Returning to Mystic Bay with Shari Randall, on the blog today is the third book in the Lobster Shack Mysteries, narrated by Tiffany Morgan
Drawn and Buttered
I missed the celebrations of the 4th of July in this cozy series, but have returned for the next book, now October and approaching Halloween, Allie is still in Mystic Cove, not having been given the ‘all clear’ on her ankle, allowing her to return to the stage. After several months of being up to their eyeballs in work, Allie and her Aunt Gully are taking the time to breathe and finding that, until they end up with Lobzilla (a giant lobster) in their tanks – it’s been a good break. And things were quiet until some random pranks around town seem to indicate a bunch of fraternity boys without a chaperone have been loosed on the town on the way to Halloween. Far from simple vandalism though – another business (far more ‘upscale’ ) has been attacked, the owner’s home has been burgled, and there is a body turning up – a local college girl is found in the ‘spooky and ghosty’ cemetery, tying in Halloween legend and feel to the story.
Add to this Allie’s sister appearing to again try and push Aunt Gully to ‘share’ her chowder recipe with a national producer – Lorelei and Allie are polar opposites – Allie having taken the ‘artistic’ path as a ballerina and her sister being far more business minded – owning her own advertising agency. Aunt Gully was an important figure to them both as they grew up, and it’s when they are together in Mystic Bay you see their similarities and their differences, and the influence that Gully had on them both. But, those moments only serve to flush out the sense of ‘being’ in the story, as Allie is again enmeshed in sorting out the who did it and just how the competition for a grant plays into the crime.
Narration for this story is again provided by Tiffany Morgan: and while I found my first introduction to her work to be rather unremarkable and more average than I hoped for, my hopes going in is that the experience with both narration and the familiarity of characters and story would serve to aid in an improvement in the performance. Still a bit too attached to enunciating every single word, the odd and self-installed pauses were fewer, while the opportunity to insert tone and volume changes that would add auditory interest and infer ‘important moments’ or emotion were all still missed, and I didn’t hear the improvements or growth that I had hoped for. Not bad, but sadly unremarkable, serving only to ‘present’ the story, rather than perform it.
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration 2.5 Story: 3
Title: Drawn and Buttered
Author: Shari Randall
Series: A Lobster Shack Mystery #3
Also in this series: Curses, Boiled Again!
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Food / Recipes, Mystery Elements
Narrator: Tiffany Morgan
Published by: St. Martin's Press, Tantor Audio
Published on: 26 February, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 44 minutes
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Drawn and Buttered is the third book in a wonderfully satisfying cozy mystery series set at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in coastal New England.
The Lazy Mermaid’s business has slowed to a snail’s pace—until a monster lobster claws his way onto the scene…
With high season behind them, ballerina on-the-mend Allie Larkin and Aunt Gully are finally lying low. But then an unexpected guest arrives at the lobster shack: a crustacean so huge he’s dubbed Lobzilla around Mystic Bay and on social media. Soon, with everyone showing up for a peek in their tank, Allie and Aunt Gully have more on their plate than they can handle.
Meanwhile, another local establishment finds itself in hot water. In exclusive Rabb’s Point, a strange burglary breaches the elegant home of Royal Parrish. Allie takes it upon herself to help with the investigation but, before she can get to the bottom of the case, another alarm sounds: the Lazy Mermaid’s Lobzilla has gone missing and is on the loose! And bodies are beginning to pile up. . .
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.