Monday, 19 September 2016

Amelia Moore Detective series #4 The Mysterious Doll by Linda Weaver Clark narrated by Diane Lehman(Cozy mystery, Audiobook, 10E/10E)

June 2016, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 5 hours and 10 minutes, Audiobook, Review copy

Summary from Audible
 Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing. 

Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn't all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

Nayu's thoughts 
Apologies for reviewing this out of order: despite writing the review it got skipped out from being added to my review list. Another superb mystery for Amelia to solve aongside her partner in all sense of the word Rick It makes perfect sense for Amelia to be in a relationship with him, and that added layer of trust and intuition helps them both out on this missing doll mystery. The circumstances the doll is stolen under puzzled me greatly, and while I had a vague idea about the doll itself which I was partially correct on, the rest left me clueless, until they were slowly woven into the story in the magical way that every book from Linda is. 

I loved the added danger and intrigue from the FBI, who I had a false theory about, since their presence meant Amelia & Rick had to up their game, pushing their detecting skills to their limit. While occasionally being romantically involved hampers the case, Amelia is able to protect herself better when she learns to shoot and is allowed carry a gun. It was sweet how she finally came around using one, and she conceals it in a way that's useful to her. (I realise some readers may have different views on guns so I'd like to make clear this is just my opinion)

I liked how Amelia struggled internally, knowing that Rick wanted to marry her, and only through the new characters within the story is Amelia able to work out her feelings on the issue. I was amazed at what happened between Amelia and her local policeman-it certainly widens options for future cases, and that's all I can say on the matter! There is plenty of humour with a nice balance of tension and danger too, a perfect blend for this cozy read that will definitely get a relisten! Diane has each character's voice down perfectly, and makes it such a great listen.

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