minded woman, not afraid of ruffling feathers in her quest for the truth, and her connection with Winston, including her humor and willingness to connect with Flotsam and Jetsam was lovely to read. Sure to be a series on my “I must read these” list.
Narration for this story was provided by Angie Hickman, the second time I’ve had the opportunity to listen to her work. Her narration and presentation of the story was near-perfect, with voices, modulation in tone and delivery, and the ability to clearly present the twists, turns and revelations without seeming to give the story and it’s conclusion away. While she doesn’t allow the story to overtake her performance, she did allow the story to come forward and unfold in ways that both added to the engagement and entertainment of the listen. I’ll most certainly be seeking out more of her work.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Chaotic Corgis
Author: Mildred Abbott
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Angie Hickman
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 5 March, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 35 minutes
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At the height of the summer season, Estes Park explodes with people, wildlife, fireworks, and… murder.
The Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery is buzzing with tourists, and Winifred Page and her quirky corgi, Watson, celebrate the Fourth of July picnicking with family and friends—of the human and four-legged variety. As summer blooms with romance for Fred and Sergeant Branson Wexler, murder lurks around the corner.
With a friend’s life in danger, Fred and Watson doggedly pursue the investigation, even as Fred finds herself once again at odds with the police department. But caring for two chaotic corgis while navigating emotions from the past in the midst of solving a mystery might be too much, and Fred hits a roadblock.
As relationships are tested and secrets exposed, Fred might lose more than one person she loves…
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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