10/20/14

Dixie Diva Blues by Virginia Brown Narrator Karen ComminsAuthor

Dixie Diva Blues
Dixie Diva Mysteries, Book 3
Written by: Virginia Brown
Narrated by: Karen Commins
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Bell Bridge Books


Virginia Brown author of  Dixie Diva Blues, The Dixie Diva Series
Author Virginia Brown



 Karen Commins narrator of Dixie Diva Blues
Narrator Karen Commins






Karen Commins transitions from Drop Dead Divas to Dixie Diva Blues characters
very smoothly. You will easily know when it's Bitty and when it's Trinket speaking. The other Southern speakers also have nice individual voices. Karen Commins does a believable and lively reading. I like the way she is able to dramatize everything so expertly. Bitty is so arrogant and defiant and Ms.Commins captures precisely the tone of Trinkets caustic remarks you can just see Trinket rolling her eyes in askance with Bittys' boldness and hair brained schemes. Self absorbed Bitty seldom notices the chaffing and tongue in cheek comments from Trinket.  


The Dixie Divas certainly outdo themselves in Dixie Diva Blues, when they rally around Rayna to help get her husband Rob Rainey out of jail and prove he is not a murderer. Off they go to a near by town, Clarksdale, to post bail for Rob. Something that should go smoothly, very nearly doesn't when Bitty refuses to leave Chen Ling her very spoiled pug in the car. Bitty as always wins the argument but not until she's turned things into a three ring circus. Once Rob is bailed out he pleads with the divas to not get involved in trying to find the real killer of Larry Whittier. Bitty over-rides everyone with her skewed logic that the diva's have found other murders in the past and vows they will find Larry's killer.

Rob is a bondsman and insurance investigator and had tracked down Larry Whittier to a rental cabin in the Clarksdale area. When he went there to arrange a bail bond and make sure he showed up at court, something Rob did on a regular basis but when he knocked on the door Larry told him to go away, but the door was unlocked and he went in anyway, only to be hit on the head from behind. When he came too Larry was dead and the cops showed up and arrested him for murdering Larry. Ballistics results showed Rob's gun was the one used to kill Larry.

Trinket, Bitty and Gaynelle rent the cabin that Larry was killed in to see if they can find any clues and to talk to employees and anyone else that was there the day of the murder. Of course they are not the only ones interested in looking for clues there and the three of them attack and are attacked by a ninja clad intruder that woke them in the middle of the night with his opening and closing of drawers and cabinet doors. Armed with nothing the Divas prevail, after all what's one ninja against three Divas. Knowing now that someone else is searching for something, they intensify their own fishing expedition.

With additional clues under their belts they later investigate the storage bin that Larry Whittier had been arrested for breaking into. With Bitsy in the lead as usual she dresses up Trinket to look like a man so they can persuade the office clerk to let them into the storage unit. This nearly gets the two of them arrested but the do manage by sheer luck to find what Larry was breaking into the unit to get.

The antics of these Divas are so hilarious you will laugh out loud. Only the Divas and more particularly Bitty can come up with the most hair brained schemes that often put them in danger of either being arrested or killed. Things manage to come out alright in the end mainly because of Bitty's incredible good luck and perseverance. The Diva Series are all fun and wildly crazy with antics that only these southern belles can come up with. A good cozy mystery to warm up to on a chilly winters night with a mint julep of course. Karen Commins does do a masterful presentation of these southern ladies.











10/4/14

Kitty Kitty Bang Bang By Sparkle Abbey, Narrated By Karen Commins

Kitty Kitty Bang Bang
Series: Pampered Pets, Book 3
By Sparkle Abbey
Narrated By Karen Commins
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Producer: Bell Books, Inc.






Sparkle Abbey authors of the Pampered Pets Series
Sparkle Abbey Authors




Karen Commins narrator of Kitty Kitty Bang Bang by Sparkle Abbey
Narrator Karen Commins

Karen Commins does an exceptionally nice job narrating Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Her portrayal of April May was priceless. Ms. Commins certainly did make this annoying and helpless character a scene stealer from the protagonist Cora Lamont. It was an incredible and correct interpretation of a high pitched, twangy and heavily accented voice. Ms.Commins did a praisable job with Cora and the emotional highs, lows and angst she experienced. It is noteworthy that Karen Commins did not transfer any of the voice characteristics from other novels she's narrated but gave each person their own unique personalities. A very enjoyable listening experience.

Kitty Kitty Bang Bang is the third in the Pampered Pets Series Written by Sparkle Abbey. A frolicsome cozy mystery about Caro Lamont a successful animal psychiatrist living in Laguna Beach, California. She and her neighbor Kitty Bardot a much sought after public relations agent are at the Hotel Montage for a function featuring  animal artist, her clients, two Bengal cats, Tobey and Minou, who are popular painters and award winners are in the show.

Kitty asks Caro if she'd take the cats home for her as she has an urgent meeting and must leave right away. Of course Caro is happy to do this and she collects the cats and along with her love interest Sam Gallanos. On the way home they are stuck in traffic because of an accident. Caro recognizes the car as belonging to Kitty, shocked and dismayed Caro and Sam leave and take the cats home. Caro hopes that she won't have to take care of them for very long, but with such a bad accident Kitty could be in the hospital for awhile. Unaware that Kitty is going not to the hospital but the morgue.

Later when Caro learns that Kitty is dead from a snipers bullet she vows to not get involved in it. Even after April May introduces herself to Caro as the long lost sister of Kitty she still tries to hold to her vow not to get involved. This doesn't last long at all as April May is a elf of a woman that is very naive and needs constant help with everything from selecting a funeral outfit for Kitty to meeting with Kitty's attorney. Really April is very lost in this upscale area of the rich and famous. April can be more trouble than she seems worth, but manages to get Caro involved in finding out who killed her sister.