Dakota Cassidy comes to the blog today with the first in her Nun of Your Business Mysteries, a spin-off from the Witchless in Seattle series and narrated by Hollie Jackson.
Then There Were Nun
You can’t beat a series from Dakota Cassidy for the twists, turns, outrageous fun all with her imaginative world-building and clever dialogue. So, it was no hardship at all to start with this spin-off series featuring Sister Trixie Lavender, first met in Witchless in Seattle series. Much has happened to Trixie since then: excommunication, possession, finding a feisty owl named Livingston and opening a tattoo parlor with her bff-demon Coop – Hell’s best tattoo artist. But Trixie, despite having a life that has handed her plenty of lemons is optimistic and hysterically funny, until her landlord is found murdered in their new shop and while both Trixie and Coop have alibis, the list of suspects is long.
And, then we have to account for Trixie and her rather ‘sitcom utterances’ that are so often cliché, but usually mostly appropriate and she’s such a darling that you can’t help but adore her. Not all is easy, since Coop the demon is interacting with humans and has to learn to assimilate and manage her hair-trigger temper, there’s a need to keep an eye on her – and laugh out loud with the mistakes made as she works to ‘pass’, even as they are covertly and overtly trying to discover who murdered the landlord. You can’t beat this for pure and unadulterated fun, with a solidly G rating as there are some things that this nun (excommunicated or not) just won’t do. It’s a twisty and laughter-filled road to the end with Livingston managing to steal the show occasionally as the story moves quickly through issues, investigation and solution – the perfect ‘escape from reality’ listen to brighten up your day.
Narration for this story is provided by Hollie Jackson who has the most adorable voice for Trixie the grown yet still childlike nun, and she does a lovely job with adding just a touch of self-confident ditzy to her voicing. Coop, and Livingston are also clearly presented, and each additional character that we meet on the way, from Knuckles to Jay (and more) are all easy to recognize after first introduction. Jackson embodies this story in the performance, keeping listeners clued in and intrigued from first to last.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Then There Were Nun
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Series: Nun of Your Business Mysteries #1
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Paranormal
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published on: 30 October, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 26 minutes
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My name is Sister Trixie Lavender, and I’m an occasionally possessed excommunicated nun.
Okay, that’s a lot to swallow at once. But it’s true I was booted from the convent after doing something unspeakable. Something I had no control over. Something that lives inside me to this day, exploding out like that chestburster in Alien when I least suspect it.
But I have help. My amazing friend Coop—the demon who saved me from an ugly end—remains by my side, loyal and true. She was Hell’s best tattoo artist back in the day, and together with my designs, we’re opening Inkerbelle’s Tattoos and Piercings, right in the heart of Portland’s most darling district, Cobbler Cove.
Of course, our bid to fit in would be a little less rocky if I could help Coop assimilate with humans, keep a lid on our sassy talking owl, Livingston…oh, and if someone hadn’t killed our landlord on day one—in our shop.
This mystery-loving, bumbling ex-nun and her trusty demon sidekick are on the case! If I don’t bumble my way right into my own demise first…
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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